Seven Fun Holiday Activities Under $10

Seven Fun Holiday Activities Under $10

Struggling student? Saving up for a rainy day? Spent your month’s budget on presents?
Christmas cheer can get pretty pricey, so we’ve created a list of activities you can do from now until
Hiking in LA with friends is always a good time.
the New Year for under $10. Two lattes or a night of entertainment? Let the caffeine go and rejuvenate with these fun events!
  1. Take in some art. The museums offer many discounts on special days and times, but don’t stop there. A lot of free art happens all over Los Angeles. You don’t need to see Van Gogh to take in the art culture Los Angeles has to offer. Many galleries from Chinatown to North Hollywood exist and you can walk in and see wonderful art from local artists. A not-so-well-known holiday example of great, free art is the Holiday Chalk Art Driveway Creations in Ladera Heights. Sunday December 27th is the day numerous chalk artists create masterpieces on residential driveways. 10am to 4pm on Shenandoah just North of Slauson.
  2. See a movie. You may not believe it, but a film can be an affordable and fun Christmas getaway. Many of the smaller theaters and the AMC chain still offer affordable matinees as low as $6. Check out local listings or get adventurous and check out the Mission Tiki Drive-In in Montclair. Adults are only $9 for a double feature. Just like the old days! (missiontiki.com)
  3. Volunteer! Nothing is as rewarding as giving the gift of time. There are a lot of opportunities to volunteer in Los Angeles over the holidays. You can talk to your local church, animal shelter, or community center about opportunities in your area. The LA Food Bank is a great holiday volunteer site and people can sign up to sort and distribute donated food at lafoodbank.org.
  4. Get some exercise! Hikes and nature walks are all over Los Angeles County and they are free! Not only can you spot some gorgeous views from Laurel Canyon, you may spot a celebrity and their pooch, too! Or go to Griffith Observatory and hike to the top. This week, many nature lovers will want to take in the Full Moon Walk the night after Christmas. Check out www.lamountains.com for all the amazing hikes, guided or not guided, in Los Angeles.
  5. Spend New Year’s Day (and maybe even New Year’s Eve) at the Rose Parade. No holiday list is complete without the Rose Parade.  For over a century, crowds of people have flocked to Pasadena to see the gorgeous floats glide down the street. This takes some planning, though. Space fills up fast. Many secure a spot on the sidewalk along the parade route as early as noon on December 31st. (tournamentofroses.com)
  6. Enjoy some music or comedy. Los Angeles is one of those great cities that have open mics and free live music all over town. If you want to escape the Christmas theme and have a great night out, check out the Kibitz Room in Canter’s Deli on Fairfax. Canter’s never closes and their historic music stage is open 10:30am – 1:40am. (cantersdeli.com/kibitz-room)
  7. Finally, a favorite among many Angelenos is to check out the LA Zoo Christmas Lights. The zoo is decorated in brilliant, animal-themed lights with amazing musical light shows and the occasional (real) reindeer. Tickets are generally more than $10 but they have a late night special for $9 at 9 p.m. (lazoolights.org)
So whatever your fancy, Los Angeles is the place to be this holiday season. Have a great time without putting a great dent in your wallet.
LA ORT wishes you a fun holiday season!

LA ORT is a group of nonprofit junior colleges in Los Angeles and Van Nuys provide career training in short term courses.