Chill at Chill
The Queen Mary’s annual winter wonderland is here again, with classics like ice skating, ice tubing, and their winning North Pole Village. New this year is their “Alice in Winterland,” which sticks you in a 14,000sqft immersive experience -- jump into Alice’s shoes as you find yourself in the Hall of Doors, the White Rabbit’s Kitchen, Mad Hatter’s Workshop, the proverbial Tea Party, and even the Hedge Maze.
See real reindeer at Reindeer Romp, and check out the Zoo lights
Reindeer are real things, not just fictitious Santa Claus animals, and you can visit them in Reindeer Village at the LA Zoo until January 8th -- where you can also enter a contest to name their new baby reindeer (Deery McDeerface is probably not going to win, though). Not a reindeer fan? The rest of the zoo will also be decked out all wintery for Zoo Lights, which includes NYE festivities, a happy hour lounge, and more.
Candy Cane Lane
It turns out there is a reason to be in the West valley besides to hunt down great strip mall sushi. The homeowners on Lubao Ave and Oxnard St have been losing their damn minds for Christmas decorations since 1952, so prepare for insanity (especially since every year each house tries to outdo the others). Bring shades. It’ll be bright.