The South Bay along the Pacific Coast Highway might not be the perfect winter wonderland you’re thinking about during Christmas (we don’t really have snow, but we have lots of sand!), but we are filled to the brim with holiday cheer. Areas like Torrance, Rolling Hills, and San Pedro offer an incredible line-up for holiday fun; you won’t even know where to begin with this list of Christmas events near me in South Bay.
Let’s dive into the best things to do in South Bay this Christmas when you want Christmas lights, holiday train rides, craft fairs and holiday strolls.
Christmas in Torrance
Torrance Turkey Trot Fun Run
- Address: Torrance Community Services Department, 3031 Torrance Blvd, Torrance CA
- Date: Thanksgiving Day, 8am (rain or shine!)
The City of Torrance is holding their annual Turkey Trot for anyone who needs a little workout before they stuff themselves. The three-mile course has a walk or run option, and after your trot, there’s some great raffles where you can win prizes like mountain bikes, dinner vouchers, gym memberships and more.
Holiday Light Train Rides
- Address: Wilson Park, 2100 Washington Ave, Torrance CA
- Date: mid-December, 5 pm to 8:30 pm
My boys LOVE going to Wilson Park for a ride on the mini railway that is perfect for the little ones in your family.
The Southern California Live Streamers hosts this holiday light train ride every December, and kids 32″ tall or taller can chug along with the train.
Tickets are $8 per rider, and tickets can be purchased the day of your ride.
Annual Holiday Festival in Torrance
- Address: 3330 Lomita Blvd, Torrance CA
- Date: Mid-November to Early December
This one-of-a-kind holiday event is a must-visit if you live in Torrance or are visiting friends and family. The trees are beautifully decorated, and there is plenty entertainment, gifts to buy for everyone on your list, children’s activities, and more when you arrive.
This is a ticketed event and you should buy your tickets online. NOTE: if you bring a toy to donate you will get free entry on the day of their festival’s toy drive (check the website for exact dates).
Old Torrance Holiday Stroll
- Address: Old Torrance Downtown
- Date: end of November, 4 pm to 8 pm
Old downtown Torrance is offering a memorable holiday stroll for all who love shopping and the holidays. The businesses and restaurants will have unique offerings on hand for anyone attending, hwhich will include deals on shopping, gifts, and more.
This is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season, plus there is live music from a DJ, and Santa will be mingling with attendees.
Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Faire
- Address: Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Dr N, Torrance CA
- Date: mid-November, 10 am to 3 pm
The Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Faire is here, with more than 60 artists selling handcrafted goodies that are sure to surprise everyone on your list.
Parking and admission are free, so nothing stops you from attending this incredible event more than once, and getting a little holiday shopping done.
Christmas in San Pedro
Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade
- Address: Harbor Villas, 653 W 13th St, San Pedro CA
- Date: First Sunday in December, 1 pm to 3 pm
The annual San Pedro Holiday Parade will be a hit with the entire family as you gather from 1 pm to 3 pm. Head out to Harbor Villas to see marching bands, Timmy the Duck, Charros de Zacatecas and more.
The parade will begin on 13th Street and end on 6th Street at the Crowne Plaza LA Harbor Hotel entrance.
Weymouth Corners Candy Cane Lane
- Address: Weymouth Corners, Corner of 8th and Weymouth, San Pedro CA
- Date: First Friday in December, 5 pm to 9 pm
The annual Weymouth Corners Candy Cane Lane is here and has so much to offer everyone. Enjoy shopping, music, live entertainment, food, cookie decorating, and a visit from Santa.
It’s the perfect opportunity to get into the holiday spirit and entertain the kids for a few hours.
Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade
- Address: Harbor Blvd, Between 5th and 6th St, San Pedro CA
- Date: First Saturday in December, 4 pm to 8 pm
The Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade is perfect for the whole family. Not only will you be able to see a parade, but the event will also have a tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment, tall ships with light displays, crafts, games, and more. There will be a toy drive at the event, so don’t forget to dress warmly.
Christmas in Rolling Hills
Annual Holiday Parade of Lights
- Address: Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Dr, Rolling Hills Estate CA
- Date: First Saturday in December, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Enjoy holiday floats, marching bands, and Santa at the Holiday Parade of Lights in Rolling Hills. The parade will travel along Silver Spur Road, and Deep Valley Drive through the Promenade on the Peninsula.
Make sure to dress warmly, as we all know it can get chilly in SoCal at night in December (yes, 50s/60s is cold!).
Christmas in Rancho Palos Verdes
PCC’s Christmas Tree Lighting
- Address: Peninsula Community Church, 5640 Crestridge Rd, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
- Date: First Saturday in December, 7 pm
Have a great time with your family at the PCC Christmas Tree Lighting. There will be Christmas songs, story time, and hot cocoa for all to enjoy.
The best part is there will even be snow! It might not be real, but everyone will love running around in it.
Christmas in Lomita
Lomita Tree Lighting Ceremony
- Address: Lomita City Hall Offices, 24300 Narbonne Ave, Lomita CA
- Date: First Friday in December, 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Arrive early for the best view of the tree lighting ceremony at Lomita City Hall. You’ll be greeted with live music, refreshments, a visit from Santa, and more Christmas fun to get everyone into the holiday spirit.
Vendors will be set up with gifts so you can get your holiday shopping started early.
Holiday Mixer and Toy Drive
- Address: Lomita Kiwanis Hall, 24822 Narbonne Ave, Lomita CA
- Date: early December, 5:30 pm to 7 pm
Join the fun at this holiday mixer and toy drive in Lomita, the perfect spot for mingling with friends and neighbors while donating to a great cause.
Admission is free as long as you bring an unwrapped gift that will be given to the Community’s Child and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Los Angeles Harbor. Light bites and drinks are included, and you can enjoy music, festivities, and more.
Nothing is better than spending time with your family during the holidays. These Christmas events in South Bay are perfect for getting a little extra time together and having a great night out during the holiday season.