It’s Thanksgiving weekend, and if you don’t have to work, skip the shopping and start celebrating the holidays early. The Holiday Light Festival kicks off at Griffith Park on November 24, 2023. Also Santa come to the RUNWAY!

Early Holiday Events 2023

The Griffith Park & Southern Railroad invites the entire family for an evening train ride around a festively decorated one-mile track. The Holiday Light Festival brings together thousands of lights that will help get you and your family in the mood for a wonderful holiday. The ride is approximately 10 minutes around the mile-long track decorated with thousands of lights within Griffith Park. Suitable for humans of all ages.

After enjoying the fantastic lights and train ride, holiday gift kiosk, and winter-themed, open-air photo areas will be available to all. Also returning this year…open air photo opportunities for your pictures, open every night, plus our holiday gift kiosk (weekends only until Dec 8th, then 7 days a week). This is the perfect way to create long lasting memories.

Admission: General Entry is $7 per person and can be purchased in person or online. Priority Entry is $12 per person and can only be purchased online. Babies 18 mo and younger ALWAYS ride free.

What: The Holiday Light Festival 
Where: The Griffith Park, 4400 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
When: November 24, 2023 — January 7, 2024, Times: Monday-Thursday: 5-8pm; Friday-Sunday: 5-9pm (closed 12/24, 12/25 & 12/31)


Santa Comes to the Runway

Also starting this weekend, Playa Runway brings back its holiday magic at the RUNWAY. See below a lineup of events and discover the festive photo opportunities that are in store for you. Click the link below to check out the holiday excitement!

Visit Santa’s house at RUNWAY Wonderland and make all of your merry wishes come true this winter! We can’t wait to host Saint Nick himself (Yes, Santa Claus!) at RUNWAY for a special photo op for you and your family.

Photos are offered complimentary with a toy donation to the Wonderland Toy Drive. For More information about the Toy Drive, see below. Walk-ins are welcomed, but reservations will have priority.

Santa will be on call from 10am – 3pm on these days – November 25th & 26th; December 2nd & 3rd; December 9th & 10th; December 16th & 17th. Book your reservations on the website –

Wonderland Toy Drive

RUNWAY Wonderland Toy Drive runs from Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 10:00am, through Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 6:00pm. Join the RUNWAY for its fourth Wonderland Toy Drive in partnership with the LAPD Pacific Division. All toys collected at RUNWAY will be distributed by the LAPD Pacific Division to families in need on the westside of Los Angeles. Donate New, unused, & unwrapped toys or books for ages 2+; Drop off at RUNWAY Playa Vista during business hours. Find bins at the following shops: Micro Kickboard, SoFly Kids, The Studio (MDR), Superfine Playa, Sender One, Neighbors, Alchemy Works (Free Market).

RUNWAY TOY DRIVE, 12775 Millennium, Suite 165 Playa Vista, CA 90094;