While some folks may be dreaming of a white Christmas, many are perfectly content to spend December celebrating amidst the sun and sand of Los Angeles. There's certainly no lack of holiday spirit and the list of events is probably longer than Santa's naughty (or is it nice?) list.
The options are endless, from ice skating and ice sculptures to attending concerts, parades and tree or menorah lightings. Sing along to holiday favorites at the Walt Disney Concert Hall or join Lisa Loeb at the Skirball Center for their annual Hanukkah celebration.
There's no shortage of wattage either. Lights are strung along Altadena's Christmas Tree Lane in spectacular fashion and, while the zoo goes quiet at night, it's not going dark thanks to L.A. ZOO LIGHTS (which replaced the DWP's Griffith Park light display). Additionally, Riverside's Mission Inn once again hosts their Festival of Lights, which lights up an entire block and where you can take your sweetheart to smooch under the world's largest manmade mistletoe.
But nowhere else in the world can you ring in the new year as we do in SoCal... at the Tournament of Roses Parade – the granddaddy of them all! If you're not up for camping or splurging for seats to watch it live, view the floats in the days prior while they're getting their finishing touches. Then, watch the parade on T.V. – in your jammies – like the rest of the world. Now that's what I call a happy holiday.
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