With Christmas right around the bend, I’m squeezing in as many holiday pastimes as I can before the big day.
Until last year, I spent each Christmas in a magical land enveloped in snow. So you can imagine that my first Christmas sans snowflakes was a bit of an adjustment. Thankfully, my other half was born and raised in Los Angeles, so I was able to get the local’s perspective on LA’s holiday happenings. If you aren’t able to get a snow-filled fix this year, have no fear: There are plenty of holiday activities to get you in the spirit right here in LA, if you know where to look. Side note: If you don’t like sweets, this may not be the guide for you.
Skating in Pershing Square – For our closest comparison to skating at Rockefeller Center, head downtown for LA’s best ice skating. Thanks to our crisp weather lately, it’s the perfect opportunity to bundle up and feel like you’ve been transported outside of California. Afterward, head over to Demitasse in nearby Little Tokyo for a post-skate pick me up – lavender hot chocolate topped with THE most perfectly toasted marshmallow. Once you’ve tried this chocolatey treat, you’ll want it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No, but really.
Taking in the sights at The Grove – Call it touristy, but The Grove is a must do around the holidays. And let’s be honest: snowfall in LA is downright magical no matter what the circumstances. The Grove boasts 15,000 lights, a 100-foot tree, and snowfall every night at 7 and 8 pm. Hop on the trolley for a leisurely loop through the sights and finish things off with a few treats from the farmer’s market next door.
Candy Cane Lane -Tis the season for tinsel, twinkling lights, and plenty of evergreen, and Candy Cane Lane has eight square blocks to feast your eyes on. The best holiday display I have ever laid eyes on, this holiday wonderland does not disappoint. Consider walking through with hot chocolate or a great cup of coffee instead of sitting in the car to up the festive feel.
Holiday ice cream at Salt & Straw – Satisfy your holiday sweet tooth by indulging in flavors like peppermint cocoa, butterscotch eggnog, and for the adventurous palette..mince meat pie. My typical go-to is usually combining a scoop of the honey lavender with the strawberry/white chocolate.
See Christmas lights by gondola – And because I can never get enough holiday lights, a second light excursion is usually on the books. The lights may not be quite as spectacular as Candy Cane Lane, but viewing the lights from the water, in a gondola.. I mean, come on! There’s nothing better. Snuggle up with your hunny under a cozy blanket while your gondola driver softly sings Oh Holy Night. Straight out of the movies, my friends.
WHITE DRESS (SIMILAR HERE, HERE & HERE) | TURTLENECK | RED SUEDE HEELS | GOLD CLUTCH (SOLD OUT – SIMILAR LOEFFLER RANDALL HERE AND HERE) | NARS LIPSTICK (DRAGON GIRL) | NAIL POLISH (HER MAJESTY’S RED)
Photos by Mike Avery