December 2013 events calendar for Los Angeles
Plan your month with our December 2013 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, holiday festivals and our favorite concerts.
Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Downtown Center Business Improvement District
After endless, premature teases from retailers, the holidays are here for real and they've taken over our December 2013 events calendar. Dive into the spirit of giving with a stop at one of the best gift shops in LA, or channel your altruistic side with these volunteer opportunities. If you're not stuck showing your visiting relatives around town, maybe consider making an escape to one of our favorite weekend getaways. Whatever your plans are—even if you're feeling like a bit of a grinch—you'll find plenty of activities to take advantage of in our December 2013 events calendar.
Look out upon the twinkling lights of LA from the festively decorated Getty Center as it keeps its doors open late on Saturday nights. Sip on complimentary apple cider and scope out stained glass windows and illuminated manuscripts in the exhibit Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister—to celebrate, the restaurant at the museum is serving up a holiday, prix-fixe Canterbury-themed menu with steak, Yorkshire pudding and a warm apple crumble served with a glass of Ruby Port.
While Santa may still be working with his elves to load up his sleigh, you can relax and enjoy a pre-Christmas Eve celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Gather up your friends and family and go hear LA's biggest holiday show, which includes more than 20 choirs, music ensembles and dance troupes from all over the city. The free three-hour show offers such varied pieces as dances that celebrate the sunny weather during an LA winter, a choral presentation of a traditional Mexican Christmas song that blends the ancient Aztec language of Nahuatl with Spanish and acapella arrangements of holiday classics. Doors open at 2:30pm and guests are encouraged to come and go as they please throughout the show. Reservations and tickets are not necessary; parking at the Dorothy Chandler is also free. Those who still have last-minute holiday responsibilities to attend to can listen to a live stream of the concert at KCET.org.
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Beyoncé's global takeover continues with the extension of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, revisiting the Staples Center in early December. Queen Bey doesn’t hold back on the crowd-pleasing hits, elaborate costume changes or explosive special effects. Tickets for cheap seats vanished faster than you can say “Blue Ivy,” so be prepared to shell out if you want to see the pop goddess in the flesh.
Build a giant LEGO menorah and decorate a dreidel at the Original Farmers Market's Hanukkah celebration. Bring yours kids (or your inner child) out early for games, crafts and the musical "Chanukah Pajamikah" show. The menorah lighting kicks off just after sunset at 5pm.