Things to do in Los Angeles in Winter

10th October 2018

Want to escape the chilly winter months and jet off to warmer shores? Visiting Los Angeles in wintertime means you can look forward to good weather, fewer tourists and some really cool activities and sites for you to enjoy during your holiday! Our travel expert Claire loves LA – here is her advice when it comes to the best things to do in Los Angeles in winter.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Visiting Universal Studios Hollywood during winter is a real treat! There are less crowds and new experiences to enjoy! Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and witness snowfall at Hogwarts while you enjoy some hot Butterbeer, or head for Grinchmas where you can have your photo taken with the Grinch. Wander through Universal Studios Hollywood and admire the stunning winter décor and beautiful light displays. Visiting this attraction in wintertime should be high on your to-do list when visiting Los Angeles!

Things to do in Los Angeles in winter

Chill at the Queen Mary

This famous winter attraction has become a staple at Long Beach since it was first opened in 2012. Set up outdoors next door to the Queen Mary ship, this winter wonderland features zip lines, bumper boats, ice skating, a Rudolph 4D Experience, ice tubing, and of course, the main man himself, Santa Claus. Our top tip? Purchase a Grand Expedition Ticket which will also allow you on-board the Queen Mary for a tour!

Go on hike

If you enjoy hiking, then you will love hiking during winter in Los Angeles. Winter in LA brings some rain showers, which result in clear skies and unbelievable views. If you are an experienced hiker then you will love the ‘Wonder View Trail’ in the Hollywood Hills. Want something easier? Head for ‘Crags Road Trail’ in Calabasas. Make sure you a prepared for the weather when heading off on your hike by packing a few extra layers, some snacks and water.

Things to do in Los Angeles in winter

Rooftop Bars for Winter Cocktails

Los Angeles has some of the coolest rooftop bars in California, offering amazing views of the city. Yes, wintertime is a bit chillier, but sitting on a rooftop bar, wrapped in a blanket and drinking a delicious winter cocktail is the recipe for a magical Los Angeles evening. Head for the Broken Shaker above the Freehand Hotel or Catch LA on Melrose Avenue for stunning views, amazing cocktails and delicious food.

LA Zoo Nights

This not-to-be-missed winter experience runs from mid-November until mid-January and is one of the best winter sites in Los Angeles. Large glowing animals will greet you as you enter LA Zoo and begin your journey through one of the most magical light displays you have ever seen. LA Zoo Nights is perfect for families, groups and couples! This self-guided tour takes between 60-90 minutes and features animal-themed displays, seasonal magic and dynamic lights and projections.

Things to do in Los Angeles in winter

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By Claire Somers

Travel Expert

Favourite Destination: I couldn't contain my excitement when Royal Caribbean launched Allure of the Seas, currently the largest ship in the world! Our seven day Eastern Caribbean cruise itinerary boarded from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and included The Bahamas, St. Marten and St. Thomas which were pretty spectacular to see. There is so much to experience on board Allure of the Seas for all age groups. If you're feeling adventurous you can attempt the Rock Climbing Wall or Zip-Line from one side of the ship to the other or if you have never surfed before why not jump on the FlowRider surf simulator!

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