As the holiday season fast approaches and fall is in full swing, there is so much to do this November. Here’s our list of LA Girl approved activities to welcome our favorite time of the year.
Christmas in LA:
Descanso Gardens: Enchanted Forest of Light
November 19th-January 7th, 5:30-10pm
Location: 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Enjoy this shimmering spectacular nighttime experience. Enchanted Forest of Light features a one-mile walk through unique festive lighting displays. Popular displays include a town of stained glass, geometric installations, and flower art. The route is also wheelchair and stroller accessible, so this is the perfect family activity. Buy tickets here.
Ice at Santa Monica
Open November 1st-January 15th.
Location: Corner of Arizona Ave and Fifth Street in Downtown Santa Monica
Just because we live in Southern California doesn’t mean we can’t experience the winter holiday festivities. The winter wonderland is back in the heart of Santa Monica with the seasonal ice skating rink. With themed nights, live music, and plenty of festive decorations, its safe to say this coastal ice rink is the perfect way to welcome winter. The first-come first-serve grand opening event on November 9th (from 5- -8pm) features free admission, ice skating lessons, a live DJ, and magical on-ice entertainers. If you can’t make the event, no worries; the rink is open daily November 1st through January 15th. Hours are 11:30am-9:30pm on Sundays through Thursdays and 11:30am-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. More details here.
Holly Jolly Holiday Bar
November 12th-December 30th
Location: 603 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood
If you’re looking for delicious holiday cocktails, you’re in luck! This festive spot features cocktails, bites, and holiday music and entertainment to get into the spirit of the season. Plus, with holiday lights, ornaments, and tinsel, there are so many photo opportunities. The bar is open from November 12th to December 30th from 6-10pm. Each ticket includes a 90 minute reservation and a free drink, with additional food and drink available for purchase. This is the perfect spot to celebrate the holiday spirit with friends. More info here.
Teremana Tequila’s Mana Holiday House Pop-Up
November 30th-December 1st
Location: 1024 Lexington Rd, Beverly Hills
Join Teremana Tequilla and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for this free holiday popup. Enjoy delicious Teremana holiday cocktails and light bites to start the night. Plus, participate in cocktail making sessions and so many more fun surprises like a behind the scenes look at the tequila making process. Reserve your free spot here.
Prime Video + Grubhub “Christmas Delivered by Candy Cane Lane” Contest
November 20th- November 22nd
Win something cool just by ordering in…yeah we’re sold. Grubhub has teamed up with Prime Video to give one lucky user a chance to win a holiday home transformation with decorations, lights and all just like its new film Candy Cane Lane (out December 1st) starring Eddie Murphy and Tracee Ellis Ross. It’s about a family competing to win their neighborhood’s Christmas decorating contest. So use the Grubhub app and enter for your chance to win on November 20th (a one day only type deal), but through November 22nd, you can also order special edition Candy Cane Lane Funny Face Bakery cookies. Not bad for eating takeout.
Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Ceremony
November 16th, 5pm-8pm
Location: Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
Join the City of Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive Committee for a festive holiday celebration. Experience magical light displays throughout the city of Beverly Hills. Plus, enjoy special live entertainment, including a performance by Emmy-award winning singer and actor Sheryl Lee Ralph. Finally, end the night with a dazzling fireworks show. More details.
Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas One and All”
November 17th 7:30pm and November 19th 7pm
Location: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles
It’s not the Holiday season without Mariah Carey. The “All I Want for Christmas is You” singer is going on a Christmas tour with a stop in LA. Sing and dance to your holiday favorites and get in the festive mood. This concert is sure to be the perfect start to your holiday season. Purchase tickets here.
Holiday in the Park Los Angeles
November 17th, 5pm-9pm
Location: Magnolia Park, West Magnolia Blvd, Burbank
This annual event is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. Support small businesses by shopping from over 100 food vendors, artisans, and local organizations who will be present. Plus, enjoy live music and dance performances as well as a classic car exhibit. Plus, this is the perfect family friendly event with crafts, a bounce house, and Santa photos for the little ones. The best part? This event is free to the public! More details here.
Burbank Winter Wine Walk
November 18th, 12pm-8pm
Location: San Fernando Blvd, Burbank
If you want a magical day in Burbank, this wine walk is perfect for you. Start the afternoon with a FREE vendor fair and entertainment at 12pm. At 4pm, grab your walking shoes and wine glass for the wine walk. Every guest receives a tasting cup to walk through the various booths to sample wine and beer from local vendors. Plus, enjoy festive holiday lighting and live music as you sip and stroll. Buy tickets here.
Love Actually at the Wallis
November 22nd-December 30th, 7:30pm
Location: Bram Goldsmith Theater, 450 N Crescent Dr, Beverly Hills
Love Actually is our favorite holiday movie! This year, to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary, enjoy a live reenactment of this festive romance. Watch live scenes from the movie portrayed by all-star singers and a live orchestra. Plus, the film director Richard Curtis will donate all royalties from this live production to Comic Relief, a UK-based charity that fights poverty. You don’t want to miss this holiday classic. Get tickets here.
Los Angeles Ballet’s Annual Nutcracker Tea at Waldorf Astoria
November 18th-19th, 10am and 1:30pm
Location: Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 9850 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills
Join the Los Angeles Ballet and Waldorf Astoria Hotel to enter a magical winter wonderland. This high tea features all the holiday vibes and a special performance of excerpts of The Nutcracker. Plus, participate in festive crafts, mystery gifts, and dancing with Clara and her doll friends. And, don’t forget to shop for gifts at the Los Angeles Ballet Nutcracker Boutique and pose for a photo with Santa. Truly, this event has plenty of activities for guests of all ages. More info and ticketing here.
Holiday Road Immersive Experience
Select Dates November 24th-December 27
Location: King Gillette Ranch; 26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas
Back for the 4th year, Holiday Road is brighter and more enchanting than ever. Holiday Road includes larger-than-life holiday installations, thousands of Christmas lights, Santa and Mrs. Claus, new film activations and all the holiday cheer. You can expect an immersive mile-long walking trail, interactive photo moments, festive souvenir shop, premium holiday bars, top food trucks and more! Grab your tickets here.
Tinseltown Christmas Bar
November 24th-December 30th
Location: Pattern Bar, 100 W 9th St, Los Angeles
This Christmas themed speakeasy is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Enjoy fabulous holiday themed cocktails and mocktails at the holiday pop-up bar. Enjoy Santa’s elves, presents, festive tunes, and decorations that all come together to create a winter wonderful. Remember to bring two pieces of identification to enter the venue. But, don’t forget the little ones because there are also many family-friendly sessions for those under 21. Get tickets here.
Giving Tuesday Blood Drive w/ “Candy Cane Lane”
November 28th, 10am-4pm
Location: Culver Theater, 9500 Culver Blvd, Culver City
In celebration of Prime Video’s upcoming holiday comedy, Candy Cane Lane, Prime Video is teaming up with American Red Cross to celebrate Giving Tuesday with a blood drive at The Culver Theater. This isn’t your normal blood drive, they’re planning to deck the theater and transform it into a whimsical wonderland space featuring props and decorations from the movie, plus holiday activities. Reserve your spot here.
Barefoot Dreams Sample Sale
Location: 315 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles
Cozy gifts are perfect for the holiday season. Stock up for everyone on your list this year at the Barefoot Dreams sample sale in partnership with Eclipse. Shop super soft blankets, throws, pillows, robes, loungewear, apparel, and accessories at huge discounts. Plus, there are great gifts for the kids with licensed Disney products.
Shake Shack x Trolls Interactive Shack Experience
Location: West Hollywood Shack, 8520 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
Who doesn’t love movies and milkshakes? This interactive experience to celebrate the release of Trolls Band Together on November 17th features three Trolls characters from the movie. Plus, enjoy limited time Shake Shack milkshakes inspired by these characters: Poppy’s Sugar Cookie Shake, Viva’s Cinnamon Roll Shake, and Branch’s Chocolate Peppermint Shake. Along with these delicious treats, participate in toy giveaways, interactive jukeboxes, and a Hally Mobile Truck where guests can get Troll-inspired hair.
Location: Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach
You don’t want to miss out on this weekend of style, culture, and art. ComplexCon hosts today’s biggest brands, influential minds, and curates an immersive pop culture experience. Shop new drops and cool pop ups by brands like Adidas, Seventh Heaven, and Anti Social Social Club. Plus, listen to live music by Kid Cudi, Zack Bia, and more. Don’t forget to come hungry as the event features LA’s best food vendors with a range of specialties from burgers to matcha. All the details on this must-attend event here.
Freehand LA Weekly Jazz Nights
Every Wednesday night, 8pm-11pm
Location: 416 W 8th St, Los Angeles
Join Freehand LA and Supa Lowery Bros every Wednesday night at Ralph’s Bar an unforgettable jazz experience. The Supa Lowery Bros are comprised of trumpeter Christopher Lowery and drummer Wesley Lowery. Listen to jazz tunes and indulge in delicious $14 cocktails and bites. The best part? This event is free! Reserve your table here.
Astra Lumina: A Night Walk Amongst the Stars
November 9th-January 1st, Thursday-Sunday
Location: South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula
This night with the stars is one you don’t want to miss! Take a walk through the gorgeous botanical gardens and view s projections, music, and immersive experiences. Experience a celestial night and don’t forget to bring your camera for tons of cool photo opportunities. Plus, this walk is perfect for all ages, making it a great date night, family night, or ladies night. More info here.
Classic Cinema Night at Cinegrill Theater
November 14th, November 28th, December 5th, December 19th, December 27th, 7pm-9pm
Location: The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles
These cinema nights occurring throughout November and December are perfect for the movie buffs. Renowned Film Critic and Winemaker Jose Ignacio Cuenca is hosting this series to pay homage to classic film. Enjoy classic movies along with delicious wine from Little Boat Winery. Doors open at 6pm, followed by a movie introduction by Jose at 7pm, and then the movie screening at 7:15pm. And, enjoy a full menu for bites and drinks throughout the movie. Find ticketing and schedule details here.
Greylin Sample Sale
November 17th 8:30am – 4pm; November 18th 9am – 12pm
Location: 2812 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles
The brand Greylin is opening up their closet at their LA warehouse for a Holiday Sample Sale. Be ready to score and save on the brand’s past season favorites, archive pieces, special exclusives in sizes XS-XL. With tops, bottoms, sweaters, rompers, dresses, coats, faux furs, and more, there’s sure to be something for every LA Girl. Prices range from $15-$50 so get there early cause we don’t see these deals sticking around for long. There’s even free parking!
Lightscape at the LA Arboretum
November 17th-January 2nd
Location: Los Angeles Arboretum, 301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia
Take a magical winter walk at the annual Lightscape, reimagined for 2023. Located at the LA Arboretum, step into a magical nature wonderland. Experience holiday sights along the mile-long trail of lights that merges nature and art through various spectacular light displays. Plus, the fan favorite Magnificent Winter Cathedral returns as well! Grab a bite and drink along the way at food trucks and a full bar every night. PS—select Santa nights are perfect for the little ones. More info here.
LA Auto Show
November 17th-26th, 11am
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles
Calling all car enthusiasts! The annual LA auto show is one of the most influential auto shows globally. Come discover the latest international and domestic automobile trends, indoor and outdoor test drives, and so many more surprises. Get tickets here.
Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration for the Turkeys
November 18th, 12pm-4pm
Location: 5200 Escondido Canyon Rd, Acton
This celebration flips the script during Thanksgiving, choosing to honor the turkeys. Come experience delicious plant-based food, a virtual Feeding of the Turkeys Ceremony, a speaker presentation from Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown, and a book signing and presentation by sanctuary founder Gene Baur. Get ready to give turkeys a seat at the table, not on it. Find tickets here.
Turkey Trot Los Angeles
Location: City Hall, 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles
If you want to get an early start to your Thanksgiving morning, this annual Thanksgiving 5k or 10k is the perfect tradition. Plus, this race raises money for a great cause—Midnight Mission, an organization that aims to combat homelessness. Plus, don’t forget the little ones at the Widdle Wobble for kids 12 and under. More info here.
So Lets Shop
December 1st, 5pm-9pm
Location: SLS Beverly Hills Hotel, 465 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles
Get ready to shop at this luxe holiday and gift giving inspired event. Learn about your favorite fashion and beauty faves by attending panels on Beauty and Wellness, Fashion, Lifestyle, and Business/ Entrepreneurship. There will also be a fashion show, beauty lounge, brand activations, and lots of great photo ops! This is the perfect holiday shopping and girls day. More info here.
Oops, these events already passed! But, there is still so much more to do this November.
Grammy Salute to 50 Years of Hip-Hop
November 8th, 6pm
Location: Youtube Theater, 1011 Stadium Dr, Inglewood
Come experience a live star-studded hip hop experience with the return of The Fresh Prince himself – Will Smith – and DJ Jazzy Jeff. The duo is set to reunite at this tribute concert to the genre’s history and impact on culture. Watch performances by more artists like Queen Latifah, Rakim, Remi Ma, and so much more. The special will also air on December 10th on CBS and stream on Paramount+. Purchase your tickets here.
Exhibition 009: Under Pressure Opening
Opening Reception: November 3rd, 7pm-9pm; on view through December 23rd
Location: CONTROL Gallery, 434 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles
Beyond the Streets and Control Gallery are hosting an art exhibit to explore the power of airbrush. The show is curated by Mister CARTOON— the master of airbrush himself—and highlights 16 artists from a variety of age and experience backgrounds. This exhibit pays tribute to the history of airbrush and its evolution from graphic design to becoming an art form. Artists will be onsite for the opening night on November 3rd.
“The Wedding That Never Was,” A One Woman Show
November 4th, Show at 3pm & 4:30pm “Wedding Reception” Afterparty
Location: Theatre 68 Arts Complex- The Beckett, 5112 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood
Watch this hilarious account by Caitlin McDuff as she tells the story of her wedding that never happened—on the day the wedding was supposed to happen. Along with the hilarious plot line, she also reveals her heartwarming truths and lessons about relationships and self love. Wear your best “wedding attire” and get ready for a fun afternoon. Reserve rickets here.
UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital’s 24th Annual Party on the Pier
November 5th, 10am-2pm
Location: Pacific Park on Santa Monica Pier, 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
The 24th Annual Party on the Pier is a great way to enjoy a fun afternoon while supporting pediatric care. Located right on the Santa Monica Pier, this event features unlimited access to rides and carnival games with toys from Mattel Inc. Don’t forget to bring the whole family because there will also be a Play is the Way tent with crafts and activities for the kiddos. Finish off the afternoon with carnival treats and photo opportunities. Buy your tickets here.
Joico & Nikki Reed Beach Cleanup
November 8th, Beach Clean Up Start: 10am- 1pm
Location: Mother’s Beach, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey
Come celebrate the launch of Inner Joi, Joico‘s first ever vegan haircare collection with an exciting and healing event featuring actress and passionate environmental activist, Nikki Reed. Join Team Joico and a crew of volunteers and. hit the beach in Marina Del Rey for a clean-up effort that will benefit Heal the Bay, an environmental advocacy group committed to coastal protection. Our morning mission will be followed by a fun seaside picnic, where you’ll mingle with the Joico team, and learn all about the transformative, pro performance of Inner Joi, featuring 95% recovered and recycled Social Plastic®. To RSVP, email [email protected].
Italian Nights at Nerano
November 9th, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Location: Nerano, 9960 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills
Kick off the holiday season with a night of dinner, dancing, and drinks at LA’s hottest Italian restaurant. This dining experience includes a pre-fixed menu by executive chef Michelle Lisi and live music by Jose Garcia. Plus, enjoy a welcome glass of Prosecco, delicious wine pairings with dinner, and limoncello to end the night. Italian Nights is the perfect girls night, date night, or solo evening. Reserve tickets here.
Business Meets Fashion: Women’s Networking Happy Hour
November 9th, 7pm
Location: Fred Segal, 8500 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
Join Forward Female and Fred Segal for this fun and inspiring networking event. Learn how to take your business to the next level in an empowering and female focused environment. Hear from panelists Kristine Locker (founder and CEO of Want Locker) and Jenni Lee (fashion stylist for female entrepreneurs). Join a special networking event to learn from powerful industry leaders. RSVP is free, but VIP tickets get you access to Forward Female’s Digital Business Planner and a VIP gift bag you won’t want to miss. Get your tickets here.
Wine+Art Cultural and Culinary Benefit for Youth in Foster Care
November 11th, 6pm
Location: Inner-City Arts/DTLA, 720 Kohler St, Los Angeles
This event hosted by Court Appointed Special Advocates of Los Angeles (CASA) features artwork, cuisine, and craft spirits to support the youth. CASA is a nonprofit that provides resources and support for children in foster care. This benefit is the perfect way to support the organization and help CASA provide even more resources to youth in need. Get ready for live music, an art auction, live artist demonstrations, stories from CASA volunteers, and interactive exhibits. Tickets can be purchased here.
Beyond the Streets 1-Day Archive Sale
November 11th, 11am-6pm
Location: Beyond the Streets, 434 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles
Calling all art lovers and pop enthusiasts! This one-day art sale for Roger Eastman’s Beyond the Streets is the perfect opportunity to shop for yourself or for a gift your loved ones this holiday season. The popup features clothing, zines, collectibles, original artwork, and other collectibles from Beyond the Streets and Eastman’s personal collection. Don’t miss out on these cool items!
Love Island Games Live Watch Party
November 15th, 7pm-10pm
Location: The Den on Sunset, 8226 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
Come hang out with your favorite Love Islanders at this exclusive watch party hosted by Peacock. Love Island Games brings together contestants from Love Island across the globe and premiers on November 1st. This fabulous watch party features free drinks, bites, prizes, games, and villa vibe photo ops. Entry is free but space is limited, so RSVP now here.
LA3C Music and Food Festival
Location: Theatre at the Ace Hotel, Los Angeles Theater, Orpheum Theater, Palace Theater, and surrounding lots
Dive into LA’s best music, food, drink, and film at this two-day music and food festival. Experience the best snacks curated by BIITE Club. Then shop at the vendor village, experience jazz on the Ace Hotel rooftop, and attend the record fair. There will be music performances all weekend with some amazing artists including Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, and Flying Lotus. Finally, end the weekend with the Sunday Block Party. Don’t miss out on this event that highlights LA’s best cultural influences. More info here.
LA Burning Man Decom Festival
Location: 417 E 15th St, Los Angeles
This festival is a must-attend for all art and music lovers. Located in the Arts District, this event includes dancing, an LED room, curated art, 2 bars, and live performances. Plus, don’t miss out on the after party at 10pm! More information coming soon; buy tickets here.
Location: Nya Studios, 1541 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles
If you love all things pop culture, Vulture festival is a must! Curated by the editors of Vulture, this event includes live panels by creators and celebrities, discussing books, musicals, comedy, television, and so much more. Hear from talent like Henry Winkler, Billy Porter, Josie Totah, and Sharon Stone. Plus, take a break from the panels and enjoy music, activities, and photo ops at the post-event hangout space. Buy tickets here.
November 12th, 10am-1pm
Location: 12476 W Jefferson Blvd, Playa Vista
This fitness event is the perfect way to get active on a Sunday morning. Start the day with a 45-minute guided yoga class by instructor Angela Kukhan. Then, participate in a 25 minute Soundbath meditation hosted by Equinox. Finally, recover with ice baths, stretches, massages facials, and so much more. Tickets are selling fast, so reserve yours here.