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Things to Do in Los Angeles in January
You'll have about 10 hours of daylight per day to explore Los Angeles in January.
January's Big Day: New Year's
Rose Parade: Normally the big parade in Pasadena is on January 1, with one exception: When January 1 is a Sunday, the parade happens on January 2 instead.
Rose Bowl Game: It's hard to get tickets for the annual football classic, but we've got all the ways you can do it.
Los Angeles' Best January Events
Bloomin' Beautiful: More than 1,200 cultivars of flowering camellias make Huntington Gardens one of the best places in the country to see them, January to March.
Take a Scenic Drive: When a cool day follows a winter rain, skies are sometimes exceptionally clear and ideal for photography. It's a good time to drive down Pacific Coast Highway and Palos Verdes Drive to Roessler Point where you can get a good view of the entire Los Angeles Basin. Continue south along the coast to San Pedro for offshore views that include Catalina Island. End your scenic drive by going north on I-110 and then to the parking area at the Griffith Observatory.
DineLA: January brings LA's version of Restaurant Week, with special tasting menus and prices at tons of great spots.
Photo l.a.: One of the premier photography events in the country, featuring work by many prominent artists.
Check out The Contenders: Film contenders, that is. The Armand Hammer Museum at UCLA hosts an annual exhibition of the year’s most noteworthy films. Many of them are good bets to win top honors during the annual awards season, and you can say you saw them first. To get the current year's information, you could go to the museum website directly, but it's easier to do a search for "contenders hammer museum."
Chinese and Vietnamese New Year: Lots of events celebrate the new year according to the Chinese calendar. The new year is a lunar holiday which may happen in January or February.
In LA, you can see whales nearly year round. In the winter, you can watch gray whales as they migrate. Find the best places to see them and when to go in the guides to Los Angeles whale watching and Orange County whale watching.
January is also an excellent time to visit Disneyland or go to Universal Studios Hollywood, especially if you avoid the Martin Luther King holiday weekend (which happens on the third Monday of the month). Park hours will be short, but crowds will be the smallest you'll encounter all year long.Continue to 2 of 3 below.
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More About Los Angeles in January
The Golden Globe Award are held at the Beverly Hilton in January. Beverly Hills hotels fill up and both Santa Monica and Wilshire clog up with traffic. Check the awards dates at the Golden Globe website.
January is also LA's coldest month, in the middle of the rainy season. That is if it rains at all.
When it does rain, the entire month's precipitation sometimes falls in a single day. Pacific storms can whip up some eye-popping waves near the coast, and the sky is crystal clear afterward.
If the weather tries to dampen your vacation fun, try these things to do on a rainy day in Los Angeles
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- Average High Temperature: 67°F/19°C
- Average Low Temperature: 49°F/9°C
- Rain & Clouds Index: 3.06 inches (7.8 cm) rain, 72% sunshine
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What to Pack, What to Wear in January
For rainy days, take an umbrella and a rain jacket with hood. A mid-weight jacket will be enough (or more than enough) on dry days. Unless you're going to the ski slopes, leave the heavy winter coat at home. Layers are always a good idea, especially if you plan to spend part of your day near the beach.
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.
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.