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5 Reasons to Visit MDR for the Holidays

With the holiday season around the corner, some of you may be planning a getaway. Or if you’re local, you might have out-of-town family and friends visiting Los Angeles. Whether it’s a day trip, overnight stay or weekend getaway, here are 5 reasons to visit MDR during the festive holiday season. 



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1. Laid-back town with fewer crowds

Part of the appeal of off-season travel to L.A., and Marina del Rey, is that everything is less crowded, especially the beaches. Go for a peaceful morning walk or easily pick a spot on the sand to soak up the sun. If you’re looking for something more active, then go out on a deep-sea fishing charter or whale watching tour. Plus, there are endless outdoor activities to enjoy --and some with off-season deals-- including stand-up paddling, surfing, kayaking and driving a duffy boat in the harbor. L.A.'s Marina already boasts a relaxed, laid-back vibe year-round making it a perfect getaway choice during the holiday season.

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Chairs on balcony facing beach and water for Valentine's weekend in MDR

2. Waterfront hotels and restaurants with a view

Yes, it's true. The weather in November and December is still warm enough for swimming. And dining outdoors is just what we love to do year-round. When you stay in Marina del Rey, it's important to know most hotels and restaurants are located along the water. During winter season, there's more availability to book hotel rooms with water views. When you're dining at a waterfront restaurant, it's easy to stay a little longer and cherish the stunning harbor views. There's something serene and relaxing when you watch sailboats go by, sea lions playing or witness a magical sunset.

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3. A Beautiful Sight...Marina Lights

Take a stroll amongst the twinkling lights display at picturesque 10-acre Burton Chace Park daily throughout December. Everyone of all ages can find merriment in this festive atmosphere along the water. Whether you're a local or visiting from elsewhere, walking through Marina Lights makes the holidays even more magical and getaways more memorable.

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4. Annual Holiday Boat Parade & Fireworks

This year's annual holiday boat parade falls on Saturday, Dec. 9 and is a must-do experience in Marina del Rey for Angelenos and tourists alike. Watch a trail of lighted boats cruise through the main channel. A brief fireworks display kicks off the parade at 5:55 p.m. Arrive early to grab a spot on the lawn at Burton Chace Park or view the parade from spots like Fisherman's Village, or the North or South Jetty. Click button for more information.

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5. Annual New Year's Eve Fireworks & GLOW Party

What better way to ring in the New Year than watching a spectacular fireworks show over the Pacific Ocean? Watch from Fisherman’s Village or anywhere near the main channel (along the bike path on the South Jetty or the sidewalk along the North Jetty). The annual fireworks display and countdown to the New Year kicks off with fireworks at 8:59 p.m. and again at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2023. Come early for the popular family-friendly Glow Party at Burton Chace Park, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. Free admission.

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