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The best and worst times to be at LAX: 2.24M holiday travelers expected

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2.24 million passengers are expected to pass through Los Angeles International Airport during the 2012-2013 holiday season, LAWA announced Thursday. That figure represents a 5.38 percent increase in a passenger volume over last year.

LAWA considers the holiday season to be the 13-day travel period beginning Friday, Dec. 21 (the day the world is supposed to end), through Wednesday, Jan 2 (provided it doesn't). LAX spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado gave KPCC's Bianca Ramirez some travel tips for the intrepid holiday travelers.


  • Print your boarding pass BEFORE getting to the airport.
  • Figure out your airline's terminal BEFORE getting to the airport.
  • Check the status of your flight BEFORE driving to the airport.
  • Abide airline size and weight restrictions for luggage.
  • Pack gifts unwrapped in carry on bags AND checked bags.
  • Allow enough time for check in and security screening (2-3 hours).
  • Seek alternatives to driving and parking at the airport (ie: Flyaway bus, Metro Green Line, shuttles, taxis).


Map: SoCal holiday guide to Christmas tree lighting ceremonies

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Bulbs are bright across Southern California as holiday tree lighting ceremonies set ablaze the next phase of seasonal consumption. If you're underwhelmed by moonlight and wish instead to see nature electrified and covered in glitter, this is a great week to be alive.

At the Grove and Americana, Caruso Christmas has already climbed to a combined 200 feet of festive white fir that's been fashioned with more than 50,000 lights and ornaments. Elsewhere, L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich led the county's official tree-lighting ceremony Monday at the Music Center while City Councilman Bernard Parks presided over the 10th annual event in South Los Angeles.

Below is a list of local lighting ceremonies still to come. Is there an event in your neighborhood? Tell us in the comments.