How to celebrate the holidays safely this year

The holiday season is here and while things have been pretty unusual, there are still ways to find a bit of joy while staying safe. Here’s a quick round up of virtual and outdoor holiday experiences for you and your family! If you are planning to view any displays or decorations in-person, be sure to follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines — wear a face covering and maintain six feet distance from others.

Tinsel On The Tracks — Union Station will deliver a reimagined holiday experience to homes across Los Angeles with a virtual tree lighting ceremony. The celebration will begin with Santa rolling into the historic station with ornaments representing the diverse communities across L.A. In collaboration with Metro Art Presents, the program also includes a performance from the acclaimed Grand Arts Chamber Singers. Check it out this Friday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. on Facebook or YouTube. 

Holiday Song Tracks — The virtual holiday celebration with Union Station and Metro Art Presents continues Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. when fans and followers can tune in to Union Station’s Facebook or YouTube for Holiday Song Tracks, a festive concert featuring acclaimed klezmer gypsy-rock band Mostly Kosher and the eclectic sound of East LA favorites Las Cafeteras.

Raised on Records: Holiday Dance Moves — On the Move Riders Program and Metro Art Presents are proud to bring you a holiday edition of Raised on Records. Shimmy into the holiday season as we welcome back an annual tradition through this interactive, virtual dance party in collaboration with The Floor Productions. RSVP to receive the Zoom link and tune in on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. 

Santa The Experience — A timeless family tradition from the comfort and safety of your own home. Now through Christmas Eve, book a live video chat with Santa and explore the North Pole on a virtual elf-guided journey.

Sparkle DTLA at The BLOC — Experience this magical outdoor light show with over 18 million hues of lights, synchronized to your favorite holiday tunes. It’s free and open to all ages now through Jan. 3 at the top of each hour between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Facial coverings and social distancing required so you can enjoy the holiday vibes safely.

61st Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration — The signature Christmas Eve celebration that normally takes place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion will be live streamed this year. The event will feature a diverse lineup of L.A. based artists. Watch the broadcast on Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on PBS SoCal 1 or stream it on The Music Center’s website.

Christmas at The Grove — See The Grove transformed into a winter wonderland as snow falls each night at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. through Dec. 24. Wave hello to Santa as he rides the trolley through The Grove and take a photo in front of the 100-foot Christmas tree.

Little Tokyo Holiday Lights — The streets of Little Tokyo will be decked out in festive lighting. Plus, you can snap a photo with Shogun Santa near the outdoor Japanese Villa Plaza Christmas Tree on Dec. 12, 13, 19 and 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn how you can help bring more sparkle to the neighborhood this holiday season here.

WinterLit — Colorful lights and decor will brighten the Third Street Promenade through Jan. 3. Guests can see the City of Santa Monica’s 24-foot tree, as well as holiday art installations and murals created by local artists. Plus, enjoy a contactless visit with Santa. 

3 replies

  1. How to do it safely this year is to STAY HOME. STAY AWAY FROM PEOPLE that you don’t live with.

  2. The safest thing people can do is stay off the buses and trains which are second only to hospitals as the source of infection. Not politically correct by commonsense out weighs it. I doubt I will get a response and the odds are this post will be deleted

  3. Will Santa “roll into” Union Station on a train, a bus or a trolley? L.A. wants to know!