Lighting of the Bay, photo courtesy of Newport Dunes
Lighting of the Bay, photo courtesy of Newport Dunes

Thanksgiving Weekend Things To Do in LA: Lighting of the Bay, WonderLAnd, Tree Lightings, Charlie Brown

Happy Thanksgiving, folks! We’ve been through a lot this year, and there’s more yet to come, but we can still take a moment to be thankful, to appreciate what we have, and to express gratitude for the many ways Southern California brings light to our lives—such as Newport Beach’s Lighting of the Bay, which starts this weekend.

For another: drive thrus! If there’s one thing Angelenos have down it’s driving (both in and thru), and as of this weekend we can experience the lights and snow of WonderLAnd, reflect in the shine of Hikari at Tanaka Farms, and bask in the glow of our home team champions at the Dodgers Holiday Festival. All aboard for the railroady goodness of the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train and Fillmore & Western Railway’s North Pole Express; get in gear for Santa’s Speedway in Irwindale.

And on Thanksgiving Day itself? We can experience Macy’s Parade and feast with the Peanuts gang while staying safer at home. Folks who usually prep for their turkey dinners with 5K/10Ks can participate in virtual editions. (You’re supposed to run, but if you choose not to, be grateful no one will know!)

Don’t forget, Saturday is Shop Small day, when we are asked to patronize small local businesses—a boost they need this year more than ever. (Online purchases count!) And as always at this time of year, what we are grateful for most is you, our Mommy Poppins readers. Keep well, keep safe, and keep reading for our most grateful picks for this week.

While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do. 


Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort
1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Irwindale Speedway & Event Center
500 Speedway Drive
Irwindale, CA 91706

Underwood Family Farms
3370 Sunset Valley Road
Moorpark, CA 93021

Prancers Farm
18540 East Telegraph Rd.
Santa Paula, CA 93060

Sanctuary Animal Assisted Therapy
27662 Rolling Hills Ave
Canyon Country, CA

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

Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA 90620

Westminster Mall
1025 Westminster Mall (Sears Parking Lot)
Westminster, CA 92683

Legoland California Resort
1 Legoland Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy,
Valencia, CA 91355

Fairplex in Pomona
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

Ventura Fairgrounds
10 West Harbor Boulevard
Ventura, CA 93001

Silverlakes Sports Complex
5555 Hamner Ave
Norco, CA 92860

Citadel Outlets
100 Citadel Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90040

Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Fillmore & Western Railway
364 Main Street
Fillmore, CA 93015

Descano Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr,
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

The Bloc
700 Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Gardena Cinema
14948 Crenshaw Boulevard
Gardena, CA 90249

Ventura County Fairgrounds
10 W. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001

Santa Monica Pier Carousel
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Santa Barbara Zoo
500 Niños Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Hollywood American Legion Post 43
2035 N Highland Ave,, CA
Los Angeles, CA 90068

Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

Dodger Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

American Girl Store at the Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Tanaka Farms
5380 3/4 University Dr
Irvine, CA 92612

Burbank Community YMCA
321 E. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC
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Colorado Blvd between Eagle Rock Blvd and Townsend
Eagle Rock Blvd between Colorado and Westdale
Eagle Rock, CA 90041

Online from President's Park
The Ellipse south of the White House fence and north of Constitution Avenue and the National Mall
Washington, DC 20502

One Santa Fe
300 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

"Bloom" Mural
701 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

"Polka Dot Wall"
608 Mateo St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

"Three Flowers Wings"
Melrose at Fairfax
Los Angeles, CA 90046

"Rainbows Wall"
8050 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

"Where the Wild Things Are" Mural
7629 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

"Pink Wall"
8221 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

"Our Pico Neighborhood"
2115 Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006

"Eye of the Tiger" Mural
2202 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Kobe Bryant Mural
12320 Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

"Love Yourself" Mural
14060 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

"Stay Gold"
13601 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, 91423

"Fudge Pop Fun"
15111 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Magicopolis
1418 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Franklin Canyon Park
2600 Franklin Canyon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Temescal Gateway Park
15601 Sunset Blvd.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Topanga Canyon State Park
20829 Entrada Road
Topanga, CA 90290

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
4100 South La Cienega
Los Angeles, CA 90056

White Point Nature Preserve
1600 West Paseo del Mar
Palos Verdes, CA 90731

Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
28373 Alicia Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Crystal Cove State Park
8471 North Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Eaton Canyon Natural Area
1750 N. Altadena Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91107

Dixie Canyon Park
3600 Dixie Canyon Place
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

LA96C-Former NIKE Missile Control Site
1714 Mulholland Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Escondido Falls
27807 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
Irvine, CA 92862

Fillmore and Western Railway
351 Santa Clara Street
Fillmore, CA 93015

SoCal Live Steamers
2100 Washington Avenue
Torrance, CA 90510

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

Orange Empire Railway Museum
2201 South 'A' Street
Perris, CA 92570
Annual Lighting of the Bay
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort - 4:00 PM Pick
Concerts in Your Car: Ventura County Fairgrounds
Ventura County Fairgrounds - 8:00 PM Pick
Happy Place - The Drive Thru
Westfield Century City - 10:00 AM
Hollywood Legion Theater Drive-In
Hollywood American Legion Post 43 - 12:00 PM
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