The holiday season is upon us once again, and it’s not too late to book a fun, festive getaway. Los Angeles may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of a winter wonderland, but you’d be surprised by how well we get into the holiday spirit here. This year, skip the cold winter weather and treat yourself (and your family) to a relaxing, sunny vacation.
But where should you go, you might be wondering? Your options are practically unlimited, and you’ll want to see as many light displays and other holiday happenings as possible. Check out Super Cheap’s car rental reservations Los Angeles packages to find your best deal. In a place as vast as Los Angeles County, having a rental car is essential.
Once you’ve got your cheap car rental Los Angeles reserved, all you have to do is create a special holiday itinerary. These are some of the best hotels in Los Angeles County to celebrate the magic of the season.
Where to stay
Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills
If you’re able to splurge this year, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel is especially spectacular this time of year. The lobby is transformed into an art-deco inspired winter wonderland, and the onsite restaurant, THE Blvd, serves special Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve menus. This is a luxurious experience you won’t want to miss.
The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
This hotel goes all out for the holidays, so you’ll be able to celebrate in style. And in addition to the decor, the onsite restaurant will ensure that you’ll have an experience to remember.
The Langham is hosting a series of holiday events, including a Teddy Bear Tea in the lobby lounge where children can take pictures with Santa, listen to holiday stories, and donate toys to charity. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can enjoy a special dinner to the sounds of a live jazz trio, and the New Year’s Eve dinner has two seatings with either four or six courses.
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Riverside
Technically, this hotel isn’t in Los Angeles. But once you see it, especially during the holiday season, you’ll understand that it’s totally worth the drive. The Festival of Lights is a free six-week long extravaganza that was named the Best Public Lights Display in the Nation by USA Today.
Needless to say, The Mission Inn has plenty of exciting holiday events to look forward to as well. On Sundays in December, you can enjoy a champagne brunch with Santa himself, and on Christmas Day, they’ll serve the most elaborate brunch in Southern California (with more champagne, of course).
Where to eat
1 Pico, Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica
The beautiful onsite restaurant at Shutters on the Beach will be serving a multiple course pre-fixe menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. And while this experience isn’t cheap (dinner costs $110 per person), the menu is amazing (slow baked pears with champagne and grilled prime beef tenderloin, for example).
Boxwood, West Hollywood
The signature restaurant at The London West Hollywood is serving dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The newly renovated space is beautiful, and the menu is a foodie’s dream. The only thing better than spending the holidays in the sunshine is not having to cook.
The Pikey Cafe and Bar
The Pikey offers their guests a very merry British Christmas dinner inside their 82-year-old space. And if the Chestnut Bread Sauce, Sausage Stuffed Onion and Roast Potatoes doesn’t sound appealing, they’ll be serving their regular menu as well.
What to do
Christmas Tree Lane
Drive to Santa Rosa Avenue between Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive to see one of the best light displays in the city. The mile-long cruise is full of cedars blanketed in lights, transforming into Christmas Tree Lane.
The Venice Canals
Head to Venice Beach and check out the Venice Canals. Between the boat parade on December 10 and the Christmas lights that line its bridges, it’s especially charming this time of year.
Wild for Lights, Los Angeles Zoo
Located at Griffith Park, the Los Angeles Zoo’s Wild for Lights Display is pretty impressive. From now until January 7, you can check it out from 6-10 PM. And if you’re able to go on a weekend, you can see Santa.
Snow Day LA
This event gives you a rare opportunity to go sledding in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Open on evenings from Friday to Sunday until December 17, synthetic snow made with a biodegradable non-toxic blend fills a hill near Dodger Stadium. This “pop-up park” also has an ice skating rink, games, food trucks and a penguin-animated holiday light path.
This year’s holiday theme at Universal Studios is “Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” and fans of the wizard will love seeing Hogsmeade village transformed into a magical land of Christmas cheer. One of the highlights is a daily animated light-projection show at Hogwarts Castle. The park’s annual “Grinchmas” will also be there, complete with his dog, Max, and the Who-ville carolers.