Holiday events in Southern California staff KABC logo

Here's a list of places to see festive holiday lights, ice skating, and other fun events in Southern California. Share your favorites with #abc7eyewitness


Ice at Santa Monica Grand Opening
November 9

Corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue
Groove to the coolest beats spun by our talented DJ while you skate. Come take part in the fun and festivities all under the starlit Santa Monica sky!
November 17 - January 2

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia
Wander through the magnificent Winter Cathedral and more. Lightscape transforms the Arboretum into a night of wonder and light for an unforgettable holiday event for family and friends.
22nd Annual Tree Lighting Concert
November 11

Citadel Outlets
100 Citadel Drive, Los Angeles
Over 18,000 LED bulbs will light up California's Tallest Live-Cut Tree. The free concert is a family-friendly holiday tradition with original pop songs and holiday favorites.
Tree Lighting at The Grove
November 13

189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles
Delight in the lighting of the Christmas tree, the season's first snowfall, a fireworks spectacular, Santa's grand arrival and more.
34th Annual Pier Lighting And 29th Annual Holiday Open House
November 15

Downtown Manhattan Beach
Enjoy an evening of holiday music, shopping, and dining. There will be live entertainment and they will be lighting the pier and adding snowflake lights to the streets.
Official City of Santa Monica Holiday Tree Lighting
November 16

1300 Block Third Street Promenade
SANTA IS COMING TO TOWN! Santa Arrives and lights the tree and it snows.
November 16

The Bloc
750 W. 7th Street, Los Angeles
Join us at the Grand Debut of SPARKLE DTLA and experience the magical holiday show as 18 million hues of lights illuminate the night and synchronize to festive tunes.
November 17 - December 31

The Bloc
750 W. 7th Street, Los Angeles
A magical holiday show with 18-million hues of lights that illuminate the night and synchronize to festive tunes. One of L.A.'s largest multi-colored interactive holiday displays where you can capture your perfect photo-op moments.
Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration
November 16, 5pm-8pm

Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
Activities include three stages of live entertainment, festive decor, the arrival of Santa Claus.
L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow
November 17 - January 7

5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles
Explore an immersive landscape filled with spectacular lantern sculptures of animals among blooming flowers, towering trees, and more for, a wildlife-centered experience that's as inspiring as it is breathtaking.
Santa Monica Place Holiday HQ
November 17 - December 24

395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica
Santa Monica Place will offer an array of festive activities for the whole family to enjoy this holiday season. Santa Claus will be in town and available for photos Nov. 17-Dec. 24. Visitors and shoppers can also catch special performances by the dancing sensation, Santa Monica Beach Belles, and acapella performances by the Oceanaires. Bring your furry friend to a special pet night and "sit" for a photo with Santa on Dec. 13 & 14.
Hermosa for the Holidays
November 18 - November 19

120 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach
Hermosa Beach has mashed together their Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting Ceremony and added a bunch of family-fun activities to make the 3rd annual Hermosa for the Holidays.
Selfies with Santa and Paws & Claws
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 18 to December 24

6400 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach
Come dressed in your holiday best as Santa Claus visits the center on weekdays for free photo opportunities (no photographer present
Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens
November 19 - January 7

1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge
A one-mile walk through unique lighting experience in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens. New this year will be an entire town of magical stained glass creations built in the Rose Garden by contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin.
Los Angeles Union Station 8th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 20 6-8:30pm

800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles
South Patio
Enjoy live musical performances by Mariachi Los Servidores and The Beverly Belles presented by Metro Art Presents.
Santa's Workshop
November 20- December 24th

The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Embrace the magic of the season with a visit to Santa's Workshop! Meet Santa, share your wish-list, and capture the experience with keepsake photos to treasure.
Universal Studios Hollywood Holidays
November 24 - January 1

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City
Enjoy Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where you can see Hogsmeade transformed with enchanting spirit, festive décor and holiday-themed food, beverages and entertainment. Spread the cheer and join in on the fun of Who-tacular festivities with The Grinch, Max and Who-ville with the return of Grinchmas.
PCH Movies & Moonlight: Polar Express
December 1-6-8pm

6400 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach
The holiday film showing, presented in partnership with One Medical, features the seasonal favorite Polar Express.
Santa's Speedway Christmas Lights Drive-Thru
December 1 - December 31

500 Speedway Drive, Irwindale
Enjoy an 11-story Christmas Light Tree and spend time in the Christmas Village where you can stroll through the reindeer stables, grab dinner or drinks, and meet Santa for the perfect Christmas picture.
Kids Club, Story Time with Mrs. Claus
December 5 10am-12pm

6400 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach
Seasonal arts and crafts, story, and singing time with Mrs. Claus. Kids Club is best suited for ages 12 and under, weather permitting.
Breakfast with Santa
December 9, 16 9-10am

6400 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach
Noble Bird Rotisserie hosts this festive event series where attendees enjoy a breakfast to remember with special guests Santa and holiday friends. Reservations are required
Creative Communal
December 10, 17 11am- 4pm

6400 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach
Shop small businesses during the holiday season with this curated open-air market that includes unique goods from over 30 local artisans and vendors, live entertainment, photo opps, and more.
The 31st Annual Chino Hills Boat Parade
December 15

Starts and ends on Peyton Drive at Eucalyptus Avenue
The Kiwanis Club of Chino Hills invites the community to enjoy decorated boats, bands, equestrians and other entries. The parade starts at 7pm, but crowds arrive early to park and gather on the route.
Hooray for Holidays
December 16-17

8440 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Come celebrate the season with friends, family, and the community as GMCLA's 200 members sing their hearts out and will put on a show full of surprises.


The Holidays at the Disneyland Resort
November 10 - January 7

Downtown Disney
1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim
Disneyland is officially the "merriest" place on Earth! Sleeping Beauty Castle is decked out in a magical winter theme. The Christmas Fantasy Parade and "Believe...In Holiday Magic" Fireworks Spectacular are back too.
Holidays at the Harbor
November 16 - Early January

Dana Point Harbor
Each night throughout the holiday season, the Harbor's magnificent light display will illuminate the evening sky for guests of all ages to enjoy. Themed light exhibits throughout the Harbor will include Candy Cane Lane, a "Merry Kiss Me" arch, lighted trees, and more.
Magic of Lights
November 17 - December 31

Empire Polo Club
81800 Avenue 51 Coachella Valley
Magic of Lights is a dazzling, drive-through holiday lights experience featuring favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season using the latest LED technology and digital animations.
Knott's Merry Farm
November 17 - January 7

Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park
The holiday spirit shines even brighter this year. Experience Knott's largest Christmas celebration with winter wonderland-inspired décor transforming the entire park into a classic holiday festival, featuring a landscape of thousands of twinkling lights, miles of themed garland, jumbo snowflakes, and a variety of picturesque seasonal settings.
Hikari-Festival of Lights
November 24 - December 30
(Closed December 24, 25, 310
Tanaka Farms
5380 3/4 University Dr., Irvine
A cozy Wagon Ride around the festively lit farm that will take you to the "Land of a Thousand Lanterns" and once off the wagon, you will have the opportunity to wander through the light displays, with photo opportunities throughout.
Winterfest OC
November 24 - January 7

OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa
Winter Fest OC transforms the OC Fair & Event Center into a winter wonderland with oversized holiday decor, more than a million lights, and endless opportunities for memory-making.
Fire & Ice Festival At Newport Dunes
November 27 - January 1

1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach
Stroll the bay and savor the sights and sounds of the holidays. The Back Bay will glow from sunset to sunup with festive floating holiday lights.
Holidays at the Ritz-Carlton
November 30 - January 1

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point
Tree lighting ceremony November 30. Embrace the southern California sunshine and admire endless ocean views while delighting in festive holiday experiences with family and friends to inspire memories that will last a lifetime.
Holiday Lights Harbor Cruise
December 1-30

Dana Point Harbor
Join us for a 60 minute boat ride around Dana Point Harbor and enjoy all the light displays from the land and the sea.
Crystal Cove Tree Lighting
December 2 10am-5:30pm

Crystal Cove State Park Historic District
The Crystal Cove Historic District will be decked out from the trails to the sea with holiday décor and lights, plus the iconic beach tree.
Candlelight Walk
December 8-10 5-9 pm

Heritage Hill Historical Park
Stroll through the merry grounds and enjoy historical buildings ornamented with holiday lights and décor.
61st Annual Huntington Harbour Boat Parade
December 9 & 10

Huntington Harbour
The all-volunteer Huntington Harbour Boat Parade is the non-profit Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Commitee's way of saying "thank you" to the Harbour residents. Please note public viewing areas at the beaches fill up quickly with very limited parking.
Holiday Lights
December 15-17 5-9 pm

Heritage Hill Historical Park
Stroll through the merry grounds and enjoy historical buildings ornamented with holiday lights and décor.


The Grand Switch-On Ceremony
November 18 5pm

3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside
Step into a world of wonder as we illuminate the night with our renowned holiday light collection, setting your heart aglow with festive cheer.
Festival of Lights
November 18 - January 7

3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside
Kelly & Duane Roberts, owners and Keepers of the Inn, continue the cherished annual tradition that they first created in 1992 as a gift back to the community
Christmas Tree Lighting
December 5

Civic Center Park
Santa is stopping by to light the Town's Christmas Tree! Warm goodies will be given away, holiday entertainment will fill the air and don't forget to take your picture with Santa.


Giant Christmas Tree Lighting
December 3 5-7pm

Orchard Community Church
8180 Telephone Rd, Ventura
Fun for the whole family including an animal center, holiday photo-ops, tractor-drawn wagon rides, a holiday store, visits with Santa, arts & crafts, sleigh rides with their draft horses, a holiday train, and more!
Christmas on the Farm
December 2 - December 25

Underwood Family Farms
3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark
Fun for the whole family including an animal center, holiday photo-ops, tractor-drawn wagon rides, a holiday store, visits with Santa, arts & crafts, sleigh rides with their draft horses, a holiday train, and more!


Holidays at Legoland
November 18 - January 7

Legoland California
One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad
Your favorite holiday characters Santa, the Toy Solider and Gingerbread Man are back and ready for socially distanced meet-and-greets. Head over to Fun Town where there's a 30-foot, fully decorated LEGO Christmas tree with over 400 LEGO ornaments. And as the day winds down, the tree gets a-twinklin' to holiday tunes at the Holiday Light Show.

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