COVID Friendly Holiday Events in Southern California
Events are subject to change based on restrictions and public health recommendations. Check the event websites for details.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
The magical journey of the elf on the shelf
1101 W. McKinley Avenue, Pomona
November 12 to January 3
Reduce the size of Santa’s elves to help them fix Santa’s sleigh! This immersive driving experience has been designed by award-winning artists and is ideal for the whole family! They also collect donated toys for the benefit of “Toys for Tots” and the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital.
The largest live cut Christmas tree in the world
100 Citadel Drive, Los Angeles
November 14 to December 31
Northern California’s huge white fir stands 115 feet tall. It is illuminated by over 18,000 multi-colored, energy-efficient LED lights and adorned with 10,000 ornaments. Guests can see snowfall every night at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
750 W. 7th Street, Los Angeles
November 16 to January 3
Featured as the world’s largest illuminated interactive vacation display. 16 million beautiful hues of light illuminate the city skyline and sync to your favorite holiday songs at the start of every hour. Free and open to the public.
The brilliance of the botanical garden of the south coast
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes
November 21 to January 10
Lush garden by day, then a dazzling evening at night! This is the first year that the Botanic has hosted 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 with a little something for everyone.
Visions of holiday glamor
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
November 21 to January 3
A festive new set-up for the holidays brings the grand parades of Paris, Milan and New York City along the length of the iconic palm-fringed Rodeo Drive, adding new meaning to the idea of holiday shopping in style.
Santa Claus Speedway
500 Speedway Drive, Irwindale
November 25 to January 10
Irwindale Speedway gets a magical makeover in a three mile vacation-themed display! This NASCAR racetrack will be festively decorated with attractions such as giant treats and a Christmas tree of record lights! Tickets are now on their site!
Dodgers Holiday Festival 2020
November 27 to December 24
The Dodgers have turned Chavez Ravine into a winter vacation paradise. Drive-thru a light show, LED video screens, fake snow and interactive displays honoring the Dodgers World Championship and celebrating the holidays.
Winter Party Art Installations in Downtown Santa Monica
3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica
November 27 to January 3
Enjoy an immersive self-guided tour of beautiful art installations created by local artists along Third Street Promenade! Deepen your experience with a brand new vacation-themed interactive augmented reality mobile application.
6100 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Woodland Hills
Every day from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
From November 30 to December 23 and from December 26 to December 30
The team that sold “Haunt’Oween” this year brings the North Pole to SoCal with “WonderLAnd!” This drive-through event will feature millions of lights, unique photo moments and a super special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus! Ticket on their site below.
Santa Monica Place Contactless Tours
395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica
December 4 to December 24
Santa won’t let COVID stop him from bringing joy to all boys and girls! That’s why he’s making a stop at the Santa Monica Place booth for some contactless photos. The mall will also offer an array of social distancing holiday festivities, including back-to-back singing sessions and safe in-person shopping experiences.
Holiday Sledding Bay Cruise
Naples Canal, Long Beach
December 6 to December 31
Want something different from your average car vacation? So get ready to board a private gondola and witness an enchanting light show along the Naples Canal with the 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 Driving Experience
Stephen Wise Temple
15500 Stephen S Wise Dr., Los Angeles
December 10 to December 20
The very first Hanukkah drive thru in Los Angeles has arrived! “LIT” has phenomenal lighting displays, awesome art installations, and an amazing animated short featuring the voices of some of your favorite celebrities!
Dana Point Harbor
November 11 to January 3
Every evening during the holiday season, the beautiful harbor lighting will light up the evening sky for guests of all ages to enjoy. Light themed displays throughout the harbor will include Candy Cane Lane, a ‘Merry Kiss Me’ arch, lighted trees and more.
Holidays at Disneyland Resort
1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim
November 19 to 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 some Disney gifts and treats for the family.
Knott’s Cheerful Taste
Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park
November 20 to January 3
Although the theme park is closed, the Christmas spirit still shines at Knott’s Berry Farm! They give customers access to over 60 unique foods and drinks, as well as rare, handmade and personalized gifts from more than 23 local artisans, including the famous glassblower and Knott’s chainsaw sculptor. . Hurry, tickets are already selling fast!
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
1 Ritz-Carlton promenade, Dana Point
November 20 to January 3
Tree lighting ceremony on November 21 and 22
It’s the season to be chic! Savor decadent seasonal dishes and teas, plus various holiday events including a surfing contest with Santa! Space is limited for each activity, so book early!
Hikari-Festival of Lights
5380 3/4 University Dr., Irvine
November 27 to January 10
Literally meaning “to shine” in Japanese, Hikari is a party filled with joy and light! Discover acres of farm-themed lighting on trees, scarecrows, tractors and even cane! The farm also receives special tours from good old Saint Nick on weekends!
Christmas train at Irvine Park Railroad
Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road, Orange
November 27 to December 23
All aboard the train for the North Pole! Join Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus on an enchanting stroll through the historic park! The Santa Claus Village will also be open free of charge at the entrance to the station. Tickets are on sale now, you won’t want to miss this.
Huntington Harbor Boat Parade
December 12 and 13
Fun fact: parade boats in natural social distancing! The 58th annual boat procession is taking place this year, rain or shine!
A Christmas of Cabazon dinosaurs in the lights
50770 Seminole Drive, Cabazon
October 31 to January 1
For the very first time, Mr. Rex has donned his Santa costume and is ready for your family Christmas photo. Santa Claus and his sleigh pulling Velociraptors also join in the fun.
Christmas in colors
111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas
November 20 to January 3
Catch your friends, family and furbabies for this amazing ride! Enjoy acres of over 1.5 million sparkling Christmas lights perfectly synchronized with the 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 to January 6
The 28th annual Festival of Lights 2020 will be limited to light exhibitions and social distancing decoration. There will be no kick-off ceremony and no vendors, attractions or programs during the event.
Vacation in your car
Ventura Exhibition Center
10 W Harbor Blvd., Ventura
November 22 to January 2
Enjoy a mile-and-a-half-mile trail of colorful lights as an exhilarating soundtrack of holiday music plays in the background. The fairground also offers two live holiday shows that you can enjoy from the safety of your vehicle!
Christmas on the farm
Underwood Family Farms
3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark
From December 5 to December 6 and from December 12 to December 13
Enjoy remote tours with Santa and your selection of Northwestern Christmas trees, mistletoe and wreaths. Also meet Santa with socially distant tours!
SAN DIEGO COUNTY
A Legoland Walk, Carlsbad
November 20 to January 10
The Legoland resort is full of holiday spirit! Come see life-size Lego holiday decorations and even a fully decorated 30-foot Lego Christmas tree!
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