Just in time for the winter break, we’re bringing you our top event picks, from drive-thru experiences (yep, they’re still happening!) to self-guided walks at our favorite botanical gardens. Read on for all the details.

Happy Place Drive-Thru
They had us at drive-on piano. This drive-thru experience at Westfield Century City includes a 30-foot floor piano that you cruise over in your car. There’s also a Rainbow Road, beach scenes, giant unicorn and more in the 50,000 square foot drive-through experience. Sat. & SunMore details. 

My First Nutcracker (Virtual)
New York City Children’s Theater presents My First Nutcracker filmed live at Theatre Row, and streamed directly into your home with live special events! In My First Nutcracker, join Clara and the Prince as they travel to a magical kingdom filled with delicious treats, dancing flowers, and a pesky mouse king. Anytime. More details.

61st Annual LA County Holiday Celebration (Virtual)
With a vibrant new format, the 61st Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration is a holiday tradition that offers Angelenos of all ages the opportunity to experience and honor the dynamic, rich cultures of the County. Enjoy a diverse lineup of L.A.-based artists including many favorites and some exciting new performances! Fri. More details.

Self-Guided Walk at Los Angeles County Arboretum 
Take a self-guided walk through the most spectacular color-changing trees and vines at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden. At any time of the year, you’ll also find a variety of colorful flowers blooming at the Arboretum. Check the Bloom Calendar to find out what’s blooming by season. Sat. & Sun. More details.

Hikari: A Festival of Lights
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! Fri.-Sun. More details. 

Six Flags Magic Mountain: Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru
Make merry memories as the amusement park transforms into a magical winter wonderland with millions of colorful lights. While the thrill of coasters will have to wait, you’ll be dazzled by all the wonderful sights and sounds of the holiday season from the comfort of your car. Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience includes eight different areas with millions of twinkling lights choreographed to festive music. Fri.-Sun. More details. 

Holiday on Strings (Virtual)
Bring Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s iconic holiday puppet show into your living room. Families can download the performance, filmed in front of a live audience, and go on a the spectacular tour of the holiday galaxies, complete with stops at Santa’s Workshop, a celebration of the eight days of Chanukah, a dip into the world of Charles Dickens and so much more. Fri.-SunMore details.

Winter Wonder Magical Forest at the Beverly Center
Wander through Beverly Center’s outdoor magical forest of over one hundred live Christmas trees where holiday tradition comes to life! Enjoy socially distanced photo moments on Santa’s sleigh, Frosty and more! Every Saturday in December, watch Frosty come to life with our Snowman Show, made out of real snow! Pose with contactless photos at our Beverly Center snowman. Fri.-Sun. More details.

From the comfort and safety your car, go on an hour-long adventure through a series of larger-than-life, holiday dreamworlds to help find the magic Santa needs to fly again, including a Toy Repair Workshop, Gingerbread Village covered in decadent candy, Arctic Winter Wonderland, Santa’s Magical Grotto, and so much more. Fri.-SunMore details.

GLOW at South Coast Botanic Garden
Stroll through this visually stunning art installation that has transformed the South Coast Botanic Garden’s lush oasis into an underwater-like experience. Part of the Garden Lights & Ocean Waters theme, the display incorporates thousands of lights, all set to a music. Sat. & SunMore details.

Santa’s Speedway Christmas Lights Spectacular
The Irwindale Speedway & Event Center is stepping in to bring holiday cheer with an immersive drive-thru holiday lights experience. Designed to make Christmas this year a little bit brighter, the experience will take you along an actual NASCAR track, where you’ll see Santa’s Village, along with a series of festive vignettes and lighting displays, including the world’s largest free standing Christmas tree (made up of more than 2 miles of lights!). Fri.-Sun. More details. 

Reflections at Descanso Gardens
After a challenging 2020, Descanso Gardens invites guests to take a moment to reflect and enjoy the beauty around us with celebration of all that’s hopeful and peaceful in this world. Be sure to stop at the stunning and magical Wishing Tree where you can add your own wish to the display. Sat. & SunMore details.

Drive-Thru Hesperia Zoo Experience
Stay warm and cozy inside your car with your whole family while you tour the zoo animals, holiday lights and decor. Santa and some of his deer will be there too, along with animal feeding stations from your car. Sat. More details. 

–Shannan Rouss

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