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What to Do in LA In December

We’ve waited all year for December and it’s finally here! Get ready to enjoy lots of festive fun this month because even though we live in LA (where the weather in sunny and warm all year long), there are so many holiday spirit mood boosters to go around this lovely city. Here’s where we’ve chosen to spend our days and nights and where you’ll find us celebrating the holiday season.

Oh Polly Christmas Market

December 14th-17th

Location: online

Oh Polly is hosting a Christmas Market for 4 days only, you don’t want to miss it. Grab discounts on your favorite pieces from the new collections. You can also grab sale item from their sister brands Bo+Tee and Neena Swim.

Bubbles & Blooms Workshop and Brunch

December 16th, 12pm-3pm

Location: Studio 127, 5354 Denny Ave, North Hollywood

Flowers and brunch are the perfect Sunday morning combo. Start the day with a delicious brunch spread paired with delicious mimosas. And, create a beautiful holiday themed floral centerpiece during a guided flower arranging workshop. You will also be given your very own flower reading and learn about the meaning behind your beautiful blooms. Mark your calendar and buy tickets for this self care day here.

Rooftop Cinema Club x Level Hotels & Furnished Suites

Now-December 17th

Location: Level Hotels & Furnished Suites, 888 South Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Have the perfect downtown date night and staycation at Level Hotels & Furnished Suites  this December. Head to Level’s rooftop deck for a holiday movie screening with Rooftop Cinema Club. Treat yourself to fresh vegan popcorn, candy, soft drinks, and a fully stocked bar. Plus, you’ve got the option to end the night at one of Level’s beautiful furnished suites. Book a stay here.

Holidays on the Hill Festival

Now – December 17th

Location: Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City

Get ready to celebrate the holidays in the Hollywood Hills. This outdoor market-style festival features carnival games, activities, movies, entertainment, festive themed food & drinks, shopping, and more surprises to delight visitors of all ages! There’s different entertainment every day here. Check out the full listing here.

Santa’s Circus

Now – December 23rd, 6pm-9pm

Location: The Montalban Theater, 1615 Vine St, Hollywood

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Santa’s Circus, where holiday cheer meets extraordinary performances. This one-of-a-kind event promises a festive atmosphere, dazzling acts, and a chance to experience the wonder of the season like never before. Don’t miss out on this joyous celebration that features circus acts, complimentary family photos, and letter writing to Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Be sure to use code SCLAHOLIDAY20 at checkout for 20% off tickets and to direct a portion of your ticket purchase to a few of LA’s local charities like the Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood, Ryan Seacrest Foundation, The D’Addario Foundation/Immersive Music Challenge, and the Los Angeles City College Guardian Scholars Program. Get your tickets here.

Deck the Hall: Holiday Concerts

December 13th – December 31st

Location: Walt Disney Hall Concert, 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles

Start the caroling early this year. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is hosting holiday themed concerts and sing-alongs. With themes from your faves like Home Alone and all of the holiday classics, this is the perfect way to enjoy a fun night with a festive backdrop.

Hotel Figueroa’s Sip, Stay, & Slay Holiday Market

December 1st-24th, Thursdays and Fridays 5-10pm and Saturdays 12-10pm

Location: Hotel Figueroa, 939 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles

This holiday market is tucked into the enchanting, festive lobby of Hotel Figueroa. Shop three local, women owned business and find something for everyone on your lists. The market includes Simone the Label for socially conscious jewelry, LA F.E.M Candles for sustainable luxury candles, and Mona Rosa LA Floral Design for handcrafted floral arrangements. Elevate the experience even more with a night stay at Hotel Figueroa. More details here.

My Theresa x Flamingo Estate Holiday House

December 1st-23rd, 11am-6pm

Location: 5634 North Figueroa Street⁠, Los Angeles

This is a luxe holiday experience like never before. Join ad Flamingo Estate for this delicious pop-up: a luxurious gingerbread home filled with your favorite My Theresa styles reimagined as life-size gingerbread cookies.  Visit and enjoy the delicious bakery treats that are shaped like the fashionable looks. But you’ll have to register to go, so do it here.

Tinseltown: Christmas Speakeasy

December 1st-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 your 21+ I.D. Get tickets here.

Holly Jolly Holiday Bar at EP & LP

Now until 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 held at Melrose’s E.P & L.P 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 now through 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.

“Love Actually” LIVE!

Now until December 30th, 7:30pm

Location: The Wallis, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90210

LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE, the critically acclaimed theatrical experience, makes a triumphant return to commemorate the film’s 20th anniversary. Of course you’ll see iconic scenes from the film which will be displayed on screens alongside all-star singers and a live orchestra. Grab tickets here.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Now until January 14th, 9am-7:30pm

Location: 1345 N. Montebello Boulevard, Los Angeles

Step into a magical art world with this interactive experience. Explore Van Gogh’s life, art, and secrets through this 360 degree light and sound show using VR technology. This event is perfect for art and history lovers alike. Plus, it’s full of super cute photo opps. Grab your tickets here.

100 Carats: Icons of the Gem World

December 8th-April 21st

Location: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Get ready to be dazzled this winter. The Natural History Museum of LA will feature over two dozen gems, including the historic Jonker I Diamond. The showcase, curated in collaboration with Robert Procop Exceptional Jewels, offers a rare opportunity to witness gems weighing over 100 carats each. Explore the geological marvels of Earth’s history, from colossal emeralds to vibrant sapphires, and experience the brilliance of these extraordinary gems. More info here.

Holly Jolly Singalong Piano Bar

Now until December 28th.

Location: Three Clubs: 1123 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Step into a winter wonderland of music and merriment at the Holly Jolly Piano Bar Singalong presented by Bucket Listers. If you’ve ever dreamed of celebrating the holiday season in a cozy, festive atmosphere where you can sing along to your favorite traditional and pop holiday songs, this event is a must for your bucket list. You’ll also get 1 themed cocktail or cocktail included with your ticket. FYI this is for 21+.  Grab tickets here.

Holiday’s at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

December 22nd-30th

Location: 3400 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA

Step into a cinematic holiday world when you take the iconic Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood from Dec. 12th-30th.  The studio tour presents enchanting holiday photo opportunities, capturing moments of joy amid iconic sets like the Gazebo of Gilmore Girls and the cozy ambiance of Luke’s Diner. Guests will be transported into the magic of their favorite holiday movies and TV shows by viewing and exploring holiday-themed costumes from Jack Frost Snowman from Jack Frost and the Papa Elf costume from Elf. The famous Holiday Armadillo costume worn by David Schwimmer as Ross Geller in Friends is also on display in the Friends Boutique. End the tour with some holiday shopping of gifts and collectibles from your favorite shows and movies. Book tickets here.

Candlelight Santa Monica: Christmas Movie Soundtracks

December 22nd, 6:30pm and 9:30pm

Location: Historic Women’s Club, 1210 4th St, Santa Monica

This live music experience is perfect for all the holiday music lovers. Listen to all of your favorite Christmas soundtracks performed by an orchestra in a festive candlelight setting. The lineup includes Let It Snow, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells, White Christmas, and so many more. End the night with an amazing photo keepsake taken by photographers at the event. Get tickets here.

**New Year’s in LA**

NYE Party at La Boheme

December 31st, 9pm-2am

Location: 8400 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood

Dance the night away at La Boheme this New Year’s Eve. Dance with headliner Diablo and DJ Loren Albritton all night. And, enjoy champagne and a midnight countdown to end the night. This event is 21+ and General Admission Tickets start at $65. Hurry and buy your tickets here.

New Year’s Day Brunch at 1212 Santa Monica

January 1st, 11am-3pm

Location: 1212 Santa Monica: 1212 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica

This lively brunch is the perfect way to start your new year. Enjoy delicious entree like eggs, pancakes, and pasta paired with bottomless mimosas. Plus, enjoy live music from DJ Blacksheep and dance the morning away. Slots are for 1.5 hours and vary in price based on table size. Buy tickets here.

Universal EVE New Year’s Party

December 31st, 9pm

Location: Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City

Get ready to welcome 2024 in style at Universal Studios Hollywood’s celebration.Guests can kick off the festivities with a full day of theme park fun before transitioning to a park-wide celebration starting at 9pm. Multiple dance locations with eclectic music, a captivating fireworks display, and a special midnight countdown make EVE the ultimate way to usher in the new year. With extended hours until 2am, the celebration also includes winter snowfall, confetti, and unique photo opportunities, creating unforgettable moments. And, enjoy bites and a full bar. Buy tickets here.

Kiss Me After Midnight New Year’s Celebration

December 31st, 8pm-1am

Location: Shade Hotel, 655 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach

Ring in the New Year in style at this fabulous waterfront New Year’s celebration at Shade Hotel. Put on your best cocktail attire to start the night with a red carpet arrival. Then, enjoy welcome cocktails, live music, casino tables, light bites, and so much more as you dance the night away. Finally, end the night with a midnight countdown and champagne toast. If you want to elevate your experience even more, be sure to book a dinner at Sea Level prior to the celebration or book a room at Shade Hotel to spend the night in seaside luxury. Buy tickets here.

Westside Winter Wonderland NYE Ball at Mon Ami

December 31st, 8pm-2am

Location: Mon Ami, 1541 Ocean Ave. Suite #150150, Santa Monica

Celebrate the New Year with glitz and glam at this winter wonderland party. Enjoy special cocktails, a poolside patio, two DJs with live music, and an indoor and outdoor dance floor. Plus, enjoy Photo Booth, party favors, and multiple bars. End the night in style with a New Year’s champagne toast. Tickets on sale here.

New Year’s Eve at SLS Beverly Hills

December 31st, 9pm-2am

Location: SLS Hotel, 465 South La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills

Take a page out of the 1920s at this Gatsby themed New Years extravaganza. Pull out your best cocktail attire from fabulous dresses to formal suite to dance the night away. The event features 6 DJs with a variety of music like EDM, hip hop, pop, and more. And, enjoy light bites and a premium open bar all night before a midnight champagne toast. Buy tickets here.

BONUS! Ice Skating in LA

Ice skating is one of the best activities to get in the holiday mood! But, the warm and sunny LA weather doesn’t mean we can’t join the fun. Here are our favorite places to go ice skating in LA this holiday season.

**Past Events**

European Style Holiday Market

December 2nd, 10am-8pm & December 3rd, 10am-7pm

Location:  3525 Eastham Drive, Culver City

Parachute – the luxe bedding company – is hosting an over-the-top, outdoor holiday market in Culver City for the very first time. The “ski” chalet inspired winter wonderland is the perfect place to do all your holiday shopping. There will be over 40 brands there, like Beyond Yoga, OSEA, Sézane, ILIA, Our Place, and The Great, to shop from plus a hot cocoa shack, cocktails and drinks from Delola, gift wrapping and embroidery, photo opps in a Parachute sleigh bed, marshmallow roasting under cozy twinkle lights, and yes- there will be snow! The cherry on top? All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Baby2Baby. More details & tickets here.

National Cookie Day at Levain Bakery

December 4th, 7am-11pm

Location: Levain Bakery, 227 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles

Indulge your sweet tooth this National Cookie Day. Join Stasher, the leading reusable bag brand and Levain Bakery in Larchmont Village. With any purchase of a 4-pack or more of delicious cookies, receive a FREE Stasher sandwich bag to keep your holiday treats fresh. Don’t miss out on this sweet deal to celebrate the day of cookies.

Teremana’s Mana Holiday House

November 30th-December 1st

Location: 1024 Lexington Rd, Beverly Hills

Teremana Tequila & Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson‘s are inviting fans  to “Share the Mana” with them and come together at the Mana Holiday House, a 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. Spots are limited so reserve your free spot now.

Greylin x Adelyn Rae Holiday Market

December 2nd, 10am-2pm

Location: 2812 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles

Join fashion brands Greylin & Adelyn Rae for their first ever Holiday Market.  Shop the new holiday collection  (at a major discount) plus the market will feature local woman-owned vendors like Marida, Casa Petalos, and Incellderm. You can also join in on a wreath making course and sign-up for a free guided facial. This market is the perfect place to get your holiday shopping done. More details here.

Unique Markets Holiday Market

December 2nd-3rd, 10am-4pm

Location: California Market Center, 110 E 9th St, Los Angeles

Shop 160 Los Angeles based small business at this festive holiday market. Browse brands like PRISM bags, Erin R Wolf art, Untamed Naturals, and so many more. From clothing to jewelry to beauty to gourmet treats, shop everything on your holiday list this year. Plus, take a break from shopping with free drinks, DIY crafts and projects, and a family fun zone for the kids. Tickets are sold at the door and online here.

2nd & PCH Movies & Moonlight: Polar Express

December 1st, 6pm-8pm

Location: 6400 Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach

Watch this holiday favorite movie at this outdoor showing in partnership with One Medical. The movie begins at sunset and is a FREE event. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to spread out on the grass, and you’re welcome to bring your furry friends as well. Plus, enjoy free airbrush tattoos available on Seaport Way, perfect for the little ones. Reserve a spot here.

Holiday Wreath Workshop

December 2nd, 6:30pm-8pm

Location: Tac-Tile Mountain – 1353 N Hill Ave, Pasadena

Create your own holiday decor at this unique wreath making workshop at Tac-Tile Mountain. The ticket includes all materials to craft your wreath. Plus, enjoy light bites, refreshments, and festive holiday tunes. Space is limited, so buy tickets here.

Drip Thoughts Coffee Illustrations

December 2nd, 12pm

Location: The Ruby Fruit, 3510 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles

Join the Ruby Fruit and Nikki McCauley for an afternoon of coffee, delicious bites, and a guided coffee illustration experience. Tickets include food, beverage, and materials. The many features mini breakfast sandwiches, baklava, potato pancakes, Couplet coffee, and more. Such a fun event for those that love art and coffee, check out the details here.

Barefoot Dreams Shopping Event

December 3rd, 12pm-6pm

Location: Barefoot Dreams Flagship Store, 23401 Civic Center Way Suite 3D and 4A, Malibu

Our favorite Malibu-based brands Barefoot Dreams and Alphapals are hosting a shopping event to benefit  Operation Smile, which provides cleft-palate surgeries for children in need. This is the perfect event to shop for Barefoot Dreams holiday favorites,  make a positive impact on your community, and enjoy complimentary wine and small bites, giveaways, and more.

LA Times 101 Best Restaurants 2023 Launch Party

December 5th, 6:15pm-9:30pm

Location: Rolling Greens On Mateo, 1005 Mateo Street, Los Angeles

Experience the coolest culinary experience at this LA Times launch party. This restaurant list is curated by LA Times food critic and James Beard award winner Bill Anderson. The party features delicious bites, iconic wines, and chances to meet the biggest names in food. And, enjoy all inclusive food and drink from the best restaurants like Bestia, Republique, Spago, and so many more. Buy tickets here.

Upper Deck Golf at Dodger Stadium

December 6th-10th

Location: Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles

Book a tee time and have one super cool, once in a city lifetime, golfing experience inside Dodger Stadium. Upper Deck Golf is where you’ll be able to hit tee shots from the upper deck throughout the stadium, down to custom greens on the field below. Plus, receive special stadium access and a complimentary set of golf balls. And, access the Clubhouse Bar and participate in activities and golfing challenges. Tee times are limited, so buy tickets now.

James Perse Winter Sample Sale

December 8th-10th

Location: 4144 Glencoe Avenue, Marina del Rey

James Perse LA is opening up their closet in Marina del Rey for the ultimate sample sale. For one weekend only, be ready to holiday shop and save on the brand’s West Coast style staples. The Cali casual company is a celebrity favorite (Jennifer Aniston loves the classic white tees) and will have items on sale for women, men, home and furniture. Sign up for early access at 9AM on Friday here. FYI: the sale ends Sunday, December 10th at 5:00 pm. More info here.

Holiday Market at Shutters on the Beach

December 9th, 11am – 6pm

Location: Shutters in the Beach, 1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica

Stop by the annual Holiday Market at The Courtyard at Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica’s iconic beachside hotel. They will include celebrity-favorite Flour Shop,  to feature delicious holiday treats such as hot coco bombs and cake balls. You can also expect to shop goodies from Voyage et Cie and Sant and Abel. The hotel will be adding Flour Shop’s delicious cake balls to their dessert menu as an exclusive offering throughout the month and using the QR code on sight, you can order the treats to be sent straight to your house.

Warner Bros. Studio Store Limited-Time Shopping Deals

December 12th-13th, 8am – 7pm

Location: 3400 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA

In addition to holiday-themed tours, Warner Bros. Studio Store is having a limited-time shopping event for 2 days only. On these dates, you get 20% off everything in the store, including merch from your faves like Gilmore Girls, Friends, and Barbie. You can also get free personalization on any purchases to add a little something special to your gifts. Free parking is available for this event, so don’t miss out.

Winter Holiday Bazaar

December 9th, 12pm-6pm

Location: Gasolina Cafe, 21150 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills

Join Far Trade LA and Gasoline Cafe + Wine Bar for this exciting holiday shopping bazaar. Shop fair trade gifts made by a variety of artisan vendors for your entire holiday list. Plus, sip on cocktails and hot chocolate and enjoy jazz tunes if you take a break from shopping. The event will also feature a holiday ornament making class and henna artistry for the kids. More details here.

Cool Yule Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 7th, 6pm-8pm

Location: Pasea Hotel & Spa, 21080 CA-1, Huntington Beach

Celebrate the magic of the season at Pasea Hotel & Spa’s Yule Tree Lighting ceremony. Immerse yourself in a festive atmosphere with twinkling holiday lights and holiday joy right next to the ocean. Enjoy a performance by the Orange County Performing Arts Center holiday carolers and activities like a Santa visit, hot cocoa, and themed bites. Plus, shop at the local vendor village featuring Sunshine Girls Boutique, Mochioo Donuts, DAAS Permanent Jewelry, and Honey Mous Baklava. More details here.

100 Years of Style LA

December 8th-December 10th

Location: The Georgian, 1415 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica

Embark on a journey through fashion history as The Georgian Hotel teams up with style maven Cameron Silver to present “Decades” in Santa Monica. This exclusive weekend pop-up promises a curated selection of vintage and archival fashion curated by Decades’ visionary founder. From iconic Chanel and Dior pieces to the sustainable allure of female-founded brands like ReWeave and Angel Chang, you can immerse yourself in the fashion glamour of the past ten decades. More details here.

Chocolate Walk

December 9th, 2pm-5pm

Location: Shelton Park, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont

This delightful experience is perfect for families and chocolate lovers. Indulge in a tasty variety of chocolate delights and savory treats while exploring the charming Claremont Village. Plus, the Chocolate Walk supports the Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF) in its mission to enhance public education in Claremont through community engagement. Every ticket purchase contributes to CEF’s grants program, directing 100% of proceeds towards vital initiatives throughout the Claremont Unified School District. Buy tickets here.

Fairmont Mirimar’s Annual Meet Me Under the Fig Tree

December 10th, 2pm-5am

Location:  101 Wilshire Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90401

This beloved community event at the Farmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows is back. Meet Me Under the Fig Tree is a holiday event where families can play in the snow, take photos with Santa, and enjoy free food and drinks from FIG Restaurant. There will also be seasonal crafts, music, bounce houses, and activities for the whole family. The event is also partnering with Santa MoniCares to donate to Westside Food Bank and Chrysalis, so be sure to bring nonperishable food and gently worn clothes to donate. More details here.

Creative Communal Local Market

Location: 2nd & PCH  – 6400 Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach

December 10th, 11am-4pm

Support local vendors at this FREE family friendly event featuring 30+ local makers. The space also features kids entertainment, photo opps, and so many more. And, pets are welcome, so this is the perfect space to bring your furry friend. More details here.