What to know
- LA Zoo Lights twinkle in the Los Angeles Zoo from November 19, 2021 to January 9, 2022
- Enchanted Forest of Light glimmers at Descanso Gardens from November 21, 2021 to January 9, 2022
- The annual tree lighting for Downtown Santa Monica’s Winterlit takes place on November 19, 2021
Holiday list: Our mood in mid-November? Bring us all the bulbs, every last glimpse and all that glimpse that can be merrily mustered. We are ready to experience some ethereal scenes after sunset, the flashing trees, cool light tunnels and offbeat installations that are fully lit. And three of Southern California’s great twinkle parties are ready for their pre-Thanksgiving debut: LA Zoo Lights, the Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens, and the tree lighting at Winterlit in downtown Santa Monica. LA Zoo and Descanso Gardens are ticket, Winterlit is free to watch.
The Great Los Angeles Walk: Want to connect with a free, inspirational, and community-friendly happening just days before Thanksgiving? Many city-adventurers Angelenos have done just that over the past 16 years, thanks to this annual Saturday-before-Thanksgiving walk through the city. And we mean “across”, for this long walk has taken some of our biggest boulevards. On November 20, the trip will be shorter but still 13 miles: the San Gabriel Mission to Olvera Street is the history-interested trail. The group will go further into DTLA in the early afternoon if you are interested.
The science of gingerbread: What is the delicious scent in the air? It’s time for the mega, spicy, fragrant, super adorable gingerbread house exhibit to be seen at Discovery Cube OC or Discovery Cube LA. But November 20 is also an important date for anyone who wants to compete in the exhibition’s annual confectionery competition. Why? This is the first day you can start handing over your drop-filled, candy-covered building, which will then take part in a display that will definitely grow in the coming weeks. You will want to read up on the rules and also check out the prizes. Also? Reading through winners from years gone by is always helpful in the inspiration department.
A ‘nostalgic Christmas’ in Santa’s village: Are you coming to the North Pole? Let’s be honest: you’re going to have more than a few stopovers and flight changes, and you may have to book an overnight stay or two at a penguin-owned B&B. But reaching a destination very reminiscent of the North Pole, only one located in Southern California, is very possible. It’s SkyPark at Santa’s Village we’m talking about, this mid-century gem, a collection of cabins and outdoor experiences that delight festive families, mountain bikers and anyone seeking a little of the splendor of the season in the mountains. And this is super sweet: The annual Christmas fun has just begun, for a merry multi-week run. Details? Ho, ho, ho.
Hitchcock Fest: The nights come earlier, we look for our light but cozy sweaters, and the movie-loving mind turns to the kind of cinematic delights that scare a little, excite a bit, and have plenty of abundance and gravitas on an equal footing. measure. For lots of filmmakers, that means a movie with the Alfred Hitchcock helmet, and the Hollywood Legion Theater will have more of them, starting on November 19th. The big “Rear Window” with Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly launches the series, so grab your high-performance lens and your most comfortable pajamas that see the building next door, and take care of this Tinseltown landmark. All the movies? They’re right here.