Los Angeles in December

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    Things to Do in Los Angeles in December

    Candy Cane Lane
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    If you're thinking of going to LA in December, expect all the top tourist attractions to be packed. Theme parks are busier than at any other times of year and even the museums are full of people.

    You'll have about 10 hours of daylight per day to explore Los Angeles in December.

    Los Angeles' Best December Events: Recommendations

    This is the short list of things I have done myself and recommend to my friends when they go to LA in December. 

    Christmas: Christmas in Los Angeles is full of unexpected fun, including some great holiday parades featuring decorated yachts and over-the-top Christmas light displays.

    LA Zoo Lights at Griffith Park, Los Angeles: During the Christmas season, the Los Angeles Zoo hosts an evening attraction called Zoo Lights. The zoo is open after dark, with its lanes and trees full of glowing, lighted (and sometimes animated) animals

    Things That Look Like Fun to Do in December

    I'm sharing my LA bucket list here, a selection of events and things to do that look like fun.

    New Year's EveIndoors and out, there will be parties and public celebrations.

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    Things That Are Especially Fun in the Month of December

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    When a cool day follows a winter rain, skies are sometimes exceptionally clear and great for photography.

    If the weather tries to rain on your vacation, try these Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Los Angeles

    In LA, you can see whales nearly year round. December is a good time to see gray whales. Find the best places to see them and when in the guides to Los Angeles whale watching and Orange County whale watching.

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    More About Los Angeles in December

    Holiday Lights in Studio City
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    What to Expect from Los Angeles Weather in December

    You won't find a white Christmas in Los Angeles unless you head for the mountains, but December is in the rainy season and prone to winter storms.

    If the weather tries to dampen your vacation fun, try these Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Los Angeles

    • Average High Temperature: 68°F/20°C
    • Average Low Temperature: 50°F/10°C
    • Rain & Clouds Index: 2.35 inches (6.0 cm) rain, 74% sunshine

    Use the weather averages to get an idea of what things may be like, but it might be different when you visit. A winter day could even be so warm you'll wish you packed your shorts. And - of course - check the forecast, too.

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    What to Pack, What to Wear in December

    Pier with Christmas lights
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    For rainy days, take a rain jacket with hood and an umbrella. A mid-weight jacket will be enough on dry days. Unless you're going to the ski slopes, leave the heavy winter coat at home. Long-sleeved shirts layered with sweaters work best.

    More Things to Do in Los Angeles by Month

    If you're trying to figure out the best month for your LA vacation, any time will be fine. You can use our monthly guides to find out more about events and what to expect all year long.

    In LA, winter is December, January and February. It's sometimes rainy but otherwise the sky will be clear and sunny. After the end of year holidays, attractions will be less crowded.

    Spring season starts in  March and extends through April and May. Signs of spring are subtle, but the weather is usually great — and except for spring break, attractions are still less crowded, up to the big holiday weekend at the end of May.

    Summer busy season starts in June. So does the dreaded "June gloom" which can keep the beach areas foggy all day long. It can extend into July, too. By August it will be hot —sometimes very hot and mostly clear.

    After the big September holiday, things quiet down. Weather will still be good into October and the outdoor concert season extends into the middle of the month. November is variable. Sometimes it's more like fall and sometimes more like winter.