Need a high-powered dose of happiness to get you through the weekend? Head straight to Happy Place Drive-Thru, then take time to reflect at Descanso Gardens, followed by an at-home screening of Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s classic holiday show. Keep scrolling for the details on these events, plus get the rest of our picks for what to do this weekend in LA.


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Happy Place Drive-Thru
They had us at drive-on piano. Yep, 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. 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.-Sun. More 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. Fri.-Sun. More 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. Fri.-Sun. More details.

The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey
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.

Grinch’s Grotto
This 2020 Holiday Season belongs to the Grinch, who will be setting up shop at Westfield Century City. When you reserve your spot, you and your loved ones will get a rare opportunity to visit the Grinch in his special cave and strike a pose (or two) with him. Space will be very limited to ensure social distancing, so make sure and reserve your spot early!​ Fri.-Sun. More details. 

–Shannan Rouss


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