What you should know
- LA Zoo Lights will sparkle at the Los Angeles Zoo from November 19, 2021 to January 9, 2022
- From November 21, 2021 to January 9, 2022, the enchanted forest of light will shine in Descanso Gardens
- The annual tree lighting for the Winterlit in downtown Santa Monica will be on November 19, 2021
Christmas lights: Our mid-November mood? Bring us all of the lightbulbs, every last twinkle and all that twinkle that can be cheerfully patterned. We’re ready to experience some ethereal post-sunset scenes, twinkling trees, cool light tunnels, and fancy installations that are fully lit. And three of Southern California’s biggest sparkles are ready for their pre-Thanksgiving debut: LA Zoo Lights, Enchanted Forest of Light in Descanso Gardens, and the tree lights at Winterlit in downtown Santa Monica. There is a charge to LA Zoo and Descanso Gardens, and Winterlit is free to view.
The Great Los Angeles Walk: Want to join in with a free, inspirational, community-cool event just days before Thanksgiving? Many adventurous Angelenos have done just that over the past 16 years, thanks to this annual Saturday-before-Thanksgiving hike around town. And we mean “across” because this long walk has taken on some of our largest boulevards. On November 20th, the hike gets shorter but still 21 miles: San Gabriel Mission to Olvera Street is the historic trail. The group will continue to drive in DTLA in the early afternoon if you are interested.
The science of gingerbread: What’s that delicious scent in the air? It’s time to see the mega-tangy, super-cute gingerbread house display in the Discovery Cube OC or Discovery Cube LA. November 20th is also an important date for anyone wishing to take part in the exhibition’s annual clothing competition. Why? That’s the first day you can start dropping off your gummy-candy-laden, candy-covered building, which will then join an exhibit that’s sure to grow in the coming weeks. You should read up on the rules and also look at the prices. Likewise? Browsing through winners from previous years is always helpful in the inspiration department.
A ‘nostalgic Christmas’ in Santa’s Village: How to get to the North Pole? Let’s face it, you’ll have more than just a few layovers and plane changes, and you may need to book a night or two at a penguin-owned B&B. But reaching a destination very similar to the North Pole and only located in Southern California is entirely possible. It’s the SkyPark in Santa’s Village we’re talking about, this mid-century gem, a collection of cottages and outdoor experiences that will delight festive families, mountain bikers, and anyone looking for a bit of seasonal splendor in the mountains. And that’s super sweet: The annual Christmas fun is just beginning, for a happy multi-week run. Details? Ho ho ho
Hitchcock Festival: The nights come earlier, we’re looking for our light but cozy sweaters, and the movie-loving spirit turns to the types of cinematic delicacies that are a little frightening, a little inspiring and at the same time have a lot of verve and gravity. For many movie buffs, that means an Alfred Hitchcock-directed film, and the Hollywood Legion Theater will have several of them starting November 19th. The great “Rear Window” with Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly starts the series, so grab your powerful lens and comfortable pajamas for viewing the building next door and head to this Tinseltown landmark. All Movies? You are here.