Where to Spend the Holidays in Los Angeles

Holidays in Los Angeles are all about getting out and enjoying some festive cheer. With warmer temperatures than most states this time of year, we want to encourage you to see the lights and soak in all the fun activities LA has to offer. Allow us to highlight a few events and activities that will keep you busy during this jolly season.

Caroling & Holiday Music

Dec. 15: A Chanticleer Christmas
Walt Disney Concert Hall
The Grammy-winning “orchestra of voices” returns with a fresh take on seasonal classics, from serene chant to vibrant spirituals, for a uniquely radiant holiday experience.

Dec. 16: Music Center Holiday Sing-Along
6:30-8pm, Music Center Plaza
Active Arts at the Music Center presents an annual holiday tradition that’s not to be missed! Sing along and have fun under the crisp, cool skies. Free admission, donations welcome. Tickets are distributed beginning 30 minutes prior to the event, while supplies last. One ticket per person to those waiting in line. First come, first served. No reservations necessary.

Dec. 24: LA County Holiday Celebration
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Each year since 1959, the Arts Commission has produced a free Holiday Celebration on Dec. 24th on behalf of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. With the theme of “Celebrating Your LA,” the 52nd edition of LA’s biggest holiday celebration features 24 groups and nearly 800 performers, representing the diverse cultures and holiday traditions of LA County.

Original Farmers Market

Dec. 20: Hanukkah Celebration
Celebrate Hanukkah with the Miracle Mile Chabad, Temple Israel of Hollywood, Zimmer Children’s Museum and The Jewish Journal on Tuesday, December 20th from 2:30-5 p.m. on the Market Plaza. Free activities include dreidel-making, card-making, building of a giant Lego Menorah, music, games and more. A special Menorah Lighting Ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 26 – Jan. 2: Rose Bowl Fan Headquarters
The holidays will be capped off with an annual Farmers Market tradition, the arrival of thousands of Rose Bowl revelers who turn the Market into Fan Central. There will be hundreds of fans dining, strolling and celebrating; expect banners, beer and braggadocio galore!

Outdoor Ice Skating

Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square
Pershing Square
The original Los Angeles outdoor ice rink features a 4,500 square foot rink of real ice, set up on Pershing Square in front of the historic Biltmore Hotel. Framed by skyscrapers and adorned with festive holiday lights, the rink unites communities and welcomes more than 350,000 spectators and enthusiasts annually. $8 for one hour, including skate rental.

LA Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. LIVE
The third annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to NOKIA Plaza at L.A. LIVE. The Holiday Ice skating area has grown by leaps and bounds every year, accommodating hundreds of skaters at once in the festive setting of the L.A. LIVE district.

ICE at Santa Monica
Santa Monica
Downtown Santa Monica brings a little skate to the surf and transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into ICE at Santa Monica. Celebrating its 5th Anniversary, the 8,000 square foot rink by the beach offers residents and visitors a little taste of winter without the frosty bite. $12 for all-day skating, includes skate rental.

Whatever activity you chose this Holiday, we hope it fills you with all the cheer this season can bring. Happy Holidays from Hilton Universal.


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