11 Best Things to Do In Los Angeles for Winter Break

11 Best Things to Do in Los Angeles for Winter Break

December 2, 2021

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The holiday season is right around the corner, and you know what that means—it is time to start planning the schedule for this year’s winter break. Luckily, living in SoCal has a major advantage: you just cannot run out of things to do in Los Angeles. We’ve compiled a list of the best Los Angeles attractions available for the whole family to enjoy this season.

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L.A. Zoo Lights

Mixing the beauty of nature with the light spectacles that make the holidays so magical, L.A. Zoo Lights remains one of the favorite kids’ activities during winter and a staple of Los Angeles. 

Reserve your tickets here.

Snow Tubing at Mt. Baldy Resort

Snow in L.A. is a rarity, but that doesn’t mean your kids’ white winter wishes can’t come true. Mt. Baldy Resort is a short enough drive that you can play in the snow and be back in time for dinner by the beach.

Grab your tubing passes here.

Sand Sledding at the Beach

Not feeling up to snow boots and jackets? Throw on your flip-flops instead and head to one of the best beaches in Los Angeles to take the kids sand sledding.

Check out our guide to sand sledding spots.

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Holiday Road at King Gillette

Holiday Road takes the poinsettia crown for things to do in Los Angeles during winter break. Bright lights, Christmas ambiance, hot drinks, and fresh snow—Holiday Road brings a walking trail straight from the North Pole right to the heart of L.A.

Buy your tickets here.

Kidspace Children’s Museum Winter Frolic

The California sun might tempt you to enjoy winter break on a Los Angeles beach, but don’t give up on your kids’ winter wonderland dreams just yet. Winter Frolic gives kids the chance to build ice sculptures that won’t melt, ice skate on their socks safely, and enjoy other spectacular winter-time games.

Get your tickets ahead of time here.

Bob Baker’s Nutcracker

No winter holiday is complete without The Nutcracker, and no kids’ list of things to do in L.A. can exclude Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater. Conclusion? Bob Baker’s The Nutcracker is simply a must. Let your kids join Clara and the Nutcracker in their efforts to defeat The Mouse King.

Reserve your seats here.

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Dodgers’ Holiday Festival

Few things scream winter break as much as ice rinks. Luckily, Dodgers Stadium is transforming itself into a brand-new winter wonderland, featuring an outdoor ice rink and Santa too!

Buy your tickets online here.

Lightscape at the Arboretum

The botanical beauty at the Arboretum turns ethereal with Lightscape—a stunning light, art, and music extravaganza that is sure to delight your senses. Explore the Fire Garden or the splendid Winter Cathedral and let the beauty do the talking.

Buy your tickets here.

Holiday Light Festival at Griffith Park Train Ride

Who knew the Polar Express had a stop at Griffith Park? A mile-long track decorated in the most exquisite and charming holiday decor and a train exploring every one of them—a classic family activity during the season. 

Tickets are available on site.

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Enchanted at Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens transforms into a tranquil garden of lights and wonder for the winter holidays. The aptly named Enchanted is a light and glass spectacle guaranteed to entrance the senses making it a perfect family activity to enjoy together.

Reserve your tickets here.

Obama Portraits Tour at LACMA

Art lovers who also love history won’t want to miss the Obama Portraits Tour at LACMA, a unique entry in the list of things to do in Los Angeles this winter season. Best part? The tour includes teacher workshops and a stunning illustrated book.

Score your LACMA entry tickets here.

Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall at Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is easily one of the best family activities in L.A. With so much to explore, it’s almost challenging to get through the entire museum in one visit, and now you can add Becoming Jane to your museum tour list. This extraordinary exhibition features Dr. Goodall’s life and work.

Buy your tickets here

For more winter break activities, check out our lists of upcoming holiday events in LA and Orange County and 40+ Fun Things to Do With Kids in LA.

What are your family’s plans for winter break? Share your favorite events for a perfect holiday season on Local Anchor’s Facebook group and help other parents plan the ideal winter break. 

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