Winter Activities

By Bella Wayans


Always find yourself stuck inside with nothing to do? Freezing cause you're an L.A. kid who can't handle any weather bellow 75 degrees?  Well, here's the perfect step by step guide for making your season a little more jolly! 


Candy Cane Lane:

Located off Lubao Ave. and Oxnard Street, Candy Cane Lane is a neighborhood that goes above and beyond with their holiday decorations each winter. The insane decorations have been a tradition since 1952, and driving down the festive street is a holiday staple for many San Fernando Valley residents. So pack your car with blankets, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and blast those holiday tunes as you drive through this cheerful community.


Ice Skating:

It may be 80 degrees in the middle of December, but that won’t stop us Californians from embracing the winter season! What’s more wintery than ice skating? Head down to the Topanga mall, downtown Santa Monica, or Thousand Oaks to experience some of the best ice skating rinks in Los Angeles.



LA sure does love its parades. There’s the Holiday Boat Parade at the Los Angeles Harbor, the 129th Rose Parade in Pasadena, the Holiday Parade in Downtown Santa Barbara, the Boat Parade in Marina Del Rey, and loads more. Every parade is unique, but each of them is packed with fun filled festivities.


LA Zoo Lights:

For the past 5 years, the LA Zoo has put on a holiday lights display throughout its park. This year, the Zoo is promising its lights to be better than ever. Tickets range from $10-$20 depending upon whether or not you are a member. The display includes lasers, projections, LEDs, music, and a water show. You can also get a photo with the one and only Santa Claus, see real reindeer, and eat all the holiday treats your heart desires.



The Rooftop Cinema Club will be showing holiday classics from Dec. 1 up to Dec. 23. Located on the roof of the Montalban Theater in holiday, they will offer wireless headphones, deck chairs, and snacks to and all of your favorite holiday movies. Or, you can cuddle up by a fire with these holiday classics like Elf Nightmare Before Christmas, Eloise at Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol and Home Alone.


Theme Parks:

California boasts some of the best theme parks in the country, and they only get more magical during the holiday season. Universal Studios has “Grinchmas,” complete with the Grinch, max, Who’s, and “snow.” They will also transform Hogsmeade village into a world of holiday cheer, and the Despicable Me Minions will be spreading the festive spirit throughout the park. Disneyland has the best holiday decorations of any theme park, there’s no doubt about it. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and Main Street will be lit up with shimmering lights and the Haunted Mansion will be taken over by Jack Skellington. Two rides in Cars Lands will also be decorated, and the annual “A Christmas Fantasy” parade will be held each night. Knott’s Berry Farm will become Knott’s Merry Farm for the season, and will have holiday performances, food, a Christmas Craft Village, decorations, and snow.


Holiday Playlist:

Make a fun holiday playlist to blast during the jolly season:

       All I want for Christmas is you - Mariah Carey

       Last Christmas - Wham!

       Hallelujah - Pentatonix

       Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Darlene Love

       Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Mariah Carey

       The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole

       Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Sam Smith

       Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Frank Sinatra

       Mistletoe - Justin Bieber

       Do They Know It’s Christmas - Band Aid

       You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Thurl Ravenscroft

       Holly Jolly Christmas - Michael Buble

       Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney