The best advice anyone could give you about going to LA during Thanksgiving; all of the theme parks will be packed. Experienced visitors know that these places you should forget about, including Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood, will be crazy.
Thanksgiving Turkey Trot
Celebrate Thanksgiving with a family-friendly spectacle that takes place on Downtown’s Spring Street, which will be full of races, games, and fun activities. Burn off the calories by running/walking the 5K or the 10K marathon. There’s also the 1K Widdle Wobble for kids under 10. Costumes are part of the ambiance, so they are highly encouraged. The race benefits the Midnight Mission.
Thanksgiving Lunch at the Aquarium of the Sea
Come gobble up some delicious food with the Aquarium’s sea otters, puffins, and other animals for the annual Thanksgiving Feast. You can see over 12,000 animals from the largest oceans of the Earth, then enjoy a traditional holiday buffet. Seasonal cocktails are included with a full cash bar – will be available. Reservations are between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on their Rooftop Veranda overlooking Rainbow Harbor.
91st Hollywood Christmas Parade
The 91st Hollywood Christmas Parade is dedicated to promote kindness and helping the less fortunate. The Parade features the annual Toys For Tots, along with other organizations and charities that help the underprivileged during the holiday season. The parade is open to everyone, reminding us all – we need one another. The parade supports the US Marines Toys For Tots Programs – including other charities that are there to help during this holiday season.
Holiday Ice Rink
Glide into the holidays for ice skating at Pershing Square. The Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square offers traditional winter fun in the heart of exciting downtown Los Angeles with its impressive city skyline. The outdoor ice rink lets you enjoy ice skating in the city under the sun and stars.
Starting November 16, 2023, until January 16, 2024, you won’t want to miss this family-friendly event. Get your family, friends, co-workers, or a date and visit for fun and unforgettable memories. Get ready for ice skating at The Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square – the coolest place to be this winter.
Invincible – The Musical Featuring the Music of Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
Spend Thanksgiving night at the world premiere of this new show featuring the music of the Grammy-winning and 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees. Listen to tunes from the husband-and-wife’s legendary catalog and new music set to a reimagining of Romeo and Juliet. Directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene with a book by Bradley Bredeweg. This Musical is at the Bram Goldsmith Theater9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills