Things to do in Los Angeles this Thanksgiving weekend [11-24-2022 to 11-27-2022]

Photo about the Hollywood Christmas Parade

Hopefully by the time you are reading this you have finished your work and are well on your way to a well deserved holiday break. If not, hopefully you still have time for friends and loved ones in the next few days. You might even watch some fun events…

During Thanksgiving Day weekend in Los Angeles, enjoy World Cup Watch Parties, Lights on Display at Sherman Oaks, Smorgasburg Holiday Market, Hollywood Christmas Parade, Tea Party at MOLAA, Enchanted Forest of Light and more. Here’s wishing everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy Thanksgiving.


Things to do this Thanksgiving weekend

Los Angeles turkey trot -> This Thursday, the annual Turkey Trot 5k/10k fundraiser, makes its way through downtown Los Angeles with a route that takes in Grand Park, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Broad, MOCA and historic Spring Street. Registration costs $49-$64 and proceeds from the event benefit Midnight Mission, which provides vital services to the homeless in and around DTLA. Register here and get more information.

World Cup Watch Parties: USA vs England -> USA vs England game here Friday has to be one of the most anticipated matchups of the World Cup group stage and as such bars across the Southland will be open early to broadcast the game which starts at 11am. LA Taco recently released a fantastic roundup of their top spots for the World Cup, and we also spotted special watch parties taking place at Trademark Brewing and The Waterfront Venice.

Lights on display at Sherman Oaks -> One of the most elaborate home light shows of the Christmas season starts again Friday. Sherman Oaks resident Mike Ziemkowski has a brand new edition of Lights on Display for 2022, but as usual you’ll find a sophisticated mix of computer controlled lighting, DMX controlled smart lighting and a bevy of animatronic characters synced to a pre-programmed playlist of holiday songs. The experience is free to check out and will take place after this week’s opening, Thursday through Sunday through New Year’s Day. More information is available here.

Winterfest OC -> Start this Friday, Winter Fest returns to the OC Fair & Event Center for 26 days and nights of family-friendly entertainment, including outdoor ice skating, a 150-foot nine-lane ice tube slide, ice bumper cars and LED miniature golf, and a nightly holiday celebration with snow flurries and Santa performances . Advance tickets (available through November 24) start at $14.95 for children and $19.95 for adults. More information is available here.

Fourth Friday on 4th Street -> Retro Row in Long Beach comes alive on the fourth Friday of the month featuring special pop-ups, live performances and extended store hours on 4th Street between Temple and Cherry. The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. More information can be found here.

Cooking with gas -> This Friday and Saturday, the Groundlings Main Company, alumni and members of The Sunday Company join forces for a special holiday edition of Cookin’ With Gas, the long-running weekly show where performers improvise based on audience suggestions. Tickets for the shows are $22, and both nights begin at 8 p.m. More information can be found here.

holiday road -> This Friday Sunday, Holiday Road returns to King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas for its third year, bringing a 1 mile trail filled with immersive holiday-themed scenes and activities for all to enjoy. The experience will continue on select dates through December 30th. Tickets range from $29.99 to $44.99. More information is available here.

LA zoo lights -> The Los Angeles Zoo’s brightest annual tradition transforms the zoo grounds into a world of light and festive magic. The after-hours event features brightly lit displays and a festive, family-friendly experience every night throughout the holiday season. The event is running this week Wednesdayis off for Thanksgiving and then reappears for the weekend Friday to Sunday. Adult tickets range from $34 to $39 depending on the desired date. More info here.

Pershing Square holiday ice cream -> The 7,200 square foot ice rink in the heart of DTLA is back for the holiday season. GA tickets, including skate rentals, are $20 for adults. The ice rink runs daily until New Year’s Day. More information is available here.

Ice Cream Santa Monica -> Downtown Santa Monica Ice brings an 8,000-square-foot pop-up rink to the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue, runs daily through January 16, 2022. Skate rentals and all-day admission are $20 per person. More information is available here.

Enchanted: Forest of Light -> Descanso Gardens’ annual light show is back, featuring a range of wondrous illuminated installations including magical ‘stained glass’ creations built by contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin in the rose garden. The 1.6km walk also features geometric installations by HYBYCOZO on the main lawn; Flower Power lights and sparkling decorations added to Descanso’s Ancient Forest. Tickets are $34-$40 for non-member adults. Runs daily through January 8, excluding holidays on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. More info here.

LA Auto Show -> The nation’s top auto show is coming to an end this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The ten-day event features a who’s who of auto exhibitors, as well as vehicle test drives, activations and family-friendly entertainment. Single day passes start at $22 for adults. Runs until November 27th. More information is available here.

Modern manufacturer market -> Stop by here at Manhattan Beach Village Saturday to shop for locally made goods at a festive outdoor marketplace. Food, treats and live music will also be part of the fun. Free take part. More info here.

Shipwrecked Tiki Bazaar -> If Tiki is your jam, visit The Warehouse Restaurant in Marina del Rey Saturday for Shipwrecked, a marketplace experience featuring Polynesian pop and exotica art, live music and dozens of vendors in the upstairs bazaar. Admission is $5. The event lasts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here.


Yoga on the mountain -> On the last Saturday of the month, the Santa Monica Mountains Fund is hosting a morning of outdoor yoga and live acoustic music at King Gillette Ranch in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains. All skill levels are welcome. Free to RSVP, and reservations are required to attend. More info here.

The Hollywood Christmas Parade ->The Hollywood Christmas Parade brings its annual floating spectacle to the heart of Hollywood on the last day Sunday November. The route includes portions of Hollywood Blvd, Vine St. and Sunset Blvd. Starts at 6pm Free attend, but expect a crowd. More info here.

Tea party at MOLAA -> This Sunday, Long Beach’s Museum of Latin American Art is hosting a tea party with author/illustrator Mirelle Ortega and a pop-up shop with Straw Factory, a jewelry collective run by Long Beach City College students. The tea party, shop and entry to the museum are free. Programming runs from 12pm to 4pm. More information can be found here.

Topanga Vintage Market -> Every fourth Sunday Held monthly at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Topanga Vintage Market features nearly 200 vendors selling everything from antiques to vintage clothing to local crafts. Runs from 7am to 2pm. Admission is $5. More information is available here.

Christmas market Smorgasburg -> Smorgasburg’s holiday transformation includes the all-new SmorgasMART, where shoppers can browse unique grocery gifts and packaged groceries perfect for the foodie in your life, including special popcorn cans from Buttery Popcorn, festive-themed trays of chili-coated candy from Lula’s Goodies, or Japanese knives by Kirei Knives. The Christmas Market and SmorgasMART continue every day Sunday until December 18th. Hours of operation are 10am to 4pm, and admission is free. More information is available here.

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The eggnog trio for Go Get Em Tiger’s Thanksgiving Service. Photo from GGET’s Instagram.

GGET 10th Annual Thanksgiving Service -> On Thanksgiving Thursday, Go Get Em Tiger’s Los Feliz location hosts a fun Thanksgiving Day service featuring coffee drinks and holiday-themed food. For one day only, guests can sip seven different beverages, including toffee nut lattes, an eggnog trio, and gingerbread lattes. GGET’s homemade yeast waffles will also be on display. The event is free to attend and kid-friendly, with crafts and face painting to keep little ones entertained while adults get caffeinated ahead of the Thanksgiving madness. Takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m


Block Friday in the Maple Block -> Maple Block in Culver City is capitalizing on its remaining Thanksgiving specials with a Block Friday menu that includes an epic leftover sandwich with sliced ​​turkey and all the sides for $14. They also have a breakfast burrito for $10, treat yourself and add brisket for only $7. Stainless steel mugs can be yours for $8 and are filled with your choice of craft beer.

Rakkan Ramen turns two -> The Rakkan Ramen Long Beach location turns two this Saturday and is celebrating the occasion with an all-day celebration. The first 50 guests receive free ramen starting at 11:00 a.m., and from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. there are $10 sake tastings and raffle prizes from local businesses

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Chin X Pearl River Diner Collab Dinner -> Chefs Ki Kim from Kinn and Johnny Lee from PRD come together for an eight-course dinner taking place over two nights November 29-30. Special dishes include drunken shrimp, dry aged beef carpaccio, abalone and octopus claypot rice and black sesame tofu pudding. Tickets can be reserved on Resy for $180 per person.

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