With the holidays being a little different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Los Angeles Dodgers decided to bring a little blue joy this season with the team’s drive-thru Holiday Festival.
Held every night at the stadium until December 24 drive-thru features typical holiday displays such as illuminated trees and tunnels, characters in Christmas outfits and huge inflatable menoras.
But because this happens in the home of the 2020 World Series Champions, there’s more to this display than just your typical holiday fare – it’s a celebration of the Dodgers Championship with themed displays incorporated into it.
So here are five things in the order you see them on the drive-thru that Dodger fans will love.
And sorry Astros fans, you won’t see decorated trash cans.
Blue Elves: Since the Dodgers don’t have to cheat to win, they are clearly on Santa’s nice list. In fact, they could even be his team of choice because he’s dressed up his elves in Dodger gear. Sporting sparkly Dodger uniforms and matching Dodger face masks, the elves are all over the drive-thru greeting you at the entrance, dancing, singing, and waving at cars as they drive past. And forget the Elf on the shelf, here one jumps on a trampoline. Santa is here at the end of the drive-thru too, wearing a Dodger face mask while wishing people a Merry Christmas and shouting ‘Go Dodgers’ in between his ‘Ho ho hos’.
Hall with highlights: Right away (another pun that got completely out of the park), Dodger fans will be reminded of the greatness of this team as they ride between two walls that are brightly lit with videos of World Series highlights. The videos are mixed with vacation while you hear the voice of Dodger announcer Joe Davis calling the final game. Look out one side of the window and there Julio Urías is throwing up the hill, but instead of a baseball, a Christmas ball will come flying at you. Look from the other side and there is Mookie Betts rounding the bases after his homerun. Turn to the other side again and the team will run up the hill to celebrate their victory. Look for Giants fans and you won’t see any. It’s clear, it’s loud, it’s delicious.
Diving Santa: Do you remember Justin Turner’s flying tag from the Braves’ Dansby Swanson when he went home before turning a doubles on Game 7 of the NLCS? Yes, we all do and apparently Santa too, because on a display is a life-size figure of Santa Claus dressed as a Dodger in the same flying pose, except for some reason that he’s flying in that position in front of a piano. Let’s hope he at least tags the correct keys.
pay attention: For those missing out on photos for the life-size bobbleheads that usually hang out outside the stadium, have your phones ready as they hang out at the Dodger drive-thru right now. There are several of them at the end of the attraction, including the life-size ones Tommy Lasorda bobblehead. You can’t get out of the car for a photo, but you can slow down for a selfie in the car.
Championship bling: Just in case anyone needs to be reminded how awesome the Dodgers are, the attraction’s finale includes a ride past the massive World Series rings that are usually located around the stadium. The rings lead to a giant replica of the 2020 World Series trophy, which is perhaps about 5 feet high and gloriously illuminated in an angelic white light that surpasses everything else around it.
If you go:
When: Gates open at 5pm until December 24
Where: Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave., Los Angeles. Entrance is through Downtown Gate E
Cost: Tickets are $ 55- $ 115 and must be purchased online. No tickets are sold at the event.