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Los Angeles

Los Angeles may be famed for its celebrity culture, Hollywood glitz and A-list postcodes – but this is only the beginning. LA is home to eclectic neighbourhoods and some of the best beaches in the world. Love it or hate it, you’ll find a side of the city’s personality that captivates you.

From iconic neighbourhoods like Beverly Hills, which was immortalised by Julia Roberts' shopping spree in Pretty Woman, to the illuminated Ferris wheel on Santa Monica Pier and the celebrated Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles has it all. Simply a walk along the familiar streets of LA can feel like you’re starring in your favourite movie or TV show. For a true LA experience, hang out with the locals at a buzzing gastro pub in Downtown LA, see the iconic Hollywood sign from the Griffith Park Observatory or cycle along the bustling Venice Beach promenade. Sit courtside at an LA Lakers game or spend an adventurous weekend at Joshua Tree National Park.

Los Angeles

What's on in Los Angeles over the next few months

In October, new sports seasons and Halloween take over the city. When November arrives, the city twinkles with holiday lights and Thanksgiving brings a celebratory atmosphere. Which brings us to December, a month of holidays, parties and of course, the end of 2015. NYE in LA is definitely a night to remember.



October in Los Angeles starts with a bang as 80s icons Duran Duran tour their new album ‘Paper Gods’. On 1 October, the band will be playing at the Hollywood Bowl. Next up is the hilarious music/comedy Festival Supreme at the Shrine Expo Hall on 10 October - look out for Tenacious D (Jack Black’s band). The LA Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers play on 19 October in a pre-season game at the Staples Center. Then, on the 31 October, the infamous West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval starts at Santa Monica Boulevard. This is one of the biggest events of the year and crowds of up to 500,000 come along to see the parade.

Christmas parade.


The sun may be shining, but you can still get your winter fix… from 1 November to 19 January an outdoor ice skating rink will pop up at Pershing Square, in downtown Los Angeles. Enjoy LA’s mild weather, as you show off your best moves. Then, the festivities really begin. From 16 November to 4 January holiday lights and festive decorations adorn the city. Don’t miss the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, which will not disappoint with its larger than life celebrations. Starting at 5pm on Hollywood Boulevard, the parade includes floats, balloons and bands. So grab yourself a good spot and soak up the wonderful atmosphere.



Are you a Christmas grump? More of an Ebenezer Scrooge? Then perhaps Grinchmas is for you. Between 4 December and 2 January, you can meet the Grinch at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure®. The famous holiday ballet The Nutcracker is performed by the Los Angeles Ballet at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood (home to the Oscars) on 12 and 13 December. If that isn’t enough to get you ready, then the Holiday Sing-Along will. Taking place at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on the 19 December, with all your favourite Christmas numbers. And then to finish off the year, LA becomes party central on 31 December. Head over to NYE Rapture at The Satellite for an 80s party.

Los Angeles neighbourhoods

Hollywood and West Hollywood

Hollywood and West Hollywood

Associated with movies, glitz and glamour, Hollywood and West Hollywood are a ‘must see’ for celebrity spotters and film fanatics. One of LA’s most popular neighbourhoods, this area is home to the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Immerse yourself in the world of movies and experience thrilling family attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Mingle with LA’s elite at trendy nightclubs on the Sunset Strip or shop until you drop on upscale Melrose Avenue. This desirable area offers some of the city’s finest hotels and provides a more affordable alternative to those found in nearby Beverly Hills.

LA Beaches

LA Beaches

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the wide range of fantastic beaches that LA has to offer. Back in the heyday of Route 66, Santa Monica was the end of the line. Now it is better known for the bustling Santa Monica Pier, with its illuminated Ferris wheel. Just south of Santa Monica, you’ll find the eclectic Venice Beach. Stroll along the boardwalk or embrace the bohemian vibe in the cafes, bars and galleries. Admire the exclusive houses along Malibu Beach or grab your surfboard and take to the waves at Huntington Beach.

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

Home to the world-famous zip code that is synonymous with wealth, status and celebrity. These uber-chic, ultra-posh and overly pricey neighbourhoods are home to many famous faces, including Madonna and George Clooney. Head to Rodeo Drive for designer shopping and small private boutiques. This area is popular with wealthy shoppers, sunglass-wearing celebrities and tourists hoping to see their fashion icons. Don't forget to look at the road itself; you'll spot some impressive and high-priced vehicles parked up.



Orange County is the ideal family destination. It’s home to an array of world-class theme parks, which include Disneyland Resort, Knott’s Berry Farm and Legoland. Downtown Disney has something for everyone, from restaurants to bespoke shops and an AMC movie theatre. Create your own unique toy car at Ride Makers. Block at Orange and GardenWalk offer plenty of opportunity for retail therapy, with arcades and bowling to keep the kids happy.



Downtown LA is home to the city’s premier red carpet venue, LA Live. This thriving entertainment complex is a great place for seeing a movie or grabbing a bite to eat. While Watercourt at California Plaza is a whimsical urban park with fountains – a popular location for films or music videos. If you hang out long enough, you’ll probably see someone filming something. In this area renowned for its cultural diversity, admire the striking architecture of the Walt Disney Concert Hall or watch baseball with the locals at the nearby Dodgers Stadium.

When best to go?

Prepare for the weather before your Los Angeles holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
  • 18°Jan
  • 19°Feb
  • 19°Mar
  • 21°Apr
  • 22°May
  • 24°Jun
  • 27°Jul
  • 28°Aug
  • 27°Sep
  • 24°Oct
  • 23°Nov
  • 19°Dec
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
  • 79
  • 76
  • 71
  • 25
  • 10
  • 3
  • 0
  • 0
  • 5
  • 15
  • 31
  • 66
Average daily sunshine (hours)
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 10
  • 12
  • 11
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