The Most Spectacular Drive-Thru Holiday Events Happening in LA

2020/11/08 | Shannan Rouss | Red Tricycle
It’s official: Drive-thru events are here to save the holidays, letting you celebrate the season from the comfort of your car. Tickets are already on sale to the much-anticipated The Elf of the Shelf’s Magical Holiday JourneyWonder LAnd in Woodland Hills, Happy Place Drive-Thru at Westfield Century City and more. Read on for all the details on these Los Angeles holiday drive-thru events.
photo: Courtesy of The Elf on the Shelf

The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey

It was only a matter of time before the elf got off the shelf and showed up in this larger-than-life holiday experience, with performances kicking off on Nov. 6 at the Fairplex in Pomona. The hour-long adventure take you through a series of magical, holiday dreamworlds, including a Toy Repair Workshop, candy-covered Gingerbread Village, Arctic Winter Wonderland and more. More details.

Cost: Starting at $19.95 for children and $24.95 for adults (prices vary based on dates)

Dates: Now - January 3 (closed on select Mondays)

Location: Fairplex
1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona
Online: elfontheshelfjourney
photo: Rendering courtesy of WonderLAnd

Wonder LAnd

From the same group that brought us Haunt 'O Ween comes a drive-thru winter wonderland, complete with millions of lights (synchronized with music), magical sets, a holidays around the world display and more. Of course, Santa will be there too, along with Mrs. Claus and all the elves. More details.

Cost: $70 per vehicle of up to 8 passengers; $80 for nine or more passengers.

Dates: Nov. 30 - Dec. 23; Dec. 26 - Dec. 30

Location: 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills 
Online: socalwonderland
photo: Courtesy of Westfield Century City

Happy Place Drive-Thru

Get happy with Happy Place, set to kick off on Nov. 20 on the 3rd floor of Westfield Century City's parking structure. The 50,000 square-foot experience will feature 18 awe-inspiring and interactive moments, including the world’s first giant piano you play with your car, a rainbow road and more. While not specifically holiday-themed, it's sure to bring plenty of joy! More details.

Cost: $49.50 per vehicle

Dates: Nov. 20 - Jan. 10 (closed Dec. 25)

Location: Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles
Online: westfield
photo: Erik Bishoff via flickr

Santa's Speedway Christmas Lights Spectacular

Rev up your engines and head to the Irwindale Speedway & Event Center for this immersive drive-thru holiday experience. Designed to make Christmas a little bit brighter, Santa's Speedway Spectacular will transport families into a winter wonderland as they drive along an actual NASCAR track and discover Santa’s Village, along with a series of jaw dropping Christmas vignettes and lighting displays, including the world’s largest free standing Christmas tree (made up of more than 2 miles of lights). More details.

Cost: $75 per vehicle

Dates: Nov. 25 - Jan. 10

Location: Irwindale Speedway & Event Center
500 Speedway Dr., Irwindale
Online: santasspeedway
photo: Tim Mossholder via Pexels

Holidays in Your Car

Located little further away, at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, this drive-thru event boasts more than one million LED lights, holiday holograms and laser light animation. The spectacular displays will be projected all around for a fully immersive experience. More details.

Cost: Starting at $49 per vehicle (plus $8.59 service fee)

Dates: Nov. 22 - Jan. 2

Location: Ventura County Fairgrounds 
10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura
Online: eventbrite
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