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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for December 15, 2018

December 15, 2018 by We Like L.A. Staff

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Saturday, December 15, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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Santa Monica Pier Crowd

Santa Monica Pier Crowd. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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1. [10 a.m.Tikim Filipino Food Fun Run is a 5K with different Filipino tasting station at each mile and a grand food festival at the end of the run.

2. [10 a.m.Unique Markets brings their holiday shopping experience to the Santa Monica Pier on December 15-16. Explore over 200 independent businesses, snag a free tote bag, participate in DIY workshops and plenty more during this weekend long gathering.

3. [11 a.m.Bergamot Station will host their Holiday Open House featuring work, creations and products designed by the creative community and businesses in the complex. Live entertainment and festive food will also be available. Admission is free and open to the public. FREE

4. [11 a.m.] Visit Dockweiler Youth Center for Beach Winter Wonderland, fun for the entire family this free event features bounce houses, winter activities, rides, and authentic snow at the beach. FREE

5. [noon] Step into a world of limitless creativity and unlock new realms of photography inside Canon PORTALS, coming to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (Nov. 29 – Dec 16). The ongoing series of events features photo-walks, workshops, and on-site camera experts. FREE

6. [2 p.m.]  Once every month Griffith Observatory hosts a free public star party allowing the public to view through telescopes to see the stars and beyond as well as discuss with knowledgeable amateur astronomers about our solar system. FREE

7. [2 p.m.] Head down to Walt Disney Concert Hall for Festival of Carols featuring a wide variety of classic holiday songs sung by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Songs include both traditional and surprisingly contemporary arrangements for all to enjoy.

8. [5 p.m.] The 35th Annual Parade of 1000 Lights Christmas Boat Parade returns to Shoreline Village in Long Beach this Saturday. FREE

9. [7:30 p.m.] Cinespia will host a screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas this Satruday at The Palace Theatre. It’s the 25th anniversary of the movie and guests are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character or in festive holiday garb.

10. [8 p.m.Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at Magnolia House will feature holiday drink specials, a photo booth, DJ sets, dancing and more.

DEAL OF THE DAY: $18 tix to the LA Art Show 2019

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018 by We Like L.A. Staff

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Friday, December 14, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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Amoeba Hollywood Record Shop

Interior of Amoeba Hollywood. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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1. [8 a.m.] There’s a Junk Food clothing sample sale happening Dec. 13-15 in Culver City with loads of fun t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants and more on sale.

2. [9 a.m.California Market Center’s Holiday Showroom Sample Sale is happening this Friday. Showrooms will open to the public for one day and offer clearance and sample items at a big discount.

3. [2 p.m.] The folks behind the Museum of Failure presents The Disgusting Food Museum (Dec. 9, 2018 through Feb. 17, 2019.) Some of the ‘delicacies’ include maggot infested cheese, bull testicles, and sheep eyeballs. If you’re brave enough, visitors will also get to smell and taste some of the creations at the end of the exhibit over at a tasting bar. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. [3 p.m.] Step into a world of limitless creativity and unlock new realms of photography inside Canon PORTALS, coming to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (Nov. 29 – Dec 16). The ongoing series of events features photo-walks, workshops, and on-site camera experts. FREE

5. [4:30 p.m.] Step into a retro-inspired winter wonderland during Miracle at The Everly: Ever Bar happening at The Kimpton Everly Hotel. The Christmas-themed bar open now through December 31 features a candy cane “selfie station,” a 15-foot inflatable Santa Claus, and a dedicated Hanukkah Hut.

6. [sundownGrand Park’s Winter Glow is a month-long nighttime light attraction featuring 19 large scale interactive light installations by local artists. Open to the public from December 1 – 25, 2018. FREE

7. [6 p.m.] One of L.A.’s most magical holiday traditions, L.A. Zoo Lights returns November 16, 2018 through January 6, 2019 with thousands upon thousands of LED lights illuminating the zoo. This seasonal event runs daily. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. [6 p.m.]  Holiday Concerts in the Pasadena Playhouse District, takes place on Friday nights from November 30 through December 21. This week Kira & the Major 3 will perform in Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard. FREE

9. [6:30 p.m.] L.A. reggae band The Lions will perform at the third Cocoa Concert at Union Station this Friday. This free, family-friendly holiday concert will be set in a winter wonderland that includes a holiday light display, a cocoa bar with Elftenders, complementary cotton candy, Santa selfies, gingerbread house making, and more. FREE

10. [8 p.m.] Amoeba Hollywood’s guest DJ series Rotations continues tonight with a set by Alison Swing. FREE

DEAL OF THE DAY: $25 tix to Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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50 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [12-14-2018 to 12-16-2018]

December 13, 2018 by We Like L.A. Staff

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend, from Friday, December 14 to Sunday, December 16, features Cocoa Concert at Union Station, Love Actually Live, Tikim Filipino Food Fun Run, Festival of Carols, Bergamot Station Open House, Christmas at the Bradbury Building and MUCH more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your weekend!

Bradbury Building Top Floor View

Christmas Concert at The Bradbury Building 2015. Credit: Brian Champlin


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Friday December 14th, 2018

1. The folks behind the Museum of Failure presents The Disgusting Food Museum (Dec. 9, 2018 through Feb. 17, 2019.) Some of the ‘delicacies’ include maggot infested cheese, bull testicles, and sheep eyeballs. If you’re brave enough, visitors will also get to smell and taste some of the creations at the end of the exhibit over at a tasting bar. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

2. Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a free immersive art experience covering 12 acres of Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles. The art, projection and light displays will illuminate paths and play off of the park’s most iconic elements, including the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain. The holiday-inspired event will run nightly from December 1 to 25. FREE 

3. L.A. reggae band The Lions will perform at the third Cocoa Concert at Union Station this Friday. This free, family-friendly holiday concert will be set in a winter wonderland that includes a holiday light display, a cocoa bar with Elftenders, complementary cotton candy, Santa selfies, gingerbread house making, and more. FREE

4. For The Record presents the world premiere production of Love Actually Live at The Wallis. The musical will bring one of the most beloved holiday movies to life through an all-star cast and 15-piece orchestra. Playing December 4-31. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. Since 1969 Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater’s adaptation of the Nutcracker has been warming hearts and delighting kids and adults during the holidays. The show includes over 100 handmade puppets at the Pasadena Playhouse. Running now until Dec. 30 Thursdays through Sundays.

6. NoMad Los Angeles gets in the holiday spirit with a Holiday Spectacular cocktail pop up every Thursday through Saturday evening from 5-11 p.m. in the Coffee Bar. Guests will enjoy “Naughty” and “Nice” cocktails from the NoMad team as well as guest bartenders from some of the best bars around town.

7. Winterfest at Santa Anita Park kicks off the holiday season in style. This family-friendly event includes a visit from Santa Claus, horse drawn carriage rides a Santa’s Village and petting zoo, carolers, seasonal foods, 80+ vendors and much more. Winterfest continues Thursdays through Sunday from November 23 through December 23. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. California Market Center’s Holiday Showroom Sample Sale is happening this Friday. Showrooms will open to the public for one day and offer clearance and sample items at a big discount.

9. Step into a world of limitless creativity and unlock new realms of photography inside Canon PORTALS, coming to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (Nov. 29 – Dec 16). The ongoing series of events features photo-walks, workshops, and on-site camera experts. FREE

10. The Pacific Opera Project presents “La bohème,” or “The Hipsters” throughout the month of December. Set to current times the show follows the story of several Los Angelenos during a cold SoCal winter as they tackle the city’s housing crises, love, jealousy and more. Happening on select days this month at Highland Park Ebell Club. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. There’s a Junk Food clothing sample sale happening Dec. 13-15 in Culver City with loads of fun t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants and more on sale.

12. Street Food Cinema and Heritage Square Museum team up for Yuletide Cinemaland. Enjoy a festive outdoor movie screening experience in a Victorian town square surrounded by Christmas carolers, food trucks, hot chocolate, mulled wine and craft beer. This week they’ll be screening of Love Actually. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. Shop Just One Eye’s winter warehouse sale starting Dec. 10 through Dec. 24. The boutique carries edgy luxury brands with collections from ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories up to 80% off during the sale.

14. Enjoy a special performance of The Nutcracker (Dec. 1 – 24.) by the American Contemporary Ballet on the 18th floor of California Plaza in downtown. After the show, guests are invited by The Fairy for a celebration with live music, champagne, and more.

15. Holiday Concerts in the Pasadena Playhouse District, takes place on Friday nights from November 30 through December 21. This week Kira & the Major 3 will perform in Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard. FREE

16. Head to the James Perse sample sale for some holiday shopping and a little something for yourself. Their Highland ave. store location will host menswear, womenswear, home, accessories and footwear at a steep discount. Happening Dec 14-16.

17. Step into a retro-inspired winter wonderland during Miracle at The Everly: Ever Bar happening at The Kimpton Everly Hotel. The Christmas-themed bar open now through December 31 features a candy cane “selfie station,” a 15-foot inflatable Santa Claus, and a dedicated Hanukkah Hut.

18. The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice happening at L.A. LIVE’s Microsoft Square is a daily outdoors holiday skating rink. Open November 10, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

19. New Mart Holiday Sample Sale opens their doors every Friday with a rotating number of showrooms selling their stock, past season collections, samples and more at a discounted price. Bring cash as some showrooms might only except one form of payment.

Saturday December 15th, 2018

20. Tikim Filipino Food Fun Run is a 5K with different Filipino tasting station at each mile and a grand food festival at the end of the run.

21. Unique Markets brings their holiday shopping experience to the Santa Monica Pier on December 15-16. Explore over 200 independent businesses, snag a free tote bag, participate in DIY workshops and plenty more during this weekend long gathering.

22. Head down to Walt Disney Concert Hall for Festival of Carols featuring a wide variety of classic holiday songs sung by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Songs include both traditional and surprisingly contemporary arrangements for all to enjoy.

23. Bergamot Station will host their Holiday Open House featuring work, creations and products designed by the creative community and businesses in the complex. Live entertainment and festive food will also be available. Admission is free and open to the public. FREE

24. Cinespia will host a screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas this Satruday at The Palace Theatre. It’s the 25th anniversary of the movie and guests are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character or in festive holiday garb.

25. Once every month Griffith Observatory hosts a free public star party allowing the public to view through telescopes to see the stars and beyond as well as discuss with knowledgeable amateur astronomers about our solar system. FREE

26. Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at Magnolia House will feature holiday drink specials, a photo booth, DJ sets, dancing and more.

27. Holiday Shop at the Block is going down at ROW DTLA December 15-16 with promotions, pop-ups and more. A percentage of the proceeds from the weekend sales will go to the LA Mission.

28. Rolling Loud music festival takes over Banc of California Stadium and Expo Park for two days of hip hop music from over 50 acts including Post Malone, Cardi B, Lil Wayne, Saweetie and Tyga.

29. Celebrate the holiday season during a Queen Mary Christmas (daily Nov. 23 – Jan. 6) The special occasion will see Christmas spirit lining the famous Long Beach vessel including an 80-foot Christmas tree, a variety of holiday activities, an outdoor staking rink, musical performances, a 4D showing of The Polar Express, and dinner shows on select dates.  Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. Visit Dockweiler Youth Center for Beach Winter Wonderland, fun for the entire family this free event features bounce houses, winter activities, rides, and authentic snow at the beach. FREE

31. The Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden presents Moonlight Forest, where crafted lanterns line the garden grounds, some depicting animals, shimmering exotic flowers, and figures from Chinese legends. Happening Wednesdays through Sunday. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. Hear pitch perfect holiday tunes belted out by The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles during their annual Holiday Spectacular show happening at Alex Theatre in Glendale this Saturday and Sunday.

33. The 35th Annual Parade of 1000 Lights Christmas Boat Parade returns to Shoreline Village in Long Beach this Saturday. FREE

34. Here and Now transforms it’s newly opened space into a holiday bar called Blitzen’s from November 28 through December 31. Get transported to the the North Pole and enjoy a snow machine, themed entertainment like Bad Santa and carolers, and seasonal food and drinks.

35. Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills will host a pet-friendly “PAW – lidays” event where your dog can get a photo with Santa while you enjoy cider, Yule log cake and other holiday treats. This years theme is Green and Luxury with Pure Dog Food, Saint Rue, French Paws and B&G Martin participating. All picture fees will be donated to Home Dog LA. Admission is free.

36. Tom Gun Live brings back their Top Gun spoof party to Union Night Club in Hollywood this Saturday Night. The performance includes karaoke sing-a-longs dance-offs, paper airplane battles, missiles ziplining through the crowd, and more. Check for discounted ticketed before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

37. Sandra Tsing Loh’s Sugar Plum Fairy is a cheerful holiday story about a young girl who dreams of being the lead dancer in The Nutcracker. It unfolds in a hilarious Rocky Horror Picture Show type way but is also family friendly. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

38. Descanso Gardens’ Enchanted: Forest of Light returns for another installment with a host of interactive displays and nighttime activities from November 18 through January 6, 2019 daily. This seasonal event runs daily. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

39. 2018 Winter Wonderland Holiday Celebration at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw will feature a diverse lineup of live musical acts, sledding, food trucks, and a holiday toy giveaway benefitting children from South L.A. FREE

40. The Bai Holiday Ice Rink returns to Pershing Square from Nov. 15, 2018 to Jan. 21, 2019 daily featuring a 7200 square foot outdoor ice-skating experience. A wide variety of events will take place throughout the duration of the rink.

41. Rooftop Cinema Club returns with holiday themed screenings at their Los Angeles venues at LEVEL in Downtown LA and Hollywood location, NeueHouse. The spaces will turn into a Winter Wonderland with holiday decorations, snow and festive food. This weekend they will screen Elf, Home Alone, A Muppet Christmas Carrol and more.

42. Sherman Oaks resident Mike Ziemkowski’s elaborate Christmas themed animatronic characters will return once again with Lights on Display a dazzling light show with a playlist of holiday tunes. Free to the public, the 13-minute show runs nightly 6 to 10 p.m. from November 23 through January 1, 2018. FREE

43. Beautycon is offering a pop up experience titled Beautycon POP from Nov. 16 through Dec. 16 daily featuring immersive galleries, makeup brands, vendors, a salon and other beauty related activities.

Sunday December 16th, 2018

44. Christmas at the Bradbury Building is back for 2018 featuring KITKA, a women’s vocal ensemble that will take advantage of the acoustics of The Bradbury’s majestic five-story atrium to perform seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European and Eurasian traditions.

45. The Rink in Downtown Burbank returns for another year of outdoor ice skating for a good cause. Open now through January 6, 2019 the skate rink is just steps away from a plethora of shops and restaurants. This Sunday, Hollywood Curling will host a class from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

46. One of L.A.’s most magical holiday traditions, L.A. Zoo Lights returns November 16, 2018 through January 6, 2019 with thousands upon thousands of LED lights illuminating the zoo. This seasonal event runs daily. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

47. There’s a Holiday Pet Pageant happening right in the heart of the Arts District Triangle this Sunday where pets will experience a photoshoot that will be entered into a contest where 12 winners will be selected for a 2019 calendar. There will be food trucks and live entertainment at this event.

48. Hera Collective Holiday Marketplace returns for a shopping event highlighting talented female makers in LA. 10% of all ticket sales will be donated to ProjectQ.

49. LACMA will host an opening ceremony for The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka, the first comprehensive survey of Sri Lankan art organized by a U.S. museum. Guests will witness an oil lamp lighting ceremony followed by traditional Sri Lankan dances and drumming by the Sri Lanka Foundation Performing Arts and Thath Jith Dance Company. FREE

50. Get into the winter spirit when ICE at Santa Monica returns with a 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Running November 3, 2018 through January 21, 2019.

Food Pick for the Weekend

This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.

Arts District newcomer Simone launches brunch service this weekend. James Beard Award-winning chef Jessica Largey will offer a produce-driven menu that includes fried chicken served with radish slaw and poblano aioli, fermented mignonette paired with fresh oysters and passion fruit caramel focaccia bread pudding. If you’re a fan of Bloody Marys, bartender Kaiko Tulloch has dreamed up a collection of five internationally inspired takes on the popular brunch cocktail. Tulloch is Winner of the best Bloody Mary in the UK back in 2014, so whatever you end up choosing you’ll be in good hands. Like Largey’s menu, you’ll see lots of house-made ingredients on the cocktail list like wasbi oil-washed Absolute Elyx for the Little Tokyo Mary or a mushroom soy and seasonal pickles for their Classic Mary. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Simone is located at 449 S Hewitt St. Los Angeles, CA 90013


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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for December 13, 2018

December 13, 2018 by We Like L.A. Staff

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Thursday, December 13, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [8 a.m.] There’s a Junk Food clothing sample sale happening Dec. 13-15 in Culver City with loads of fun t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants and more on sale.

2. [2 p.m.] History of Central Avenue at the California African American Museum. FREE

3. [2 p.m.] The folks behind the Museum of Failure presents The Disgusting Food Museum (Dec. 9, 2018 through Feb. 17, 2019.) Some of the ‘delicacies’ include maggot infested cheese, bull testicles, and sheep eyeballs. If you’re brave enough, visitors will also get to smell and taste some of the creations at the end of the exhibit over at a tasting bar. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. [3 p.m.] Step into a world of limitless creativity and unlock new realms of photography inside Canon PORTALS, coming to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (Nov. 29 – Dec 16). The ongoing series of events features photo-walks, workshops, and on-site camera experts. FREE

5. [5 p.m.NoMad Los Angeles gets in the holiday spirit with a Holiday Spectacular cocktail pop up every Thursday through Saturday evening from 5-11 p.m. in the Coffee Bar. Guests will enjoy “Naughty” and “Nice” cocktails from the NoMad team as well as guest bartenders from some of the best bars around town.

6. [sundownGrand Park’s Winter Glow is a month-long nighttime light attraction featuring 19 large scale interactive light installations by local artists. Open to the public from December 1 – 25, 2018. FREE

7. [6 p.m.] The Downtown Art Walk brings art enthusiasts, art galleries and locals together every second Thursday of each month for a night of exploration. This month they welcome back the Krampus Run on a closed-off block of Winston between Main and Los Angeles. Expect dozens of Krampuses running wild between 8-9 p.m. In addition, DTLA Art Walk will team up with Spring Arts Collective for their annual group exhibition inside The Last BookstoreFREE

8. [6 p.m.] One of L.A.’s most magical holiday traditions, L.A. Zoo Lights returns November 16, 2018 through January 6, 2019 with thousands upon thousands of LED lights illuminating the zoo. This seasonal event runs daily. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar

9. [8 p.m.]  Jason Reitman and Ellen Page Present a Casablanca Live Read at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. Proceeds to benefit the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

10. [variousFree museum day:  MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.),  Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.), Japanese American National Museum (5 to 8 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m,)

DEAL OF THE DAY: $25 tix to Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for December 12, 2018

December 12, 2018 by We Like L.A. Staff

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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Downtown Culver City Tree Lighting Ceremony

Downtown Culver City Tree Lighting Ceremony. Image courtesy of Culver City Downtown Business Association


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1. [2 p.m.] The folks behind the Museum of Failure presents The Disgusting Food Museum (Dec. 9, 2018 through Feb. 17, 2019.) Some of the ‘delicacies’ include maggot infested cheese, bull testicles, and sheep eyeballs. If you’re brave enough, visitors will also get to smell and taste some of the creations at the end of the exhibit over at a tasting bar. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

2. [3 p.m.] Step into a world of limitless creativity and unlock new realms of photography inside Canon PORTALS, coming to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (Nov. 29 – Dec 16). The ongoing series of events features photo-walks, workshops, and on-site camera experts. FREE

3. [4 p.m.Here and Now transforms it’s newly opened space into a holiday bar called Blitzen’s from November 28 through December 31. Get transported to the the North Pole and enjoy a snow machine, themed entertainment like Bad Santa and carolers, and seasonal food and drinks.

4. [sundownGrand Park’s Winter Glow is a month-long nighttime light attraction featuring 19 large scale interactive light installations by local artists. Open to the public from December 1 – 25, 2018. FREE

5. [5:30 p.m.]  Descanso Gardens’ Enchanted: Forest of Light returns for another installment with a host of interactive displays and nighttime activities from November 18 through January 6, 2019 daily. This seasonal event runs daily. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED(via Goldstar)

6. [6 p.m.] Culver City Tree Lighting celebration (rescheduled from the rain last week!). FREE

7. [6 p.m.] One of L.A.’s most magical holiday traditions, L.A. Zoo Lights returns November 16, 2018 through January 6, 2019 with thousands upon thousands of LED lights illuminating the zoo. This seasonal event runs daily. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar

8. [7:30 p.m.] Roma screens at the Hammer Museum. Based on director Alfonso Cuarón’s own childhood in a middle-class home in 1970s Mexico City.

9. [7:30 p.m.] Angel City Chorale performs at The Novo in DTLA.

10. [8 p.m.Jingle and Mingle: Creative Artists of Los Angeles Holiday Mixer at Ace Hotel Upstairs.

DEAL OF THE DAY: $25 tix to Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for December 11, 2018

December 11, 2018 by We Like L.A. Staff

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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Museum of the West

Museum of the West at The Autry. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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1. [3 p.m.] Step into a world of limitless creativity and unlock new realms of photography inside Canon PORTALS, coming to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (Nov. 29 – Dec 16). The ongoing series of events features photo-walks, workshops, and on-site camera experts. FREE

2. [sundownGrand Park’s Winter Glow is a month-long nighttime light attraction featuring 19 large scale interactive light installations by local artists. Open to the public from December 1 – 25, 2018. FREE

3. [5:30 p.m.]  Descanso Gardens’ Enchanted: Forest of Light returns for another installment with a host of interactive displays and nighttime activities from November 18 through January 6, 2019 daily. This seasonal event runs daily. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED(via Goldstar)

4. [6 p.m.] One of L.A.’s most magical holiday traditions, L.A. Zoo Lights returns November 16, 2018 through January 6, 2019 with thousands upon thousands of LED lights illuminating the zoo. This seasonal event runs daily. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar

5. [6:30 p.m.]  Nine Inch Nails: Cold and Black and Infinite North America 2018 at the Hollywood Palladium.

6. [7 p.m.Kurt Vile & the Violators at The Wiltern.

7. [7:30 p.m.]  For The Record presents the world premiere production of Love Actually Live at The Wallis. The musical will bring one of the most beloved holiday movies to life through an all-star cast and 15-piece orchestra. Playing December 4-31. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. [8 p.m.] A Very Merry Disco at The Standard.

9. [variousFree museum day:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art (also free for L.A. County residents with valid I.D. after 3:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays all month long) and Autry National Center of the American West

10. [various] Beautycon is offering a pop up experience titled Beautycon POP from Nov. 16 through Dec. 16 daily featuring immersive galleries, makeup brands, vendors, a salon and other beauty related activities.

DEAL OF THE DAY: $25 tix to Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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41 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [12-10-18 to 12-14-18]

December 10, 2018 by We Like L.A. Staff

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday through Friday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, December 10 to Friday, December 14, features a free day at LACMA, a Krampus run at the DTLA Art Walk, the Disgusting Food Museum, a Cocoa Concert at Union Station, and MUCH more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

Urban Lights

Urban Lights at LACMA. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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Monday December 10th, 2018

1. Step into a world of limitless creativity and unlock new realms of photography inside Canon PORTALS, coming to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (Nov. 29 – Dec 16). The ongoing series of events features photo-walks, workshops, and on-site camera experts. FREE

2. Non Toxic Revolution will host a DIY non-toxic, gift making workshop at Angel City Brewery this Monday from 6-9 p.m. DIY includes coffee scrubs, roll on scents and more. A suggested $10 donation to participate.

3. Rooftop Cinema Club returns with holiday themed screenings at their Los Angeles venues at LEVEL in Downtown LA and Hollywood location, NeueHouse. The spaces will turn into a Winter Wonderland with holiday decorations, snow and festive food. This weekend they will screen The Holiday, When Harry Met Sally, Miracle on 34th St and more.

4. Shop Just One Eye’s winter warehouse sale starting Dec. 10 through Dec. 24. The boutique carries edgy luxury brands with collections from ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories up to 80% off during the sale.

5. Descanso Gardens’ Enchanted: Forest of Light returns for another installment with a host of interactive displays and nighttime activities from November 18 through January 6, 2019 daily. This seasonal event runs daily. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. Enjoy some free laughs during Barely Making It LA a stand up comedy show happening every Monday at Skiptown Playhouse in East Hollywood. This weeks line up includes Andy Haynes from The Tonight Show. FREE

7. Beautycon is offering a pop up experience titled Beautycon POP from Nov. 16 through Dec. 16 daily featuring immersive galleries, makeup brands, vendors, a salon and other beauty related activities.

8. East West Players opens their 6,000-square-foot warehouse full of rare props and authentic costumes for a special open house event.

Tuesday December 11th, 2018

9. Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a free immersive art experience covering 12 acres of Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles. The art, projection and light displays will illuminate paths and play off of the park’s most iconic elements, including the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain. The holiday-inspired event will run nightly from December 1 to 25. FREE 

10. For The Record presents the world premiere production of Love Actually Live at The Wallis. The musical will bring one of the most beloved holiday movies to life through an all-star cast and 15-piece orchestra. Playing December 4-31. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. One of L.A.’s most magical holiday traditions, L.A. Zoo Lights returns November 16, 2018 through January 6, 2019 with thousands upon thousands of LED lights illuminating the zoo. This seasonal event runs daily. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

12. The Foodie Space (Nov. 21- Dec. 30) is the latest interactive pop-up museum designed for serial foodie photo-taker’s. Located in Pasadena the museum claims to poke fun at society’s obsession with social media and #foodporn. Food-themed exhibits include a giant bowl of phở, glitter fries that you can marry and more. Happening Tuesdays through Sundays.

13. The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice happening at L.A. LIVE’s Microsoft Square is a daily outdoors holiday skating rink. Open November 10, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

14. Free museum day:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art (also free for L.A. County residents with valid I.D. after 3:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays all month long) and Autry National Center of the American West

Wednesday December 12th, 2018

15. The folks behind the Museum of Failure presents The Disgusting Food Museum (Dec. 9, 2018 through Feb. 17, 2019.) Some of the ‘delicacies’ include maggot infested cheese, bull testicles, and sheep eyeballs. If you’re brave enough, visitors will also get to smell and taste some of the creations at the end of the exhibit over at a tasting bar. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

16. Sherman Oaks resident Mike Ziemkowski’s elaborate Christmas themed animatronic characters will return once again with Lights on Display a dazzling light show with a playlist of holiday tunes. Free to the public, the 13-minute show runs nightly 6 to 10 p.m. from November 23 through January 1, 2018. FREE

17. Here and Now transforms it’s newly opened space into a holiday bar called Blitzen’s from November 28 through December 31. Get transported to the the North Pole and enjoy a snow machine, themed entertainment like Bad Santa and carolers, and seasonal food and drinks.

18. It’s that time of the year to celebrate the holiday season, which is the main purpose of Fa La Land, a pop up museum at Row DTLA. Guests will enjoy a wide variety of installations like a Jingle Bell Toy Factory and a fluorescent “Fa La Forest.” Fa La Land runs Nov. 18 through Jan. 6, 2019. Happening Tuesdays through Sundays. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. The Bai Holiday Ice Rink returns to Pershing Square from Nov. 15, 2018 to Jan. 21, 2019 daily featuring a 7200 square foot outdoor ice-skating experience. A wide variety of events will take place throughout the duration of the rink.

20 The Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden presents Moonlight Forest, where crafted lanterns line the garden grounds, some depicting animals, shimmering exotic flowers, and figures from Chinese legends. Happening Wednesdays through Sunday. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Thursday December 13th, 2018

21. The Pacific Opera Project presents “La bohème,” or “The Hipsters” throughout the month of December. Set to current times the show follows the story of several Los Angelenos during a cold SoCal winter as they tackle the city’s housing crises, love, jealousy and more. Happening on select days this month at Highland Park Ebell Club. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. The Downtown Art Walk brings art enthusiasts, art galleries and locals together every second Thursday of each month for a night of exploration. This month they welcome back the Krampus Run on a closed-off block of Winston between Main and Los Angeles. Expect dozens of Krampuses running wild between 8-9 p.m. In addition, DTLA Art Walk will team up with Spring Arts Collective for their annual group exhibition inside The Last Bookstore. FREE

23. Winterfest at Santa Anita Park kicks off the holiday season in style. This family-friendly event includes a visit from Santa Claus, horse drawn carriage rides a Santa’s Village and petting zoo, carolers, seasonal foods, 80+ vendors and much more. Winterfest continues Thursdays through Sunday from November 23 through December 23. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

24. Since 1969 Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater’s adaptation of the Nutcracker has been warming hearts and delighting kids and adults during the holidays. The show includes over 100 handmade puppets at the Pasadena Playhouse. Running now until Dec. 30 Thursdays through Sundays.

25. NoMad Los Angeles gets in the holiday spirit with a Holiday Spectacular cocktail pop up every Thursday through Saturday evening from 5-11 p.m. in the Coffee Bar. Guests will enjoy “Naughty” and “Nice” cocktails from the NoMad team as well as guest bartenders from some of the best bars around town.

26. There’s a Junk Food clothing sample sale happening Dec. 13-15 in Culver City with loads of fun t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants and more on sale.

27. LACMA’s latest exhibit, Outliers and American Vanguard Art, highlight a period in American art history when avant-garde artists and outliers (that is, artists without formal training) intersected.

28. Head down to The Fairplex at Pomona for the Chinese Lantern Festival where the theme is “The Wild,” featuring animals represented in lanterns from five different areas of the world, Antartica, Asia, Oceania, Africa and America. Some of the larger pieces stand all the way up to 23 feet tall. The festival run every Thursday through Sunday from Nov. 15 – Jan. 16.

29. Free museum day:  MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.),  Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.), Japanese American National Museum (5 to 8 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m,)

Friday December 14th, 2018

30. L.A. reggae band The Lions will perform at the third Cocoa Concert at Union Station this Friday. This free, family-friendly holiday concert will be set in a winter wonderland that includes a holiday light display, a cocoa bar with Elftenders, complementary cotton candy, Santa selfies, gingerbread house making, and more. FREE

31. Street Food Cinema and Heritage Square Museum team up for Yuletide Cinemaland. Enjoy a festive outdoor movie screening experience in a Victorian town square surrounded by Christmas carolers, food trucks, hot chocolate, mulled wine and craft beer. This week they’ll be screening of Love Actually. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. Enjoy a special performance of The Nutcracker (Dec. 1 – 24.) by the American Contemporary Ballet on the 18th floor of California Plaza in downtown. After the show, guests are invited by The Fairy for a celebration with live music, champagne, and more.

33. Sandra Tsing Loh’s Sugar Plum Fairy is a cheerful holiday story about a young girl who dreams of being the lead dancer in The Nutcracker. It unfolds in a hilarious Rocky Horror Picture Show type way but is also family friendley. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

34. Holiday Concerts in the Pasadena Playhouse District, takes place on Friday nights from November 30 through December 21. This week Kira & the Major 3 will perform in Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard. FREE

35. Head to the James Perse sample sale for some holiday shopping and a little something for yourself. Their Highland ave. store location will host menswear, womenswear, home, accessories and footwear at a steep discount. Happening Dec 14-16.

36. Artist Ken Salter brings his experiential installation Garden of Strange Loops: So Tonight that I Might See to Gallery 30 South in Pasadena this Saturday. The exclusive exhibit will allow guests to interact with a “Reflecting Pool” while sensors track the guests movements and transform them into one-of-a-kind psychedelic images in an instant. The exhibit runs until January 27, 2019.

37. Step into a retro-inspired winter wonderland during Miracle at The Everly: Ever Bar happening at The Kimpton Everly Hotel. The Christmas-themed bar open now through December 31 features a candy cane “selfie station,” a 15-foot inflatable Santa Claus, and a dedicated Hanukkah Hut.

38. California Market Center’s Holiday Showroom Sample Sale is happening this Friday. Showrooms will open to the public for one day and offer clearance and sample items at a big discount.

39. The Holiday Light Festival Train Ride at Griffith Park is a festive one mile ride on the tracks with tens of thousands of lights to get you in the Holiday spirit. Running daily Nov 23 through Dec. 23 and then again from December 26 to December 30.

40. Party With is Los Angeles’ new Instagram-ready experience. Opening it’s doors on Friday Nov. 16 in Westfield Santa Anita Mall, folks can expect 15 premium photogenic installations like an infinity rainbow and a room filled with sparkling disco balls. Party With runs through January 27 and is open Thursdays through Sundays. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

41. New Mart Holiday Sample Sale opens their doors every Friday with a rotating number of showrooms selling their stock, past season collections, samples and more at a discounted price. Bring cash as some showrooms might only except one form of payment.

Food Pick for the Week

This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.

Cal-Italian restaurant Spartina celebrates its three-year anniversary with a $3 menu this Wednesday, December 12 from 5:30 p.m. to close. Chef Stephen Kalt has curated a delectable selection of signature dishes that include grilled avocado with Moroccan lemon, Calabrian chilies and ricotta salata; Margarita pizza rosso; spaghettini with black and white garlic and pecorino. Guests can pair their meal with $3 glasses of Prosecco and Peroni on draught.

Spartina is located at 755 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046


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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for December 10, 2018

December 10, 2018 by We Like L.A. Staff

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Monday, December 10, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [2 p.m.]  Get into the winter spirit when ICE at Santa Monica returns with a 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Running November 3, 2018 through January 21, 2019.

2. [3 p.m.] Step into a world of limitless creativity and unlock new realms of photography inside Canon PORTALS, coming to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (Nov. 29 – Dec 16). The ongoing series of events features photo-walks, workshops, and on-site camera experts. FREE

3. [5 p.m.]  East West Players opens their 6,000-square-foot warehouse full of rare props and authentic costumes for a special open house event.

4. [sundownGrand Park’s Winter Glow is a month-long nighttime light attraction featuring 19 large scale interactive light installations by local artists. Open to the public from December 1 – 25, 2018. FREE

5. [5:30 p.m.]  Descanso Gardens’ Enchanted: Forest of Light returns for another installment with a host of interactive displays and nighttime activities from November 18 through January 6, 2019 daily. This seasonal event runs daily. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED(via Goldstar)

6. [7 p.m.Write Club Los Angeles at the Bootleg Theater.

7. [7 p.m.Rhum Rhock and Be Naughty, a tiki holiday party at Pacific Seas.

8. [7:30 p.m.A Christmas Story 35th Anniversary Screening at Ampas Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

9. [11 p.m.] Animal Collective DJ Set at Freehand Los Angeles.

10. [various] Beautycon is offering a pop up experience titled Beautycon POP from Nov. 16 through Dec. 16 daily featuring immersive galleries, makeup brands, vendors, a salon and other beauty related activities.

DEAL OF THE DAY: $25 tix to Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

Want more ideas for upcoming things to do in L.A.? Check out our Los Angeles events calendar

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for December 9, 2018

December 9, 2018 by We Like L.A. Staff

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Sunday, December 9, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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Christmas Lights at Venice Canals

Christmas lights on the Venice Canals. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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1. [10 a.m.The Echo Park Craft Fair returns to Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake on December 7-9 with over 120 curated artist, makers and food vendors. Friday is preview night!

2. [11 a.m.] Join Refinery29 in an immersive installation during 29rooms at The Reef (December 5-9). The event will feature 29 different interactive spaces created by artists both local and international. Experience include anonymous palm reading, sound bath, a blindfolded multi-sensory ASMR tunnel, live dance performances, and more.

3. [11 a.m.Abbot Kinney Holiday Block Party  will bring out hundreds of families for a day of holiday fun that includes sledding, shopping food trucks, live entertainment, a street hockey rink and a Wintery Playground. FREE

4. [11 a.m.]  The Renegade Craft Fair returns to Los Angeles State Historic Park in Chinatown December 8-9 for a diverse showcase of some of indie craft and design artisans and makers plus DIY workshops, local food vendors, seasonal cocktails, DJ sets and more.

5. [noon] Step into a world of limitless creativity and unlock new realms of photography inside Canon PORTALS, coming to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (Nov. 29 – Dec 16). The ongoing series of events features photo-walks, workshops, and on-site camera experts. FREE

6. [1 p.m.]  CAAM Maker Fest welcomes all ages for a day of creating led by local artists. Workshops include paper garlands and festive ornaments, figurative collaging and decoupage keepsake boxes. FREE

7. [3 p.m.]   NextDayBetter is a Filipino focused culinary event bringing together tastemakers and game changers for food, libations and a fireside chat with Filipino chefs Alvin Cailan, Chase Valencia, Barb Batiste, Adrienne Borlongan and Johneric Concordia. The conversation will be moderated by Samantha Duenas a.k.a. SOSUPERSAM.

8. [3:30 p.m.] The 37th Annual Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade will take place this Sunday starting at the corner of Eastern and Sherman Canal at 3:30 p.m. FREE

9. [sundownGrand Park’s Winter Glow is a month-long nighttime light attraction featuring 19 large scale interactive light installations by local artists. Open to the public from December 1 – 25, 2018. FREE

10. [5:30 p.m.]  Descanso Gardens’ Enchanted: Forest of Light returns for another installment with a host of interactive displays and nighttime activities from November 18 through January 6, 2019 daily. This seasonal event runs daily. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED(via Goldstar)

DEAL OF THE DAY: $25 tix to Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for December 8, 2018

December 8, 2018 by We Like L.A. Staff

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Saturday, December 8, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [10 a.m.The Echo Park Craft Fair returns to Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake on December 7-9 with over 120 curated artist, makers and food vendors. Friday is preview night!

2. [11 a.m.]  This Saturday there’s a Holiday Craft Party happening at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles. Workshops will range from $1 to $10 each. Guests will also enjoy shopping from vendors, artisanal snacks and beer from Brouwerij West. Admission into the party is free.

3. [11 a.m.] Join Refinery29 in an immersive installation during 29rooms at The Reef (December 5-9). The event will feature 29 different interactive spaces created by artists both local and international. Experience include anonymous palm reading, sound bath, a blindfolded multi-sensory ASMR tunnel, live dance performances, and more.

4. [11 a.m.]  Echo Park Community Parade will include dancers, clubs, vehicles and more parading down Sunset Blvd. between Vin Scully Ave. to Park Ave. the day will also include live music on the main stage. FREE

5. [noon] Step into a world of limitless creativity and unlock new realms of photography inside Canon PORTALS, coming to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (Nov. 29 – Dec 16). The ongoing series of events features photo-walks, workshops, and on-site camera experts. FREE

6. [2 p.m.] The Walt Disney Concert Hall presents Festival of Carols, a celebration of beloved holiday songs sung by the talented Los Angeles Master Chorale. Songs will include both traditional and contemporary arrangements.

7. [4 p.m.Westwood Village will host a festive family day featuring a free outdoor screening of the holiday classic Elf. The movie starts at sundown and other festivities include a visit from Santa Claus, holiday themed photo-booth, live music, kids crafts, and hot cocoa. FREE

8. [4 p.m.]  Griffith Park Festival of Lights Hike 2018 takes you through Griffith Park with a collection of others holding holiday lights to create a glistening display of night wanderers! The event will see participants starting at the Merry Go Round Lot 2 and finishing at Dante’s Peak, with a brief stop at The Helipad at Griffith Park.

9. [sundownGrand Park’s Winter Glow is a month-long nighttime light attraction featuring 19 large scale interactive light installations by local artists. Open to the public from December 1 – 25, 2018. FREE

10. [various] Head down to Marina Del Rey for two holiday celebrations this Saturday. Snow Wonder will feature real snow for sledding, a fireworks show and fun activities that include face painting, arts and crafts. The Marina Del Rey Boat Parade will feature a plethora of vessels decorated with lights and decorations and guests will be able to enjoy food trucks and a live DJ throughout the evening. FREE

DEAL OF THE DAY: $25 tix to Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for December 7, 2018

December 7, 2018 by We Like L.A. Staff

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Friday, December 7, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [noon] Artist Ken Salter brings his experiential installation Garden of Strange Loops: So Tonight that I Might See to Gallery 30 South in Pasadena. The exclusive exhibit will allow guests to interact with a “Reflecting Pool” while sensors track the guests movements and transform them into one-of-a-kind psychedelic images in an instant. Events will be held through January 27, 2019.

2. [3 p.m.] Step into a world of limitless creativity and unlock new realms of photography inside Canon PORTALS, coming to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (Nov. 29 – Dec 16). The ongoing series of events features photo-walks, workshops, and on-site camera experts. FREEx

3. [3 p.m.] Join Refinery29 in an immersive installation during 29rooms at The Reef (December 5-9). The event will feature 29 different interactive spaces created by artists both local and international. Experience include anonymous palm reading, sound bath, a blindfolded multi-sensory ASMR tunnel, live dance performances, and more.

4. [3 p.m.]  Winterfest at Santa Anita Park kicks off the holiday season in style. This family friendly event includes a visit from Santa Claus, horse drawn carriage rides a Santa’s Village and petting zoo, carolers, seasonal foods, 80+ vendors and much more. Winterfest continues Thursdays through Sunday from November 23 through December 2. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. [sundownGrand Park’s Winter Glow is a month-long nighttime light attraction featuring 19 large scale interactive light installations by local artists. Open to the public from December 1 – 25, 2018. FREE

6. [6 p.m.The Echo Park Craft Fair returns to Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake on December 7-9 with over 120 curated artist, makers and food vendors. Friday is preview night!

7. [6 p.m.]  Holiday Concerts in the Pasadena Playhouse District, takes place on Friday nights from November 30 through December 21. This week Little Brazil will perform in Vroman’s Courtyard FREE

8. [7:30 p.m.] The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE

9. [8 p.m.The Pacific Opera Project presents “La bohème,” or “The Hipsters” throughout the month of December. Set to current times the show follows the story of several Los Angelenos during a cold SoCal winter as they tackle the city’s housing crises, love, jealousy and more. Happening on select days this month at Highland Park Ebell Club. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. [various] Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.

DEAL OF THE DAY: $25 tix to Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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55 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [12-7-2018 to 12-9-2018]

December 6, 2018 by We Like L.A. Staff

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend, from Friday, December 7 to Sunday, December 9, features 29rooms, Holiday Craft Party, Festival of Carols, Griffith Park Festival of Lights Hike, Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade, The Disgusting Food Museum and MUCH more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your weekend!


Keep in mind that while we retain complete editorial control of our content, for some of the ticketing options provided we utilize affiliate links and receive a commission if you purchase through our links.

Friday December 7th, 2018

1. The Pacific Opera Project presents “La bohème,” or “The Hipsters” throughout the month of December. Set to current times the show follows the story of several Los Angelenos during a cold SoCal winter as they tackle the city’s housing crises, love, jealousy and more. Happening on select days this month at Highland Park Ebell Club. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

2. Join Refinery29 in an immersive installation during 29rooms at The Reef (December 5-9). The event will feature 29 different interactive spaces created by artists both local and international. Experience include anonymous palm reading, sound bath, a blindfolded multi-sensory ASMR tunnel, live dance performances, and more.

3. The Echo Park Craft Fair returns to Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake on December 7-9 with over 120 curated artist, makers and food vendors.

4. Street Food Cinema and Heritage Square Museum team up for Yuletide Cinemaland. Enjoy a festive outdoor movie screening experience in a Victorian town square surrounded by Christmas carolers, food trucks, hot chocolate, mulled wine and craft beer. Kicking off the series is a screening of A Christmas Story. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. Step into a world of limitless creativity and unlock new realms of photography inside Canon PORTALS, coming to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (Nov. 29 – Dec 16). The ongoing series of events features photo-walks, workshops, and on-site camera experts. FREE

6. Winterfest at Santa Anita Park kicks off the holiday season in style. This family friendly event includes a visit from Santa Claus, horse drawn carriage rides a Santa’s Village and petting zoo, carolers, seasonal foods, 80+ vendors and much more. Winterfest continues Thursdays through Sunday from November 23 through December 2. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. Enjoy a special performance of The Nutcracker (Dec. 1 – 24.) by the American Contemporary Ballet on the 18th floor of California Plaza in downtown. After the show, guests are invited by The Fairy for a celebration with live music, champagne, and more.

8. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE

9. Here and Now transforms it’s newly opened space into a holiday bar called Blitzen’s from November 28 through December 31. Get transported to the the North Pole and enjoy a snow machine, themed entertainment like Bad Santa and carolers, and seasonal food and drinks.

10. Holiday Concerts in the Pasadena Playhouse District, takes place on Friday nights from November 30 through December 21. This week Little Brazil will perform in Vroman’s Courtyard FREE

11. LA Auto Show returns with  thousand cars on display. From Nov. 30 to Dec. 9 experience various car exhibits, model debuts and more at the LA Convention Center.

12. The Holiday Light Festival Train Ride at Griffith Park is a festive one mile ride on the tracks with tens of thousands of lights to get you in the Holiday spirit. Running daily Nov 23 through Dec. 23 and then again from December 26 to December 30.

13. Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a free immersive art experience covering 12 acres of Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles. The art, projection and light displays will illuminate paths and play off of the park’s most iconic elements, including the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain. The holiday-inspired event will run nightly from December 1 to 25. FREE 

14. Rooftop Cinema Club returns with holiday themed screenings at their Los Angeles venues at LEVEL in Downtown LA and Hollywood location, NeueHouse. The spaces will turn into a Winter Wonderland with holiday decorations, snow and festive food. This weekend they will screen Elf, Home Alone, The Holiday and more.

15. It’s that time of the year to celebrate the holiday season, which is the main purpose of Fa La Land, a pop up museum at Row DTLA. Guests will enjoy a wide variety of installations like a Jingle Bell Toy Factory and a fluorescent “Fa La Forest.” Fa La Land runs Nov. 18 through Jan. 6, 2019. Happening Tuesdays through Sundays. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

16. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.

17. Get into the winter spirit when ICE at Santa Monica returns with a 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Running November 3, 2018 through January 21, 2019.

18. Free museum day: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

Saturday December 8th, 2018

19. The Walt Disney Concert Hall presents Festival of Carols a celebration of beloved holiday songs sung by the talented Los Angeles Master Chorale. Songs will include both traditional and contemporary arrangements.

20. Head down to Marina Del Rey for two holiday celebrations this Saturday. Snow Wonder will feature real snow for sledding, a fireworks show and fun activities that include face painting, arts and crafts. The Marina Del Rey Boat Parade will feature a plethora of vessels decorated with lights and decorations and guests will be able to enjoy food trucks and a live DJ throughout the evening. FREE

21. This Saturday there’s a Holiday Craft Party happening at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles. Workshops will range from $1 to $10 each. Guests will also enjoy shopping from vendors, artisanal snacks and beer from Brouwerij West. Admission into the party is free.

22. The Renegade Craft Fair returns to Los Angeles State Historic Park in Chinatown December 8-9 for a diverse showcase of some of indie craft and design artisans and makers plus DIY workshops, local food vendors, seasonal cocktails, DJ sets and more.

23. Smorgasburg takes over the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday for a holiday popup as part of the Santa Monica Pier’s Wonderland by the Water series. Admission is free.

24. Griffith Park Festival of Lights Hike 2018 takes you through Griffith Park with a collection of others holding holiday lights to create a glistening display of night wanderers! The event will see participants starting at the Merry Go Round Lot 2 and finishing at Dante’s Peak, with a brief stop at The Helipad at Griffith Park.

25. Westwood Village will host a festive family day featuring a free outdoor screening of the holiday classic Elf. The movie starts at sundown and other festivities include a visit from Santa Claus, holiday themed photo-booth, live music, kids crafts, and hot cocoa.

26. KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas (Dec. 8-9) takes over The Fabulous Forum with a killer lineup that includes Smashing Pumpkins, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Death Cab for Cutie, Bastille, Greta Van Fleet, Bad Religion, Young the Giant and more.

27. Santee Winter Wonderland is a full day of family friendley fun including face painting, arts and crafts, games, food and shopping in the historic fashion district. The event will be held on 11th Street between Santee Street and Maple Avenue. FREE

28. On Saturday embark on a holiday pub crawl across Santa Monica’s best bars and restaurants. The event will allow participants to receive deals and specials at all participating locations. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in holiday outfits and there will be a scavenger hunt with a grand prize at the end of the night.

29. Imagine a live show built around adults confronting the most embarrassing creative artifacts from their childhood… and then sharing those with a live audience. That’s the concept behind Mortified, an evening of entertainment where adults share embarrassing things they created as kids– diaries, love letters, lyrics, poems, home movies– with a group of total strangers.

30. Echo Park Community Parade will include dancers, clubs, vehicles and more parading down Sunset Blvd. between Vin Scully Ave. to Park Ave. the day will also include live music on the main stage. FREE

31. Not your average holiday market, Bar Sinister’s Fifth Annual Holiday Shopping Bizarre is an alternative party where you can score unique and kind of dark creations while enjoying performances by the Sinister Go Go Girls and additional tantalizing performances in the Purgatory Pleasures Upstairs loft.

32. For The Record presents the world premiere production of Love Actually Live at The Wallis. The musical will bring one of the most beloved holiday movies to life through an all-star cast and 15-piece orchestra. Playing December 4-31. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

33. Sanctuary clothing will host a warehouse sale at their headquarters in Burbank with clothing starting at $10. This is the best time to stock up on coveted trend pieces as well as Christmas gifts. You’ll be shopping for a good cause as 20% of the proceeds will go to the California Fire Foundation in support of victims affected by the Woolsey Fire.

34. Picture This!, L.A.’s only live animated comedy show, is back with another free show at The Virgil in East Hollywood. During this show, see standup comics perform as talented animators, cartoonists and artists draw them live. FREE

35. Descanso Gardens’ Enchanted: Forest of Light returns for another installment with a host of interactive displays and nighttime activities from November 18 through January 6, 2019 daily. This seasonal event runs daily. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

36. ban.do will host an epic holiday event called “the mall” on December 8-9 at their Hollywood Headquarters. The pop-up will feature tons of ban.do items on sale as well as other brands plus activations like manis from color camp, pretzels from Auntie Anne’s and more.

37. The 72nd Annual Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade comes to Long Beach on Saturday with an entertaining display of boats of in all shapes and sizes. This year’s theme is “Star Spangled Christmas.” FREE

38. One of L.A.’s most magical holiday traditions, L.A. Zoo Lights returns November 16, 2018 through January 6, 2019 with thousands upon thousands of LED lights illuminating the zoo. This seasonal event runs daily. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

39. The Bai Holiday Ice Rink returns to Pershing Square from Nov. 15, 2018 to Jan. 21, 2019 daily featuring a 7200 square foot outdoor ice-skating experience. A wide variety of events will take place throughout the duration of the rink.

40. The Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden presents Moonlight Forest, where crafted lanterns line the garden grounds, some depicting animals, shimmering exotic flowers, and figures from Chinese legends. Happening Wednesdays through Sunday till November. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Sunday December 9th, 2018

41. The 37th Annual Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade will take place this Sunday starting at the corner of Eastern and Sherman Canal at 3:30 p.m. FREE

42. NextDayBetter is a Filipino focused culinary event bringing together tastemakers and game changers for food, libations and a fireside chat with Filipino chefs Alvin Cailan, Chase Valencia, Barb Batiste, Adrienne Borlongan and Johneric Concordia. The conversation will be moderated by Samantha Duenas a.k.a. SOSUPERSAM.

43. Abbot Kinney Holiday Block Party  will bring out hundreds of families for a day of holiday fun that includes sledding, shopping food trucks, live entertainment, a street hockey rink and a Wintery Playground. FREE

44. CAAM Maker Fest welcomes all ages for a day of creating led by local artists. Workshops include paper garlands and festive ornaments, figurative collaging and decoupage keepsake boxes. FREE

45. The folks behind the Museum of Failure presens The Disgusting Food Museum (Dec. 9, 2018 through Feb. 17, 2019.) Some of the ‘delicacies’ include maggot infested cheese, bull testicles, and sheep eyeballs. If you’re brave enough, visitors will also get to smell and taste some of the creations at the end of the exhibit over at a tasting bar.

46. Celebrate the holiday season during a Queen Mary Christmas (daily Nov. 23 – Jan. 6) The special occasion will see Christmas spirit lining the famous Long Beach vessel including an 80-foot Christmas tree, a variety of holiday activities, an outdoor staking rink, musical performances, a 4D showing of The Polar Express, and dinner shows on select dates.  Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

47. Party With is Los Angeles’ new Instagram-ready experience. Opening it’s doors on Friday Nov. 16 in Westfield Santa Anita Mall, folks can expect 15 premium photogenic installations like an infinity rainbow and a room filled with sparkling disco balls. Party With runs through January 27 and is open Thursdays through Sundays. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

48. Sherman Oaks resident Mike Ziemkowski’s elaborate Christmas themed animatronic characters will return once again with Lights on Display a dazzling light show with a playlist of holiday tunes. Free to the public, the 13-minute show runs nightly 6 to 10 p.m. from November 23 through January 1, 2018. FREE

49. The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice happening at L.A. LIVE’s Microsoft Square is a daily outdoors holiday skating rink. Open November 10, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

50. Beautycon is offering a pop up experience titled Beautycon POP from Nov. 16 through Dec. 16 daily featuring immersive galleries, makeup brands, vendors, a salon and other beauty related activities. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

51. Head down to The Fairplex at Pomona for the Chinese Lantern Festival where the theme is “The Wild,” featuring animals represented in lanterns from five different areas of the world, Antartica, Asia, Oceania, Africa and America. Some of the larger pieces stand all the way up to 23 feet tall. The festival run every Thursday through Sunday from Nov. 15 – Jan. 16.

52 Artist Ken Salter brings his experiential installation Garden of Strange Loops: So Tonight that I Might See to Gallery 30 South in Pasadena this Saturday. The exclusive exhibit will allow guests to interact with a “Reflecting Pool” while sensors track the guests movements and transform them into one-of-a-kind psychedelic images in an instant. The exhibit runs until January 27, 2019.

53. The Foodie Space (Nov. 21- Dec. 30) is the latest interactive pop-up museum designed for serial foodie photo-taker’s. Located in Pasadena the museum claims to poke fun at society’s obsession with social media and #foodporn. Food-themed exhibits include a giant bowl of phở, glitter fries that you can marry and more. Happening Tuesdays through Sundays.

54. Step into a retro-inspired winter wonderland during Miracle at The Everly: Ever Bar happening at The Kimpton Everly Hotel. The Christmas-themed bar open now through December 31 features a candy cane “selfie station,” a 15-foot inflatable Santa Claus, and a dedicated Hanukkah Hut.

55. Free museum day:  Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

Drink Pick for the Week

This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.

December is the month of the Sagittarius new moon and Bar Franca in DTLA is going all out by hosting a spiritual night of cocktails, herbs, crystals, and aura photography on Friday, December 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. Guests can imbibe crystal-infused cocktails, partake in a tarot card reading by Harriet And The Star, or have their aura photographed by Jung Americans. Neon Altar will also be there with her curated selection of crystals and other products available for purchase.

Bar Franca is located at 438 South Main Street Los Angeles CA 90013


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