There are lots of worthy events taking place in California during this holiday season. We’d like to give a shout out to one of our favorites: Pawlidays with Sofitel LA and Wagmor Pets Dog Rescue, taking place in the hotel lobby from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, December 18.

Everyone is welcome to bring their pooch to the hotel for the “Meet Santa” event. Have your furry companion take a photo with Santa under a giant Christmas tree, with 100 percent of the $10 ticket going to Wagmor Pets Dog Rescue, then enter the canine fashion plate in the contest for best holiday outfit. Meet Wagmor’s celebrity pet psychic Melissa Bacelar and discover all the dogs currently available for adoption. There’s more: hot apple cider and holiday treats (with gourmet goodies for all four-legged attendees), local vendors showcasing their holiday gifts and the extraordinary Art de Noel holiday décor. This year’s theme of ‘Christmas Joy’ immerses guests in the magical world of ballet and the fairytale of The Nutcracker, complete with tutus, chiffon, ballet shoes, wooden toys and more. Learn more at

Speaking of toys, Sofitel LA is again partnering with PATH (People Assisting Helping The Homeless) to bring Christmas joy to families in need. The hotel is hosting a toy drive to benefit the PATH family program. Guests and visitors can safely and contactlessly drop off unwrapped toys and gift cards at the front desk of the hotel, which will be provided to children whose families are experiencing homelessness (through December 20).

Temperatures may still be in the seventies in Southern California, but Santa’s on his way and holiday cheer is everywhere. Here’s how some of our favorite venues and destinations are celebrating.