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32 Awesome Things to do This Christmas Weekend in L.A. You Ought to Know About [12-24-15 to 12-27-15]

December 24, 2015 by Christina Champlin

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

This Christmas weekend in L.A. includes the LA County Holiday Celebration, a magical caroling truck in NoHo, Christmas at the Bunny Museum, Getty Holiday Lights, the Greatest Cartoons Ever, a Chocolate Festival, and plenty more to choose from.

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So grab some friends or go at it alone, but most importantly have fun and enjoy yourself!

[RELATED: The Best Way to Find Discount Events in Los Angeles]

LA County Holiday Celebration

The LA County Holiday Celebration. Credit: Gennia Cui, The Future Collective

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Thursday, December 24th, 2015

1. LA County Holiday Celebration

A huge, FREE pre-Christmas celebration and concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion featuring more than 20 choirs, music ensembles and dance troupes from all over the city.

2. Magical Caroling Truck

Every year in North Hollywood / Toluca Lake on Christmas Eve a gloriously truck fully decorated and packed with holiday carolers takes to the streets to sing to residents of The Valley. The truck returns this year starting at 4:30pm and runs until 11:00pm. Check out the official event website for more history on the truck an a route map for this year’s caroling.

3. MatzoBall The Ultimate Jewish Singles Mixer At The Room Hollywood

Interested in going to the nations largest Jewish mixer? This Christmas Eve, The Room Hollywood will host MatzoBall, a massive Jewish singles event. With almost three decades of experience, Matzoball sets the stage for the ultimate singles party, this time at The Room in Hollywood. USA Today dubbed Matzoball as “The Nation’s No. 1 Holiday Party!” it might be worth checking out.

Friday December 25th, 2015

4. Christmas at CHILL on the Queen Mary!

The Queen Mary will once again be overtaken by a deep freeze for the fourth annual CHILL!  Experience the Ice Kingdom, glacier glide ice tubing, ice skating and plenty of holiday entertainment. P.S. The Ice Kingdom will be introducing the New Holiday Ice Bar for adults!  Runs now until January 10. For more information and discounted tickets seven days a week, visit our friends at Goldstar.

5. Free Christmas Day Feast At Laugh Factory

This Christmas the Laugh Factory in Hollywood welcomes all those who are living in L.A. away from home, homeless, or simply in need of a good meal and hearty laugh. Top comics (lineup still TBA) will join other celebrities to serve guests a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings free of charge at the 36th Annual Free Christmas Day Feast.

6. Knott’s Berry Farm’s “Knott’s Merry Farm”

Christmas is in full effect at Knott’s Berry Farm! Charlie Brown and friends are the theme this year. Watch Snoopy dance on ice in the “Merry Christmas, Snoopy!” show and Chuck celebrates the holiday with the Peanuts gang in the live show “Christmas Time Is Here, Charlie Brown.”  Our friends at Goldstar is offering discount ticket packages all throughout the month!

7. Christmas At The Bunny Museum

The museum is getting in the holiday sprit the only way they know how- a bunny style Christmas celebration! Bunny ornaments, carrot-colored lights and other holiday bunny decorations will fill up the museum. The owners encourage folks to bring a platter of fruits and vegetables to feed the real bunnies. Admission is $5.

8. Lights on Display in Sherman Oaks

Sherman Oaks resident Mike Ziemkowski takes his Christmas decorating a bit more seriously than you, and that’s perfectly fine by us. From computer controlled lighting to DMX controlled intelligent light to animatronic characters synched to an epic preprogrammed playlist of holiday tunes and a Snowman DJ called DJ Jingles this free display is something you have to see live. Runs now until January 1.

9. Holiday Ice Rink In Pershing Square

From November 12 – January 18 Angelenos can skate in the heart of DTLA at Pershing Square. Each skate-session costs $9, and it’s $4 for skate rental.

10. Christmas Celebration At The Proud Bird

Aviation theme restaurant (with a clear view of the LAX runway) The Proud Bird is hosting a Christmas Champagne Buffet from 9:00am – 6:00pm. Buffet items will include a carving station with holiday-appropriate meats like prime rib, lamb, and ham, as well as classic Christmas sides and desserts with breakfast served until 3:00pm.

11. Christmas Dinner At Estérel 

Chef Victor Bororda at Estérel has created a special menu for Christmas ($60 per person) expect items like sweet baby gem salad served alongside a choice of protein, a prime rib carving station, herb roasted salmon and Mary’s chicken. Guests will have the option of choosing sides such as sweet potato gratin, Boudin blanc stuffing and grilled asparagus and cremini mushrooms.

12. Christmas Dinner At Tanzy

Tanzy in Westwood will be offering a special three-course prix-fixe menu for Christmas. In the giving spirit guest will go home with a gift from the chef. The meal cost $48 a person and $20 for children under 12 years old. Menu items will include winter squash soup with puff pastry dome, herb-crusted prime rib and more. Make sure to select the dark chocolate Buche De Noel for dessert!

13. Dudley Market Take-Away

For the ones who wish to stay in this holiday season and opt for a no fuss Christmas, Dudley Market’s pre-made meals are a wonderful choice. The dinners start at $200 and will be available for pick-up in the days leading up to Christmas. Highlights include: two day brined heritage turkey, a kale, persimmon, foie grais salad and chicken stuffing with dried summer apricot, sage and brown butter.

Saturday December 26th, 2015

14. All-Day Trip to Los Olivos & Solvang For Wine Tasting

Looking for a quick vacation with lots of wine? Climb aboard the Zuri Wine Bus in DTLA and head to Central California. The tour will take guests on a tasting and adventure of the Santa Ynez Valley’s Los Olivos and the adorable Danish style town of Solvang. Complimentary breakfast and discounts to tasting rooms are included in this package. For more information and discount tickets visit our friends at Goldstar.

15. Pop-Up Curling Lesson

Hollywood Curling Club is hosting a pop-up curling lesson ($5) at the Holiday Ice Rink in Pershing Square. Takes place from 8:30am – 9:30am.

16. Queen Mary Passport

The legendary ocean liner The Queen Mary, is giving folks a passport to adventure this weekend. The Queen Mary Passport includes access to the ship’s museum and historic exhibit, your choice of one guided tour (haunted or historical), a self-guided audio tour, and a chance to experience the brand-new 4D Theater. Throughout the holiday season you can catch The Polar Express in 4D, and beginning in January there will be alternating showings of the new Sponge Bob feature film and a cut of the BBC’s Planet Earth series Shallow Seas. Visit Goldstar for more information and discount tickets.

17. Getty Holiday Lights 

Every Saturday during Holiday Lights at the Getty you can catch a sunset at magic hour, take a stroll through the Central Garden of twinkling tress and stay warm with some complimentary mulled cider.

18. Doc Holiday Series

Arena Cinema in Hollywood will present the Doc Holiday Series beginning this Saturday and concluding on the 29th, featuring some of the best documentary films of this year. The screenings include: Heart of a Dog, Best of Enemies, The Look of Silence and Welcome to Leith.

19. Opening Day At Santa Anita Park

Santa Anita’s Winter Opening Day is taking place this Saturday. Enjoy the excitement of Thoroughbred racing, general admission is only $5. Guest will receive a 2016 wall calendar, and the first 5,000 kids, 17 and younger will receive a mini Thoroughbred plush toy.

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20. Winter Fest OC

A “wonderland of attractions and entertainment” will hit the OC Fair & Event center offering a host of winter themed and Christmas-inspired experiences over the course of a two and a half week run. Winter Fest promises a massive six lane ice slide, the Worlds Largest Ornament, magic shows, carnival rides, Holiday day themed foods and more. Winter Fest will be hosting Ugly Sweater Day this Saturday, guests are welcome to sport their worst sweaters or festive holiday garb, and the first 2,500 participants will receive a Samuel Adams pint glass.

21. Star Wars: The Force Awakens At El Capitan

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Lucasfilm “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” December 18, 2015 through February 7, 2016. Before the movie, El Capitan guests will be treated to an all-new Laser Lightsaber Curtain Show and can explore El Capitan’s exclusive display of costumes and props from the movie.

22. The Rink In Downtown Burbank

Downtown Burbank’s most festive holiday tradition returns for outdoor ice skating and festive events. The Rink in Downtown Burbank will run from December 10, 2015 through January 3, 2016.

23. Barton G Debuts New Cider House Veal Chop For Winter

From now through the New Year, whimsical dining destination Barton G. LA will be serving a 14 oz. Cider House Veal Chop winter special ($56) served with apple-sage chutney, savory apple fritters, baby brussels sprouts, and cinnamon cider honey presented in a rustic display that includes wooden apple boxes and a cider vase.

Sunday December 27th, 2015

24. Indulge: L.A. A Chocolate & Pastry Festival

The world’s best chocolatiers, pastry chefs, and confectioners will be at Indulge: L.A., a chocolate & pastry festival. Basically its a all-you-can-consume food fest featuring everything from chocolate truffles, pastries to cakes pair with the worlds top champagnes, wines, and fine spirits.

25. The Greatest Cartoons Ever

The fifth annual Greatest Cartoons Ever! presented by the Alex Film Society showcases the very best animated shorts of the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and beyond including classics featuring Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck Popeye, and more! Grab discount tickets to Sunday evening’s screening via our friends at Goldstar.

26. Run + Yoga + Beer

Every Sunday Angel City Brewery invites wellness beer enthusiast to a quick 2-mile run around downtown, then a Vinyasa flow class and after, a beer. $10 starts at 9:30am.

27. LA Zoo Lights

The LA Zoo will once again be transformed into a fantastical wonderland where glowing light animals roam the lands. Check out decked-out animal-themed LED lights, lasers, 3D projections, and spectacular new water, light and music displays. Enjoy holiday treats and goodies, all under the stars. Real reindeers will also be on display down at Reindeer Romp Village and Santa (on select dates) will even make a few stops at the beloved zoo during the holiday. Happening seven days a week! For more information and discount tickets check out Goldstar.

28. The Hateful Eight Costumes & The Autry

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Quentin Tarantino is a master in elaborate costumes and his latest film, The Hateful Eight, is no exception. Costumes from the film will be on view in the Imagination Gallery of The Autry starting this Sunday. Designed by Courtney Hoffman and on loan from Cine-Manic Productions, Inc., the display features costumes worn by Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

29. Month-Long Public Art Exhibition Takes Over Billboards Across Los Angeles

The Billboard Creative will place 33 contemporary artists’ works on billboards across Los Angeles displayed at major intersections throughout the city. The first billboard display will go up on December 1 with plans to have all the rest installed by December 7. The works will be up for one month only.

30. LA Kings Holiday Ice At L.A. LIVE

Enjoy outdoor ice skating at L.A. LIVE! The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to L.A. LIVE’s Microsoft Square. The rink will run through December 31, 2015.

31. Pay What You Can Day At Craft And Folk Art Museum

Every Sunday it’s pay what you can day at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

32. Free Day At Museum of Latin American Art

The Museum of Latin American Art has free admission every Sunday!


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