EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — There are several holiday events taking place around SoCal despite the triple threat officials have warned about with the flu, COVID and RSV cases climbing.
Here's where to go for a festive time.
LA Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow
The annual wildlife-centered event has been reimagined this year and will include immersive landscapes filled with lantern sculptures of animals among the flowers and trees of the zoo. But no live animals will be on display. The self-guided tour takes about 60 to 90 minutes, and visitors will be able to stroll through the California condor peak, butterfly garden, tiger terrace, sloth forest and more. The experience will be aglow through Jan. 22, 2023, with several ticket options in place including value nights, VIP experiences and a pride night in January.
Through Dec. 30, the 2/3-mile walking trail experience will be open from 5 to 9:30 p.m. to celebrate the season. It will include lots of photo opportunities, food trucks and a holiday bar for adults. Advance tickets are suggested, but not required. Tickets start at $24.99.
South Coast Botanic Astra Lumina Los Angeles
A night walk series will take over the botanic garden this year through Jan. 15, 2022, where visitors can reach for the stars. The immersive experience will replace Glow, which the garden had held for the last two years. The experience uses light, scenography, soundscape and projection to send visitors into an imaginative world. Stargazers can follow a pathway to encounter stars that regenerate, rise and reunite as the night unfolds. Tickets start at $29 per person.
Enchanted Forest of Light
The colorful lights, music, interactive spaces and Instagram-worthy photo opportunities await visitors this year once more at Descanso Gardens. The popular one-mile walk display is back through Jan. 8. The popular destination already has sold-out days and is closed on Dec. 24 and 25. Visitors will need timed tickets to stroll the garden, which includes the popular colorful tulips. Tickets are $22 to $28 for Descanso Gardens members and $34–$40 for non-members.
Six Flags Magic Mountain's Holiday in the Park
Six Flags visitors will get to enjoy it all at the park with festive music, lights and food. Through Jan. 1, the theme park will be transformed for the holidays with ornaments adorned with thousands of twinkling lights, visits with Santa and a whimsical light show choreographed to music. A Taste of the Holidays will allow visitors to indulge in festive feasts including tamales.
Candy Cane Lane
At Lubao Avenue and Oxnard Street in Woodland Hills, residents join forces to show their holiday spirit, and pedestrians and drivers enjoy the festive holiday decor nightly. The residential neighborhood can get lots of foot traffic and parking is limited, so slow down and keep the noise to a minimum. Some of the intricate displays also include festive music.
Knott's Merry Farm
Through Jan. 8, Knott's Berry Farm will be the backdrop to a host of holiday festivities. The theme park will be decked out with winter wonderland-inspired décor. Parkgoers also will get to enjoy Home for the Holidays, a musical featuring classic Christmas tunes and magical dancing toys. There will be a nightly Christmas tree lighting ceremony, a Christmas light show throughout Camp Snoopy and more. Tickets start at $69.
Christmas in Color at Raging Waters
This animated light show with giant snowmen, candy canes and arched pathways returns with millions of lights synchronized to holiday music that you'll be able to hear through your radio. Advanced tickets are required, and it's $35 per vehicle. The drive-thru event runs daily through Jan. 1 and will be closed on Christmas day.
Christmas on the Farm
Hop on the holiday train, purchase a Christmas tree, visit with Santa or participate in holiday arts and crafts at Underwood Farms through Dec. 24. The admission cost is $10 per person on weekdays and $14 for weekend tickets.
A Nostalgic Christmas in the Woods at Santa's Village
Through Jan. 8, Santa's Village is expected to be busy as visitors arrive to celebrate the holidays. From ice skating, cookie decorating and wandering through the Fantasy Forest of Lights, and of course, visiting Santa, there's much to do. Same-day reservations are also required to see the big guy. Tickets start at $59 for children ages 4-12 and $69 for adults.
114th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade of Lights has hundreds of decorated yachts and watercrafts of all kinds competing for top honors in several categories. It will take place this year from Dec. 14 to 18. You can find a spot to watch them go by or Newport Landing provides cruise times each night of the parade if you'd like to participate. Visit their site for a map and schedule of the parade.
Santa’s Speedway Christmas Lights
Through Jan. 1, this event returns with a twist. Visitors will be able to explore Santa’s Speedway by foot, tram or haywagon ride. An 11-story Christmas tree, a 35-foot teddy bear and more await visitors. Plus, visitors can get a photo taken with Santa.
Lightscape at the LA Arboretum
This after-dark, illuminated trail features spectacular sights that come alive. The trail has been expanded and will include new installations. Visitors will be able to wander into a festive world of thousands of twinkling lights. Tickets depend on time and day. Paid parking is also available offsite.
Hikari - A Festival of Lights
Loosely translated, Hikari means “shine” in Japanese, and this holiday season Tanaka Farms will be shining with over a million twinkling lights. Through Dec. 30, gates open at 4:30 p.m., and the first wagon leaves as soon as it gets dark enough to see the lights. Once off the wagon, visitors can wander through light displays and visit with Santa or the barnyard animals. There will be live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Tickets start at $20 and parking costs $10 per vehicle.