COVID-friendly holiday events in Southern California staff KABC logo

Don't let COVID-19 bring down your holiday spirit! Here are some local events that are right in our backyard. Check the bottom of our list for those that are only a few hours away by car. Share your favorites with #abc7eyewitness!

Events are subject to change based on public health restrictions and recommendations. Check event websites for details.


The Elf on the Shelf's Magical Holiday Journey


1101 W. McKinley Avenue, Pomona

November 12 through January 3

Shrink down to the size of Santa's elves to help them repair Santa's sleigh! This immersive drive-thru experience was crafted by award winning artists and is great for the entire family! They are also collecting toy donations to benefit the "Toys for Tots" and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

World's Tallest Live-cut Christmas Tree

Citadel Outlets

100 Citadel Drive, Los Angeles

November 14 through December 31

The massive white fir tree from Northern California stands 115-feet tall. It's lit with more than 18,000 multi-colored and energy-efficient LED lights and adorned with 10,000 ornaments. Guests can experience falling snow every night at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8.p.m.


The Bloc

750 W. 7th Street, Los Angeles

November 16 through January 3

Billed as the world's largest illuminated interactive holiday display. 16-million beautiful hues of lights illuminate the city skyline and synchronize to your favorite holiday songs at the top of each hour. Free and open to the public.

South Coast Botanic Garden's Glow

26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes

November 21 through January 10

Luscious garden by day, then a gleaming glow party at night! This is the Botanic's first year hosting this event, and they have a lot in store for visitors. The walk will not only feature thousands of lights, but also an artistically curated soundtrack featuring a little something for everyone.

Visions of Holiday Glamour

Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

November 21 through January 3

A new and festive holiday installation brings the great runways of Paris, Milan and New York to the length of the iconic, palm tree-lined Rodeo Drive adding new meaning to the idea of holiday shopping in style.

Santa's Speedway

500 Speedway Drive, Irwindale

November 25 through January 10

Irwindale Speedway gets a magical makeover into a two-mile holiday themed display! This NASCAR racetrack will be festively decorated with attractions like giant holiday treats and a record setting Christmas Tree of lights! Tickets are on their site now!

Dodgers Holiday Festival 2020

Dodger Stadium

November 27 through December 24

The Dodgers have turned Chavez Ravine into a winter wonderland for the holidays. Drive-thru a light show, LED video displays, fake snow and interactive displays honoring the Dodgers World Championship and celebrating the holidays.

Winterlit Holiday Art Installations at Downtown Santa Monica

3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica

November 27 through January 3

Enjoy an immersive self-guided tour of beautiful art installations created by local artists along Third Street Promenade! Take your experience even deeper with an all-new interactive holiday-themed augmented reality mobile app.


6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills

Every day 5pm to 11pm

November 30 through December 23 & December 26 through December 30

The team that sold out this year's "Haunt'Oween" is bringing the North Pole to SoCal with "WonderLAnd!" This drive thru event will feature millions of lights, one-of-a-kind photo moments, and a super special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus! Ticket on their site below.

Contactless Santa Visits at Santa Monica Place

395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica

December 4 through December 24

Santa won't let COVID stop him from delivering joy to all the boys and girls! That's why he's making a pit stop at Santa Monica Place for some contactless photos. The shopping center will also have an array of socially-distanced holiday festivities including sing-along sessions and safe in-person shopping experiences.

Sleighs on the Bay Holiday Cruise

Naples Canal, Long Beach

December 6 through December 31

Want something different from your average holiday drive thru? Then get ready to board a private Gondola and see an enchanting light show along the Naples Canal with Gondola Getaway's Holiday cruise! This experience can be a romantic adventure for two or an event for up to 14 people! See details on their website below.

LIT: A Hanukkah Drive Thru Experience

Stephen Wise Temple

15500 Stephen S Wise Dr., Los Angeles

December 10 through December 20

Los Angeles' first ever Hanukkah drive thru is here! "LIT" has phenomenal lighting displays, awe-inspiring art installations, and an amazing animated short featuring the voices of some of your favorite celebrities!


Holidays at the Harbor

Dana Point Harbor

November 11 through January 3

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 much more.

The Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

Downtown Disney

1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim

November 19 through January 3

Disneyland is closed, but Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure are open and decorated for the holidays. Pick up a few Disney holiday gifts and treats for the family.

Knott's Taste of Merry

Knott's Berry Farm

8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park

November 20 through January 3

While the theme park may be closed, the Christmas spirit still gleams bright at the Knott's Berry Farm! They are giving guests access to over 60 unique food and drink items, and rare, handmade, and personalized gifts from over 23 artisan local crafters, including Knott's famous glassblower and chainsaw carver. Hurry, tickets are already selling out fast!

Holidays at the Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point

November 20 through January 3

Tree lighting ceremony November 21 & 22

'Tis the season to be fancy! Enjoy decadent seasonal meals and teas, as well as various holiday events including a surf contest with Santa! Space is limited for each activity, so make your reservations soon!

Hikari-Festival of Lights

Tanaka Farms

5380 3/4 University Dr., Irvine

November 27 to January 10

Literally meaning "shine" in Japanese, Hikari is a celebration filled with joy and light! Experience acres of farm-themed lighting on trees, scarecrows, tractors, and even sugarcane! The farm is also having special visits from good ole Saint Nick on the weekends!

Christmas Train at Irvine Park Railroad

Irvine Regional Park

1 Irvine Park Road, Orange

November 27 to December 23

All Aboard the train to the North Pole! Join Santa and Mrs. Claus in an enchanting ride through the historic park! Santa's Village will also be open for free at the entrance of the train station. Ticket are on sale now, you won't want to miss this.

Huntington Harbour Boat Parade

Huntington Harbour

December 12 & 13

Fun fact: parade boats naturally social distance! So the 58th annual boat procession is happening this year rain or shine!


A Cabazon Dinosaurs Christmas in Lights

50770 Seminole Drive, Cabazon

October 31 through January 1

For the first time ever, Mr. Rex has put on his Santa suit and is ready for your family Christmas photo. Santa Claus and his Velociraptor-pulling sleigh are also joining in the fun.

Christmas in Color

Raging Waters

111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas

November 20 through January 3

Grab your friends, family, and furbabies for this amazing ride! Enjoy acres of more than 1.5 million twinkling Christmas lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music! The best part is it's only $30 per car.

Festival of Lights presented by The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

Main Street and Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside

November 27 through January 6

The 28th annual 2020 Festival of Lights will be limited to socially-distanced light displays and decor. There will not be a switch-on ceremony and no vendors, attractions or programming during the event.


Holidays in Your Car

Ventura Fairgrounds

10 W Harbor Blvd., Ventura

November 22 through January 2

Enjoy a mile-and-a-half-long trail of colorful lights while an uplifting soundtrack of holiday music plays in the background. The fairgrounds are also having two holiday live stage shows that you can enjoy from the safety of your vehicle!

Christmas on the Farm

Underwood Family Farms

3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark

December 5 through December 6 & December 12 through December 13

Enjoy distanced visits with Santa and your selection of northwest Christmas trees, mistletoes, and wreaths. Also meet Santa with socially distanced visits!


Holidays at Legoland

Legoland California

One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad

November 20 through January 10

The Legoland resort is bursting with holiday spirit! Come see life-sized Lego holiday decorations and even a 30-ft fully decorated Lego christmas tree!

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