If you’re in Los Angeles, Orange County, or San Diego on Christmas Day (December 25), you might be looking for something to do or someplace to go. As you might expect, most places will be closed for the holiday. But you do have many really fun choices for things to do in SoCal cities. Here are the top picks. Please make sure you check with the venues for any last minute updates.
8 Things to do in SoCal on Christmas Day 2015
- Tour the Tourist Attractions. SoCal has more amazing theme parks and attractions in fewer square miles that just about anywhere else. Want to know who’s gates are open on December 25 (most with deals available)?
- Queue up the Queen Mary. The Queen Mary in Long Beach has a holiday event called CHILL, an ice kingdom and holiday village complete with ice skating, Santa sitings, Christmas trees, gingerbread decorating, carolers and more. It’s open on December 25. Act fast, though, because these tickets sell out.
- See a Holiday Show. Even on December 25, you can still get tickets, at a discount (while they last) to see That Lovin’ Feelin’ in North Hollywood. The show tells the story of The Righteous Brothers, featuring more than 20 hit R&B songs, including “Unchained Melody,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,” and “Justine.” Discount tickets are available (for now) or you can go direct.
- See the 7 Caves by Kayak. You can book a tour to kayak to the 7 caves in La Jolla. The tours run on Christmas Day, so you can enjoy up-close views of the beautiful marine life, sea cliffs and seven caves of the La Jolla Ecological Reserve on a two-hour guided kayaking tour. No experience is necessary for this fun excursion, and life-jackets are providedGo ice skating. Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square, the outdoor holiday skating rink (South Olive Ave in Los Angeles, across from the Millenium Biltmore), is open on Christmas Day from 1pm until 9pm.
- See the lights. Southern California features an array of neighborhoods known for their festive holiday lights displays, from Rodeo Drive to Griffith Park to The Grove, the Candy Cane Lanes, and more.
- Be very amused. Pacific Park at Santa Monica Pier, is open all day on December 25, with free admission. Weather permitting, all rides, games and food booths will be open, but you can call 310-260-8744 to confirm. On Christmas afternoon, you can hop on over to the weird and wacky Bunny Museum in Pasadena (1933 Jefferson Drive), for a look at ridiculous rabbit related objects. The museum is open for visits 365 days a year by appointment, so be sure to call first.
- Find a fun flick. Just want to chill out? Check the movie schedules to see what’s playing on December 25. Many theaters are open for business on Christmas Day.
- Make dinner reservations. You’ll find dozens of restaurants serving special holiday dinners on December 25 in the Los Angeles/Orange County area, according to Open Table. If you’re into unholiday traditions, check out the Chinese restaurants.