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 (just updated).
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12 Things to do in SoCal on Christmas Day
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)? Here’s what’s open, plus a few things you can do for free.
Start with these fantastic 5 Southern California Attractions (get tickets in advance):
- San Diego Zoo. Open Christmas Day, in San Diego, California
- Safari Park. Open Christmas Day, in San Diego, California
- Disneyland. Open Christmas Day, in Anaheim, California
- LEGOLAND California. Open Christmas Day, in Carlsbad, California
- Universal Studios. Open Christmas Day
6. Queue up the Queen Mary. The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, 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.
7. Chill Out More. Go ice skating at Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square, the outdoor holiday skating rink (South Olive Ave in Los Angeles, California, across from the Millenium Biltmore), is usually open on Christmas Day from 1pm until 9pm. Or check out Winter Fest in Costa Mesa for ice skating, slides, snow, fireworks, three million lights, and more.
8. See the 7 Caves by Kayak. You can book a tour to kayak to the 7 caves in La Jolla, California. 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 provided.
9. 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.
10. See a show. Catch a holiday show playing at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Or find a fun flick. Check the movie schedules to see what’s playing on December 25. Many theaters are open for business on Christmas Day.
11. 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.
12. 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.