The holiday season is fast approaching and there are plenty of Los Angeles holiday events from which to choose.
Let’s take a look at some of them:
Saturday, December 24th, 2011 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
There will be a mix of choirs, dance troupes, from many Los Angeles cultures. Watch the website for an updated list of participants.
This is a free program.
This highly popular annual event gives you a chance to view four exclusive homes in Pasadena decorated for the holiday season by top floral designers.
You will also be able to shop at the holiday boutique for jewelry, clothing and much more to meet your holiday shopping needs.
The home tour takes place December 3rd and 4th from 9:30 to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
The boutique hours are also 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and there is no charge for entry.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra.
The traditional favorite, the Nutcracker will be at UCLA’s Royce Hall for two performances each on December 7th and 8th – 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.
Check ticket information
Last year over 3,000 attendees crawled their way around 20 bars raising money for the Westside Food Bank.
Join them this year to make it bigger and better. Saturday, December 17th at 5:00 p.m. in Santa Monica.
You will receive a wristband which will entitle you to food, drink and specials at participating establishments and entrance to the Official Pub Crawl After-Party where there will be a raffle with lots of prizes. Please dress in holiday attire.
You can sign up and choose a route here.
Outdoor holiday skating in Pershing Square, 532 South Olive, Downtown Los Angeles
Enjoy the 14th season of L.A.’s biggest outdoor skating rink which includes more than just skating. There is the 12 Nights of Christmas Music Series, the Winter Holiday Festival where Santa will make an appearance with his reindeer and “snow”. There will even be a Hannukah menorah lighting ceremony and Kwanzaa celebrations. And much more….
The rink is open every day through January 16th. Admission is $6 with $2 for skate rental.
Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday: 12:00 to 10:00 p.m. Friday-Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
L.A. Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. Live
This is the 3rd annual event growing every year and attracting hundreds of skaters to the vibrant L.A. Live arena.
Open through January 5th, hours are Mon-Fri: 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. Sat-Sun: 3:00 to 11:00 p.m. and from December 17th Noon to 11:00 p.m.
Tickets $12 including skate rental.
And, if you don’t want to go all the way Downtown….
The pool at the W in Westwood is converted into an ice rink where you can skate by candlelight with snowfall every hour. You can get cocktails, cocoa and warm food at the bar, watch skating performances, children can decorate gingerbread cookies, and much more.
Open through January 1st, hours are Mon-Fri 3:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Sat-Sun: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. $10 includes rental skates.
At the corner of 5th and Arizona you will find the 8,000 square foot rink, there for its 5th year.
You can hold private events and take skate lessons.
Open until January 16th regular hours of operation are Mon-Thurs: 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. Fri: 2:00 to Midnight. Sat: 10:00 to Midnight. Sun: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Check out the site for holiday hours.
Admission and skate rental is $12.
The Hollywood Museum, 1660 N Highland Ave., will be transformed into a winter wonderland with 18 trees decorated in the spirit of the greatest holiday movies, eg “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “The Christmas Story”, “White Christmas”, etc.
Open through January 23rd from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Book tickets here.
The 49th Annual Marina del Rey Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, December 10th just before 6:00 p.m. with fireworks being launched from the south jetty at 5:55 p.m.
Judges will watch the boats circle the marina several times and with the results coming later that evening. Entry fee for the boats is $25.
Check out the site for the best viewing spots, parking, prizes, etc.
Los Angeles Farmers Market , 6333 W. Third St., has been celebrating the holidays for the past 77 years and this year is no exception. There will be seasonal music, a menorah lighting ceremony, and plenty of fun for kids, including ornament and reindeer puppet-making.
And of course, there is always the christmas tree at The Grove, one of the tallest in the country.
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