The less fun part about Christmas in Los Angeles is that you won’t find snow here…unless you head to the mountains. Usually winter brings the most visitors to LA, as they want to escape the cold weather where they live.
Los Angeles weather varies so much that you might just end up here during a bright sunny day during December and you haven’t packed the shorts. However, it’s almost always cool in the evening and during the night, especially on the coast. If you want to blend in at the trendiest restaurants, do pack the trendiest clothes you have. While if you plan to attend a theatre show, bring dress clothes.
The average high temperature is 68F/20C and the average low is 50F/10C. December is one of the wettest months , so don’t forget the umbrella and the rain jacket. Generally, it’s ok to pack long sleeve shirts and some sweaters.
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Flights and accommodation in December
Everything is busy during this time of the year, particularly close to Christmas. Parents often taken kids to Disneyland during the Christmas holiday and travelers generally flock to warmer places. So, expect flights to book up quickly and to be more expensive than during other times of the year. Book ahead, use the saved miles and look for low cost flights.
What to do
The two highlights of December are Christmas and The New Year’s Eve. Plenty of Christmas parades take place in the city and the Christmas lights are also fun to watch. As for the party between the years , you can choose among public and private celebrations.
If you love photography, go out and play after a rainy day when the skies are clear. And if you happen to be in LA during a rainy day, don’t worry as there are plenty of things to do. Visit the museums, go to the cinema, enjoy a hot tea (or coffee) is a cozy café, try your skills in a flight simulator at Air Combat USA or explore the art galleries within the Huntington Gardens.
Especially if you travel with the kids, plan a visit to Disneyland. Try to avoid doing that right before Christmas though. There are other theme parks in the area, of course, so choose the right one for you.
Catalina Island is an excellent choice if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of LA. Or you can rent a car and drive the Malibu Coast.
Don’t leave LA without taking a photo of your favorite celebrity’s star on the Walk of Fame . During the day, shop and explore Sunset Boulevard, while at night you can check out the clubs. If your budget allows it, shop on Rodeo Drive.