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Ice Santa Monica

Los Angeles sees an average temperature of 68 degrees during the winter. Fortunately, the mild weather allows locals to enjoy outdoor winter interests. But, that doesn’t preclude typical winter activities such as sipping hot chocolate and ice skating. Los Angeles has gorgeous nature and culture to take advantage of as well. It’s time to sync up calendars with the coolest winter activities in town.

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(credit: ICE Santa Monica)

ICE At Santa Monica
1324 5th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 260-1199
Dates: November 1, 2017 – January 15, 2018

Ice skating blocks away from the Pacific Ocean is a fun way to spend time with friends outdoors during winter in Los Angeles. The ice rink is 8,000 square feet and is open through January 16, 2016. For just $15, you’ll gain entrance to skate for as long as you want and includes skate rentals too. Not sure how to ice skate? Take a private or group figure skating lesson by Randy Gardener’s school of skating (an additional cost). Holiday parties and winter birthday celebrations are welcome to host a private party here, too.

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(Credit: Jamie Pham )

L.A. Zoo Lights
LA Zoo & Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-4200
Dates: November 17, 2017 – January 7 2018

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!
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(Credit: Descanso Gardens)

Enchanted: Forest of Light
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr.
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Dates: November 25, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Enjoy a one-mile walk through eight distinct lighting displays in the beautiful Descanso Gardens this month. The interactive, nighttime experience includes large-scale light features, lighted pads, and a chance to manipulate sound and color in the Oak Grove. The beautiful gardens are transformed into 10 themed sparkling displays that will surely get you in the holiday spirit! Learn more at our Guide To Descanso Garden’s Enchanted: Forest Of Light.

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(Credit: Syda Productions/shutterstock)

SNOW! Los Angeles
The Old Lodge
2002 Stadium Way
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Date: Now Through December 23, 2017

Every child and adult in Los Angeles can finally experience a snow day with this week’s opening of Snow! Los Angeles. Over 10,000 square feet of snow tubing awaits, spread across 9 acres of winter wonderland. After tubing down the hill, visit the giant 12′ gingerbread house, walk the penguin light path filled with gigantic animated penguin scenes, go ice skating, and much more!
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(credit: Geoff M./Yelp)

Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker Festival/Run
943 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 256-1363
Date: February 24 & 25, 2018

The annual L.A. Chinatown Firecracker Festival invites Angelenos to bike, walk, run and play, all while celebrating the unique Asian culture and communities within Los Angeles. As one of the largest and longest-running Chinese New Year run in the country, there is a 5k/10k run/walk, as well as a kiddie run for the tots. The free festival, located in Chinatown’s Central Plaza, will commemorate traditional Chinese music ensembles, Korean performers, Vietnamese folk dancers, taiko drummers of Japan and Lion Dancers. Those interested should visit www.http://www.firecracker10k.org for times and more information.

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(Credit: Courtesy of Queen Mary)

CHILL At The Queen Mary
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(800) 437-2934
Dates: December 13, 2017 – January 17, 2018

The Queen Mary’s CHILL experience opens tonight, 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.

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