There are plenty of things to do in the lead up to Christmas in the LA area. One very traditional one is the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. From November 17, this becomes home to LA’s brightest traditions featuring lights, real live reindeer and old St. Nick! Pre-paid online tickets are just $10 for the extravaganza and the event is on until January 7, 2018.
Alternatively (or in addition) one can enjoy another $10 event at Lake Perris State Recreation. The event is actually free (when you bring gifts worth at least $10) but register in advance. This starts in 3 days’ time.
There is also a mile and a half 25 minute car ride of special Christmas twinkling lights for pre-paid $20 from November 17 to the end of December at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
These are just some of many festive events leading up to (and following) the Christmas period in Los Angeles.