There isn’t much you can buy that would be better than some quality time for the holiday weekend. Southern California has plenty going on and for plenty of people, and it’s already starting to look a lot like Christmas. Shake off those extra pounds from that big Thanksgiving dinner and figure out which of these awesome options you are going to run with for your extended weekend.
Friday, November 25
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Lakers Vs. The Golden State Warriors
Staples Center
1111 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Under the tutelage of young coach Luke Walton, the Los Angeles Lakers have become one of the NBA’s most talked about teams. Adding to that excitement is that fact that the record setting Golden State Warriors are rolling through town and you have a blockbuster of a basketball game for your holiday weekend at Staples Center. A potent combination of young and vigor is heavy with both teams and that kind of chemistry will equate to some highlight reel material when these two teams step on the court to face each other. The Lakers are, at least for now, a hot ticket again. Here is your chance to see why.

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Saturday, November 26
(Credit: The Queen Mary)

(Credit: The Queen Mary)

The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 342-0738

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The Queen Mary in Long Beach has again transformed into a snow-covered playground for the annual Chill attraction. This year, organizers have adopted an Alice In Winterland theme that includes components like the Hall of Doors, the White Rabbit’s Kitchen, Mad Hatter’s Work Shop, the infamous Tea Party, a real Hedge Maze and much more. This additional 14,000 square foot imprint coincides with the all of the frosty fun of the bunny slopes and seaside ice-skating that Chill has become anticipated for. Guests can even head inside the ship to experience the 4-D presentation of the Polar Express as a way to warm up and reenergize before heading back out to play in the snow.

Sunday, November 27
(Credit: Adrenalin PR)

(Credit: Adrenalin PR)

Hollywood Christmas Parade
Hollywood, CA
(866) 727-2331

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Marking the 85th year of the holiday tradition, the Hollywood Christmas parade rolls through Tinseltown to punctuate the Thanksgiving weekend and officially begin the Christmas season. Welcoming Grand Marshall Olivia Newtown John, the mega-floats, inflatables, marching bands, and equestrian units of the parade will ensure quite the spectacle on Hollywood boulevard. In line with the likes of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the holiday event is always full of pageantry and beautiful presentations. With plenty of celebrity fanfare and live music from the likes of Kenny G, WAR, and a holiday supergroup featuring members of Blondie, The Romantics, The Cars, and Chesterfield Kings, this historic Sunday night is one not to be missed.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.