Get into the holiday spirit with these L.A. entertainment plans.

If you are planning a “Stay-cation” this holiday season, don’t sit home and watch TV. Instead, get yourself and family into the Christmas spirit by following one or more of our entertainment plans around the City of Angels.

Plan A

Start off your day with an early morning journey to Downtown Los Angeles. Your first destination to get into the holiday spirit is the Original Los Angeles Flower Market. Get caught up in the hustle and bustle of floral shopping while picking up a fresh bunch of Poinsettia plants and a wreath. Afterwards, stop by Moskatels for Christmas ornament shopping. Finally, head over to the Grand Central Market for a late breakfast.  Get a “Big Poppa,” a bagel, Pastrami, egg and cheddar cheese sandwich at Wexler’s Deli or a variety of egg sandwiches at Egg Slut.   

Los Angeles Flower Market

754 Wall St. (between 7th and 8th), LA, 90014 

Phone: (213) 627-3696


733 San Julian St., LA, 90014

Phone: (213) 689-4590

Grand Central Market

317 S. Broadway, LA, 90013

Phone: (213) 624-2378


Plan B

The morning begins with breakfast at The Original Pantry, a mainstay in downtown Los Angeles since 1924. After breakfast, walk over to the Los Angeles Convention Center for the Los Angeles Auto Show which is open to the public until November 27.  When you are done looking and sitting in new cars, your next destination is right across the street at L.A. Live.  Bowl a couple of games at Lucky Strike Lanes and complete your day by ice skating at the L.A. Kings Holiday Ice rink.  When the auto show ends, replace that option with a holiday movie at Regal Cinemas.

The Original Pantry

877 S. Figueroa St., LA, 90017

Phone: (213) 972-9279

Los Angeles Auto Show

L.A. Convention Center

1201 S. Figueroa St., LA, 90015

Phone: (310) 444-1850

L.A. Live

800 W. Olympic Blvd., LA 90015

Phone: (866) 548-3452

Regal LA Live

1000 W. Olympic Blvd.,

Los Angeles, 90015

Phone: 1-(844)-462-7342 ext. 4046


Plan C

Start the evening off with deep dish pizza at Masa in Echo Park.  Afterwards, head over to Griffith Park at The Old Lodge, Montecillo De Leo Politi for Snow! Los Angeles. Snow! Los Angeles offers snow tubing for kids and adults under holiday lights, a snow blowing blizzard and stunning winter wonderland.  Walk through a giant snowman forest light show or get into a snowball fight with your friends. Looking for a snack? Snow! Los Angeles has a variety of food trucks on site and a fully stocked bar for adults.


1800 West Sunset Blvd., LA 90026

Phone: (213) 989-1558

Snow! Los Angeles

The Old Lodge – Montecillo De Leo Politi

Stadium Way and Scott Ave., LA 90012

Contact via email:


Plan D

Start your morning at Republique on La Brea for breakfast. Afterwards, rush over to LACMA to check out filmmaker, Guillermo Del Toro’s exhibition which ends on November 27th. Taking inspiration from del Toro’s extraordinary imagination, the exhibition reveals his creative process through his collection of paintings, drawings, maquettes, artifacts, and concept film art.  If you are visiting the museum on Saturday, November 26, visit the Holiday Marketplace at the Craft & Folk Art Museum which is located across the street from the LACMA.  CAFAM’s annual holiday shopping event features the museum’s favorite Los Angeles makers. Find special one-of-a-kind contemporary jewelry, art, textiles, housewares, and other beautiful hand-crafted gifts for your loved ones.  Participating artists and vendors include Venice Clay, Karlita Design, Earth + Element and more.


624 S. La Brea Ave., LA, 90036

Phone: (310) 362-6115


5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA 90036

Phone: (323) 857-6010

Craft & Folk Art Museum

5814 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 90036

Phone: (323) 937-4230


Plan E

Start your day early morning at The Grove.  The first destination with the family is meeting Santa Claus. Make a reservation with Santa or get online and wait while your kids and wife roam around the area. Meet Santa, take pictures and get the videos. I have 12 years worth of Grove/Santa Claus videos and we break them out once a year on the DVD player and now computer.  It’s nice family tradition.  After visiting Santa, walk over to the Christmas tree and take some pictures with your family.  Then, jump on the trolley for a ride to The Farmers Market. Make sure you sit up top. Ideally try to get the bench uptop at the helm of the Trolley. The views and picture opportunities are a lot more spectacular.  After you get off the trolley, head over Kip’s Toyland for a toy purchase. This is a tradition in our family where each of my kids gets to pick out one toy.  Then, walk into the Old Farmer’s market for a late breakfast at Dupars or an early lunch at Loteria Grill.

The Grove

189 The Grove Dr., LA 90036

Phone: (323) 900-8080

The Farmers Market

6333 W. 3rd Street, LA, 90036

Phone: (323) 933-9211


Plan F 

Start your evening off with pizza at Mulberry Street Pizzeria on Canon Dr. in Beverly Hills. Afterwards, head over to The Wallis to see Merrily We Roll Along (Nov. 23 thru Dec. 18th), this rarely staged Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story) musical. Following the show, walk to Rodeo Ave and window shop along the streets of Beverly Hills.  Stop off at Sprinkles Ice Cream or the famous Sprinkles Cupcake ATM machine

Mulberry Street Pizzeria

347 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, 90210

Phone: (310) 247-8998

The Wallis

9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 90210

Phone: (310) 746-4000


9635 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 90210

Phone: (888) 220-2210


Plan G

The LA Zoo Lights is a fantastic way to kick off the holidays in the city.  Make sure you dress warm on your visit to the zoo.  L.A.’s brightest holiday tradition shines more brilliantly than ever as we “ZooLAbrate” our 50th year! Explore a dazzling wonderland of light with magical Golden Anniversary touches throughout. View real reindeer (including two babies!), visit with Santa on select dates, and enjoy seasonal treats and goodies, all under the stars at the beautiful Los Angeles Zoo.  Start the day early with a visit to Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment will be at the Staples Center from 12/15 thru 12/18.

LA Zoo

5333 Zoo Dr., LA 90027

Phone: (866) 949-8007

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment

At The Staples Center (12/15 thru 12/18)

1111 S. Figueroa St., LA, 90015


Plan H

Eaton Canyon Trail is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pasadena, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Then, drive over to Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena (Santa Rosa Avenue, between Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive) is the oldest large-scale Christmas lighting spectacle in the United States.  Saturday, December 10th is the official lighting ceremony and the Winter Arts and Craft Festival.  Get dinner at Pizza of Venice and gelato at Bulgarini.

Eaton Canyon

1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, 91107

Phone: (626) 398-5420

Christmas Tree Lane

Santa Rosa Ave, between Woodbury Ave. and Altadena Dr.

Altadena, 91001

Pizza of Venice

2545 Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena, 91107

Phone; (626) 765-9636

Bulgarini Gelato

749 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena 91001

Phone: (626)  791-6174


Plan I

Angel City Chorale (ACC), the celebrated Los Angeles choir led by Founder/Artistic Director Sue Fink, will jump-start your holiday season season in style with "Bring on the Joy," the choir’s 23rd annual set of holiday concerts and sing-alongs. The festive evenings will bring together talented Los Angeles-area singers and instrumentalists with a tapestry of seasonal favorites featuring musical textures from diverse traditions. The inclusive, family-friendly concerts will take place at Wilshire United Methodist Church in Los Angeles over two very special nights on Saturday, December 3, and Sunday, December 4. Start the evening beforehand with dinner at Vernetti in Larchmont Village. Vernetti is a neighborhood restaurant where old school meets new school Italian. Inspired by a century long history of Italian-American cuisine, Chef Steve Vernetti, shares his passion for fresh, delicious Italian food made simply, with the best ingredients. Steve feeds the community as he does his own family, providing a special place to celebrate all the amazing things that happen when sharing a delicious meal!

Angel City Chorale

at the Wilshire United Methodist Church

4350 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 90010

Phone: (310) 943-9231


225 N. Larchmont Blvd., LA, 90004

Phone: (323) 798-5886


Plan J

If you're looking for a little holiday cheer, look no further: Grinchmas is here!  Get yourself over to Universal Studios Hollywood to celebrate Grinchmas from December 3 thru January 1st.  Snap a photo with The Grinch or a 60 foot tree, then visit Max to take a picture for all to see. Catch the Who-liday Singers on the Studio Tour, singing from the real Who-ville set on the Backlot and more! Listen to the carols of the Who-ville Singers, then decorate ornaments - prepare for messy fingers! Send the Grinch a postcard promising three good deeds, and a book will be gifted to a child in need. Catch Martha May and the Who-Dolls' big holiday revue before setting in for story time with Cindy Lou Who.

Universal Studios Hollywood

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Phone: (800) 864-8377


Plan K

Chill out at Chill, the annual holiday adventure at the Queen Mary.  Light up the holidays in the all new "Alice in Winterland" plus ice tubing on the Glacier Glide, ice skating, live entertainment, North Pole Village, Prancer's Paintball, Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Claus Cottage and more!

Queen Mary

1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach 90802

Phone: (877) 342-0752