Our Favorite Local Holiday Events In 2021

We love the holiday season, which is why highlighting the best local holiday events of the year is always something we look forward to. At last, the season of joy is upon us and we feel the cozy nostalgia of the holidays wrapping us up in its warm embrace. Like a much-needed hug, the festive cheer of December is a welcome shift in energy from a year fraught with division. That’s why we’ve made it our goal to visit and enjoy as many local holiday events in 2021 as possible, to not only regain a sense of community, but to support our neighbors like Marina del Rey who work so hard to spread cheer and put on events like these. 

Join us in supporting local and make the season bright with Marina del Rey’s 59th annual holiday celebrations! Here are the local holiday events coming up:

December 11 through New Year’s Eve, nightly 4-10 p.m.

Marina Lights at Burton Chace Park

13650 Mindanao Way   

There’s nothing more festive than holiday lights wrapped around trees throughout 10-acre Burton Chace Park–one of the only parks in Los Angeles that is surrounded by water on three sides! The spectacular display of sparkling lights and decor will take place every night from December 11th through New Year’s Eve. Enjoy a seaside stroll under the holiday lights. Bring a hot cup of cocoa or pick up food from nearby restaurants. 


Saturday, December 11 at 6 p.m. 

Cedars-Sinai Presents the Marina del Rey Annual Holiday Boat Parade

The beloved 59th annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade returns to L.A’s Marina! This year’s theme is “Joy on the Water.” 

Popular viewing spots include: 

Burton Chace Park at 13650 Mindanao Way

Fisherman’s Village at 13755 Fiji Way


Events Schedule

4 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Carolers, food trucks + festive photo booth at Burton Chace Park 

5:55 p.m.

Fireworks show  

6 p.m.

Holiday Boat Parade kicks off 

Saturday, December 11 at 10 a.m.

Holiday Paddle Parade

Marina “Mother’s” Beach

Dress in fun festive holiday attire for the first Holiday Paddle Parade and Toy Drive hosted by Pro SUP Shop. Enjoy a stand-up paddle or kayak guided tour ($30 for paddleboard or single kayak; $40 for tandem kayak). Dust off your favorite Ugly Holiday Sweaters for a chance to win prizes. All ages and levels are welcome. This is a pet-friendly event, too! Bring a new unwrapped toy and receive a free Pro SUP Shop hat. 


Sunday, December 12 at 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Killer Rides – Holiday Car Show 

Killer Shrimp Restaurant 

Killer Shrimp hosts this annual holiday car show and toy drive in the parking lot of its waterfront restaurant space. Free to show and free to attend! Spend the morning pouring over hot rods, exotics, motorcycles, classics, and muscle cars. Enjoy music, food, and photos with Santa, too. Please bring a new, unwrapped children’s toy to be donated to the L.A. County Fire Department. 


Sunday, December 31 at 8:59 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.

Annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Celebrate the New Year with fireworks in Marina del Rey! Enjoy a ten-minute fireworks show, at 8:59:50 p.m. and 11:59:50 p.m. The shows will be shot from the Marina’s south jetty and can be viewed from virtually anywhere in Marina del Rey.


LA Weekly