Holiday Lights In DTLA
The holiday season comes with many festivities — Christmas parties, lavish dinners, trips to the ice-skating rink, the list goes on. Of all the things to do around the holidays, though, one in particular draws the crowds like no other. Holiday Lights bring out the cheer like few other spectacles can, and whether you’re a longtime resident or just starting to fire up that apartment finder for Los Angeles rentals, you’ll be interested in learning more about what the areas in and around DTLA will have in store. Here’s your rundown on what the month of December has in store when it comes to amazing illuminations.
Enchanted Forest Of Light
At the Descanso Gardens, from November through December, the Enchanted Forest Of Light will be in full swing. This amazing light event takes visitors around the most recognizable and beloved areas of the Descanso Gardens as they glow with brilliant-colored hues. The walk is about a mile long, and takes about 45 minutes to complete. The light show place during the evening, and the displays, some of which are interactive, encompass some of the finest you’ll observe in the area. You can check out a video of some of what the Enchanted Forest has to offer here.
Clearly, the lights are the main spectacle, one that bring a smile to adults and children alike. They aren’t the only thing available for you to partake in while you’re at the Enchanted Forest, though. There will also be plenty of food and shopping to get into while you’re there. At the Descanso Café and the Maple Restaurant, you’ll be able to grab either casual bites or have a full on reservation dinner, depending on your preference. There’s also the Descanso Gift Shop, where the shelves will be stocked with Enchanted Forest Of Light-themed gifts and holiday items for those that love gardening and nature. Be sure to pick up a few things for the family before you leave.
Grand Park Lights Up The Holidays
In DTLA’s very own Grand Park, located on 200 North Broadway, you’ll be able to experience the magic of Grand Park Lights Up The Holidays from November 26 - December 26. Things start with a big kick off, when the Christmas Tree Lighting takes place on November 27. Danny Romero of ABC 7 will be hosting, and musical performances will feature Brass Pacifica and the LA County High School For The Arts. If you show up early enough, you’ll even be able to enjoy some hot coffee and chocolate and warm yourself up for the evening.
From then on, you can check out the decorations and lights throughout the park on a laid-back, festive stroll at your leisure. You might get some photos in while you’re at the park (the holiday theme makes for a great backdrop), or you might just take in the scenery and marvel at the sights. Whatever your decision, this will be a great option that’s easy to get to and fun for the entire family.
Union Station Tree Lighting & Cocoa Concert
Think Union Station is too stodgy to express a bit of holiday cheer? Think again. In DTLA, on November 30th, you’ll be able to head to Union Station’s south patio to check out the family-friendly event of the year: The Tree Lighting & Cocoa Concert. As the name suggests, Union Station will be transformed into the embodiment of the Christmas season with impressive Christmas lights and amazing music.
Both the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra and the All-American Boys Chorus will be in attendance, getting in the swing of things with their impressive sounds (this initial concert is actually the kickoff for a month’s long series of great shows, so be sure to learn more about the other performers that will grace the station).
As for the Christmas Tree and lights, Union Station becomes winter wonderland as guests will get to see and experience “thousands of glistening lights and dancing snowflakes surrounding a towering white Christmas tree, a “Cocoa Bar” with Elftenders, a Holiday Craft Zone for cookie decorating and ornament making, a Kids Zone, a Naughty & Nice photo booth, free candy canes and kettle corn and selfies with the most popular guy in Tinseltown (Santa).”
On top of all that, the Southern California Fire Fighters’ “Spark Of Love Toy Drive” will also be on the scene, collecting toys and other items for underprivileged youth. These kids could use a hand, so if you’re feeling generous and moved by the Christmas spirit, you might want to bring a few items of your own to donate. There will also be another “TrainFest And Toy Drive” occurring at the station on December 16th, so you’ll have the chance to donate Christmas items that Saturday as well. As a cherry on top, Union Station is inviting artisans of all stripes for a pop-up market on December 2, the perfect time to snag a craft gift for the holidays.
LA Zoo Lights
It wouldn’t be the holidays without the LA Zoo Lights:
“L.A.’s brightest holiday tradition returns, now more brilliant than ever! Make unforgettable holiday memories as you explore this wild wonderland of light under the stars at the beautiful L.A. Zoo. Along the way, view real reindeer, visit with Santa on select dates, and enjoy seasonal treats and goodies.”
From November 17 - January 7, guests will be able to experience the thrill of walking through the zoo grounds while the city’s most spectacular light show is in full swing. Ticket prices are variable depending on whether you’re a child or adult, and there are various levels for members, value nights, and prime nights. Be sure to check out the Ticket Page for more information. The zoo will be filled with all manner of new activities, so prepare yourself for a great time. For more info on other specifics, be sure to take a look at the FAQ Page as well.
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