Sober SoCal Weekend: Nov 25-27
Did everybody have a good Thanksgiving? We certainly hope so. And now that the food is settling and the holiday season has officially arrived, we’re sharing a ton of festive (and fun) Sober SoCal Weekend ideas. Our latest list covers everything from calorie crunching canyon hikes, to giant tree lightings, to Hollywood celebrity encounters; all without the presence of drugs or alcohol. So open up your day planner apps and make sure to add these ideas to your weekend itinerary!
And, as always, if there’s anything we’ve missed in regards to Sober SoCal fun, shoot us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure to include it in the next one.
The Festival Of Lights At Mission Inn
Who wouldn’t appreciate 4.5 Million twinkly bulbs decorated around holiday themes? That’s what has led Riverside’s Mission Inn to become a landmark destination every year for their Festival of Lights. Regarded as one of the west coast’s most amazing displays, it runs for six weeks starting this Friday and includes an entire experience centered around Christmas, the Nutcracker and other December favorites. And did we mention that it is absolutely free? Though Riverside may be a slight stretch for some LA-based followers, your entrance will include access to more than 400 animated figures, carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and the world’s largest manmade mistletoe. If you ask us, it’s definitely worth a visit. And it’s family-friendly, which means no alcohol on the premises. To find out more about the Festival of Lights, click here.
The PCH Backbone Trail
We know that Thanksgiving dinner can often make you feel lethargic and out of shape. Have no fear! A great sober way to combat the overeating is a weekend hike or run. This weekend, we’re recommending the Ray Miller Backbone Trail off of Pacific Coast Highway. This one is adjacent to Malibu and offers spectacular views. It also is a nice challenging outing, with steep inclines (but not enough to scare away intermediate hikers). Backbone spans roughly 5.4 miles, though there are shortcuts and easy turnarounds if you don’t feel ready to go the complete distance. Ray Miller (named for a local philanthropist) is also one of the most “Yelped” trails in SoCal, with five stars from nearly everyone who takes it on. To find out more about the trail and other Saturday/Sunday outdoor runs, click here. Just keep in mind, there is a “slight” chance of drizzle on Sunday.
The Hollywood Christmas Parade
And finally, how could we resist a little festive celeb spotting at Sunday’s Hollywood Christmas Parade? This longstanding LA tradition brings out tons of famous faces, along with floats, music bands and creative decorations. This year, legendary singer Olivia Newton John will be the Grand Marshall, waving to fans and belting out her most famous hits. There will also be appearances from Erik Estrada, Kenny G, Cyndi Lauper, War and more. This alcohol-free event promises to bring in quite the crowd and create an interactive experience for everyone who buys a ticket. Tickets run anywhere from $45 to $85, but the best news of all is, your purchase goes to benefit Toys For Tots. To find out locations, times and entrance info, click here.