Things to Do for the Holidays and New Years in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles

Still need plans for the Holidays and for the upcoming New Year? The Frontgate Team covers local Holiday and New Year events and experiences throughout the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles from Candy Cane Lane, Snow N Glow Ventura, and more!

Candy Cane Lane

OPEN NIGHTLY 6-10PM- Woodland Hills

Candy Cane Lane is a group of homeowners at Lubao & Oxnard Streets in Woodland Hills who collectively decide each year to put on an amazing holiday display of lights and decorations.There is no contact information for Candy Cane Lane, as it is an informal decision of homeowners. As a service to our community, here is the information the West Valley~Warner Center Chamber of Commerce is able to provide.

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6 PM – 10 PM Until Christmas

It’s located at the intersection of Lubao and Oxnard Streets (by Pierce Collage) in Woodland Hills. The closest exit is Winnetka, off of the 101 freeway.

Dodgers Holiday Festival

 The event includes light displays, interactive light installation, including light tunnels, ice skating and photos with Santa Claus, through Dec. 31 (with some dates excluded). Hours: 5-10 p.m. weekdays; 3-10 p.m. weekends. Admission must be purchased in advance and is by time. Admission $16 and up. Special activities are also by time and must be purchased in advance: ice skating $20; photos with Santa Claus in the bullpen, $40. Parking $12 online or $15 at the gate; $20 preferred parking. Entry for parking is through Sunset Gate A. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave., Los Angeles.

Details, important facts and to purchase admission here:

Enchanted Forest of Light

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.

New this year will be an entire town of magical stained glass creations built in the Rose Garden by contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin. Popular returning favorites returning include sparkling, swirling installations from HYBYCOZO on the Main Lawn, Flower Power on the Promenade, and exquisite lighting effects in the Ancient Forest.

Please note: Descanso Gardens is following current LA County Health Guidelines. Masks must be worn in indoor spaces and proof of vaccine is not required.
Enchanted is a rain-or-shine event. Tickets are non-refundable, have timed entry, and must be purchased in advance.

Dates: Nov. 21 – Jan. 9 (Closed Nov. 25, Dec. 24 & 25), open 5:30–10pm

Entry times: 5:30pm, 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm & 8:30pm
Tickets: $25–$28 for Descanso Gardens members, $32–$35 for non-members
Phone: (818) 949-4200

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Snow N Glow

Gather your family and friends and get ready to have FUN at the new Snow N Glow Holiday Festival, in Del Mar and Ventura!

Snow tubing, over 1 million glowing lights, s'mores, toasty drinks, and so much more!

Yuletide Cinemaland 

Street Food Cinema has put together a series of outdoor holiday screenings in the closest thing to a Dickensian town square in L.A.: Heritage Square. In between Victorian home tours, piano sing-alongs, strolls through a light tunnel and sips on hot chocolate, mulled wine and craft beer, you can catch screenings of flicks (showing twice each night, at 6 and 8pm) like ElfHome AloneA Christmas Carol and more. Just make sure to bundle up in your best Christmas sweater.

Join Street Food Cinema at Heritage Square Museum for a festive experience, featuring holiday movies, food trucks, mulled wine, sing-alongs, Santa meet & greets, Victorian home tours and more. Select dates through Dec. 26.

Holiday Gingerbread Bar at the Godfrey Hotel

Enjoy holiday cocktails and sweets at the life-size gingerbread house pop-up at the Godfrey Hotel’s rooftop bar.

Experience a life-size gingerbread house at the Godfrey Hotel, whose rooftop bar I|O will have its central bar decked out in decorative gingerbread, royal icing and candy canes from December 18 through the end of the year.

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The L.A. Zoo

L.A. Zoo Lights returns for the 2021-22 season and we’re glad to welcome you back with more glowing animals and an unforgettable nighttime journey that includes the world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook, a magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color. L.A. Zoo Lights is a not-to-be-missed holiday light experience and has glowed brighter each year since its debut in 2014. This year’s event features more light animals than ever before, spectacular new additions – both hand-crafted and high-tech – and returning favorites.

NOVEMBER 19, 2021 – JANUARY 9, 2022
6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.

Closed November 25 (Thanksgiving Day), December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 25 (Christmas Day)

This is a rain or shine event.

Plan Your Visit 

EVE at Universal Studios Hollywood

Party hubs with a different music theme, a countdown to midnight and fireworks, 9 p.m. Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. Jan. 1. EVE is included in all park admissions on Dec. 31. Tickets $134; “Express” options available. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City.

Golden Stag New Year’s Eve Ball

Join in an evening with costumed characters, dancers, live music and photo ops, 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Minimum age: 21. Dress code: “dress to impress” or attire inspired by the 20s, 30s, or 40s is encouraged. Tickets $100; $176 “Speakeasy VIP Access” (includes 8 p.m. entry and password to the recently discovered real speakeasy bar area at the hotel); $801 “Gold Reserve Table VIP Access” (early entry for four; see details on the website). The Historic Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.

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