In a city like Los Angeles, there are endless possibilities when it comes to holiday activities to take part in. While winter weather never truly comes to Southern California, that doesn’t stop Angelenos from celebrating the holiday season, just the same. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, the Winter Solstice or some combination of them all, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the Southland.
Holiday activities are in full swing in Long Beach. The fun includes ice skating onboard the Queen Mary’s uppermost deck, nightly tree lighting ceremonies on the ship’s bow, a Gingerbread Village and Stocking Shop, live entertainment, a chance to sit on Santa’s lap and more. There’s even a show called “Ghost of Christmas Passed: A Theatrical Seance,” that calls up all the ghosts who reportedly haunt The Queen Mary. For those less adventurous, there’s also a holiday dinner show with holiday themed entertainment.
With the traditional holiday elements all in place, Disneyland and its Disney California Adventure theme park are decked out and ready for visitors during this holiday season. Disneyland’s holiday activities features classics like Sleeping Beauty’s Castle completely lit up in Christmas lights and shimmering icicles; huge Christmas trees on Main Street U.S.A. and Buena Vista Street, perfect for that family portrait; and the Haunted Mansion is once again transformed into a fabulous Halloween and Christmas celebration with Jack Skellington as the star of the show. The annual “A Christmas Fantasy” Holiday Parade happens every evening. At Disney California Adventure, many different holiday celebrations are highlighted during its Festival of Holidays, including Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day.
The 130th Tournament of Roses Rose Parade kicks off on January 1, 2019, at 8 a.m., traveling along Orange Grove Boulevard and Colorado Avenue in Pasadena. The nationally televised New Year’s Day parade is famed for its extravagant floats that are constructed with thousands of flowers, roses and other beautiful blossoms. This year’s theme, “The Melody of Life,” will offer around 40 floats, as well as numerous marching bands, horse-drawn carriages and much more. Singer Chaka Khan is this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade Grand Marshal. Admission is free along the parade route, with people camping out the night before to get prime spots on the sidewalk.
Every holiday season, the LAB performs the classic “The Nutcracker” for audiences across Southern California. In 2018, their wonderful performances will be held in the Alex Theatre, Royce Hall, the Dolby Theatre and the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and at a new venue, the Cerritos Center for the performing arts. This ballet is a perfect way to introduce youngsters into the beauty of the ballet; adults will marvel at the talented dance ensemble that makes every move look completely effortless. Tickets to performances are available through December 24th.
Newport Harbor comes alive with holiday decor; homes, yachts, docks, whole landscapes are transformed into a magical holiday experience to add to your holiday activities list. Newport Bay begins its holiday decorations after Thanksgiving and by the first of December Newport Harbor is richly illuminated with thousands of lights and hundreds of themed estates. Buy a ticket and ride one of the decorated boats around the harbor or take in the lights from the shore at a nearby restaurant!
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