Whether you celebrate traditionally or not, Christmas Day is recognized as a day off to spend time with our families. But with so many businesses closed, it can be tricky to figure out what to do after you’ve checked off your usual activities. Of course, there are always the classics, like going to the movies or eating Chinese food. But Sarah Dandashy of Ask A Concierge shares a few other options to consider if you’re spending the holiday in Los Angeles, California.
1. Go for a hike
Business may be closed, but Mother Nature isn’t. Take advantage of the mild weather and clock in a few miles. Runyon Canyon, Griffith Park, and Temescal Canyon are a few favorites.
2. Universal Studios
Celebrate the holiday Grinchmas style at Universal Studios. Open from 8 am until 10 pm, you have the entire day to play. As a bonus, Universal Citywalk is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
“The Happiest Place on Earth” is always a good idea, especially on Christmas. Open from 8 a.m. until midnight, you have plenty of time to get your Mickey fix. California Adventure is also open, in case you like to park hop, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
4. Go for a drive
It’s a quiet day, so if road tripping is a favorite of yours, Christmas is a perfect day to hit the road. Drive along the coast, down Sunset Boulevard, or even along Mulholland Drive.
5. Bike ride along the coast
Another way to get out and enjoy the day…is on two wheels! If you don’t have a bike, you can rent one, since both Blazing Saddles and Perry’s Beach Rentals will be open on Christmas!
6. Read a book!
Crazy thought? I know! How often do you actually get to unplug and read a book? This is a perfect chance to dig into your reading list without interruption.
7. Lake Shrine Temple
The Lake Shrine Temple is normally open on Christmas. It is closed on Mondays, and this year Christmas falls on a Monday, so it will not be open. But you can certainly take inspiration from the Lake Shrine Temple and find a moment to get outside and meditate.
8. Head to a hotel to dine
Most restaurants are hit or miss on Christmas, but hotels are always open and are a great option if you’re looking to get out of the house. Keep in mind that they usually offer a preset menu, but you can always try your luck at the hotel bar for some small bites.
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Video by Nino D. Gordeli. Text by Sarah Dandashy for PeterGreenberg.com. You can watch her other videos for travel tips & tricks at AskAConcierge.tv.