22 Really Cool Things to do This December in L.A. (2017)

Need stuff to do this month in Los Angeles?

We looked ahead on our calendar to focus in on some of the best events happening in December around Los Angeles that you should probably have on your radar. After all, better to get your tickets now than wait till the last minute and find out your favorite event is sold out.


December 2017 event highlights include a Rooftop Cinema Club holiday screening series, the Museum of Failure, a Holly Jolly Day at L.A. LIVE, Christmas at the Bradbury Building, Winter Fest at the O.C. Fairgrounds, and MUCH more.

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Winterfest OC 2015
Winter Fest at the O.C. Fairgrounds 2015. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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1. ‘Cuba: Antes, Ahora / Cuba: Then, Now’ at The Music Center (Dec. 1-2)

With more than 48 Cuban artists performing and free Afro-Cuban dance and percussion workshops, this four-day exploration of traditional and contemporary music will bring a true taste of the Cuban culture. December 1 includes a Cuba inspired edition of Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours. -> More information

2. The L.A. Auto Show (Dec. 1-10)

The L.A. Auto Show is back for another round of test drives, new car showcases & ‘The Garage” aftermarket hall – with customized rides & exotic cars. -> More information

3. Rooftop Cinema Club Ultimate Holiday Movie Series (Dec. 1-23)

The purveyors of L.A.’s most popular rooftop movie screening series are getting into the spirit of the season with a month-long schedule of Christmas (ish) classics. 29 movies will be shown in all from December 1-23. -> More information

4. LA Master Chorale’s Christmas Concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall (Dec. 2-18)

Celebrate the beauty of Christmas music at one of Los Angeles’ greatest architectural stunners! The vocal wonders of the LA Master Chorale will perform a series of holiday-themed concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall over five nights between December 2 and 18. -> More information

5. Unique LA Holiday Shop & Market at California Market Center (Dec. 2-3)

Experience the ultimate holiday shopping event with over 350 designers, sips & snacks, DIY workshops, photo booths & FREE gift wrapping stations. -> More information

6. 7th Annual Devan Shah Tea Festival in Pasadena (Dec. 2-3)

The Devan Shah Tea Festival comes to Pasadena Convention Center December 2-3 for one of the nation’s largest tea festivals uniting tea enthusiasts and experts for tea-talk and tea tasting. -> More information – Discount tickets (via Goldstar)

7. The Museum of Failure Opens in the Arts District (opens Dec. 2)

The Museum of Failure debuts at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum on December 2 with a hodgepodge of featured fails ranging from Donald Trump’s board game and the orbitoclast lobotomy to Colgate lasagna, Harley-Davidson Perfume, the Apple Newton, the Betamax, and Google Glass. The exhibition runs through February 4. -> More information

8. 29Rooms: Refinery29’s Festival of Style, Culture & Technology (Dec. 7-10 + Dec. 14-17)

Refinery29 presents 29Rooms for two weekends (December 7 – 10 & December 14 – 17) in Downtown L.A. for a festival funhouse of style, culture, and technology. -> More information

9. Extreme Beer Fest Los Angeles in DTLA (Dec. 9)

The Extreme Beer Fest Los Angeles is coming to DTLA’s California Market Center on December 9, with creative beers both local & international. -> More information – Discount tickets (via Goldstar)

10. Echo Park Community Parade 2017 (Dec. 9)

The Echo Park Community Parade returns to Sunset Boulevard to celebrate the holiday and this vibrant neighborhood. -> More information

11. SIP. SHOP. EAT! at The Collective Pop Up Market in DTLA (Dec. 9)

SIP. SHOP. EAT! at The Collective Pop Up Market comes to The Allies in Downtown L.A. Saturday December 9 for a fun intersection of your favorite things: food, style, and drinks. -> More information

12. The Renegade Craft Fair (Dec. 9-10)

The Renegade Craft Fair comes to Los Angeles State Historic Park for a two-day showcase of some of the best independent craft and design work from artisans and makers. -> More information

13. Hanukkah Festival: LA/LA at Skirball Cultural Center (Dec. 10)

Highlights include Latin Jewish bands, cumbia dance lessons, hands-on art activities, a chocolate decorating workshop & live storytelling. -> More information

14. CHILL Adventure Park at the Queen (Dec. 13 to Jan. 7)

Come experience the Munich Market, a gnome’s wishing well, ice skating, ice bumper cars, the Alpine Zip Line & liquid candy during this festive event. -> More information – Discount tickets (via Goldstar)

15. Silent Skate Party at the Bai Holiday Ice Rink in Pershing Square (Dec. 13)

A silent disco on ice in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. -> More information

16. Holiday Skate & Sweets by the JW Marriott (Dec. 16)

Holiday Skate & Sweets by the JW Marriott will include early access to the L.A. LIVE ice skating rink followed by hot chocolate and holiday sweets in The Mixing Room and a special visit from Santa Claus, making an appearances in the hotel’s life-size Gingerbread House. -> More information

17. Holiday Sing-Along with the L.A. Philharmonic (Dec. 16)

Celebrate the holidays with a music celebration hosted at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. There will also be hot cocoa, coffee & pictures with Santa! -> More information

18. Christmas Concert at The Bradbury (Dec. 17)

Marvel at the incredible five-story atrium of the Bradbury as a magnificent 30-voice choir delights with holiday favorites, all performed in the great British choral tradition. Trust us that you’ve never experienced a Christmas concert quite like this. -> More information

19. Winter Fest Returns to OC Fairgrounds (Dec. 21 to Jan. 7)

Winter Fest at the OC Fairgrounds will offer an all-new festival of lights, snow summit, winter bounce houses, outdoor ice skating, ice tubing, snowfall and the man of the season, Santa Claus. -> More information – Discount Tickets


20. 58th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Dec. 24)

The 58th annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration is a FREE Christmas Eve celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion featuring Los Angeles-based musicians and dancers, including the Gay Men’s Chorus, City Ballet of Los Angeles, M-Pact & more. -> More information

21. NYE at Grand Park (Dec. 31)

Grand Park + The Music Center’s 2018 NYE celebration is one of the largest, most festive (and free!) ways to ring in the new year. Just you and a couple thousand of your fellow angelenos counting down the end of 2017 in one of the city’s best public spaces. -> More information

22. Enchanted: Forest of Light (through Jan. 7)

Enchanted: Forest of Light will offer guests a colorful one-mile path walk through 10 distinct light displays at unique points within Descanso Garden including a Symphony of Oaks, a Luminous Lawn, and a Starlight Garden. The experience runs through January 7. -> More information – Discount tickets (via Goldstar)

Be sure to check the We Like L.A. Events Calendar for updates on fun things happening around the city throughout December. You can also sign up for our daily/weekly newsletter if you want events sent straight to your inbox. 


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