Christmas events in Los Angeles

Your guide to the best holiday events and activities in L.A., from tree lightings to holiday performances
Long Beach Ballet, The Nutcracker
Photograph: Courtesy Long Beach Ballet
By Michael Juliano and Time Out contributors |
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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. From meeting Santa and his reindeer to singing Christmas carols and scooping up crafty gifts at holiday markets, 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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Our favorite Christmas events and holiday activities

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Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square
Photograph: Courtesy Pershing Square Holiday Ice Skating Rink
Things to do, Ice skating

Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square

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L.A. doesn’t typically seem like much of a winter wonderland, until, that is, you create an ice skating rink right in the midst of Downtown skyscrapers and L.A. icons. Come glide and pretend there’s snow on the ground at Pershing Square’s outdoor holiday skating rink—one of the biggest in the city. Look out for special events throughout the season, like curling lessons, a silent disco skate and DJ nights. RECOMMENDED: The best places to go ice skating in Los Angeles

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