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10 Christmas Activities in Los Angeles to Do This December

December 2, 2014 by Kate Maier

Ho! Ho! Ho! Thanksgiving is out of the way, and we can all rejoice that it’s finally socially acceptable to blare Christmas music 24/7.

While the rest of the United States will continue to complain about their frosty weather, we in Los Angeles can throw on a scarf and be completely content from now until February.

If you’re a huge fan of all things to do with Christmas, this is your time of the year to shine. Take a look at our list of fun-filled Christmas activities that will keep you busy during the long awaited, 25-day countdown.

Happy holidays!

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Christmas at the Grove in Los Angeles

Christmas lights at The Grove. Credit: Loren Javier via flickr

1. Go Ice Skating at Pershing Square

Channel your inner Gracie Gold and lace up for DTLA’s Holiday Ice Skating Rink! Open now until January 17th, there will be several unique icebreakers: if you’re feeling extra funky, there will be a DJ on Thursday nights from 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. If you’re in search of love, there will be a “Single in the City” event taking place December 11th from 8:30 p.m- 9:30 p.m. If you’ve got little ice skaters, families should check out the Winter Holiday Festival going on December 13th & 14th from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Admission is $9.

2. Snuggle up for an Outdoor Screening of Elf

On December 18th at 6PM, there will be an outdoor screening of everybody’s favorite Will Ferrell holiday classic, Elf! Hot chocolate will be sold at the event, so all you need to bring are a few blankets and your holiday spirit.

Located @ the Third Street Promenade & Wilshire Blvd.

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3. Give Back to Los Angeles

We wrote recently about a whole gambit of volunteer opportunities in Los Angeles generally, but if you’re looking to volunteer specifically this Christmas, there are several great organizations still looking for participants! Check out Project Food Angel, Union Station Homeless Services, and Food on Foot.

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4. Be Classy: Attend the Ballet

The Los Angeles Ballet will be touring performances of The Nutcracker around Los Angeles this season! Be sure to buy tickets for shows at the Alex Theatre, Dolby Theatre, Royce Hall @ UCLA, or Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center!

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5. Shopping in a Winter Wonderland: The Grove & The Americana at Brand

While these outdoor malls emanate happiness year round and are wonderful for retail therapy, the addition of new holiday décor and snow machines will make want to drop your shopping bags and belt, “Let it Go.”

If you hate parking during the holiday rush, Uber Black Rides will be offering free rides to the Grove or Americana this season! Keep in mind, if you spend less than $450 at the mall, you’ll be expected to find your own ride home!

6. Win tickets to KROQ’s 25th Almost Acoustic Christmas

KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas is taking place at the Forum in Inglewood, CA December 13th and 14th. Night one features rock bands like Linkin Park, Incubus, and Fall out Boy,  while night two features Imagine Dragons, Smashing Pumpkins, Vance Joy, Modest Mouse, Weezer, and U2.

Tickets may be sold out, but there is still a chance to win tickets online here.

You can also win tickets if you’re caller 25 (800-520-1067) when you hear the cue on KROQ every hour, on the hour, Monday-Friday.

7. Find the Perfect Christmas Tree

If your spruce-scented Glade candles aren’t quite cutting it, it may be time to get a real Christmas tree to fill your home with the incessant smell of the holidays. In the Hollywood area, Mr. Jingles Christmas Trees has a variety of trees standing from 2 ft – 9 ft.

8. Christmas Carol in your Car

Just because most of us don’t have the ability to ride reindeer sleighs does not mean our daily commute has to be boring.

If you’re looking to put together your own Christmas album to jam to in your car, take a listen to the YouTube embedded below (like over 3 hours of Christmas songs!) for you to inspire to get into the holiday spirit. Then of course you can sort out your own playlist on iTunes, Spotify, or whatever streaming music service you prefer.

9. The Arclight’s Holiday Screenings

If the Arclight wasn’t perfect before, the 2014 holiday screening line-up will be sure to make you smile!

December 7th: White Christmas

December 21st: It’s a Wonderful Life

December 23rd: A Christmas Story

December 12th, 14th, and 15th: Love Actually

December 18th: Scrooged

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 10. Walk through Candy Cane Lane

You don’t have to drive all the way to Disneyland to see spectacular light displays. Since 1952, Candy Cane Lane’s neighborhood tradition has been brightening up Woodland Hills. Competitive residents that live along Lubao Ave & Oxnard St. attempt to outdo each other’s lights each year, and the result is dazzling!

What’s your favorite holiday activity in Los Angeles? Let us know in the comments below!

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7 Farmers Markets in Los Angeles You Need To Check Out if You’re in the Neighborhood!

November 25, 2014 by Kate Maier

Prepping for Holiday meals? Whether you’re throwing a Friendsgiving or Chrismukkah potluck, a stop to your local famers market will always result in fresh food at a low cost.

So it’s time to break your weekly routine with your friends Ralph, Von, and TJ-because deep down, you know you want that basil artichoke dip.

To get your started, check out the list of seven of our favorite Los Angeles farmers markets below, in no particular order!

A produce stand at The L.A. Farmers Market. Credit: k lachshand via: flickr

A produce stand at The L.A. Farmers Market. Credit: k lachshand via: flickr

1. West Hollywood Farmers Market: Not Just Another Manic Monday

If you’re in the WeHo area on a Monday, it’s an excellent idea to stop by Plummer Park. At the West Hollywood Farmers Market, you can grab fresh vegetables and fruit without the stress many other markets have. With roughly 12 vendors, the slow pace of this market will allow you more time to chat with the vendors about their goods.

Pro-Tip: If you’re in search of fresh fish, this is the market for you!

Where & When: Plummer Park, 1200 N. Vista St. Fountain Ave 90046
Monday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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2. Hollywood Farmers Market: The Mecca of all Markets

One of the largest farmers markets in L.A, this is the market to go if you want a substantial variety of options to choose from. Although known for its affordable organic produce, you can also grab fresh flowers at booths like Bender Farms or Rancho Santa Cecilia. If you’re in the pursuit of exotic produce, several vendors offer Buddha hands, tromboncino squash and African horned cucumbers. With so many booths to explore, it’s possible to lose track of time at this market. Luckily, there is no need to sweat about the parking situation; validated parking is offered for $3 in the Arclight parking lot around the corner.

Pro-Tip: If you are serious about attending this market, it is highly recommended to show up early in order to beat the hung over crowd rolling in around 11 a.m. in search of free samples.

Where & When: 1600 Ivar Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90068
Sunday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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3. Studio City Famers Market: Bring the Whole Family

Right off Ventura Blvd, Ventura Place is filled with tons of action every Sunday morning. Kids truly enjoy the farm animals and face painting way more than learning a good price for a Kale bundle. The spice and tea vendor offer a great selection and loose-leaf tea for little cash.

Pro-Tip: Check out Uncle Berch’s Foods California Olive Oil Stand; Not only do they offer a variety of olive oils, but you can also grab balsamic vinaigrette in flavors like “pear strawberry” or “cherry lime.”

Where & When: Ventura Place, Studio City, CA 91604
Sunday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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4. The Farmers Market at the Grove: A True L.A Landmark-et

First opening it’s doors in 1934, the Farmers Market at the Grove now operates a consistent seven days a week. With over 100 shops, restaurants, and grocers, there is a low possibility you won’t leave with something in your hand. If you happen to go on a busy weekend, you might have to fight for your parking spot, but the true foodies of LA know that it’s worth it.

Where & When: 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Everyday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
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5. Atwater Village Farmers Market: Parking Lot Paradise

Known for the delicious Pupusas, Tamales, and Tacos, the Atwater Village Farmers Market is a hidden gem in East L.A. Grab an organic coffee at Cafecito Organico and check out the market steals: the eggs, bread, and cheese are ranked as some of the cheapest items at this market.

Where & When: 3250 Glendale Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90039 (in the Wells Fargo Parking Lot)
Sunday, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
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6. Mar Vista Farmers Market: Sunday Deals!

Every Sunday the Mar Vista Farmers Market rolls out an impressive selection of fresh produce stands, meat vendors and food booths. There is plenty of produce to choose from and you might even see some Whole Foods produce vendors there too, selling for half the price!

Where & When:  Grand View Ave and Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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7. Santa Monica Farmers Market: Something for Everyone

With 50 vendors it is no wonder this farmers market is one of the most popular and populated! Come early to beat the rush and get your hands on gorgeous flowers, produce and even fresh shucked oysters. Can’t make it on a Saturday? The Santa Monica Famers Market travels throughout the city all week. Check the link below for the entire schedule.

Where & When: Arizona Ave. & 3rd St. Santa Monica, CA 90401
Saturday,  8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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More L.A. Farmers Markets

If you’re looking for more options than just the above seven, check out some of the other farmers markets in and around Los Angeles:

Alhambra Farmers Market
Burbank Farmers Market
Culver City Farmers Market
Echo Park Farmers Market
Long Beach Downtown Farmers Market
Long Beach Local Harvest Farmers Market
Long Beach Southeast Farmers Market
Pasadena Farmers Market
Torrance Farmers Market

Have a favorite farmers market in the city? Any tips for getting the best in organic produce? Let us know in the comments below!

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The 10 Best Free Comedy Shows in Los Angeles (Cause It’s Always Fun to Laugh for Less)

November 19, 2014 by Kate Maier

When you live in a city full of marginally talented comedians, it’s only polite to adhere to the principle rule of improv and say “yes” to as many comedy shows as you can. After all, they say laughter is the best medicine, so why not live life hopped up on a near fatal dose of prescription comedy?

Of course in the city of angels there are literally dozens of comedy shows to choose from, many of which are free. But where to start?

Well, to help you narrow down your itinerary, here’s a handy list of the 10 best free comedy shows in L.A. that are sure to keep you giggling, chortling, cackling, and possibly guffawing, all at the bargain basement price of zero dollars.

And though I can’t promise you’ll die laughing at every bit, at least you’ll have saved some serious dough in search of comedy gold.

So without further adieu, here’s our top 10 (in no particular order).

Upright Citizens Brigade Exterior

Upright Citizens Brigade is one of the first places people think of when you say Comedy shows in L.A. Credit: Liezl Estipona

1. The Blind Barber Secret Show

At what other comedy show can you order thirteen types of grilled cheese sandwiches, old sport?

Barbershop by day, speakeasy by night, the Blind Barber retains a relatively low profile located next to the Culver City Best Buy. It is also home to the very exclusive stand-up show, The Blind Barber Secret Show.

When & Where:

The last Monday of every month @ 8PM, The Blind Barber, 10797 W. Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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2. Comedy Living Room

Founded two years ago, three roommates had the brilliant idea to host a comedy show in the comfort of their Hollywood home. Anything goes at Comedy Living Room; known for having surprise guests drop by, you’ll never know if it’ll be Paul Scheer, Kumail Nanjiani, or John Mulaney bursting through the front door.

Not to mention, the roommates recently welcomed a puppy by the name of “Bullseye McFly” to their home, making Comedy Living Room paws down, the greatest.

When & Where:

Once a Month @ 8PM, 737 North Cherokee Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90038

Pro-Tip: If you want to get seats in the actual living room, show up 20 minutes before the doors open! Otherwise, you may find yourself part of the kitchen scene: closer to alcohol, but not as comfy. You decide.

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3. The Grind at Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater

With shows every night of the week and a beer and wine bar with no drink minimum, Mi’s is the place to go in Santa Monica.

Free improv shows on Mondays at 8PM and 10PM and Thursdays at 10PM followed by an improv jam.

The Grind at Mi's Westside Comedy Theater

Credit: Matt Misisco

When & Where:

1323-A Third Street Promenade (the “a” stand for alley) Santa Monica, CA 90401

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4. Fringe with JC Coccoli

Free Beer, Free pizza, Free stand-up. Fringe with JC Coocoli may be the deathly hallows of comedy.

Mondays @ 10PM, 1739 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, California 90027

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5. Sleepaway Camp

If you’ve grown tired of regular stand-up shows, Sleepaway Camp will surely spice things up. Every Tuesday night you can count on Sleepaway Camp to provide a unique mix of of stand-up, live theatre, and video presentation.

When & Where:

Tuesdays @ 9PM, The Downtown Independent, 251 S Main St, Los Angeles, California 90012

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Not only is it a UCB favorite, but it’s also fun to say. While ASSSSCAT has a show on Saturday for $10 (8pm over at UCB Franklin on 5919 Franklin Ave), the poor and patient souls of L.A. will want to wait in line for the free Sunday show.

When & Where:

Sundays @ 7:00PM, UCB Sunset 5419 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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7. The BrewHAHA: The Comedy Show Drinking Game

An interactive approach to stand-up comedy, BrewHAHA combines the art of laughter and drinking. Before the comics perform, a few drinking game rules are revealed to the audience; When a comic breaks a rule, the audience gets to drink. It’s genius. You’ll want to show up early to claim the prime seat real estate in this Silverlake backyard.

When & Where:

Once a month, Doors open @ 7:30 PM, Show starts @ 9PM, 4221 Normal Ave, Los Angeles CA 90029

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8. Power Violence

An experimental comedy show with no limits, there should be no question what your plans are on Sunday night! It’s time to put your typical line-up of Walking Dead, Homeland, and Once Upon a Time on the BACK BURNER and get to Power Violence immediately!

Where & When: Sundays at 9PM, 6470 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90038

Power Violence Comedy Show

Credit: Evan Mays

9. Prom Night

A perfect combination of cheap drinks, vegan cookies, and USC hotties, Prom Night is quickly becoming one of the most popular stand-up shows in the Downtown LA area.

When & Where:

Every other Thursday @ 8:30 PM, Nature’s Brew, 2316 S Union Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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 10. Your Local Late Night Comedy Show

While a backyard with Christmas lights and comedians in flannel may be your cup of tea, there is something magical about seeing a comedian in suit!

They’ve been around the block and are the best in the field – Legendary Conan O’ Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Craig Ferguson do not disappoint.

Whether your heart desires the comedy of Coco, Jimmy the Pig, or the soon-to-wrap Ferguson, you can reserve free tickets for all their shows at

When & Where:

CONAN: Warner Brothers Studio Lot, 6510 Forest Lawn Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90068

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: CBS Television City, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Jimmy Kimmel Live!: 6840 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90068

Do you know of other free comedy shows in L.A. that you think should be added to the list? Let us know in the comments section what your recommendations are!