Things To Do

Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [12-19-2022 to 12-23-2022]

December 19, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Grand Central Market
Bustling crowd Grand Central Market. Photo by Christina Champlin

As we countdown the days until the Christmas holiday, here is what’s happening in the city of angels:

From December 19-23 in Los Angeles, check out a Hanukkah silent disco, Carols on the Plaza at The Music Center, Home Alone in concert at Disney Concert Hall, City Pop at The Fonda, the Popular Kids Club Holiday Extravaganza, Cocoa & Carols at Runway, and more.


Things To Do This Week

Hanukkah Celebrations -> As the Hanukkah holiday continues this week this, you can catch related free events taking place across the city, including a Silent Disco presented by Repair The World and Pico Union Project (Monday), a Hanukkah Celebration at The Beverly Center (Monday), and a Celebration of Hanukkah at Ivy Station in Culver City (Wednesday).

Carols on the Plaza with the Los Angeles Master Chorale -> Join the L.A. Master Chorale at The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza on Monday for a holiday sing-along conducted by LAMC Artistic Director Grant Gershon. The event starts at 6 p.m. and is free/open to the public. More info here.

From Across The Bar -> This Monday at The Elysian Theater, dating app Feeld presents a comedy show featuring tales of unconventional dating in the city of angels. The lineup includes Lizt Garcia, Chiara Montali, and Yazmin Monet Watkins-Vieux, along with host Ashley Ray. Free to attend with RSVP. Donations collected during the evening go towards the Colorado Healing Fund, which supports victims of the Club Q shooting. Seating is first-come, first-served. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Get more info here.

Home Alone in Concert -> For three night this week (Tuesday to Thursday), Walt Disney Concert Hall will be showing Christmas classic Home Alone with Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and conductor David Newman bringing John Williams’ iconic score to life via a live-to-picture performance. Limited tickets still available. Get more info here.

The Grinch at Trademark Brewing -> Long Beach’s Trademark Brewing continues a string of holiday movie nights this Tuesday with a screening of The Grinch starting at 7 p.m. Free to attend. Get more info here.

City Pop at The Fonda -> This Wednesday, scroll back 40 years in time with a special concert at The Fonda Theatre showcasing City Pop, a form of Japanese pop music that peaked in the 1980s as a stylish mix of disco, funk and R&B. The concert includes a Japanese food tasting, plus a trio of headlining acts curating their spin on the genre. GA tickets are $46. More info here.

Beastie Boys EXHIBIT at Beyond the Streets -> Beyond the Streets and CONTROL Gallery have teamed up to create the most comprehensive Beastie Boys exhibition ever assembled in Los Angeles, which includes never-before-seen historical artifacts, ephemera, and photographs. EXHIBIT recently opened at the BTS flagship location on La Brea Ave and will run through January 13. This week, the exhibition is open Wednesday to Saturday. Reserve free advance tickets here.

Both: A Hard Day’s Silent Night –> This Wednesday, Broad Stage in Santa Monica hosts a pair of Christmas benefit concerts with a Beatles twist. Both: A Hard Day’s Silent Night puts a holiday spin on the Fab Four’s hit tunes with special gospel arrangements performed by a live choir. Tickets are $35, and a portion of the proceeds benefit Heart of Los Angeles, which provides after-school programming for underserved kids. Two shows, one at 4 p.m. and then at 8 p.m. Get more info here.

Popular Kids Club Holiday Extravaganza -> PKC’s regular series at Permanent Records Roadhouse gets a holiday tune-up this Thursday, including a few special seasonal surprises, plus a lineup headlined by Iliza Shlesinger and Ron Funches. Tickets start at $8. Get more info here.

The Atheist Holiday Christmas Spectacular Show! -> If you prefer your holiday season sans religion but with a heavy helping of comedy, head to The Crow this Thursday for a an evening of stand-up, songs, and (probably) blasphemy. Tickets are $20. Lineup starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

Holiday Programming at GCM -> Grand Central Market continues their Holiday Wonderland programming this week, highlighted by a Charcuterie Workshop with Charcuterie LA on Wednesday, a Paint & Vino session on Thursday ($50 includes sips plus all supplies), then Friday night tunes from guitarist Joe Lopiccolo. Get more info on all the events here.

Cocoa & Carols at Runway -> Runway Playa Vista wraps up their Friday night holiday programming this week with a season ending evening of gourmet hot cocoa and sing-alongs, all backdropped by a festive ginger bread house. Caroling takes place from 6 to 8 p.m., with 100 servings of cocoa (first come, first served) to be given away. More info here.


Arturo Sandoval at Disney Concert Hall -> This Friday, 10-time Grammy-winner Arturo Sandoval brings an evening of jazzed-up holiday favorites to the Walt Disney Concert Hall beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $47 per person. Get more info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
The Godfrey’s I|O Rooftop Gingerbread House Bar. Photo courtesy of The Godfrey.

Gingerbread House Bar & Holiday Movie Nights at I|O Rooftop -> The Godfrey’s I|O Rooftop has been reimagined into a Gingerbread House Bar serving festive holiday drinks inside a cookie-inspired space. I|O is also hosting weekly Holiday Movie Nights with a minimum of two cocktails or $40 spend. This Friday they’ll screen A Nightmare Before Christmas and A Christmas Story. Complimentary popcorn will be given out for the screenings. More info here

Per L’Ora Holiday Giving Party -> Per L’Ora at Hotel Per La in Downtown Los Angeles host a Holiday Party this Tuesday to benefit the Midnight Mission. Bring a gallon size ziploc of travel sized toiletries and or winter clothing to donate and receive a complimentary cocktail. Happening between 5 to 7 p.m. the evening also includes a specialty bar menu and holiday cookie decorating. Ugly sweater attire is strongly encouraged. 

Open House at Valerie Confections -> Valerie Confections Bakery recently relocated to Glendale (1936 W. Glenoaks Blvd.) and this Wednesday they’re hosting an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. with complimentary eggnog, mulled wine, and snacks from Smallhold mushrooms and The Bad Jew’s pork pâté. More info here

Sprinkles Holiday Boutique -> This week let Sprinklesholiday online boutique take care of the baking for you. Available for delivery and pick up, the limited time shop features an assortment of cupcake flavors like Christmas Cookie, Gingerbread and Chocolate Peppermint  to bake-your-own kits, a cookies and frosting pack and even whole cakes. 

Christmas plans still up in the air? Consider these three standout holiday meals to enjoy this weekend.

Christmas Eve Dinner at Redbird -> Chef Neal Fraser and team created a three-course prix fixe menu with optional wine pairings and a kids menu. Dishes include King Salmon Tartare, Bacon Wrapped Saddle of Rabbit with chestnut stuffing and Chocolate Buche De Noel. Dinner cost $135 per person and $60 for kids 12 and under. Reservations can be made through Tock


A Christmas Eve Seafood Feast at Connie & Ted’s -> The New England inspired seafood spot is offering a three course menu on Christmas Eve for $80 per person. Guests start with a Lobster Bisque, followed by a choice of Smoked Ribeye or Cioppino and end with a classic bread pudding drizzled in bourbon sauce. Reservations can be made on Tock

Christmas Day Brunch at Castaway -> Castaway in Burbank is hosting a four-course Christmas Day Brunch that includes a platter of chilled seafood, charcuterie and bacon wrapped dates for the table; Dragon Fruit Waldorf Salad and a choice of individual brunch mains such as Crab Cake Benedict and a shared Dessert Platter. Taking place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the brunch cost $92 for adults and $35 for children. More info here

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