[Updated] L.A.'s Best Holiday Events, from Winter Wonderland Drive-Thrus to Socially-Distant Tree Lightings

From Woodland Hill's Wonderland to The Bite LA: Winter Holiday Food Crawl and more.

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In case you lost track with the general elections and the coronavirus (among other things), the holiday season is fast approaching. Though many of our favorite holiday happenings are staying under wraps this year — such as The Grove's annual show, El Segundo's famed Candy Cane Lane, and the L.A. Zoo's Light display — there are still some spots in Los Angeles planning to spread some Christmas cheer.

After the year we've just had, a little joy, some hot cocoa, and holiday tunes are definitely what we need to recover. Now, this Christmas is going to look a lot different than our previous ones as L.A. County recommends to continue following social distancing orders. Keeping the year's trend of transforming walk-throughs to drive-thru experiences, many of the talents behind this year's COVID-friendly Halloween events are putting up their lights for Angelenos to deck the halls.

From stunning light installations to drive-thru adventures, we've rounded up the best holiday events in L.A. Read on below, don't forget your masks, and check back often as we'll be updating this list.

Ongoing Events

The Elf on the Shelf's Magical Holiday Journey (Pomona): Santa's sleigh is making an emergency landing at the Fairplex in Pomona, and his elves are transforming the area into a winter wonderland drive-thru experience. Join this elf-tacular adventure and enjoy Christmas lights, toy workshops, and more.
When: Now through Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021
Where: Fairplex, 1101 West McKinley Ave., Pomona, 91768
Tickets: $24.95 for children and $29.95 for adults; buy them here

South Coast Plaza's Pavilion of Holiday Trees (Costa Mesa): The Christmas cheer is coming early this year to South Coast Plaza. Kicking off on Saturday, Nov. 14, guests can visit the Plaza's pavilion and see more than 35 trees decorated by national and international art institutions. Participating arts institutions include the American Dance Movement, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and many more. The holiday trees will be on view for free to the public.
When: Now through Friday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 92626

Christmas Nights at 123 Farm (Cherry Valley): Cherry Valley's 123 Farm is hosting a holiday marketplace. Now until January, guests can enjoy festive food from the organic lavender farm's eatery and all of their Christmas-themed offerings. Guests can also visit their magical window-display of their Gingerbread Village. Admission is free but parking is $10.
When: Now through Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, from 5 to 10 p.m.
Where: 123 Farm, 10600 Highland Springs Ave., Cherry Valley, 92223
Tickets: Free admission

Starting Monday, Nov. 16

Sparkle DTLA at The Bloc (DTLA): The Bloc is hosting their annual magical holiday show. Shoppers can enjoy the Instagrammable display featuring 18 million shades of synchronized lights along with festive music. This event is free to attend and your furry friends are welcome as well.
When: Monday, Nov. 16 to Friday, January 1, 2021, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: The Bloc, 700 West 7th St., L.A., 90017
Tickets: Free admission

Starting Friday, Nov. 20

Knott's Taste of Merry Farm (Buena Park): Even though theme parks are still closed during this time, Knott's Berry Farm is continuing to bring new holiday traditions to the OC. Following up on their summer and fall series, Knott's is throwing their Christmas food fest, Taste of Merry Farm. With thousands of lights, seasonal decor, and the yummiest holiday food, you don't want to miss this winter wonderland.
When: Select dates from Friday, Nov. 20 to Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, from 12 to 8 p.m.
Where: Knott's Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 90620
Tickets: $20 for ages 3 to 11 and $40 for adults; buy your tickets and tasting cards here!

Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience (Valencia): Six Flags Magic Mountain is partially reopening their new seasonal drive-thru nighttime spectacular, Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience. Beginning Friday, Nov. 20, the theme park will transform into a holiday haven. With millions of colorful lights choreographed to festive music, holiday decor and even Santa himself, this first-time holiday attraction will be a fan-favorite for the season.
When: Friday, Nov. 20 to Sunday, Jan. 3, from 5 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Where: Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, 91355
Tickets: Admission is $20; buy your tickets here!

Photo Courtesy: The Grove

Christmas at The Grove (Beverly Grove): Head over to The Grove to kick off the holiday season. Even though the popular outdoor mall will not be hosting their annual holiday party, guests can still see the iconic towering Christmas tree, experience nightly snowfall with festive tunes and even an appearance from Santa Claus himself!
When: Friday, Nov. 20 to Friday, Dec. 25, 7 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Where: The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tickets: Free Admission

Christmas at The Americana at Brand (Glendale): The Glendale shopping center is no longer hosting their annual tree lighting celebration, however, guests can still visit to see their signature decorated tree. To celebrate the holidays, The Americana at the Brand will be covered with festive decor and more. Santa Claus will also be making appearances along the center's iconic trolley.
When: Friday, Nov. 20 to Friday, Dec. 25, 7 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Where: The Americana at Brand, 189 Americana Way, Glendale, 91210
Tickets: Free Admission

Starting Sunday, Nov. 22

Holidays in Your Car (Ventura County): The company behind the pandemic-friendly drive-in concerts, CBF Productions, is hosting a festive drive-thru at the Ventura County Fairgrounds (it's also happening at San Diego's Del Mar Fairgrounds). Guests can enjoy more than one million LED lights, holograms, a light show, and holiday music- all from the safety of your car.
When: Sunday, Nov. 22 to Saturday, Jan. 2; Mondays through Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. and Fridays through Sundays from 5 to 10 p.m.
Where: Ventura County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 10 West Harbor Blvd., Ventura, 93001; Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 92014
Tickets: Starting at $49 for cars with up to four passengers and $65 for five or more passengers; buy your tickets here

Starting Wednesday, Nov. 25

Santa's Speedway Christmas Lights Drive-Thru Spectacular (Irwindale): The Irwindale Speedway's first-ever holiday drive-thru allows families to transport themselves to the North Pole while riding along an actual NASCAR racetrack. From exploring Santa's Village to visiting the world's largest free-standing light tree (it measure up to 110 ft.!), you don't want to miss this 30- to 45-minute safe-yet-riveting experience. Update 11/24: Per Santa's Speedway Drive-Thru, the event has been postponed and will open Tuesday, Dec. 1.
When: Tuesday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Jan. 10, Starting every 30 minutes between 5 to 10:45 p.m.
Where: Irwindale Speedway, 500 Speedway Drive, Irwindale, 91706
Tickets: $75 per car; buy your tickets here

Windows of Wonderment Art Installation (Santa Monica): Starting Nov. 25, the Santa Monica pier will be hosting Bob Baker Marionette Theater and their precocious puppets for the Windows of Wonderment art installation. Each window will showcase some marionette magic and celebrate the theater's legacy.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 25 to Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021
Where: Third Street Promenade, 1351 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 90401
Tickets: Free Admission

Starting Friday, Nov. 27

Holiday Snow Flurries at The Point (El Segundo): Finally some snow in L.A. — well, sort of! El Segundo's shopping center, The Point will be becoming a nightly winter wonderland. Visitors can enjoy magical snow flurries from Nov. 27 through Dec. 23.
When: Friday, Nov. 27 to Wednesday, Dec. 23, every 30 minutes from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: The Point, 850 South CA-1, El Segundo, 90245
Tickets: Free admission

Winterlit Holiday Art Installations (Santa Monica): Starting Friday, Nov. 27, Third Street Promenade will shine with thousands of lights for Downtown Santa Monica's Winterlit. The promenade will also showcase holiday-inspired storefront art installations created by LA-based artists. The lightings will begin at Sundown and take place on the 1300 block of Third Street Promenade (located between Santa Monica Blvd and Arizona Ave).
When: Friday, Nov. 27 to Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021
Where: Third Street Promenade, 1351 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 90401
Tickets: Free Admission

Dodgers Holiday Festival (Elysian Park): Angelenos can celebrate both the holidays and the 2020 World Series Champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers, at the stadium's new holiday drive-thru. Starting Nov. 27, the stadium's parking lot will be decked out with fake snow, thousands of lights and displays that honor the Dodgers' World Championship.
When: Friday, Nov. 27 to Thursday, Dec. 24, from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Where: Dodger Stadium Parking Lots 2 & 3, 1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A., 90012
Tickets: Admission starts at $55/per vehicle; buy your tickets here!

Starting Monday, Nov. 30

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Wonderland (Woodland Hills): From the producers that brought you Haunt'Oween, Wonderland is the new holiday-themed drive-thru that is taking over the Woodland Hills. Starting Monday, Nov. 30, guests can journey through millions of lights and Christmas decor all from the safety of their vehicles. Promising open-air tunnel installations, holograms, candy canes, and more, expect a lot of holiday cheer from this family-friendly event.
When: Monday, Nov. 30 to Wednesday, Dec. 30, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Westfield Topanga, 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, 91367
Tickets: $70 per vehicle with up to eight people, $90 for vehicles with nine or more passengers; limited first-come, first-serve tickets are available, so buy them online in advance here

Starting Thursday, Dec. 3

The Bite L.A.: Winter Holiday & Stocking Stuffer Sweets Crawl (South El Monte): After hosting their successful Halloween foodie night, The Bite LA is back with their new holiday edition. Taking place at Legg Lake, the interactive drive-thru food crawl will offer immersive holiday sweets, "snow-ball" fights, and fun activities for all ages.
When: Thursday, Dec. 3 to Sunday, Dec. 27, from 5 to 10:45 p.m.
Where: Legg Lake, 751 Santa Anita Ave., South El Monte, 91733
Tickets: $98 to $272 (depending on the number of passengers within the car); buy them here

Starting Saturday, Dec. 10

Santa Saves Christmas! Live Stage Show at the Drive-In (Ventura): The Ventura County Fairgrounds is also offering live performances on their big stage. Guests can team up to help Santa, Mrs. Clause and their team of elves to save Christmas. From snowy surprises to holiday sing-alongs, this event is bound to become your new holiday tradition.
When: Saturday, Dec. 10 to Sunday, Dec. 20, 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ventura County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 10 West Harbor Blvd., Ventura, 93001
Tickets: $49 to $219; buy your tickets here

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