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The holidays are here and make for a perfect chance for couples to get out and celebrate the excitement of the season. From the westside to DTLA, there are a bevy of festive events and activities that make both the holidays and date night full of holiday cheer.
LA Zoo Lights
5333 Zoo Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Dates: November 17, 2017 to January 7, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly
Experience the magic that is L.A. Zoo Lights this holiday season! From November 17, 2017 through January 7, 2018, the Zoo comes alive with nighttime holiday light events. Once you enter the park, you’ll take a self-guided tour that lasts from 60-90 minutes inside the Zoo. See creative animal-themed light displays, including 3D projectors, lasers, and thousands of LED’s, as well as a water show, live reindeer, music, and the all new “Wild Wonderland” finale. In addition to the tour, there will be hot cocoa and other holiday treats on offer, as well as a chance to take pictures with Santa on select dates! Visit our Guide To L.A. Zoo Lights for more information.
Enchanted: Forest Of Light
1418 Descanso Dr
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Dates: Until January 7, 2018
Get into the holiday spirit by visiting ‘Enchanted: Forest Of Light’ at Descanso Gardens. This interactive nighttime experience offers a stunning display of holiday color as you walk through over a mile of some of the Gardens’ most beloved areas. Tickets have a timed entry and must be purchased in advance.
Venice Canals Holiday Lights Tour
1601 Main St.
Venice, CA 90291
Dates: Throughout December 2017
The annual Venice Canals Holiday Lights Tour takes participants along the storied walkways that make up Abbot Kinney’s grand vision from the turn of the century. The tour delves deeper than merely showing off the beautiful canals strung with seasonal lights. It’s a charming place to experience Christmas lights that line the bridges.
ICE at Downtown Santa Monica
1324 5th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Dates: November 1, 2017 – January 15, 2018
Located on the corner of 5th and Arizona in Santa Monica, ICE is back again this year, and offers 8,000-square-feet of skating pleasure at an outdoor rink strung with holiday lights. With a concession stand serving up cocoa to warm icy fingers, it’s a great spot to rent skates and take off for an icy holiday ride around the cavernous rink. The cost to skate is low, and it includes skates!
LA Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. Live
L.A. Live’s Microsoft Square
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Dates: Until December 21, 2017
For a more urban ice skating dating experience, the LA Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. Live features a beautiful holiday tree in the middle of the rink, and a dazzling LED holiday light show spilling from giant screens around the plaza in the heart of L.A. Live. For the ultimate date night experience, the rink offers plenty of restaurants that surround it. Stop by, have dinner at some of the best downtown L.A. restaurants and then go for a skate next to the massive Christmas tree!
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Date: December 16, 2017
For a great holiday experience, visit The Walt Disney Concert Hall for their “Holiday Sing Along.” Sing holiday favorites like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Silent Night,” and everything in between, accompanied by Walt Disney Concert Hall’s huge pipe organ, a choir and a jazz combo.
Host Melissa Peterman will be accompanied by Walt Disney Concert Hall’s large pipe organ, a choir and a jazz combo. Everyone in attendance will have a jolly good time!
55th Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
13650 Mindanao Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Date: December 9, 2017
Snow Wonder & The 55th Annual Holiday Boat Parade At Marina del Rey kick Dec 9th at 12pm! Marina del Rey’s most festive and FREE holiday celebration begins with the family friendly Snow Wonder festival from 12-6 p.m. at Burton Chace Park. Children will love playing in the snow and sledding, as well as crafts, face painting, DJ entertainment, and more. Then, at 5:55 p.m., enjoy a spectacular fireworks show which kicks off the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade that runs till 8pm. Don’t miss the incredibly decorated boats with festive lights!
King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade
100 Fisherman’s Wharf
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Date: December 9, 2017
Bring your sweetheart to Redondo Beach for the Redondo Beach Boat Parade this year. The parade, which features hundreds of boats festively decorated, will circle around Redondo Beach’s King Harbor marina for the event. Harborside restaurants like Joe’s Crab Shack offer dining and viewing, or stand along the marina for a great view of the parade.
The Rink in Downtown Burbank
Corner N 3rd St. and E Orange Grove Ave.
Dates: December 14, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Beautiful downtown Burbank is the scene of great restaurants, top notch shopping, first-run films and a temporary rink called, cleverly, The Rink that’s open during the holiday season. Returning again this festive holiday season, the outdoor ice skating rink will feature not just skating, but fundraising events and special performances too. Transforming the corner of North 3rd Street and East Orange Grove Avenue into a winter wonderland, skaters of all ages are welcome and will get to take part and enjoy the $10 unlimited skating. Skate rentals are just $5. There are special events, too, so make sure to visit the here.
Pershing Square Ice Rink
532 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Dates: November 16, 2017 – January 15, 2018
Pershing Square’s ice rink is a favorite for Southland skaters who like to show off their skills in front of moderate to large crowds enthusiastically taking in all of the sliding on this particular frozen ground. The temporary venue stays busy in downtown Los Angeles until January 15 2018, so get your blades ready (or rent them on the spot) for fast and furious one-hour sessions at this popular rink that doesn’t disappoint even the most uncoordinated ice queen or ice king.
The Queen Mary’s CHILL
Queen Mary, Long Beach
Dates: December 13, 2017 – January 7, 2018
The Queen Mary’s CHILL experience opens on December 13, 2017, and this year they’re taking it international with food, beverages, and Christmas traditions from around the world. Also new to this year is the unveiling of the first-ever Ice Adventure Park in the U.S. – a 38,000-square foot ice park featuring ice skating, bumper boats, zip line, shuffleboard, ice tubing, and lots more.