There are so many fun festivities and volunteer opportunities in LA for Thanksgiving — it may be hard to choose between them!
We’ve listed some of our favorite holiday events to help narrow down your options!
The Enchanted Forest of Light:
Descanso Gardens in La Cañada is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in LA County. The nighttime experience there mixes art installations with luminescent forests and lovely, shimmering sound effects. The Enchanted path is about a mile long and it can get chilly at night, so we recommend bundling up and wearing comfy shoes! There are also several entertainment evenings within the next month including student performances and DJ sets on the lawn. It opens on November 17th, don’t miss out!
The Los Angeles Auto Show:
Beginning on November 22nd, and concluding on December 1st, the LA Auto Show is a convention for all. There are cars from all walks of life, different time periods, movie picture cars, and even brand new “cars of the future” being debuted at the show. There is something for everyone to enjoy. There are also celebrity meet-and-greets and people may even test drive some of the vehicles.
The Great Los Angeles Walk:
This special event happens every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The walk is 18 miles long and usually lasts about 9 hours. You begin on one end of the city and end up on the opposite side. However, if that sounds too daunting of a task, you’re always welcome to jump in and out of the line wherever you please. No reservations are required, but an RSVP is appreciated!
Some Post-Thanksgiving Plans
I know what you’re thinking, Hollywood Christmas Parade? Thanksgiving is tomorrow and you’re already talking about Christmas, what gives? Well, I’d imagine we all have our minds firmly set on munching on some delicious turkey and stuffing during dinner tomorrow. Although, obviously the main part of the holiday is the giving thanks part. I want you to enjoy Thanksgiving tomorrow. I want you to be thankful for all that you have, especially in turbulent times such as these. And I want you to enjoy a delicious family dinner if you’re able to have one. However, at this point I am just assuming that you have your holiday plans all set for the next couple of days, and that’s why I’m setting you up for a fun weekend. We all know that December brings with it some specific holiday merriment. Let’s get a head start this weekend shall we?
Santa Comes to Hollywood a Month Early
Wait a second. That’s not Santa, that’s Superman! If you’re looking for some fun times this weekend, you’ll have a chance to bring the kids down to Hollywood. That’s right it’s time for the Hollywood Christmas Parade.
From Superman to Darth Vader, the Hollywood Christmas Parade puts just as much emphasis on the Hollywood as they do on the Christmas. This Sunday, November 25th, starting at around 5pm make sure you snag a spot to see the parade festivities. You can expect to see numerous floats, celebrities, marching bands, and other types of exciting performances. And luckily if you can’t make it this year in person, you’ll be able to watch the parade on the CW network on December 15th. Head down to Hollywood this Sunday and mix a little bit of Hollywood Stars with your Christmas pregame. Additional information about the event can be found right here at the official parade website.
Turkey Trot LA combines two unlikely activities: binge-eating and running. Or, at least I do, typically. A few years ago I started the tradition of turkey trotting and then having a traditional Thanksgiving. The thing is, a lot of people don’t have the opportunity to eat a nice Thanksgiving meal. Luckily, Turkey Trot LA will help raise money for the Midnight Mission. This way more people get a chance to gather around a table with some tasty Thanksgiving treats.There are turkey trots all across the country on Thanksgiving, but what makes Turkey Trot LA unique from the rest is that it is helping to raise money for a good cause, and it lets you run around LA while wearing ridiculous turkey hats (pictured below).
This is a nice family-friendly event that has plenty of activities for people of all ages. There will be a turkey costume contest, face painting, and an assortment of other activities and games. You haven’t truly lived until seeing people dressed up as turkeys partaking in a potato sack race. As someone who has participated in 5k’s and a couple of marathons, I can tell you that these types of events are very worthwhile. There is a nice sense of camaraderie that you get when running with a nice mob of people.
Check out their website for more details!