Best Thanksgiving Events and Activities To Do in Los Angeles With Kids 2018!

Updated: Nov 14, 2019


If you have family visiting, or just celebrating Thanksgiving Holidays with your own, scroll down to find so many awesome things to do with the whole family on thanksgiving weekend 2018.


Turkey Trot Los Angeles

Grand Park

200 N. Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Nov 22nd

6:45 am - 12:00 pm

Gather the family and kick-off Thanksgiving Day with a brisk trot on the streets of Downtown L.A. The epic Turkey Trot is back for another year of 5k, 10k and other fun runs. Everyone gets a rockin’ trucker hat, sparkly finisher medal, and bib.


Burbank Community Turkey Trot

321E Magnolia Blvd.

Burbank, CA 91502

Nov 22nd

7:30 am

This is one race that's for everyone…even pets. Take part in the 5k and 10k run. Kiddos have their own 1k fun run. Run with the whole family and earn your slice of turkey and pie at Thanksgiving dinner later in the day. It’s all about community spirit and keeping fit together in a fun environment. There will be a Kids Fun Zone and Pre-Race Expo.


ICE at Santa Monica

1324 Fifth Street

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Nov 22nd - Nov 26

Put on your ice skating shoes on, and slide your way into thanksgiving weekend at ICE in Santa Monica. Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica transforms the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue into the winter wonderland known as Ice at Santa Monica, an 8,000-square-foot ice-skating rink. Admission & Skate rentals are $15. Locker Rental are $10 with $5 refund upon key return. Hot dogs, cocoa, and other snacks are available for purchase.

Mon-Thu: 2pm-10pm

Fri: 2pm–Midnight

Sat: 10am–12pm and Sun: 10am-10pm


A California Christmas

189 The Grove Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Nov 23rd - Nov 26th

Santa takes his post at the Santa House at the Grove in November, and the entire property transforms into the ultimate holiday spectacle. Each day on Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the holiday season, you can enjoy a festive brass band, drummer boys, stilt walkers, visits from gingerbread men and toy soldiers, hot cocoa carts, a cappella performances and more. There is a snow fall every night at 7pm & 8pm.


Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

1313 Disneyland Dr.

Anaheim, CA 92802, USA

Nov 23rd - Nov 26th

Holiday celebration returns with wonder, joy and, of course, plenty of magic in both Parks in November. Gather together to enjoy the heartwarming delights of live music, dance and holiday-inspired performances, meet Santa and his joyful elves at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, and much much more.


Enchanted: Forest of Light

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 91011

Nov 23rd - Nov 26th

Enchanted: Forest of Light is an interactive, nighttime experience unlike anything else in Los Angeles, featuring a one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens. Tickets range from $28-$30 for the general public, and $23–$25 for Descanso Gardens members. For additional fee, you can have dinner with the family at Maple first, and then enter the Enchanted experience after you dine.


Snow Day LA

The Old Lodge

2002 Stadium Way

Los Angeles, CA 90026

Nov 23rd - Nov 26th

LA's first winter themed tubing park is back starting November 9, 2018 with awesome new activities. The Festivities include Falling Snow Flurries, Multiple Tubing Lanes, Winter Skating Rink, Penguin Lounge, Animated Penguin Light Path, Giant Snow Globe Photo Booth, Games, and More. Food and Drinks are available for purchase.


LA Zoo Reindeer Romp

5333 Zoo Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Nov 23rd - Nov 26th

10:00 am - 4:00pm

There is no better way to celebrate the season than to meet up with real live reindeers. Visit them in Reindeer Village daily to hear fascinating facts about Santa’s sleigh-pullers and get up close for photo opportunities. On weekends, extra activities like Swazzle’s Holiday Extravaganza Puppet Show, Ice carving demonstrations courtesy of Troubled Ice (Saturdays), Craft station with make-your-own antlers and letters to Santa and Holiday songs from The Beverly Belles (Sundays) will be available at no extra charge other than the standard zoo admission.

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L.A. Zoo Lights

5333 Zoo Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Nov 23rd - Nov 26th

6:00pm - 10:00pm

L.A.’s brightest holiday tradition returns, now more brilliant than ever! Make unforgettable holiday memories as you explore this wild wonderland of light under the stars at the beautiful L.A. Zoo. This year’s event features a dazzling new area to explore, luminous new displays, and reimagined favorites.


Knott's Merry Farm

Festive Decorations & Snow

8039 Beach Blvd.

Buena Park, CA 90620

Nov 23rd - Nov 26th

Every winter, Knott’s Berry Farm celebrates the merriest of seasons as the park wondrously transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm, a Christmas celebration for all ages. Spend the most wonderful time of the year with your family at Knott’s Merry Farm enjoying thrilling attractions, live entertainment, a Christmas Crafts Village, festive food, lavish holiday decorations, and nightly snow in Ghost Town.


87th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade

Hollywood Blvd.

Nov 25th

5:00pm - 11:00pm

Each year, thousands of Angelenos come out for the beloved Hollywood Christmas Parade. The merriment kicks off with a star-studded pre-show concert at 5 pm, before the parade rolls down Hollywood Boulevard, along the Walk of Fame, and then back up Sunset. This timeless tradition features marching bands, seasonal floats, equestrians on horseback, character balloons and the very best in festive family entertainment. Starting on Hollywood Blvd. at Orange Drive the U-shaped parade route will travel east to Vine, south on Vine St to Sunset Blvd. and west on Sunset Blvd. back to Orange Drive.


Westside Ballet’s Nutcracker

The Broad Stage

1310 11th St.

Santa Monica, CA

Nov 24th - Nov 25th

Complete with the falling snow a live orchestra and a Christmas tree that grows, Westside Ballet’s Nutcracker both the longest running Nutcracker production in Los Angeles history and true to the tradition of George Balanchine. From the moment the lights dim, you’ll be transported with Clara to a magical world filled with a Christmas tree that grows to the ceiling, menacing mice, a dashing prince who takes her through the land of the dancing snowflakes replete with falling snow led by the shimmering Snow Queen.


Thanksgiving Lunch at Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA

Nov 22nd

Gobble gobble with the sea otters and the entire Aquarium family on Thanksgiving day. You and your family can meet over 11,000 animals from the world’s largest ocean, and savor an expanded menu of traditional Thanksgiving buffet in the Aquarium’s Café Scuba. The Aquarium is open for normal operation from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

To find more fun events, check out our LA Event Calendar.



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