This year, just like every other, the holidays seemed to have snuck up on us. If you are a huge Christmas lover like myself or even if you struggle to get into the spirit, this post is for you. I’ve always loved Christmas but after I became a mom it has become so much more magical. I love seeing the spirit of the season through my children’s eyes. Since we don’t have family here in town, we try to create our own traditions.
From Black Friday to Christmas Eve we try to find as many holiday themed events to participate in as possible. We love to put up our tree as early as possible and fully embrace the spirit of the season. Here I’ve rounded up the top 10 holiday attractions in Southern California that you won’t want to miss.
Candy Cane Lane – Woodland Hills
At Lubau Ave and Oxnart St in Woodland Hills is a 4 block stretch of Christmas fun. Operates from 12/2 – end of the year, daily. Residents ask to please respect their property and privacy and not drive through past 10 pm. Cost: free
Wakefield Wonderland – Santa Clarita
This street offers one of the most stunning residential light displays I’ve ever seen. It’s best experienced on foot as it is a double ended cul-de-sac and traffic can become quickly congested. Lights are on from 5-10:30 pm nightly 12/1-12/31. Cost: free
Disneyland is already the happiest place on earth but experiencing it during the holidays is even better. They waste no time transitioning from Halloween to Christmas! Decorations are displayed from November 10th until the New Year. Park hours are extended and special seasonal items are added to the menus. Cost: standard ticket prices – see website for details.
This upscale shopping center is filled with awesome stores, restaurants, a movie theater and much more. It’s one of my favorite shopping centers to visit year round but they cut no corners making their holiday display one of the best in Los Angeles. Open daily. Cost: free *there are free and paid parking structures, some stores and restaurants validate
Operating from 11/18-12/31 you can ride some of the most thrilling roller coasters while enjoying seasonal festivities. They also have a snow machine and live music. Check website for hours and special events. Cost: standard ticket prices.
Located at 4400 Crystal Springs Drive. The train operates daily beginning on Black Friday and runs through 12/30 wether permitting. Trains run from 5-8 pm Monday through Thursday and 5-9 Friday through Sunday. Tip – buy in advance or get there as soon as possible. Sold on a first come, first serve basis. Cost: $4 per person.
The train ride includes cookies and milk, Christmas caroling, a Christmas story and a visit with Santa. Runs select dates from 11/23 – 12/26. Check website for availability. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for ages 2-12 and under 2 (lap sitting) are free.
Similar to the Americana, the Grove is another upscale shopping center and Farmer’s Market. They are home to Los Angeles’ only American Girl doll store as well as many other shops and restaurants such as my favorite, Umami Burger and Sprinkles Cupcakes. They have one of the best lights displays in the city. Cost: variable *cost of parking will vary depending on duration of your visit. Some restaurants and shops will validate
This street has been lighting up their displays since 1912 and is a definite must see! They have a craft and vendor fair during opening weekend which this year was on 12/9. The lights are on from dusk till midnight nightly through 1/1. Cost: free
Here are some other displays that are still at the top of my to-do list that I haven’t made it to yet
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
Hopefully you’ve all enjoyed this post. Be sure to let me know if you visit any of these places! Happy Holidays!