Zoo Lights continue this week. Photo by Jamie Pham
Zoo Lights continue this week. Photo by Jamie Pham

Christmas & Hanukkah Weekend Things To Do in LA: Holiday Lights, Boats, Carols, and Trains

Happy Holidays, folks! Across Southern California, lights are twinkling, nuts are cracking, and trains are tracking, as moms and dads scramble to buy last minute gifts (while finding time for a seasonal spectacle or two).

But hold your reindeer, Christmas: we are once again blessed with a Chrismakkuh convergence, and this time Hanukkah gets an early start. Sunday is the first night of Hanukkah, and celebrations continue all through next weekend. With Menorahs made of everything from Legos to lollipops, there's no better place to celebrate all 8 crazy nights.

And then comes Christmas. No doubt many of you plan to spend Christmas Day at home with friends and family. For those of you looking for activities outside the home, good news: we're here to help. First up, we offer 25 Things To Do on Christmas Day. And if your kitchen closes on Christmas Day, we present a list of restaurants that are open. Christmas is the gift that keeps on giving, and after the presents are all exchanged we can still enjoy the gift of other people being gone. (Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and the freeways much more bearable.) For holiday cheer that continues on into next week, might we suggest some of LA's finest Christmas light displays

And this year we have a special surprise under our tree: Mommy Poppins has recently launched sites in Atlanta and Orlando! Thank you, Santa; it's exactly what we wanted!

Take a break from wrapping/unwrapping/returning your presents, and continue reading for some of our favorite picks for this holiday weekend...

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument
125 Paseo de la Plaza Olvera Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Orpheum Theatre
842 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Hollywood & Highland Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Farmers Market
6333 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036

OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

El Capitan Theatre Hollywood
6838 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

Honda Center
2695 E Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806

Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

ITA Productions
10820 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230

Heritage Square Museum
3800 Homer Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031

The Wiltern Theatre
3790 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Pasadena Civic Auditorium
300 E. Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91104

Pirate's Cove
2900-2998 T St
Newport Beach, CA 92661

Huntington Harbor
16889 Algonquin St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027

New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802

Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

Fillmore & Western Railway
364 Main Street
Fillmore, CA 93015

Griffith Park and Southern Railroad
4400 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles , CA 90027

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Pasadena City Church
2588 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107

Ventura Harbor Village
1583 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001

Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center
801 East Carson Street
Carson, CA 90745

Burton W. Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

AMC Theatres - Participating Locations
Burbank 16: 125 East Palm Ave
Burbank, CA 91502

Malibu Country Mart
3835 Cross Creek Road
Malibu, CA 90265

WP24 at LA Live
800 West Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles , CA 90015

Irvine Lanes
3415 Michelson Dr
Irvine, CA 92612

Paloma Pointe On The Blvd.
10955 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Laguna Main Beach Cobblestones
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Westfield Culver City
6000 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230

Hermosa Beach Pier
1 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach , CA

Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Outlets at San Clemente
101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa
San Clemente , CA 92672

Warner Grand Theatre
478 W. 6th St.
San Pedro, CA 90731

Beverly Canon Gardens (Montage Hotel Beverly Hills)
241 Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Third Street Promenade
1300 Block of the Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Palisades Village
1067 N. Swarthmore Ave
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Hive
859 Laguna Canyon Road (near Laguna Beach Beer Company)
Laguna Beach, CA

Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles , CA 90067

Shoppes at Westlake Village
30770 Russell Ranch Rd,
Westlake Village, CA 91362

Two Rodeo Drive
210 North Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Chabad of North Hollywood
13079 Chandler Blvd ,
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

Plaza Shops Courtyard at Mercado Del Lago
31541 S. Margarita Pkwy
Rancho S Margarita , CA 92688

The Commons at Calabasas
4799 Commons Way
Calabasas, CA 91302

The Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Promenade on the Peninsula
550 Deep Valley Drive
Palos Verdes, CA 90274

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Multiple Laemmle Theatres, including Laemmle Playhouse 7
673 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101

The Frida Cinema
305 E. 4th St. #100
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Santa Barbara Zoo
500 Niños Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Palos Verdes Bowl
24600 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505
16th Annual KidsFilmFest
Online - various times Pick
Save with Stories
Facebook & Instagram - various times Pick
National Doughnut Week: Free Krispy Kreme!
Krispy Kreme - Participating Locations - various times Pick
Reserve Tickets for the Free Day at Free Day at the Arboretum
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden - 9:00 AM
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