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What to Do in LA In December – The LA Girl

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.

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, bespoke gift wrapping and embroidery, a kids’ play area, photo opps in a Parachute sleigh bed, a 12ft tall giving tree, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 MyTheresa.com 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Santa’s Circus

December 10th, 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. Get your tickets here.

Breakfast with Santa

December 16th, 9am-2pm

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

Have an enchanting holiday feast with Santa at Pasea Hotel & Spa. Start the morning with a delicious breakfast spread featuring holiday treats. Then, take photos with Santa, create festive arts and crafts, and so many more fun holiday surprises. This magical morning is perfect for the whole family so make sure to get 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.

Rooftop Cinema Club x Level Hotels

Now-December 17th

Location: Level Hotel, 888 South Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Have the perfect downtown date night and staycation at Level Hotel 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.

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 Winder Wonderland NYE Ball at Viceroy Santa Monica

December 31st, 8pm-2am

Location: Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Avenue, 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, part 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.

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