Christmas in Los Angeles

Your guide to Christmas events and activities in Los Angeles, including a holiday gift guide, the best Christmas movies and fun ways to warm up

Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
Photograph: Courtesy Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

While we may not be dreaming of a white Christmas here in Los Angeles, we can certainly look forward to tons of shopping and more than a few Christmas lights on palm trees. We’ve gathered together a list of the best Christmas events, activities, movies and songs for this most magical time of year. If it’s shopping you're after, we have the ultimate holiday gift guide and some great stocking stuffer ideas. Don’t miss out on these holiday events because before you know it New Year’s Eve planning will be in full swing and then it’ll be back to work (or whatever pays for all your partying). Merry Christmas!

Christmas events in Los Angeles

Christmas events, performances and things to do in L.A.
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Christmas events, performances and things to do in L.A.

You won't find snow-covered trees and below-zero temperatures in L.A., but there are still plenty of Christmas events.

Where to see Christmas lights in Los Angeles
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Where to see Christmas lights in Los Angeles

In between a deluge of Christmas activities and frantic shopping trips, take the time to check out these twinkling neighborhoods.

Where to go ice skating in Los Angeles
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Where to go ice skating in Los Angeles

Make the city your winter wonderland at these outdoor rinks.

Holiday markets in Los Angeles
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Holiday markets in Los Angeles

Fed up with mass-produced merchandise and stuffy, crowded stores? Try a holiday market instead.

Where to hear and go Christmas caroling in Los Angeles
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Where to hear and go Christmas caroling in Los Angeles

Belt out classic Christmas songs or hum along to traditional hymns at these performances.

The best restaurants open on Christmas in Los Angeles
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The best restaurants open on Christmas in Los Angeles

Whether you're looking for brunch or dinner, here are the restaurants open on Christmas day.

The best Christmas shows and Nutcrackers in Los Angeles
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The best Christmas shows and Nutcrackers in Los Angeles

The holidays are a time for family and friends to come together, and what better way to get in the festive spirit than with a Christmas show? 

December events calendar for Los Angeles
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December events calendar for Los Angeles

The holidays are here for real and they've taken over our December events calendar. 

A guide to SantaCon
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A guide to SantaCon

SantaCon is a holiday celebration with a pretty simple premise. Get a whole bunch of people to dress up like Santa Claus and hit the town. 

A guide to the Hollywood Christmas Parade
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A guide to the Hollywood Christmas Parade

Every year we don our gay apparel (still too tight from Thanksgiving dinner) and head to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

More ways to celebrate Christmas

Where to buy Christmas trees in Los Angeles
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Where to buy Christmas trees in Los Angeles

Start decorating with a tree from one of these places, including real, fake and live trees, along with places where you can cut your own.

Grocery stores open on Christmas in L.A.
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Grocery stores open on Christmas in L.A.

Need a last minute ingredient? These grocery stores have you covered.

Where to go for pictures with Santa in Los Angeles
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Where to go for pictures with Santa in Los Angeles

Whether for your Christmas cards or a keepsake, here are the best places to get a picture with Santa.

The 50 best Christmas movies
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The 50 best Christmas movies

Roast a chestnut, nog an egg and settle in with some cookies and milk to Time Out’s top Christmas movies.

The best L.A. Christmas ornaments
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The best L.A. Christmas ornaments

Los Angeles may have the nickname of “Tinseltown,” but at Christmas time, it’s all about the ornaments.

Where to eat Christmas dinner in L.A.
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Where to eat Christmas dinner in L.A.

Skip the at-home turkey basting and dine out instead.

Where to have Christmas brunch in L.A.
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Where to have Christmas brunch in L.A.

Take a break from unwrapping presents with a fantastic Christmas brunch at these festive L.A. restaurants.

15 Christmas tree fails on Instagram
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15 Christmas tree fails on Instagram

Some of these are worse than Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree

The best local charities to donate to in L.A.
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The best local charities to donate to in L.A.

Spread the wealth during the holiday season with these 10 fantastic local organizations 

30 things we wish Santa would bring L.A. for Christmas
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30 things we wish Santa would bring L.A. for Christmas

Here's what we want for Los Angeles this year.

Holiday gift guide

Cheap Christmas gift ideas under $25 that are actually great
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Cheap Christmas gift ideas under $25 that are actually great

Keep your budget in tact with 30 cheap Christmas gift ideas that cost $25 or less.

Christmas gifts for her this holiday season
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Christmas gifts for her this holiday season

These Christmas gift ideas for her are the perfect treat for that special lady in your life.

Stocking stuffers everyone will love this holiday season
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Stocking stuffers everyone will love this holiday season

Look no further than these miniature delights for stocking stuffers.

Christmas gift ideas for him he’ll actually love
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Christmas gift ideas for him he’ll actually love

Boyfriend, dad, brother, friend: No matter who he is, he’ll love these gifts.

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Artisans in LA show off their handmade wares
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Artisans in LA show off their handmade wares

Meet 13 local artisans and shop their hand-crafted wares—you'll never give a boring gift again.

The best ugly Christmas sweaters
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The best ugly Christmas sweaters

Shop our picks of the season's hilarious knits, sure to stand out at any ugly sweater party.

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