Los Angeles Event Spotlight: December 2015

Festival of Carols at Walt Disney Concert Hall | Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Master Chorale

Kick off the holiday season in the City of Angels! From festive concerts to exciting sporting events, get ready to experience all Los Angeles has to offer...

Los Angeles Clippers v Indiana Pacers (Dec. 2, 2015)

Catch the Los Angeles Clippers take on the Indiana Pacers at the world-famous STAPLES Center. The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. and if you're looking for accomodations after the game, the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live is just around the corner! For the full Clippers schedule, click here.

CraftNight: Paper Wreaths with Mark Montano (Dec. 3, 215)

Make your own paper holiday wreath! Designer and television personality Mark Montano will host a night of paper, pattern and holiday color for this special December CraftNight. Project demonstrations will be at 7 and 7:30 p.m. at the Craft and Folk Art Museum. This festive event is free for CAFAM members and $8 for non-members. Entrance fee includes materials, snacks and drinks. Buy your tickets here.

Ski Dazzle Expo Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of Ski Dazzle, Facebook

Ski Dazzle (Dec. 4-6, 2015)

Ski Dazzle is the nation’s largest annual consumer ski and snowboard show and sale. Taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, this family-friendly event feature exhibitors, show specials, season pass and lift ticket packages, and entertainment. Snow-sports enthusiasts can find boards, skis and other gear, along with winter cooking demos, free climbing wall speed contests, and much more. Get ready to hit the slopes and get your tickets here.

The Los Angeles Ballet Presents The Nutcracker. Photo by Reed Hutchinson

The Nutcracker (Dec. 5 - 27, 2015)

The Los Angeles Ballet presents family favorite The Nutcracker at venues such as The Alex Theatre, Dolby Theatre, Royce Hall and more. Join Clara, her Uncle Drosselmeyer and her beloved Nutcracker as she travels to the Land of Snow, and to the Palace of the Dolls where all of her favorite doll companions come to life. Attendees can enjoy original choreography by Thordal Christensen & Colleen Neary and music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Learn more here.

Festival of Carols at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Festival of Carols (Dec. 5 & 12, 2015)

Get in the holiday spirit at Walt Disney Concert Hall with your favorite carols sung by one of the greatest choirs in the world! Sprinkled with new arrangements and traditional songs of the season, the Festival of Carols is an L.A. tradition guaranteed to put you in the mood to decorate the tree! Attendees can hear the lobbies filled with the glorious sound of carols played by a professional brass quintet before the show and Santa will be available to meet with kids of all ages after the performance. But don’t forget, he knows if you’ve been naughty or nice! Please note that children under 6 will not be admitted. Learn about more holiday events at the Music Center.

Photo courtesy of STAPLES Center

Disney On Ice presents Frozen (Dec. 9 - 14, 2015)

Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen at the world-famous STAPLES Center. The heartwarming Academy Award®-winning film is now LIVE and skating into your town with dazzling special effects, astonishing skating, and inspiring songs like “Let It Go.” Join Anna and Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all, with special guest appearances by beloved Disney Princesses and favorite Disney characters. This unforgettable celebration of love and friendship will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime. Get your tickets here.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Dec. 10, 2015)

The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is a self-guided tour that started in 2004 and has flourished during the Downtown L.A. renaissance. Art Walk 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 attend each monthly event. Learn more here.

Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday Celebration (Dec. 12, 2015)

On what would be Ol’ Blue Eyes’ actual 100th birthday, The Saban is pleased to welcome Frank Sinatra, Jr., performing the songs of his father. It’s a multimedia centennial celebration, and fitting tribute to one of the world’s most beloved entertainers.  When you think of Sinatra, you think of the greatest music ever performed.  Frank, Jr. will be backed by a full orchestra that is as fine as any group of its kind, past or present! Get your tickets here.

Photo courtesy of SANTA Moncia Pub Crawl

The 7th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl (Dec. 12, 2015)

The 7th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl will take place on Dec. 12, 2015 at 5 p.m. throughout Santa Monica at the city’s best bars and restaurants. Crawlers sign up online, choose their favorite SANTA route and pay a $12 donation/entrance fee. All SMPC participants are asked to dress in Santa/Holiday attire, either individually or in teams, so that the streets of Santa Monica will be filled with merry cheer, such as: Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves, Reindeer, Carolers and Santa's Helpers. The Pub Crawl will include bars on Wilshire Boulevard, the historic Santa Monica Pier and Main Street. A generous portion of all proceeds benefit the Westside Food Bank to feed the less fortunate over the holidays. Last year's event raised over $20,000 - enough for 100,000 meals! Get your tickets here and if you're looking for a relaxing hotel stay after your wildy festive night, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has got you covered.

Photo courtesy of Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

Marina del Rey’s Annual Holiday Boat Parade (Dec. 12, 2015)

The annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade is an event rich in history and tradition. Since its first sailing in 1963, the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade has attracted thousands to view the festively decorated boats competing for awards. This year’s parade will kick off with a short fireworks show at 5:55 p.m. to signal the start of the event and is free to the public. This year’s Grand Marshall is none other than TV Legend Florence Henderson. Come early and enjoy food trucks, music and even snow at the Burton Chace Park. There's plenty more to enjoy in Marina del Rey! Make a weekend out of your visit and stay at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton.

Union Station Art & Architecture Tour (Dec. 13, 2015)

Led by trained Metro Art Docents, the Union Station Art & Architecture Tour covers historic Union Station art, architecture and spaces not generally open to the public, including the Historic Ticketing Hall and former Fred Harvey restaurant. Additionally, the tours will explore artworks located in the Gold Line Portal, Union Station East and inside the Metro Gateway Headquarters Building. Tours are free. Reservations are not required. Meet at the information booth inside the Alameda Street entrance to historic Union Station. Learn more here.

Holiday Open House: Festive & Fashionable (Dec. 19, 215)

Adorn yourself with your favorite accessories and head to the Pasadena Museum of History for a fashionable and free community Holiday Open House with complimentary hot chocolate courtesy of Caffe D’Amore and live holiday music by the Ad Hoc Consort. Release your own creativity as you make clay ornaments inspired by changing fashions at an Art2Go workshop – fun for all ages! View the Fabulous Fashion exhibition and the Edwardian holiday decorations in the Fenyes Mansion and tour the Finnish Folk Art Museum. All are invited to be a Member-for-the-Day with free admission and a 20% discount in the Museum Store, where Pasadena favorites will be available for purchase to delight your friends and family this holiday season. Learn more here.

Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder (Dec. 23, 2015)

The Los Angeles Lakers faceoff against the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 23, 2015 at STAPLES Center. For the full Lakers season schedule, click here.