Los Angeles is one of my favorite cities to call home. Like many of you, I’m biased because I get to call this beautiful and great city home. It’s a treasure trove of places to visit and things to experience. Being home to Hollywood, it’s best known for its entertainment and film industry. Not to mention the popular theme parks nearby. However, LA holds so much more than the usual sites to see or things to try. The holidays can be extra special in this amazing city with all festivities around. You’ll find a plethora of traditional activities like parades and holiday shows. There are also many unique holiday events given the diversity in culture and ethnicity of LA. Here are five culturally diverse holiday events to look out for:
UNDISCOVERED CHINATOWN WALKING TOUR
Walk the off-the-beaten paths of this Asian neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles. This 2 and a half hour tour will bring you to various points of historical and cultural interest like temples, herbal shops, art galleries, curio shops, antique stores and more. You’ll also be sure to find some amazing deals and some of the trendiest items in the market today. Come ready for a lot of walking and do wear a comfortable pair of shoes as you navigate your way through countless stalls, alleys and courtyards in this old time neighborhood.
When: January 5, 2019, at 10:30 am – 1:00 pm (and every first Saturday thereafter)
Where: Throughout Chinatown Los Angeles CA 90012
MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE
The holiday season brings about many celebrations in different ways. However, for those looking for a different way to appreciate culture and diversity, there is the Museum of Tolerance founded by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. This interactive exhibit takes you through an hour-long walk of the Holocaust. Pictures, narrations, and stories take you through everything that happened during this historic period. The newest addition to the exhibit is a section that tells stories of successful immigrants honoring and memorializing the victims of the Holocaust, Jewish history and culture.
When: Year-round, Mon-Fri 10am-3pm Sun 11am-5pm from November to March
Where: 9786 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
Cost: $15.50 Adults, $12.50 seniors, $11.50 students with ID and children 5-18, free under-5s.
FIESTA ON OLVERA STREET
Los Posadas is a nine-night traditional celebration re-enacts the travel of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem. It begins on December 16th throughout the 24th, exactly nine days before Christmas. Aside from the reenactment, this Latin American tradition also features Christmas songs in Spanish and English, storytelling, pinatas for children and much more. Los Posadas has been a part of the Olvera Street festivals since 1930 and continues to be much awaited every year with the procession starting and ending at the oldest house in LA, the Avila Adobe. Look forward to some delicious champurrado and pan dulce or sweet bread.
When: December 16 to 24, 2018, at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: 10 Olvera Street, Los Angeles 90012
THE GROVE WINTER WONDERLAND
Shopping in LA is most definitely one of the highlights of any visit to this city. The Grove is perhaps the most popular place to do this. This holiday season you can enjoy both shopping and a Winter Wonderland experience too. Catch a glimpse of their famed Christmas tree and see the snowfall at designated times. Feel extra merry and bright as you enjoy a truly festive shopping and dining experience.25,2018 10 am to 9 pm with snowfall at 7 pm and 8 pm
When: November 19 to December 25
Where: 189 the Grove Dr., Los Angeles 90036
DESCANSO GARDENS LIGHTING FESTIVITIES
Light up your holidays as you go through an enchanted garden of lights. During the holiday season, these grounds filled with flora and fauna are transformed into an enchanted forest with interactive exhibits and whimsical light displays. Meander through lighted pathways and experience ten different high impact theatrical experiences. Walk through a mile of illuminated magic going through the Camellia Forest, Japanese Garden, Oak Woodland, and Rose Garden. Warm yourself up with a cup of cocoa or have a snack from the different concession stands along the way.
When: November 18, 2018 to January 06, 2019 at 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Fee: $28 – $30 for adults and free for children under 2