South Bay Holiday Event Guide
Updated for 2020 Holidays
We’ve created a South Bay Holiday Event Guide to be your resource for the holiday season. We’ve created your holiday event guide so you can fun lots of fun things to do to celebrate in and around the South Bay, Los Angeles! Did we miss something, send us an email so we can add it! Check out our Community Calendar for event more local happenings!
If you are looking for the perfect Holiday gifts, please check out our local South Bay Shopping Guide and South Bay Shopping Guide for Kids. Both guides filled with lot of options to get your holiday shopping done while supporting our local businesses.
We’ve also created a list on Ways to Volunteer in the South Bay this Holiday Season and a list of local restaurants to get your South Bay Catered Holiday Meals
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Holiday Events in and around the South Bay and Los Angeles
South Coast Botanic Garden’s: GLOW, Nov 21, 2020 – Jan 10, 2021
South Coast Botanic Garden is proud to present GLOW, a visually stunning art installation that will transform our lush botanic oasis into an oceanic experience for our Garden Lights & Ocean Waters theme using thousands of lights designed by California Outdoor Lighting. The walk is set to an artistically curated soundtrack featuring a little something for everyone, including original music created for GLOW by Jerzy, as well as Baja surf music, Train and Vivaldi. Let the colors wash over you like a wave and the music be your current, guiding you through this unique and unforgettable after-dark walk through the Garden.
Snow Flurries at The Point, November 27 – December 23 on every Friday and Saturday from 6pm – 8pm
Join The Point in El Segundo for Magical Snow Flurries happening every 30 minutes! Plus every night from December 20 – 23. Snow Flurries will take place on the grass.
Happy Place- The Drive Thru Experience, Nov 20, 2020 – Jan 10, 2021
HAPPY PLACE returns to LA this winter with an all-new reimagined Drive Thru experience; HAPPY PLACE – THE DRIVE THRU. This one of a kind event has been designed to deliver HAPPY and pure entertainment from the safety of your car, guaranteed to brighten your 2020.
The DRIVE THRU journey begins on the 3rd floor of Westfield Century City’s parking structure, covering over 50,000 square feet and leading you up to the picturesque rooftop. HAPPY PLACE – THE DRIVE THRU will feature over 18 unique and vibrant exhibits, designed to embrace and accentuate experiencing the event being enjoyed from your own vehicle.
HAPPY PLACE was created because we BELIEVE that our world today can use a lot more happiness. HAPPY PLACE was launched in 2017 as an immersive pop-up exhibit with larger-than-life installations and multi-sensory themed rooms curated to Capture Your Happy! After launching in Los Angeles, HAPPY PLACE went on tour spreading joy to more than half a million people with stops in Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Sydney, Australia and a Las Vegas Residency at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
For a donation of $100, you will pick up a gingerbread house kit at Torrance Bakery, decorate it and enter to win! The Gingerbread House Decorating Contest invites individuals and families to make a $100 donation to the Lundquist Lurie Cardiovascular Institute. Participants will receive a gingerbread house kit from our longtime supporter and partner Torrance Bakery! Kit includes: pre-fabricated gingerbread house, white royal icing and candies. Entries will be submitted online and judged on overall appearance, originality, creativity, construction and architecture. Last day to order your gingerbread house kit is Thursday, December 3rd by 5 PM. Submission deadline is December 10 at 11:59 PM. Winners will be announced on December 15. We can’t wait to see the edible entities
Join us for a celebration filled with joy and light! Literally translated, Hikari means shine in Japanese, and this holiday season we have really made Tanaka Farms shine with over a mile of twinkling lights! As you drive through our 30-acre farm, you will be dazzled by farm-themed lighting from trees, to scarecrows, tractors…even our sugarcane got the holiday light treatment! Plus, every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we have a very special visit from Santa, himself!
The 2020 World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting a drive-thru Holiday Festival Nov. 27th-Dec. 24th
*‘TIS THE SEASON FOR CELEBRATION AT DODGER STADIUM! *
The 2020 World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting a drive-thru Holiday Festival, complete with a light show, LED video displays, fake snow and interactive displays honoring the Dodgers World Championship and celebrating the holidays! Open Nightly* 5-11PM
Knott’s Taste of Merry Farm, Various Dates November 20 – January 3
Every winter, Knott’s Berry Farm celebrates the merriest of seasons as the park wondrously transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm, a Christmas celebration for all ages. Spend the most wonderful time of the year with your family at Knott’s Merry Farm enjoying thrilling holiday attractions, live entertainment, a Christmas Crafts Village, festive food, lavish holiday decorations, and nightly snow in Ghost Town. Knott’s Merry Farm is Southern California’s ultimate holiday festival full of Christmas activities and attractions for the entire family.
Park-goers of all ages can enjoy classic shows like Merry Christmas, Snoopy!, the beloved ice show starring the famous beagle, the Peanuts Gang and a cast of world-class ice skaters. ‘Tis the season for delectable food creations that can’t be found anywhere else, and only offered this time of year. The streets of Calico play host to traditional Christmas Carolers, a Christmas Crafts Village offering one-of-a-kind gift ideas, Santa’s Christmas Cabin, a nightly tree lighting ceremony, the enchanting Snow and Glow experience, plus so much more.
Reflections at Descanso Gardens, November 14th – January 10th
After we have experienced the most difficult years, this holiday season Descanso Gardens invites you to Reflections at Descanso, a celebration of this world’s hopes and peace celebration. From November 14th to January 10th, the day celebration will replace Enchanted Forest of Light (this year, due to COVID cancellation) and will include art pieces, special plantings, self-guided activities and a beautiful Wishing Tree created by Artist Kaz Yokou Kitajima.
Christmas Train at the Irvine Railroad, November 27th – December 23rd
‘Tis the season for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train. Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. The train will depart from the brightly-lit train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole. Children can share their wish list with Santa and have their photo taken with him too. You may take pictures with your personal camera or you may purchase a photo taken by Irvine Park Railroad. After visiting with Santa, hop back aboard the train and enjoy the colorful Christmas lights and decorations, as well as the magical “Tunnel of Lights”, on the ride back to Santa’s Village.
Winter Fest OC Presents: Night of Lights OC, A Magical One Mile Holiday Lights and Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru Experience – Dec. 10 through Jan. 10
Spectacular family fun and date night charm!Featuring ice tubing down a 150 foot, 8 lane slide, a two million light walk-through show, ice skating, snow play with real snow blown in daily, nightly Christmas tree lighting show with snowfall and fireworks lighting up the sky, more than 30 carnival rides and games, festive entertainment, seasonal eateries, visits with Santa and so much more.
Los Angeles Zoo Lights – Cancelled
2020 LA Zoo Lights has been cancelled, but hoping they will announce an update on another holiday celebration soon.
The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey – Now through Jan 3rd
Prepare to be swept away in an immersive drive-thru experience like no other! The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey is an original story brought to life by world-class artists from theater, TV, and film, including scenic design by Emmy Award® winner David Korins (Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, The 2019 Oscars), original music composed by Emmy Award® nominee Curtis Moore (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), and lighting design by Broadway lighting designer David Weiner (Romeo and Juliet, Outside Lands Festival).
You will be traveling through an enchanted elf-sized world with magic and elf-tacular surprises around every bend. Along the way kids can join in a scavenger hunt for hidden sleigh bells in their quest to find Christmas spirit and save Christmas! So bring your friends, because Santa needs YOU!
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, November 14 through December 31
Gather your family and join all of your festive friends at SeaWorld®’s Christmas Celebration™. SeaWorld transforms into a winter wonderland sparkling with holiday cheer, excitement, and over 3 million beautiful lights. Experience award-winning entertainment like the show-stopping ice-skating extravaganza Winter Wonderland on Ice. Meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or head to Wild Arctic® and visit with Santa himself. Create unforgettable holiday memories with a magical Christmas celebration you can only find at SeaWorld.
STOCKING STUFFER SWEETS CRAWL! SNOWMAN *SNO-BALL* FIGHT! STORIES AND SONGS WITH SANTA! UGLY CAR SWEATER CONTEST! From Meyer2Meyer Entertainment, the creators of The Bite LA: Halloween Food Crawl and Creature Safari, House of Spirits: A Haunted Cocktail Soiree, Kaleidoscope Experience, co-creators of Rated R Speakeasy and the former creative director behind 8 years of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride and Great Horror Campout, comes a seasonal twist on their drive-thru experience offering immersive Winter Holiday fun appropriate for kids and adults alike! VEGAN, VEGETARIAN and GLUTEN FREE STOCKING STUFFER SWEETS WILL BE AVAILABLE!
SoCal Wonderland – NOV 30 – DEC 23 & DEC 26 – DEC 30!
A frosted, family-friendly adventure in Woodland Hills! Celebrate the holiday season with millions of lights and themed decór during a festive wonderLAnd drive-thru show.
Local Tree Sales
3825 Pacific Coast Highway
Torrance, CA 90505
It’s in between Hawthorne and Torrance
1601 Kingsdale Ave
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
17520 Prairie Ave
Torrance, CA 90504
Phone: (949) 847-7808