The List: Don’t stay home on Christmas Day, try these uniquely L.A. outings instead


Gifts have been purchased, cards sent and, in all likelihood, most Angelenos are ready for Christmas next week. If you’re traveling or having family visit, you’ve probably got a busy holiday planned. But for those Angelenos spending Christmas solo, it can be hard to find anything to do. Luckily, this week’s list has you covered. Here are five things to do on Christmas Day.

Go Whale Watching

December is peak whale watching season, and plenty of local day cruise operators head out Christmas Day to spend the holiday with the largest animals on Earth. Make sure to get your tickets as soon as possible, as more than a few cruise lines have sold out at this point. Luckily, Southern California offers no shortage of boating trips, so finding a ticket today should be a breeze.

Try Sand Sledding

Only in California could you open Christmas presents, and hit the beach the same day. However, few beaches offer quite the same experience as those with sand berms. Every year, beaches such as Hermosa Beach, Zuma Point and Venice Beach build sand berms to protect from winter storms. Bring your sleds and slides to the shoreline this Christmas for a uniquely SoCal experience.

Visit Pacific Park

Both Disneyland and Universal Studios will be open Christmas Day, and both parks will likely be packed. Instead of battling crowds at those popular destinations, make your way to Santa Monica’s Pacific Park for roller coasters and boardwalk games. For even more fun, pair the park visit with a sand sledding excursion that same day.

Hit the Ice Rink

Don’t feel like going to the beach? If you’d rather have a more traditional Christmas Day, consider going to one of L.A.’s many outdoor ice rinks. Don’t let the warm weather stop you from visiting ICE in Santa Monica, Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square or LA Live’s Kings Holiday Ice rink. All offer some of Southern California’s largest and most beloved ice skating.

See Free Light Displays

Whether you hit the beach, visit family or just ran errands, there’s one way to finish off your Christmas Day, and that’s with one of Los Angeles’ many light displays. The best display is located in Grand Park, with a three-block walk-through Downtown light exhibition open for the last time this year on Christmas night.


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