Hello December!

Great things to do in Los Angeles during December!

The last few months have been full of exciting events in LA. From Taylor Swift and Beyonce at Sofi Stadium to our beloved Los Angeles Chargers and Rams kicking off the NFL season. Cruises and flights taking off everyday, festivals and parades galore and as always the predictably unexpected traffic throwing a wrench in all of it. LA just wouldn’t be the same without the traffic, am I right?! Thomas Transportation has been there through it all, with a smile. We love being a part of your Los Angeles adventures. Our expert drivers are well versed in the ins and outs of our city and they are great at navigating the best possible ways of getting our passengers where they want to be in order for them to get the very most out of each event. The holidays are here and December is a perfect, eventful time to visit LA. Here is a list of fun things to do during your stay in Los Angeles.

Visit the LA Auto Show

The Auto show is an annual event that takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in early December. The event is open to the public for ten days each year. Whether you love admiring the newest makes and models, you’re looking to upgrade your ride, or you simply want to window shop fancy cars, this is the place for you!

Attend a Christmas Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Another fun thing to do in downtown Los Angeles in December is attend one of the many outstanding Christmas Concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall. From internationally acclaimed groups and artists to local celebrities like the Philharmonic Orchestra, you will be delighted with the most outstanding music. The Concert Hall alone is an architectural marvel, a sight to behold with the most incredible acoustics.

Experience the Descanso Gardens

You may have never heard about Descanso Gardens, you also may have never heard of a city called La Canada Flintridge where the Gardens
live. Many Angelinos themselves have never heard of it. It is one of Southern California’s most beautiful gardens.

Every evening starting November 20th through January 8th, Descanso lights up with a gorgeous holiday light display called ‘Enchanted Forest of Light’. The light show features several interactive displays which let you manipulate lights and sounds in the garden.

The Newport Beach Boat Parade

Christmas parades are always a good time. But have you ever witnessed a lighted boat parade on the water, WITH fireworks? Every year for 5
days in December Newport Bay is richly illuminated with millions of lights and hundreds of themed estates. It is one of the largest decorated boat parades in the country! Dozens of decorated boats of all sizes compete for awards in different categories. The Newport Boat Parade is a spectacle in the most mesmerizing and memory making way. It's wonderful for a family activity or for a romantic date. It's the perfect place for a proposal… just sayin’ fellas;)

Queen Mary Christmas

The legendary Queen Mary ship which is now permanently stationed in the Long Beach port invites everyone to embrace the holiday spirit at the Queen Mary Christmas in December. This legendary ship is one of the biggest attractions in Los Angeles. There is ice skating at the ship and live entertainment among other attractions. Santa and Mrs. Claus are onboard greeting guests and interacting with the children. There is also a movie theater onboard showing Christmas movies. Queen Mary is always a magical experience.

Go on a gondola cruise amongst enchanting lights in Long Beach

Here is another Long Beach activity you can experience. No need to buy a ticket to Italy, you can still go on a Venetian escape along canals here in Long Beach. Cruise under romantic bridges filled with festive lights and stunning surroundings. Visit gondolagetawayinc.com for more information.

Attend an LA Kings game

Whether you’re a hockey fan or not, it is hard not to get excited when surrounded by a full crowd of Kings fans. The Kings play at Crypto.com arena in Downtown Los Angeles. The stadium is in the heart of the city in a bustling area referred to as LA Live. With shops and restaurants filling this area, there is so much to do and see before and after the game. Even if you don’t attend a sports event, LA Live is worth visiting for the action.


Los Angeles is home to numerous spectacular theaters and stadiums. There are always great concerts taking place, any given weekend. Look up what artists are performing in LA during your visit and go see an iconic super star while you’re here. Stevie Nicks, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Anita Baker and so many more are just some of the acts gracing LA in December. Purchase tickets now and get your rock on!

See a Musical

Hello, you’re in Tinseltown baby! New York isn’t the only place to witness a musical. There are plays and musicals taking place literally every day in Los Angeles. During December there are tons of Christmas themed shows playing. With multiple historic, beautiful theaters in LA you really can’t go wrong by visiting any playhouse.

Disneyland and Universal Studios

Any time of year is a great time to visit either of these infamous theme parks. Disneyland makes over the entire park with Christmas decor, the characters dress up in Holiday attire and there are tons of specialty holiday food items offered. As always Disneyland is a perfect place to take your family, but there really is something “magical” about the park during this time of year.

Universal Studios goes all out as well. The studio reimagines the grounds in a “Grinchmas” theme. See through the eyes of a Who in Whoville and maybe even meet The Grinch himself!