What fun it is to ride public transportation to L.A. holiday happenings like ice skating, light displays and other attractions!
Earn a spot on the nice list by keeping your carbon footprint small as you take in wintertime sights and sounds. Here’s a round-up of the merriest activities around LA you can get to using alternative transportation.
Trade in your sneakers for skates and hit this 8,000 square foot rink by the beach. Take the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus 2 to Downtown Santa Monica/SM Civic Center then walk a few blocks or ride the Metro Rapid Line 720 and get off at 4th/Arizona, just mere steps from the outdoor rink.
Skate surrounded by the city skyline. Multiple DTLA bus lines serve the area and Metro’s Red and Purple Line go to the Pershing Square Station.
Ride the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus then catch the Expo Line at Westwood/Rancho Park Station to get off at the 7th Street/Metro Center Station. You can also take the Metro Rapid Line 720 to 6th/Hope. Show your TAP card at the rink to save on admission.
Continue the holiday outdoor experience and jingle all the way through downtown using Metro Bike Share. The closest station is at Olive and 5th. For more station locations, click here.
Bigger, brighter and merrier this year, the zoo’s holiday tradition returns. Explore a wild wonderland of light under the stars and along the way view real reindeer, visit with Santa on select dates and enjoy seasonal treats and goodies.
This interactive nighttime event features a one-mile walk through colorful lighting experiences that employ sound and special effects through different parts of the botanical garden. Use the LADOT Commuter Express to reach this location from campus.
Make the season magical by celebrating Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. See an all-new holiday spectacle with lights and music cast against the backdrop of Hogwarts castle.
Hit CityWalk on Sunday, December 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to celebrate Chanukah at Chabad of the Valley’s annual event which features a free concert.
All December the hills are aglow with events and activities including carolers, lighting displays, a meet and greet with Santa on Rodeo Drive, music and special shopping, restaurant and hotel offerings.
Fairytales & Festivals
On Saturday, December 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. tour vintage rail cars, enjoy holiday music and refreshments and meet Santa at this free event. Celebrate the season and help those in need by donating new, unwrapped toys in support of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.
Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use Metro’s Trip Planner for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site. Enter from Vignes Street or Cesar Chavez Ave.
Catch a world premiere of a holiday classic performed by the Miami City Ballet with a live orchestra at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Embark on a holiday expedition at the Queen Mary’s 38,000-square foot Ice Adventure Park featuring ice skating, a zip line, ice tubing slide and other thrills. Celebrate the traditions of Christmas from six different regions with an international food fare and cultural celebration, dancing and live performances, a nightly Christmas tree lighting and more.
Happy Holidays, and cheers to staying as green as a Christmas tree by choosing sustainable transportation this season!