Averages for Los Angeles in December

Weather Lowdown

Like November before it, December is one of the coolest months in Los Angeles with an average temperature of 14°C (around 56°F). It is also a very wet month with an average of 66 mm of rainfall that falls during the month. The average high temperature still reaches 19°C (about 66°F) but can dip as low as a rather chilly 8°C (around 46°F).

The amount of average daily sunshine drops significantly come December, to...

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  • Temperature Temperature 14°C 56°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 19°C 66°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 8°C 46°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 7 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 66 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 6 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 16°C 61°F

Weather Lowdown

Like November before it, December is one of the coolest months in Los Angeles with an average temperature of 14°C (around 56°F). It is also a very wet month with an average of 66 mm of rainfall that falls during the month. The average high temperature still reaches 19°C (about 66°F) but can dip as low as a rather chilly 8°C (around 46°F).

The amount of average daily sunshine drops significantly come December, to about seven hours a day. Your chance of rain on any given day is about 22 percent and the chance of clouds is 15 percent, still giving you an excellent chance of a good day to enjoy the outdoors.

During the day, you'll probably want longer sleeves and maybe even long trousers and at night, you'll definitely want to bring along a sweater or jacket.

The average number of rainfall days is six, so it would be best to bring a light jacket and an umbrella with the higher chance of showers. You still have a good chance of sunny weather, however, with a 68 percent chance of a sunny day.

Weather in Los Angeles during the winter months is fairly unpredictable and can switch quite rapidly, so it would definitely be best to plan ahead and check the local weather before heading out. And, don't forget that the temperatures on the coasts are usually 10 degrees colder than the temperatures inland, so plan accordingly when going between the two.

The average sea temperature is only 16°C (around 61°F), so it is not recommended that you try and go swimming unless prepared with the proper cold water suits. The sun will most likely be shining at the beach, though, so you can still enjoy beach activities in the warm sun.

Where to Stay

Known as the first hotel chain, Milner Hotels has accommodations in downtown Los Angeles near the Staples Center and the Fashion and Financial Districts.  The comfortable rooms range from economy to deluxe suite choices and include free breakfast, parking next door and free Internet. You can also dine at the full-service restaurant and pub located on-site.

The historic Mayfair Hotel in the Los Angeles Financial District offers newly renovated rooms that include charming and modern amenities. The spacious rooms include either a king bed or two doubles, while the suites provide 450 to 1,200 square feet of spacious quarters. Some of the rooms also offer views of the Hollywood Sign and downtown LA.

Chateau Marmont lets you stay in the lap of luxury with high-end rooms, suites and bungalows. The hotel offers the ultimate in privacy with soundproof walls and hidden balconies that still give you sweeping views of Los Angeles below.

Things to Do

Even thought it may lack the snow, Los Angeles still knows how to ring in the holiday spirit with numerous Christmas light displays throughout the city. Some of the most popular ones include the LA Zoo Lights, Westlake Village Inn and The Grove. Many neighborhoods around the LA area also sponsor residential Christmas light contests that attract visitors from all over.

There are also numerous Christmas parades across Los Angeles, including the Hollywood Christmas Parade, that have floats, music, and of course, a visit from Santa Claus himself!

On the last day of the year, take advantage of one of the plethora of New Years Eve parties taking place all over the city. Popular choices include the NYE Block Party, Long Beach Fireworks New Years Eve Cruise and the Hollywood VIP New Years.

Griffith Park Light Festival Los Angeles

Griffith Park Light Festival, Los Angeles

Hit the Beach

White Point Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro has a seaside promenade and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium for visitors to enjoy when not soaking up the sun on the beach. Other beach features include tidepools, playground and picnic tables. Visitors can enjoy surfing, as well as swimming, if the water's warm enough for their tastes.  

Point Dume State Beach offers both a beach and a nature preserve to enjoy the outdoors. The beach is made up of cliffs and rocky coves, offering a picturesque setting for swimming, surfing, scuba diving and sunbathing. It's also a prime location for viewing the California gray whale migration that takes place from December to April.

In southern Malibu, the Las Tunas Beach is less populated and gives visitors a quiet beach-going experience compared to other Los Angeles beaches. Though private, the beach is easily accessible and popular with fishermen. 

Eating & Drinking Out

Orsa and Winston blends two cuisines not usually combined—Japanese and Italian. The small restaurant serves dinner on Tuesdays through Saturdays and lunch Tuesdays through Fridays. The rotating dinner menu changes daily, offering six, ten or 20-course tasting menus with optional add-on wine pairings.

Located on Main Street in downtown Los Angeles, Ledlow serves fusion dishes like grilled bavette steak frites, pork cheek and dumplings and chicken schnitzel. The brunch has favorites like brioche French toast, waffles, eggs benedict and omelets, along with sandwiches, salads and pastries.

Bestia, situated in central Los Angeles, offers diners classic Italian dishes in a modern and industrial setting. The menu includes pizzas, pastas, meat dishes, dessert and cocktails with favorites like margherita pizza, spaghetti rustichella and grilled whole branzino. 

December events in Los Angeles

Exhibition

Marina del Rey Boat Parade

6th December 2017

An exhibit at Marina Del Rey that you certainly don't want to miss, where boats are decorated with colourful lights and Christmas characters. After the main event, there is also a fireworks display.

Website:

http://mdrboatparade.org/

Performing Arts

The Nutcracker

6th December 2017

This is a spectacular ballet and musical show. Be entertained by incredible ballet stunts and performances, a great way to enjoy your holiday. This show will travel all over Los Angeles, from Westwood to Redondo Beach, from Glendale to Northridge.

Website:

http://losangelesballet.org/the-nutcracker-performance

LA County Holiday Celebration

23rd December 2017

This is a yearly event that brings on stage 23 cultural performing groups. Expect performances from dancers, musicians, music ensembles and choirs. There will be no entrance fee on this event. The entire show is broadcasted live on public television and it will be held at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Centre.

Website:

http://www.lacountyarts.org/holiday.html

Festival

Silverlake Independent Jewish Festival of Lights

8th December 2017

A community event that offers an insight into the world of Jewish culture and tradition by featuring stage performances, children's games and crafts, gift boutiques, and family portraits. This will be held at 1110 Bates Avenue in Los Angeles.

Website:

http://www.sijcc.net/

Public Hoilday

Christmas

25th December 2017

Christmas is a Christian holiday yet it has become a global celebration where family and friends exchange gifts, sing Christmas carols, and watch colourful fireworks and parades. It has become the highlight of the holiday season where fun is at its peak everywhere from Santa Monica to Echo Park. It is very unlikely it will be a white Christmas in Los Angeles, however, you can expect to see Christmas lights on the palm trees that line LA.

New Year's Eve

31st December 2017 to 1st January 2018

Los Angeles is arguably one of the best places in the world to celebrate New Year's Eve. There are so many different events going on including Cleopatra's New Year's Eve Ball in Hollywood and a family-friendly party at Downtown Long Beach, which includes music, train rides and fireworks at 9pm.

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