5 Free Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [12-21-2023 to 12-24-2023]

LA County Holiday Celebration. Photo via The Music Center

With any luck, this week’s rain storms will be a thing of the past by Friday afternoon, which means you’ll get a full weekend of festive outings before the Christmas holiday on Monday. And if you need a little social prep (as in suggestions for things to do) over the next three days, then you’ve come to the right place.

Below, a few North Star-bright ideas to get you started. All free. All accessible by Metro rail or bus.

Hope you enjoy!

Free To-Dos This Weekend

Christmas Karaoke at Grand Central Market -> – This Friday, Grand Central Market hosts an evening of free holiday karaoke to celebrate the season, plus a do-it-yourself Ugly Holiday Sweater station. If you want to show up and sing your heart out, sign-up for the karaoke is free (first-come, first-served) but sweater kits will cost you $30 for the supplies (including the sweater you get to keep). Event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Go Metro: Take the A or E Line to Historic Broadway station.

Cocoa & Carols -> Runway Playa Vista’s Cocoa & Carols series continues this Friday, offering guests a chance to grab a complimentary cup of gourmet hot cocoa (along with plenty of toppings) while they enjoy performances from acapella carolers. Epic Mega Cookie Co. will be on hand with a specia l treat offering. All free to enjoy/attend, but supplies are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Runs 6 to 8 p.m. Go Metro: Take Line 110 to Jefferson / McConnell.

Ovation Hollywood Holiday Programming -> Ovation Hollywood hosts holiday activations this Friday to Sunday, including afternoon performances by the Jingle 5 Carolers, Candy Cane Stilt Walkers, songs from Holly Belles Holiday Singers, meet-and-greets with Nutcracker characters and Santa’s Head Elf, plus free photos with Saint Nick himself. Times vary on each day, so be sure to check Ovation’s events page for details. Go Metro: Take the B Line to Hollywood / Highland.

Weekend In Hogsmeade Movie Night -> This Saturday, Lawndale’s Far Field Beer Co. becomes “Hogsmeade Brewery” for one special night, highlighted by family-friendly screening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, ornament making activities for kids, special brews for the event (such as Sorting Hat Seltzer), and discounts for those who come dressed for the occasion. The screening begins at 6 p.m. Free to attend. Go Metro: Take Line 40/120 to Hawthorne / Rosecrans.

L.A. County Holiday Celebration – > This Sunday the 64th annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration returns live to The Music Center with a diverse lineup of L.A.-based artists performing holiday favorites. If you can’t make it out for the show, remember the performance will also be broadcast on PBS SoCal and streamed live on pbssocal.org. Runs 3 to 6 p.m. The event offers free admission, but there is no reserved ticketing and seating will be first-come, first-seated. Go Metro: Take the B or D Lines to Grand Park / Civic Center station OR take the A or E Lines to Grand Ave Arts / Bunker Hill Station.

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