Los Angeles skyline and San Gabriel MountainsStaying in town for the holidays? Celebrate the season with these festive activities! Skip the headache-inducing traffic and the hassle of finding and paying for parking. Here’s a guide to how you can get to these fun events from UCLA using public transit.

  1. LA Kings Holiday Ice at LA Live – Ice-skate outdoors around the beautiful, gigantic Christmas tree now through December 31. Hours of operation vary. General admission is $17 for adults, $10 for military and seniors, and $12 for children 6 and under. Directions here.

  1. The NutcrackerEnjoy this holiday classic performed by the Los Angeles Ballet right here at UCLA’s Royce Hall from December 18-20. Other performances are available at various locations. Prices vary according to seat.
  1. Grinchmas at Universal StudiosListen to Whoville carolers, settle in for storytime with Cindy-Lou Who and enjoy a Whoville show. You can also take a photo with The Grinch or a 60-foot tree, now through January 3. Directions here.


  1. Marina del Rey Holiday Boat ParadeBoats decorated with holiday themes sail through the marina in a contest this Saturday, December 12 from 5:55 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy food trucks, a DJ and “Winter Wonder” snow in the park. This year’s Grand Marshal is Florence Henderson from the Brady Bunch. Admission is free. Directions here.
  1. CHILL at the Queen Mary in Long BeachExplore the 13,000-square-foot Ice Kingdom with towering ice creations made using more than two million pounds of ice. Go ice-tubing, ice-skating or polar paintballing, and visit the all-new North Pole Village, now through January 10. For a limited time, tickets are only $23.50 on select dates. Directions here.

  1. Illuminate Your Holidays at the Getty CenterThe center comes alive with festive holiday lights this season. Sip complimentary cider and enjoy the exhibits every Saturday night until 9 p.m. through January 2. Admission is free; parking is not. Directions here.
  1. Pershing Square Ice RinkIce-skate at the historic Pershing Square in the heart of downtown Los Angeles through January 18. General admission is $9. Plus, save $1 by showing your TAP card. Directions here.

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  1. Griffith Park Holiday Light Festival Train Ride Celebrate the holidays with an evening train ride around a festively-decorated, one mile of track. Magical scenes and tens of thousands of lights will captivate you. Ride every night until December 30. Closed on Christmas and Christmas Eve. Tickets are only $4 per person. Directions here.
  1. LA Zoo LightsThe L.A. Zoo has been transferred into a wonderful populated by glowing animals made with LED lights, lasers, 3D projections, spectacular sets and interactive displays. Buy a ticket now through January 3 for only $13 on weekdays and $16 on weekends. Directions here.

  1. Holidays at The GroveHolidays at The Grove include Santa’s Cottage, where kids can take photos with Santa Claus, a 100-foot tall Christmas tree featuring over 15,000 lights and 10,000 ornaments, magical snowfall every night at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., holiday entertainment and more. Now through December 24. Directions here.