An outdoor holiday market is opening in downtown LA, the Grinch is coming to Century City, and a racecar track has been transformed into a drive-thru holiday wonderland. Get all the details on these events and more of our picks for what to do this weekend in LA.


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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. 

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.

Unique Markets: LA Holiday Market
Get a jumpstart on holiday shopping at this outdoor market, which will be operating at limited capacity to ensure social distancing. It’s the perfect spot to discover amazing LA designers, artists and emerging brands while enjoying music and fab holiday portraits, selfie-style of course. Sat. & Sun. More details. 

Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum
This is your last weekend to see a variety of spectacular webs—including those of the garden spider, which can range up to three meters in diameter. Talk to educators about the natural pest control that spiders provide. Peer through the glass into enclosed habitats that are home to tarantulas, wolf spiders, and jumping spider. Fri.-SunMore 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.

Fall Crafts for Kids
Looking for some at-home fun? Celebrate the fall season (and keep the kids busy for an hour or so) with these arts and crafts projects, all courtesy of our favorite LA Instagrammers. Fri.-SunMore details. 

–Shannan Rouss


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