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Aquarium Vacations; Knotts Merry Farm; December Nights: SoCal Weekend

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — Patch has put together fun, interesting and entertaining events across Southern California — from the southernmost part of San Diego, through Orange and Riverside counties, to the beaches and valleys of Los Angeles.

Whether you opt for an activity close to home or a short day trip, see what’s scheduled this weekend, Saturday, December 3rd through Sunday, December 4th.

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An Enchanted Fairy Hunting Adventure: Crestwood Hills Park, Los Angeles

Aquarium Vacation: Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

Festive Treats for Animals: Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

THERE. Comic Con: Convention Center, Los Angeles

LA Kings Holiday Ice: LA Live, Los Angeles

“Lightscape”: Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia

Santa’s Speedway Christmas Lights Experience: Irwindale Speedway and Event Center, Irwindale

Silent Sundays Series: “Girl Shy”: San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel

Snow Globe Making Workshop: Pasadena History Museum, Pasadena

South Lake Avenue Holidayfest: South Lake Avenue, Pasadena

Anaheim Tree Lighting Festival and Holiday Village: West Center Street Promenade, Anaheim

Lights of Capistrano: Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano

Casa Lumina Holiday Walk: Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, San Clemente

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: Laguna Niguel Town Hall, Laguna Niguel

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: Town Center Park, San Juan Capistrano

Corona del Mar Christmas Walk: Corona del Mar Village, Corona del Mar

Fountain Valley Tree Lighting: Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park, Fountain Valley

Holiday Acapella Singing Quartet: Potocki Center for the Arts, Mission Viejo

Main Street Holidays: Main Street, Yorba Linda

Holiday Tree Fantasy: Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach

Christmas Tree Lighting: Civic Center Drive, Lake Forest

Ice Skating: Paséa Hotel and Spa, Huntington Beach

Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train and Santa Claus Village: Irvine Park Railroad, Orange

Jolly Trolley: Multiple Stops, Dana Point

Cheerful Sounds for the Holidays: St Andrew’s By the Sea UMC, San Clemente

Knott’s Merry Farm: Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park

La Plaza Park Tree Lighting: La Plaza Park, Dana Point

Light a Love Light: Downtown Huntington Beach

Lil’ Dickens Carolers: Roger’s Gardens, Newport Beach

Monthly Gardening Checklist for December with David: Virtual via Roger’s Gardens, Newport Beach

“No Crappy Crafts” Craft Fair: Trabuco General Store, Trabuco Canyon

Pacific Chorale: Carols by Candlelight: Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Newport Beach

Santa’s Village by the Sea: Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente

Sledding on Vacation: Del Prado Avenue, Dana Point

Winter Fantasy: Sawdust Art Festival, Laguna Beach

Winter Fest OC: Orange County Fair and Event Center, Costa Mesa

Winter Wonderland: St. Isidore Historical Plaza, Los Alamitos

Bad Chemistry: Vitagliano Winery, Temecula

California Chamber Orchestra: Music for Movies: Gershwin Performing Arts Center, Murrieta

Candyland Christmas Parade: Gilbert Street and Florida Avenue to Santa Fe Street, Hemet

Christmas in the Air: Old Town Temecula Community Theater, Temecula

Christmas Eve: Highland Springs Ranch and Inn, Cherry Valley

Christmas-Themed Afternoon Tea: Cottage Tea Parties, Temecula

Donuts with Santa: Murrieta Town Square Park and Amphitheater, Murrieta

Inland Pacific Ballet “The Nutcracker”: Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside

Tamale International Festival: Miles Avenue Park, Indio

Karaoke: Texas Lil’s Mesquite Grill, Temecula

Lorimar Santa Dinner: Lorimar Vineyards and Winery, Temecula

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas: McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert

Nutcracker Ballet: Europa Village Winery, Temecula

Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade: Palm Canyon Drive, between Ramon Road and Tachevah Road, Palm Springs

Temecula Valley Symphony Christmas Concert: Temecula Valley High School, Temecula

Tough Mudder SoCal: Storm on Lake Elsinore, Lake Elsinore

Town Square Park Tree Lighting: Murrieta Town Square Park and Amphitheater, Murrieta

Tree Lighting and Holiday Bazaar: Mt. San Jacinto College, Menifee

Viking Night: Batch Mead, Temecula

WildLights: The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Palm Desert

Winterfest: Historic Main Street, Lake Elsinore

Winterfest: Noble Creek Regional Park, Beaumont

Winterfest Ice Skating Rink: Indian Wells Golf Resort, Indian Wells

Downtown Redlands Christmas Parade: Downtown Redlands

Inland Pacific Ballet “The Nutcracker”: Lewis Family Playhouse, Rancho Cucamonga

“Stuff A Plane” Charity Toy Drive: Redlands Municipal Airport, Redlands

Uptown Ice Rink: Yucaipa Performing Arts Center, Yucaipa

Glice Skating: Fairmont Grand Del Mar, San Diego

Holiday Community Gathering and Bazaar: Spirit Yoga and Barre Studios, San Diego

La Mesa Village Vacations: La Mesa Village, Downtown La Mesa

Ice Skating Holidays at Viejas Outlets: Viejas Casino and Resort Outlets, Alpine

LEGOLAND Vacation: LEGOLAND California, Carlsbad

Jurassic World: The Exhibition: Camino Del Rio North, San Diego

La Jolla Christmas Parade and Christmas Festival: La Jolla

Lights on the Lakes: Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve, Santee

“Lightscape”: San Diego Botanical Garden, Encinitas

Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village: Little Italy Neighborhood, San Diego

Waterfront Skating: Hotel del Coronado, Coronado

The Story of Little Italy Guided Historic Adventure: Cafe Zucchero, Little Italy, San Diego

“The Yellow Wallpaper”: Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego

Victorian Christmas Teas: Julian Tea and Cottage Arts, Julian

Vista Christmas Parade: Santa Fe, Historic Downtown and Vista Village, Vista

Wild Winter and Wild Winter Nocturnal: Helen Woodward Animal Center, Rancho Santa Fe

Winter Wonderlights: The Forum Carlsbad, Carlsbad

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Worst Christmas Travel Dates for 2022 The two days before Christmas Eve, the 22nd and 23rd, will be busy travel days. I recommend avoiding them and leaving earlier in the week if you can. Avoid the Monday and Tuesday after Christmas for your return flight.

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What is the most Christmassy place in the United States? Santa Claus, Indiana Billed as “America’s Hometown,” Santa Claus, Indiana is a real place that simply lives and breathes Christmas every day of the year.

How do tourists get around LA?

Metro Rail Red Line is most useful for tourists and visitors. This line connects Downtown Union Station to North Hollywood via Hollywood and Universal City. It also connects with the Blue, Expo and Orange lines. The Purple Line connects downtown Los Angeles to Westlake and Koreatown.

What’s the best way to get around LA as a tourist? Shared Rides, Taxis, and Rental Cars LA transit was designed around the automobile (The Clueless Line: “Everywhere in LA takes 20 minutes!”) and it’s still arguably the best way to get around Los Angeles. As such, a rental car might be a good idea if you plan on traveling a lot during your visit.

Do tourists need a car in LA?

Exploring and living in Los Angeles without a car is possible. While a car may offer the easiest and most reliable way to get around a major city, not having one won’t stop you from having an exciting trip.

Do you need a car in Los Angeles tourist?

Exploring and living in Los Angeles without a car is possible. While a car may offer the easiest and most reliable way to get around a major city, not having one won’t stop you from having an exciting trip. Below we have compiled a list of top tourist attractions that you can explore without a car.

Can I get around LA without a car?

Having a car can be expensive, especially in L.A., but luckily there are other options: the Metro Bus. While many Angelinos are biased against the bus, it can be a useful and inexpensive way to get across town ($1.75 gets you downtown to Santa Monica).

How do you get around in LA without a car?

The L.A. subway Metro and the overland train system can take you within easy reach of many attractions. The L.A. Turismo also has some resources for Car Free Tours in specific neighborhoods or following specific themes.

What is the easiest way to get around Los Angeles?

The Los Angeles Metro is affordable, relatively easy to use, and serves most of Los Angeles County and its major attractions. The public transport system consists of Metro Buses, DASH Buses and Metro Rail Trains. To travel on these buses, trains and subways, we recommend purchasing a reusable TAP Card.

Is there public transportation in LA?

Los Angeles is home to one of the best public transportation networks in the country, including subways, light rail, buses and buses to nearly every corner of the Greater Los Angeles area. The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board is making it easier than ever to discover L.A. without a car.

Is LA a walkable city?

Yes, Los Angeles is a walkable city.

Where is the most walkable city in the world? Taking the top spot, the charming Italian city of Florence is ranked the most walkable city in the world. Within 10 minutes, visitors can admire the unique Ponte Vecchio bridge, as well as the iconic Cathedral of Santa Maria, which has the largest brick dome ever built.

What part of LA is walkable?

Today, downtown Los Angeles is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the city. People who live in condominiums in downtown Los Angeles can walk just a few minutes to shops, restaurants and art galleries. Centered around the Arts District, the area south of 6th Street caters especially to pedestrian culture.

What is the most walkable area of Los Angeles?

Santa Monica is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in LA. This seaside town features a beautiful mix of historic and celebrated establishments, such as the iconic but ostensibly haunted hotel, The Georgian, alongside a collection of newer and more modern destinations, all made to be explored on foot.

Is Los Angeles pedestrian friendly?

Los Angeles isn’t necessarily a city known for its walkability—although it is the 13th most walkable city in America by at least one metric. Obviously though, some neighborhoods are more pedestrian friendly than others.

What is the least walkable city in the US?

Fayetteville is the least walkable city of over 200,000 residents in America. Two consultants from the Stantec firm presented this fact and a few others about Fayetteville’s walkability to City Council at a working session Tuesday night.

Can you walk everywhere in Los Angeles?

If you’re used to walking around a big city like New York or Berlin, Downtown L.A. it is extremely walkable, even if there are several blocks of nothing interesting between the points of interest.

Can you walk places in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles has dozens of public walking paths, and they have become favorites with locals and visitors alike. Most paths lead you through picturesque neighborhoods, parks or former industrial areas that have been transformed into shopping and residential areas.

Can I get around LA without a car?

Having a car can be expensive, especially in L.A., but luckily there are other options: the Metro Bus. While many Angelinos are biased against the bus, it can be a useful and inexpensive way to get across town ($1.75 gets you downtown to Santa Monica).

What month is best to go to LA?

The best times to visit Los Angeles are March through May and between September and November, when the air is more breathable and the crowds are less oppressive.

What is the cheapest month to visit California? The months of June and July are considered high season. The cheapest month to fly to California is January.

How many days is enough to visit LA?

The short answer is yes, 3 days in LA will give you enough time to see a ton of the city, as you’ll find in the itinerary below. However, I would say 3 days should be the minimum amount of time you spend in LA.

How many days in Los Angeles do you need?

Let me start off by saying that LA is a HUGE city and the landmarks are all over each other. Ideally, you should try to spend 5-7 days here if you don’t want to be rushed and want to see everything.

Is 5 days enough in Los Angeles?

While five days is just enough to experience all that Los Angeles has to offer, this guide is designed to ensure you get the most out of your trip. What is this? As you explore East and West Los Angeles, you will be able to experience the different exciting opportunities that LA has to offer.

What is the cheapest month to visit Los Angeles?

Cheapest Months to Fly to Los Angeles Flights to Los Angeles tend to be more expensive during the peak summer season. The best months to fly to Los Angeles include January, February and September for the cheapest deals from anywhere.

What month is the cheapest month to travel?

It is generally much cheaper to travel from May to early June and from late August to mid-October. The weather is still relatively warm during the low season, and you’ll beat the crazy summer crowds. That’s when we find the best deals on international flights!

What is the cheapest month to travel to Los Angeles?

Cheapest ticket to Los Angeles found for each month in 2022 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users. January is currently the cheapest month to fly to Los Angeles. Right now, July is the most expensive month.