The Top 5 Things to Do in LA This Weekend

Dec. 8-10, 2023

LAFC MLS Cup 2022
LAFC won their first MLS Cup in 2022 | Photo: LAFC

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Read on for the best things to do in LA this weekend.

LAFC vs Columbus Crew MLS Cup Final 2023
MLS Cup Final 2023 | Photo: MLS

LAFC Watch Parties (Dec. 9)

Defending Champions LAFC are back in the MLS Cup Final! Led by Dénis Bouanga, LAFC take on Eastern Conference champs Columbus Crew at Field on Saturday, December 9. Cheer for the Black & Gold with fellow fans at one of the many Watch Parties hosted by LAFC Bar Partners across the city. Kickoff is scheduled for 1pm Pacific.

Pickwick Vintage Show at ROW DTLA
Pickwick Vintage Show at ROW DTLA | Instagram: @pickwickvintage
Filipino Market & Holiday Celebration at Smorgasburg
Filipino Market & Holiday Celebration | Photo: Smorgasburg

ROW DTLA (Dec. 9-10)

ROW DTLA is the place to be this weekend, with three special events taking place on Saturday and Sunday, December 9-10.

LA Master Chorale presents Navidad Nuestra: December in the Americas
Navidad Nuestra: December in the Americas | Photo: LA Master Chorale

Navidad Nuestra: December in the Americas - WDCH (Dec. 10)

The Los Angeles Master Chorale presents Navidad Nuestra (Our Christmas), featuring a program of Christmas carols sung in the musical traditions of the composers’ homelands of Argentina, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Cuba and the United States.

Highlights include the world premiere of Ernesto Herrera's Navidad Iluviosa; Cristian Grases’ El tren para Belén (Train to Bethlehem); Eric Whitacre’s peaceful and uplifting Glow; and the rhythms of cueca (a traditional dance from Argentina and Chile), carnavalito (a Bolivian folk dance) and chacarera (a traditional dance from northwestern Argentina) in Ariel Ramírez’s Navidad Nuestra.

Hanukkah Festival at the Skirball Cultural Center
Hanukkah Festival | Photo: Mercie Ghimire, Skirball Cultural Center

Hanukkah Festival - Skirball Cultural Center (Dec. 10)

Gather with family and friends to make new memories at the Skirball Cultural Center's annual Hanukkah Festival! Beloved klezmer rockers Mostly Kosher return to headline this year’s event, while Skirball Storytellers bring the Hanukkah story to life with a theatrical performance featuring music and puppetry.

Between performances, take a spin in the Dreidel Lounge, grab a plate of latkes and jelly doughnuts, strike a pose in a holiday-themed photo booth, light up the night with a handcrafted torch-making activity, or join a storybook reading and dance lesson inspired by the game of dreidel. At sundown, experience a unique candle lighting that celebrates community and hope.

Broxton Nights at Westwood Village
Broxton Nights | Photo: Westwood Village

Broxton Nights: Snowy Holiday Market - Westwood (Dec. 9)

Broxton Nights is a monthly Night Market in the heart of Westwood Village. This month's edition features the Snowy Holiday Market, the perfect chance to get out and celebrate the holiday season with friends and family.

  • Holiday Vendor Marketplace
  • Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus
  • Photobooth
  • Hanukkah Menorah Lighting with Sinai Temple at 7:30pm
  • Westwood's first snowfall
  • Bounce House & Games
  • Crafting with Splatterz Studio
  • Live music by The Soundbox Truck
  • Food vendors and drink specials

Broxton Nights will take place from 5pm to 9pm on Saturday, December 9. Free admission, RSVP at Eventbrite. The first 100 guests will receive a $5 Market Bucks token to spend in the Vendor Marketplace.

Holiday Family Faire at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Holiday Family Faire | Photo: Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum

Holiday Family Faire - Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum (Dec. 9)

One of LA's most beloved outdoor venues, Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum is an enchanting hidden gem in Topanga Canyon.

On Saturday, December 9, the Theatricum is hosting the annual Holiday Family Faire from 11am to 5pm. Highlights of the outdoor winter wonderland include:

  • Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Artisan Holiday Marketplace
  • Special performances
  • Festive food & drink
  • Caroling and Singing Madrigals
  • Winter Holiday Stories from a variety of traditions
  • Screening of The Muppet Christmas Carol (additional ticket add-on)
Debbie Allen's Hot Chocolate Nutcracker
Debbie Allen's Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

Debbie Allen's Hot Chocolate Nutcracker (Dec. 8-10)

The Debbie Allen Dance Academy, in association with the Annenberg Foundation and the Rhimes Family Foundation, presents Debbie Allen's Hot Chocolate Nutcracker at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

Debbie Allen has taken the beloved ballet classic and given it fresh context with lively characters, new music by industry legends, diverse choreography, spectacular aerial arts and state-of-the-art projection to create an immersive, vibrant and memorable theater experience for all ages.

Long Beach International Tamales Festival 2023
Long Beach International Tamales Festival

Long Beach International Tamales Festival (Dec. 9)

Presented in collaboration with KCRW, the Long Beach International Tamales Festival is taking place at Long Beach City College on Saturday, December 9 from 1pm to 9pm. Hosted by Vivian Fabiola and featuring KCRW DJ Raul Campos, the all-day holiday fair features tamales from different regions of Latin America, Latin inspired dishes, drinks, tequila tastings, live music, art workshops for kids, live performances, best homemade tamales contest, shopping and more.

General Admission tickets start at $20 per person, with options for GA + Tequila Tasting and VIP.

Hollywood Bowl fireworks
Photo: Hollywood Bowl

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