50+ Favorite Holiday and Christmas Activities in Los Angeles in 2021

Wander through the twinkling lights and amazing animals at Zoo Lights. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Zoo
Wander through the twinkling lights and amazing animals at Zoo Lights. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Zoo

You must have all been very good boys and girls, because Santa's bag is full of fun holiday and Christmas activities for families. After a lean holiday season last year, 2021 promises stockings overflowing with theme parks dressed up in their holiday finest, traditional holiday parades, boat parades, holiday shows, and other beloved holiday traditions. We can barely keep up with all the fun things to do in Los Angeles during the holidays—and this year they're all live and in-person!

Got a light? We've got plenty, both the tree and menorah lighting kind. Southern California is all aglow, with seasonal light displays and walk-thru experiences. There's even a rumor that Santa Claus is coming to town.

Bookmark this page—we'll update it with amazing new Christmas activities as we learn about them. For more holiday family fun don't miss our Holiday Events and Christmas Activities Guide for Los Angeles, which is packed with every possible Santa sighting, lighting display, tree lighting, Christmas train, Hanukkah festival, Nutcracker ballet, and so much more!

Be sure to check with the venue for its COVID guidelines and requirements before heading out to any event. Many places in LA now require guests to show either proof of vaccination or a negative test; some events are getting canceled or postponed at the last minute due to the latest COVID surge.

Places featured in this article:

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

New Hope Community Church

Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Centre At Sycamore Plaza

Glendora Chamber of Commerce

Griffith Park and Southern Railroad

Southern California Railway Museum

Southern California Live Steamers Station

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum
Kids Club Palisades Village
Palisades Village - 10:00 AM Pick
Mart Littles Music
Brentwood Country Mart - 11:15 AM Pick
Guided Sunset Hike in Malibu
Charmlee Wilderness Park - 7:00 PM Pick
Circus Vargas Express (Laguna Hills)
Laguna Hills Mall - various times Pick
Pop-up Kids Club (2nd & PCH)
2nd & PCH - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides