Los Angeles is known as a summer destination, thanks to its world-famous beaches and palm tree-lined streets. The mere mention of Los Angeles is often enough to evoke visions of summer days spent basking in the sun.
What many people don’t realise, however, is that Los Angeles has more to offer those who visit during the colder months. I love visiting at this time of year, thanks to the cheaper flights and discount accommodation options — and I actually find a visit to the city is more enjoyable in the colder months.
Here’s why you should look to visit the City of Angels in the winter:
1. There are fewer tourists
One of my favourite things about travelling in the low season is avoiding the hordes of tourists. Los Angeles isn’t as popular a tourist spot in the winter so take the opportunity to spend your trip living like a local.
Some of the advantages include smaller queues at attractions at places like Disneyland, fewer people blocking your shot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and being able to wander up and down Venice Beach (my favourite place in LA!) without having to weave between thousands of sun-seekers.
2. You’ll save money
The less of a demand there is for things, the cheaper they are. During the winter, you’ll find cheaper flights to Los Angeles from the UK, be able to stay in hotels for half of their standard rate and get to visit the attractions at heavily discounted prices.
Love your sports? You’ll have plenty of opportunity to bag cheap tickets to some of the games, whether you love the LA Lakers, the UCLA Bruins or the Los Angeles Kings.
Disneyland has plenty of winter specials on for the cold months and I found that tickets are cheaper than usual. Bonus: the rides are decorated with a Christmas-theme, perfect for taking unique photos!
Tours are often discounted from November onwards, whether you fancy taking a tour of Hollywood or Beverley Hills, or heading further afield to explore San Francisco or Las Vegas. A particular highlight for me was spending a few days exploring San Francisco and Yosemite while based in Los Angeles.
3. You can experience the Christmas festivities
Winter is a magical time in the city of Los Angeles and there are plenty of Christmas celebrations to enjoy.
Ice skating in a popular activity in the city, with rinks popping up from the downtown area to Santa Monica — the latter being my pick as the best.
Hollywood shines brighter than ever after mid-November thanks to A Hollywood Christmas at The Grove, an annual tradition for locals and tourists alike. Spend an evening enjoying performances by world-class musicians and cheer for the lighting of the 100-foot Christmas tree, decorated with over 15,000 lights.
If you’re travelling with children, make sure to check out the Reindeer Romp at Los Angeles Zoo, where Santa and a herd of reindeer descend upon the park to hand out presents to kids and animals alike.
Additionally, if you’re a fan of all things Mexico like I am, you’ll love celebrating Los Posadas on Olvera Street from mid-December to Christmas Eve. Watch the procession by the side of the road, enjoy the costumes and music, sample the free champurrado (a hot Mexican drink) and pan dulce (sweet bread), and enjoy watching the children wreak havoc on the piñatas at the end of the evening.
Yes, it’s true. Los Angeles is the perfect winter destination if you’re desperate to escape the rain and misery of a British winter.
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