Welcome to December neighbors! Tis the season for celebrating, right? We want you to feel merry and bright for the holidays. Luckily, there are tons of fun things to do for the holidays in Los Angeles. In this blog post, we have broken down some of our festivities that we are sure you are going to love.

Holidays in Los Angeles – Where to see Christmas Lights in L.A.

Enchanted: Forest of Light

Fun things to do for the holidays in Los Angeles - Enchanted Forest of Light
Photograph courtesy of @descansogardens

There are a number of places in LA to light up your Christmas spirit. Starting with the Enchanted: Forest of Light at the Descanso Gardens. From now until January 5th, 2020, you can escape into a whimsical world of 10 interactive light installations. That includes free-standing kinetic statues, hands-on art pieces plus luminescent forests.

Los Angeles Neighborhoods

the Venice Canals

Budgeting is important during the holidays. With that said, you don’t have to spend much to see Christmas lights. There are a handful of neighborhoods to visit for this sort of occasion.

Christmas Tree Lane

Your Christmas tree at your own luxury apartment in downtown Los Angeles may be beautiful but nothing beats Christmas Tree Lane. Stay in your car for this mile-long driveway of cedars covered in bright lights.

Candy Cane Lane

For over 60 years, a collection of eight blocks has been decking out their homes for the holidays. Similar to Christmas Tree Lane, stay in your car for this one. Do take note that the display for Candy Cane Lane starts on the second Saturday of December through the end of the year.

The Venice Canals

Here in LA, we don’t let the lack of snow keep us from dressing up our city with lights. Take for instance the Venice Canals. Park your car a few blocks away and take a stroll through the glistening neighborhood.

L.A. Zoo

The L.A. Zoo Lights
Photograph courtesy of Timeout.com | Captured by Michael Juliano

The L.A. Zoo in Griffith Park is brightening things up for the holidays too. The animals will be asleep but there will be a collection of animal-inspired light-up displays for you to explore.

Moonlight Forest

Moonlight Forest
Photograph courtesy of Timeout.com | Captured by Michael Juliano

If you thought that was it, you thought wrong. We also have Moonlight Forest. It can be described as a combination of the light installations from both Descanso Gardens and the L.A. Zoo.

Grand Park’s Winter Glow

Grand Parks Winter Glow
Photograph courtesy of Timeout.com | Captured by Michael Juliano

Are you looking to stay more local in order to enjoy those Christmas lights? Then head on over to Grand Park’s Winter Glow. Touch, climb and explore illuminated installations. Unlike the L.A. Zoo and Descanso Gardens, it’s FREE!

Where to Ice Skate in Los Angeles

Ice Skating in Los Angeles

Another tradition is ice skating. Luckily, you have a number of options as far as where to go ice skating in Los Angeles. From now until the first week or so of January, you can skate away with friends and family in the following places:

  • The Holiday Ice Rink in Pershing Square which is just a short walk away from your AVEN luxury apartment
  • ICE at Santa Monica
  • L.A. Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. Live. Similar to Pershing Square, you are just a short walk away from this ice rink.