Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, where we celebrate the survival of the first colonists who braved the harsh climate of New England in the 1600s. Many of our foreign readers should be forgiven for thinking that the holiday was created by retailers giving thanks for the mobs of shoppers that kick off the holiday buying season. Now THAT’S American.
Being an Autumn holiday, Thanksgiving is often associated with leaves, pumpkins, and cooler climates. But not here in LA. We have some different ways to celebrate the holiday, some traditional, some not so traditional. Here are our Top 5:
1. Aquarium of the Pacific Thanksgiving Lunch
$36 per adult (12+) and $27 per child
Aquarium Members: $26 per adult (12+) and $17 per child
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA
RSVP (562) 590-3100, ext. 0
2. Laugh Factory
8001 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Thurs., Nov. 28 @ 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Laugh Factory Thanksgiving Feast
The iconic Sunset Strip comedy club again hosts its annual free Thanksgiving dinner for “those away from home, those who might be lonely, homeless, or simply in need of a warm meal, a hug or a laugh.” It’s the 34th time they’ve held this event and this year “top comedians including Dane Cook, Arsenio Hall, Kevin Nealon, Tom Arnold and Brad Garrett will join other celebrities in helping to serve each guest a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.”
There will also be comedy performances after each meal service.
3. Volunteer at Pink Taco
8225 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood on the Sunset Strip
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks and what better way than to give back to those less fortunate. Volunteer at this meal for the homeless that benefits PATH (People Assisting the Homeless). The hip and swanky Pink Taco has been doing this for 5 years and it’s a great way to feel good while looking good.
4. Dana Point Turkey Trot
Dana Point Harbor Dana Point, CA
7:00AM 10K Start; 8:30AM 5K Masters Start (age 40 and over); 9:10AM Costume Contest; 9:30AM 5K Open Start; 10:15AM Kids’ Gobble Wobble Start (1 Mile)
5K: $50 10K: $55 5/10K combo: $65 Kids’ Gobble Wobble: $15
5. Thanksgiving Dinner in a Swanky Hotel
Various around Los Angeles and Beverly Hills
Los Angeles is of course full of hotels loaded with celebrity and film history. Dine at the Millennium Biltmore (506 S Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles) where the Oscars have been held 8 times in the 30s and 40s. Or try the Bonaventure (404 S Figueroa St, downtown Los Angeles) where they filmed scenes for True Lies, Forget Paris, and Escape from LA. Or go for a celebrity sighting at the iconic Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel (9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills) or the Montage Beverly Hills (225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills). There are so many more here in the City of Angels. Enjoy!
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The tour was a lot of fun and he even took us to less well known spots for some great photo ops! Definitely recommend doing and would absolutely do another tour with these guys when next back in LA!
~ Kelly T
- “Perfect fit for our family!”
Our tour was AMAZING. This is one of the most professional companies I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I would recommend them in a heartbeat.
~ Michele G, El Segundo, California
- “LOOK NO FURTHER”
I can recall doing a bus tour of LA a number of years ago, and that tour did not remotely compare to what we experienced with our number one guide Rivers. Our family of four, including two boys aged 13 and 10, had the best day possible.
~ Lindsay O, Hepburn Springs, Australia
- “Worth the Splurge”
Eight hours seems like a lot of time, but the day just flew by. It was so fun and interesting. I would do this again with no regrets.
The Kozars, Lethbridge, Canada
- “Great family day”
A big thank you to Scott for our fantastic LA tour!! We got all the sights in, in one day including a last minute shop @ Dash!! Scott was full of information and my family including my 3 year old had a fantastic day!! Highly recommend !!