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33 Family-Friendly Spots Open in Los Angeles on Christmas Day!

What is Open on Christmas Day?

Los Angeles sparkles with holiday spirit, and even on Christmas Day, the city is alive with a multitude of places open for exploration and enjoyment. Whether you're a local or visiting for the holidays, there's no shortage of festive activities to dive into. From thrilling theme parks to peaceful beachside escapades, we've curated a list of the best places open on Christmas Day in LA! Get ready to experience the unique charm of the City of Angels during this special time of the year! 🎄

Take advantage of the quieter streets and ride the historic Angels Flight railcar in Downtown LA. It's an iconic experience that's perfect for a Christmas outing, operating from 6:45 am to 10 pm.

Not every business may be open, but the ferry to Balboa Island runs all year. Enjoy a scenic boat ride and marvel at the evening's Christmas lights.

Hop on the Catalina Express for a Christmas Day adventure. While some businesses might be closed, the island's natural beauty and the resident bison are always there to welcome visitors.

Many shops and restaurants in Chinatown remain open on Christmas Day. It's the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the best Chinese cuisine in LA and explore the area's unique architecture.

Experience the ultimate Christmas cheer at the Happiest Place on Earth. Enjoy holiday-themed attractions, parades, and special Christmas dinners.

Relax and enjoy Disney's latest movie, "Wish," at the historic El Capitan Theater for a cozy Christmas Day experience.

Take a day trip to Riverside and be dazzled by the free holiday light spectacle at the Mission Inn Festival of Lights.

While the attractions in Griffith Park might be closed, the park itself is open. Take a hike to the Griffith Observatory or let the kids play at Shane's Inspiration playground.

Experience Newport Harbor in full holiday décor aboard one of our decorated vessels on a holiday lights cruise. View multi-million dollar estates and vessels all decked out with thousands of lights.

Enjoy festive ice skating at Ice at Santa Monica at the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue.

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Enjoy festive ice skating at the holiday rink at Pershing Square. The Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square is an outdoor ice skating in the heart of downtown LA.

Let's hope for a snowy wonderland at our local mountains this Christmas! Skiing, snowboarding, and sledding are the perfect festive activities. Resorts like Mt. High, Snow Valley, Mt. Baldy, Bear Mountain, and Snow Summit will all be open for holiday fun. Get ready for a thrilling snow day!

Celebrate the season at Legoland, where festive entertainment, sparkling lights, and an impressive Lego Christmas tree create a magical holiday atmosphere. Open on Christmas Day from 10 am to 6 pm, it's an ideal destination for a memorable holiday experience.

Catch the Los Angeles Lakers in action against the Boston Celtics at the Arena for a sporty Christmas Day.

Visit Magic Mountain for a festive holiday experience with Holiday in the Park, featuring millions of lights and holiday treats.

Stroll along the water at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey and enjoy the free holiday light display.

Swap pirates for knights and step into a realm of royal excitement at Medieval Times! Get ready for an exhilarating dinner show with a Queen, brave knights, majestic horses, and soaring falcons. Plus, feast like royalty with a four-course meal that's absolutely kingly!

Opt for roller skating indoors at Glendale's Moonlight Rollerway, offering an all-ages Christmas Night Skate.

Enjoy a Christmas double feature from the Marx Brothers at the New Beverly Cinema for some classic entertainment.

Head to Pirates Dinner Adventure in Buena Park for a special Christmas dinner show filled with pirate-themed fun.

Delve into the world of oddities at Ripley’s Hollywood, open until 10 pm on Christmas Day.

Explore the Safari Park's unique setting, where animals roam freely in a faux African landscape.

The zoo offers a delightful family outing on Christmas Day, with animal encounters and festive cheer.

Spend Christmas Day riding coasters and enjoying treats at this classic LA destination.

Join the festive fun at Sesame Place San Diego with "A Very Furry Christmas," featuring beloved characters in a holiday setting.


Admire the free public light display at the Bloc in downtown LA for a sparkling Christmas experience.

Book a horseback ride under the Hollywood Sign for a unique Christmas Day adventure.

Reserve a swan pedal boat for a serene ride in Echo Park, with illuminated night rides available.

The Grove is open with snowfalls scheduled throughout the evening. Enjoy shopping, dining, and a movie theater.

Experience the magic of Christmas in Hogsmeade and Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Try sand sledding on the Venice Beach sand berms for a unique beachside Christmas activity.

Embark on a whale-watching adventure and witness the majestic migration of these giant mammals.

Immerse yourself in a winter wonderland with light displays, photo ops, and festive shows at Winter Fest OC.



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