What to Expect from Los Angeles in December
You won't find a white Christmas in Los Angeles unless you head for the mountains, but December is in the rainy season and prone to winter storms.
If you're thinking of going to LA in December, expect all the top tourist attractions to be packed. Theme parks are busier than at any other time of year and even the museums are full of people.
Los Angeles Weather in December
Average High Temperature: 68°F/20°C
Average Low Temperature: 50°F/10°C
Rain & Clouds Index: 2.35 inches (6.0 cm) rain, 74% sunshine
What to Pack, What to Wear in December
For rainy days, take a rain jacket with hood and an umbrella. A mid-weight jacket will be enough on dry days. Unless you're going to the ski slopes, leave the heavy winter coat at home. Long-sleeved shirts layered with sweaters work best.
Los Angeles December Events
- Christmas: Christmas in Los Angeles is full of unexpected fun, including some great holiday parades featuring decorated yachts and over-the-top Christmas light displays.
- New Year's Eve: Indoors and out, there will be parties and public celebrations.
Especially Fun in DecemberWhen a cool day follows a winter rain, skies are sometimes exceptionally clear and great for photography.
If the weather tries to rain on your vacation, try these Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Los Angeles
In LA, you can see whales nearly year round. December is a good time to see gray whales. Find the best places to see them and when in the guides to Los Angeles whale watching and Orange County whale watching.
Averages and Reality
Use the weather averages to get an idea of what things may be like, but it might be different when you visit. A winter day could even be so warm you'll wish you packed your shorts. There's no substitute for checking the Los Angeles weather forecast before you leave home.