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A Guide to Holiday ∼Hoppenings∼ in Los Angeles

by Mommy Frog on November 3, 2023 Los Angeles

Los Angeles Holiday Events - PinterestWhether you are looking for theme park holiday events, holiday shows, sports events, pretend snow or Disney on Ice, we're here to help you get your fa-la-la-la-las in LA this holiday season and put the ha-ha-has in your Hanukkah. Here are some toadally awesome holiday hoppenings in Los Angeles and Orange County to get you and your tadpoles into the holiday spirit. We present our Frog Family's holiday wish list of fun Los Angeles holiday events and hot tickets that make perfect holiday gifts and fun family activities.

Los Angeles Holiday Events

Here are the top Los Angeles holiday events in 2023, with links to learn more. Purchase tickets to all these events through Undercover Tourist to save big and get the most bang for your buck!

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood

Los Angeles Holiday Events - Grinch sticks out tongue

Join the merry Minions, the Grinchy Grinch and the Whos in Who-ville for a holiday celebration you won't froget. Celebrate Christmas in the Wizarding World with a holiday feast and The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle projection show. The celebration takes place on select dates from Nov. 24, 2023, through Jan. 1, 2024. Ring in 2024 at EVE, Universal Studios New Year's Eve Party.

World Ballet Series: Nutcracker

Catch this holiday classic at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, Nov 29-30, 2023.

Jingle Ball

Featuring some of today's best artists, Olivia Rodrigo, Niall Horan, Sabrina Carpenter and more will take the stage at Jingle Ball at the Kia Forum, Dec. 1, 2023.

A Christmas Story

Re-live the story of Ralphie and his quest for a Red Ryder BB Gun in this musical at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, Dec. 5-31, 2023.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas 

Hear all about the Grinch and how his heart grew three sizes at this musical at The Pantages in Hollywood, Dec. 6-7, 2023.

Holiday Sing-Along

Head to the Walt Disney Concert Hall for a Holiday Sing-Along, featuring a choir and jazz combo, Dec. 16, 2023.

Home Alone in Concert

Watch the film together with a live orchestra at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dec. 21-22, 2023.

Los Angeles Holiday Events - Rose Parade float "2019 Rose Parade Pasadena" by Prayitno / Thank you for (12 millions +) view is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Rose Bowl: College Football Playoff Semifinal (and Parade)

On New Year's Day, head to the Rose Bowl game in Pasadena. Another iconic Los Angeles holiday event is the Rose Parade, held that morning. Every float is made from live flowers and plants.

LA Bowl 

Speaking of football ... catch the NCAA football game at the gorgeous, new So-Fi Stadium, Dec. 16, 2023.

Aquarium Holidays in Long Beach

Los Angeles Holiday Events - Long Beach Aquarium

The Aquarium of the Pacific has festive décor, shopping, snowfall in the Great Hall and appearances by Santa Diver. It's all included with general admission (save $11 per person with Undercover Tourist). On weekends Dec. 2-17, 2023, take photos with Santa. The Aquarium also hosts a Kwanzaa celebration and Hanukkah storytelling.

Orange County Holiday Events

Just to the south of Los Angeles is Orange County. It's where you'll find Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, The Honda Center, theaters and more holiday fun.

Holiday Time at Disneyland

Los Angeles Holiday Events - Christmas Parade Disneyland

The entire Disneyland Resort is decked out in garland, lights, ribbons and bows from Nov. 10, 2023, through Jan. 7, 2024. Catch special entertainment, including parades, fireworks, a seasonal World of Color show, smaller acts, visits with Santa, and representation of Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Navidad and Kwanzaa at the Disney California Adventure Festival of Holidays. Enjoy special discounted hotel rates (and Disneyland park tickets) when you book through Undercover Tourist. Buy early and make theme park reservations before they fill up, especially around Christmas and New Year's Eve.

Knott's Merry Farm

Los Angeles Holiday Events - Ice Skating Show Knott's

Knott's Merry Farm makes the season bright with festive lights, snowfall, holiday entertainment and special menu items. Enjoy holiday festivities and Snoopy on ice skates Nov. 17, 2023, through Jan. 7, 2024.

Disney on Ice: Frozen & Encanto

Just let it go and be swept away by "Frozen," then be welcomed to the Family Madrigal of "Encanto" at Disney on Ice. You won't be able to stop singing after you leave this show. It's at the Honda Center, Dec. 14-18, 2023.

American Ballet Theater: The Nutcracker

See this seasonal ballet at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Dec. 8-17, 2023.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas 

Enjoy this family musical retelling of the Dr. Seuss classic at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Dec. 19-24, 2023.

Holiday ∼Hoppenings∼ in Los Angeles-Holiday Lights Dana PointHappy Harbor Days — Dana Point

If you hoppen to be dining or staying in South Orange County, enjoy the free outdoor holiday lights display in Dana Point Harbor. The annual display has sparkling lights, tunnels and illuminated sea creatures. Just a few miles away, you can visit the San Clemente Outlets to get a look at the world's largest living Christmas tree!

Undercover Tourist is your trusted source for all Los Angeles holiday events, theme parks, sporting events, concerts and more. With over 20 years of selling tickets, you can save money on your holiday entertainment and even on hotels in the Los Angeles area. 

Related: Disneyland Holiday Tips

Related: Fun Things to Do in Los Angeles with Kids

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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