Find Southern California festive holiday events – NBC Los Angeles

You want a little ho, ho, ho but you are not sure where to go, go, go? An abundance of pear-bright, glowing, elf-strong spectacles will be cleared in a lively and festive way to Southern California in the coming weeks.

Here are some fun options, but do check the safety precautions before you go, what to bring, whether pre-sale tickets are required, and the other important information.

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Knott’s Merry Farm Knott’s Merry Farm is back in the Buena Park theme park, which almost shares its name (that would be Knott’s Berry Farm, of course). The chance to shop for handicrafts, see Santa in his cabin, or applaud Snoopy (the talented Beagle will be rocking ice skates) are just some of the charming ingredients of this seasonal favorite.


Alysia Gray Painter’s Lightscape at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is an after dark wonderland of unusual and ethereal illuminations. Visitors will stroll through part of the pretty, tree-lined property to discover glittering disco balls, large starbursts, and an imaginative forest of cone-shaped trees. Everything shimmers until January 16, 2022.


Ariel Skelley Would you like to learn more about the “Science of Gingerbread”? Discovery Cube OC and Discovery Cube LA have long been concerned with the MINT-cool background of baking and making the quintessential Christmas confectionery. If you would like to submit your own gingerbread structure to the annual competition, the window will open on November 20, 2021. The bizarre submissions will be on view at both locations until January 2, 2022.


Universal Studios Hollywood Hogwarts will be lit up with lots of beautiful lights in “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”, while “Grinchmas” at Universal Studios Hollywood will bring out a grin. Treats, decorations, and, oh yes, that magical choir of singing frogs will all be back, as will hot butterbeer. (Universal Studios and NBC’s own television network operate under the same parent company, NBCUniversal.)


Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade “Jingle on the Waves” is the theme for the 2021 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, which paddles into its 113th year in mid-December.


David Nguyen / Disneyland Resort The Food and Treats of the Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure? They tastefully pay tribute to traditions from around the world. Perfect desserts, hearty potato dishes, savory cocktails and other appetizing offers are available at the pop-up stands in the Anaheim theme park.


Dodgers Holiday Festival Baseball stands for spring and summer and of course for the exciting postseason in autumn, but the diamond can also shine in winter. The Dodgers Holiday Festival is set for a couple of fall-winter weeks with Santa Claus sightings, photo opportunities, opportunities to buy Dodgers merch, food and drink, and, oh yes, ice skating in the outfield to add that glamor.


The Elf’s Magical Vacation Trip on the Shelf Is there a certain mischievous elf who becomes an important part of your family every December? Then best to the Fairplex in Pomona, where a strolling spectacle with all sorts of imaginative figures and scenes now enchants young and old. “The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey” will frolic through January 2nd, 2022, and those pre-sale tickets? You are a happy must see.


Shutterstock / Sakchai vongsasiripat / Alysia Gray Painter A host of Christmas films will shimmer on an outdoor screen in one of the most cinematic destinations in our city: the Heritage Square Museum. The Victorian houses in the park? They could have sprung from a Christmas movie to be honest. Street Food Cinema is behind the series, which also includes tours of the sights, Santa visits, places to buy Bevs / Bites, and more.


The Citadel Where can you see the fabulous fir known as “California’s Tallest Christmas Tree”? Why in the Citadel Outlets, of course. The giant sparkler is so big you can see her tippy top from the 5 freeway. But see up close? That’s cool too: it’s free to see in the mall during the holidays.


Irvine Park Railroad It’s one of the most popular attractions across the country: the Irvine Park Railroad’s festive Christmas train. Cards? Oh god, they sold out faster than a reindeer flies.


South Coast Botanic Garden A wonderland of beautiful glowing trees, shrubs, and walkways? Find the glow at “GLOW” in the South Coast Botanic Garden on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

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