It’s November, and the sun is still as bright and shining as ever—and that, my friends, is the one of the perks of studying abroad in Los Angeles. To those who plan to visit the west coast this month, and to my fellow Boston University LA students, here are some fun holiday-themed things you can add to your to-do list for November.
In LA, we are all prepped up for the holidays, which makes for festive nights out. On November 15, Rodeo Drive sets up its tree-lighting holiday celebration. There’s music, lighting, and fireworks (yes, you read that right!). Those who attend can take pictures with #BoldBH and #OnlyOnRodeo photo props on the streets.
P.S. Did I tell you that the event is free?
If you haven’t yet taken a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood, this is the best time of year to do so. The theme park starts the holidays incredibly early (November 17, to be precise). Enjoy amazing rides, and stay until nighttime for the holiday spectacle at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
P.S. Universal also hosts a “Who-tacular” festival with The Grinch starting December 1. Check it out when you visit!
Missing Boston and the ice? Don’t worry, because LA has everything you need in drivable distance. Drive down to the best holiday-themed ice rink in the city, and skate away.
The event at Pershing Square also has skating performances, ice sculptures, lights, music, decorations, and so much more. This rink stays open from November 15, 2018 to January 21, 2019. Visit the website (linked above) to book your tickets to the ice rink and to enjoy “winter” in west coast.
I saved the best for the last.
Mark your calendars for November 25, because you cannot miss this event. From Sunset Boulevard to Orange, watch the parade—featuring balloons, bands, celebrities, and more.
Insider tip: Grab your spot on the curb at least two hours before it starts to secure a good view.
Don’t be surprised if you see me at all of these events! They are budget friendly, fun, and scream LA.
Although not a Winter Wonderland, this city of sunshine knows how to throw a holiday celebration. I hope you explore these events, and soak in the twinkly, delightful extravaganzas this November.
Sruthi Dhulipala, West Coast Correspondent
Sruthi is a second-year PR graduate student and an aspiring publicist. Singing is her panacea from reality and completes her as a person. It is also her life’s goal to practice music therapy and promote it for the benefit of people. An ardent dreamer and self-professed book dragon, she can never be anything but the most dedicated marvel-nerd.