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Saturday, December 13

Tuesday, December 16

Las Posadas (OPENING NIGHT)

Olvera Street

845 N. Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

5:30pm

The Las Posadas celebration commemorates the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem and their search for shelter in preparation for to Jesus’ birth.  
 
Las Posadas has been played out in Mexico for centuries.  The tradition goes back to 1538, when Jesuit priests came to New Spain to convert the natives to Roman Catholicism. At the time, the natives celebrated a nine day feast honoring the coming of an Aztec sun god. The missionaries used the nine-day framework and adapted it to Christianity. The tradition has thrived for nearly six centuries in Mexico and throughout Latin American.


On Olvera Street, Las Posadas is one of Los Angeles’ oldest Christmas events.  “Seasonal entertainment” commences nightly at 5:30pm, and will be played out for nine nights by the Olvera Street Merchants, from December 16 through Christmas Eve.  The event will feature a candlelight procession starting at the historic Avila Adobe at approximately 7pm.  The leaders of the march, usually children, will be dressed as shepherds, angels, and Mary and Joseph.  They will be followed by dozens of other worshipers.  The public is invited to join in or merely observe.
 
The procession will run up and down Olvera Street with the group singing songs in English and Spanish. They will make stops requesting lodging at designated points (“posadas,” or stores), but will be denied, usually in song.  Eventually they will be admitted, complimentary champurrado (a Mexican hot beverage) and pan dulce (sweet bread) will be served, and piñatas will burst.  

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Las Posadas

Olvera Street

845 N. Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

5:30pm to 10:00pm

The Las Posadas celebration commemorates the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem and their search for shelter in preparation for to Jesus’ birth.  
 
Las Posadas has been played out in Mexico for centuries.  The tradition goes back to 1538, when Jesuit priests came to New Spain to convert the natives to Roman Catholicism. At the time, the natives celebrated a nine day feast honoring the coming of an Aztec sun god. The missionaries used the nine-day framework and adapted it to Christianity. The tradition has thrived for nearly six centuries in Mexico and throughout Latin American.


On Olvera Street, Las Posadas is one of Los Angeles’ oldest Christmas events.  “Seasonal entertainment” commences nightly at 5:30pm, and will be played out for nine nights by the Olvera Street Merchants, from December 16 through Christmas Eve.  The event will feature a candlelight procession starting at the historic Avila Adobe at approximately 7pm.  The leaders of the march, usually children, will be dressed as shepherds, angels, and Mary and Joseph.  They will be followed by dozens of other worshipers.  The public is invited to join in or merely observe.
 
The procession will run up and down Olvera Street with the group singing songs in English and Spanish. They will make stops requesting lodging at designated points (“posadas,” or stores), but will be denied, usually in song.  Eventually they will be admitted, complimentary champurrado (a Mexican hot beverage) and pan dulce (sweet bread) will be served, and piñatas will burst.  

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Sunday, December 28

Tuesday, December 30

Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

9:00am

The Aquarium of the Pacific (formerly the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific) is an aquarium on a 5-acre site on Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, California, United States. It is situated across the water from the Long Beach Convention Center, Shoreline Village, and the Queen Mary Hotel and Attraction. Its mission is to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems.

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Wednesday, December 31

Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

1:00pm

Experience the progressive creativity of Moshe Safdie’s architecturein this tour of Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie, a career retrospective that uses scale models, films, photographs, and sketches to examine Safdie’s work from his amazing debut at Montreal’s 1967 Expo to his recent projects around the world.

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Thursday, January 1

San Pedro 1st Thursday Art Walk

Downtown San Pedro

6th Street & Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, CA

6:00pm

Since 1996, both locals and cruise-ship tourists from the nearby Port of Los Angeles have flocked to the area to experience San Pedro’s tight-knit artists’ community, impromptu street performances and conversation-worthy art — all classic ingredients for a great art walk. The tour's 30-odd participating galleries include contemporary and textile art.

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Thursday, January 8

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk

Downtown Los Angeles Historic Core

Sixth St. and Spring St., Los Angeles, CA

12:00pm to 9:00pm

(JAN. 8) This self-guided tour, which started in 2004 and has flourished as much of Downtown has cleaned up, encompasses more than 40 galleries and museums spread throughout the area's many sub-districts, including Bunker Hill, Little Tokyo and Gallery Row on Main and Spring Streets in the Historic Core. About 10,000 visitors regularly take the tour.

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Saturday, January 10

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