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The best Christmas events in Los Angeles

Your guide to the best holiday events and activities in L.A., from tree lightings to holiday performances

By Michael Juliano and Time Out contributors

You won’t find snow-covered trees and below-zero temperatures in L.A., but there are still plenty of Christmas events and holiday activities to get you in the festive mood—even when it’s 70 and sunny in December and you’re confined to your living room or your car. With outdoor movie screenings and decorations in botanical gardens, our list of the city’s best events and things to do this season will help make L.A. a winter wonderland all month long.

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Enchanted: Forest of Light
Photograph: Michael Juliano

What about some of our usual holiday favorites?

Enchanted: Forest of Light, L.A. Zoo Lights, Moonlight Forest, the Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square and the Marina del Rey Boat Parade have all been canceled. Also, all ice skating rinks have been scrapped this year. And with Disneyland still closed, don’t expect the theme park’s usual holiday display, though California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street is open for shopping, with some seasonal decorations. Similarly, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is still closed, but Universal Studios is selling Butterbeer for the holidays at CityWalk.

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