How to Spend a Festive Day Driving Around LA

by Allie Lebos on Dec 14, 2023

The holidays are here and it’s time to hit the road. Renting one of our luxury vehicles means getting to treat you and your loved ones to a festive day experiencing the best of LA. From ice skating in Santa Monica to shopping at The Grove, there are plenty of exciting events and happenings to partake in this holiday season. That said, here’s how to spend a festive day driving around LA with Beverly Hills Car Rental.

10:00 am- Pick Up Your Car at Beverly Hills Car Rental 

Before you can embark on your holiday adventure, you need to secure your ride. Thankfully, Beverly Hills Car Rental has a premium selection of high-quality vehicles that always hit the mark. For more than 30 years, our team has provided locals and visitors alike with luxury cars that allow you to go from DTLA to Malibu in style. From a sporty Range Rover to a lavish Rolls Royce, our inventory has something for every type of car connoisseur. 

11:00 am – Lunch at The Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills

Pull up to the Beverly Hills Hotel and valet your car before heading in for a delicious lunch at the iconic Polo Lounge. This star-studded hotel goes all out for the holidays, featuring decked-out halls and plenty of Christmas decor in every corner. Start with the tuna tartare and the Polo crab cake before enjoying McCarthy Salad as your main course. If you’re in the mood for something heartier, the steak au poivre is full of flavor and pairs wonderfully with a side of truffle fries. Before leaving, order a cup of piping hot cocoa to-go. 

12:30 pm – Drive to Santa Monica for Ice Skating

Every year, Westside locals look forward to the opening of ICE at Santa Monica. This family-friendly skating rink sits right in the heart of downtown Santa Monica, allowing you to glide across the ice while only a couple of blocks away from the ocean. Rent your skates before hitting the rink and showing off your best twirl. Though the main skating rink boasts 8,000 square feet of space, there is also a 400 square foot “tot rink” for small children. Even if you’re not the most seasoned skater, nothing says holiday cheer like an afternoon of ice skating. 

4:00 pm – Holiday Shopping at The Grove

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at The Grove, and what better way to celebrate than with a shopping spree? The Grove is home to dozens of upscale stores that range from small boutiques to big-name brands, allowing you to get all of your holiday shopping done in one place. Whether you need to stock up on stocking stuffers or are hoping to fill the tree with plenty of presents, this beloved shopping center has it all. Not sure if you’re on the naughty or nice list? Stop by Santa’s sleigh and snap some photos for your Christmas card. 

6:00 pm – Dinner at Fairmont Century Plaza’s Swiss Chalet Experience 

The Swiss Chalet Experience at the Fairmont Century Plaza transports you to the Swiss Alps for an evening of fondue and frivolity. Best of all, the hotel’s premium valet service ensures that you don’t have to worry about parking. These cozy, custom-built chalets can fit between two and eight people, and the coursed dinner menu features festive favorites that everyone will love. Though the traditional cheese fondue is a supplemental course, it is well worth the splurge and comes with a variety of accouterments like bread and veggies for dipping and dunking. When it comes to the entrees, enjoy crisp schnitzel or braised beef cheek before ending the evening on the sweetest note with some chocolate fondue.

8:00 – End the evening at Holiday Road

Holiday Road is home to some of the most beautiful Christmas lights in the city. Located at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, Holiday Road is an immersive and breathtaking experience that allows you to admire festive decor right from the comfort of your car. In addition to twinkling lights in every direction, you’ll also see massive installations, a sea of candy canes, and an exclusive glimpse at the Clause family. This family-friendly experience is the best way to enjoy some holiday cheer while staying cozy and warm inside your Beverly Hills Car Rental.