Experiencing the holiday season in a sunny city with palm trees is magical—but even so, we all have moments where we want to escape the tinsel, dancing Santas, and cheesy tunes playing in every big box store. The good news is that if you know where to look, there are quiet, peaceful spots to enjoy the season (even in Los Angeles!).
It’s time to chill. Grab that book you’ve been meaning to read and treat yourself to a fancy coffee, or catch a weekend double feature at the New Beverly Cinema.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to skip the crowds (but not the fun) in LA this Christmas:
1. Pack a picnic
Los Angeles may not be a “winter wonderland,” but our mild weather means you can enjoy a holiday picnic. Here are our favorites places to lay out a blanket and munch in style:
Why we love it: even in sunny California, most folks aren’t thinking about picnics this close to the holidays. Take advantage of the quiet while everyone else is rushing through their last-minute shopping.
2. Get cozy at your local coffeeshop
During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, there’s nothing quite as comforting as a local coffeeshop. Grab that book you’ve been meaning to read and treat yourself to a fancy coffee drink at one of these quiet coffee shops.
Why we love it: coffee shops are a prime spot for people watching—and caffeine is a must for getting through the holidays.
Get some peace and entertainment
Whiling away an afternoon at the movie theater is a great way to do something fun that doesn’t require socializing or battling hordes of holiday shoppers. Check out Valley 6 Plaza in North Hollywood for cheap tickets to new(ish) films and affordable concession snacks. Or head to Quentin Tarantino’s theater, New Beverly Cinema, to catch a weekend double feature for just $8.
Why we love it: Dark, temperature-controlled, and full of the soothing smell of popcorn, the movie theater is always a perfect break from reality and annoying relatives.
Cruise the streets for LA’s best-decorated neighborhoods
Scoping out light displays and holiday decorations is a favorite Christmas pastime. Bundle the family in the car with snacks and cruise some of LA’s best-decorated neighborhoods to enjoy the sights while staying comfy and cozy. Simply map out this list for some of the very best displays.
Why we love it: Enjoying preposterous light displays, inflatable sleighs, and over-the-top holiday scenery in the privacy of your own car means you can laugh it up and be as snarky as you want without getting evil looks from the bad Christmas sweater crowd.
What are your favorite places to get away in LA during the holidays? Let us know in the comment section!