Christmas activities 2013: Holiday events in Los Angeles

Your guide to the best Christmas activities and holiday activities in 2013, from festive concerts to seasonal shopping across Los Angeles.

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Dickens Holiday Celebration

  • Price band: 2/4

The Printing Museum gets into the holiday spirit with The Dickens Holiday Celebration. The two-day event includes an interactive performance of A Christmas Carol, Christmas carols, a craft station to print your own Victorian Christmas cards and food inspired by the Dickens era.

  1. Printing Museum 315 Torrance Blvd
  2. Until Sun Dec 15
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Georgetown Cupcake Holiday Decorating Workshop

  • Price band: 3/4

Cupcakes are the new Christmas cookies at the sparkling new Georgetown Cupcake bakeshop. Get crafty at these tasty weekend workshops where you can frost, decorate and gift-wrap a dozen holiday-themed cupcakes to take home. Snack on mini cupcakes and holiday drinks while finding your inner cake artist during the two-hour cupcake decorating events. Start off by choosing your dozen from flavors like Rudolph red velvet, gingerbread, chocolate egg nog and more—and adorn them with festive hand-made fondant decorations. Give the 12 treats as stocking stuffers or just savor them yourself—we won't tell.

  1. Georgetown Cupcake 143 S Robertson Blvd
  2. Until Sun Dec 15
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The Music Center Holiday Sing-Along

  • Free

Sure, it's great to sing-along in the car to KOST 103's Christmas music, but nothing beats belting out "Jingle Bells" with a lively crowd. Head to the Music Center for their annual Holiday Sing-Along. The evening is free, but tickets are required and distributed on a first-come basis the day of the event, beginning at 6pm. Lyrics sheets are provided for you to join the crowd to sing such favorites as "The Christmas Song," "O Christmas Tree," "Silver Bells," "The Twelve Days of Christmas," "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" and more. It will hardly be a silent night.

  1. Music Center 135 N Grand Avenue
  2. Fri Dec 20
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Groundlings Holiday Show

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The legendary Hollywood improv theater that launched the careers of Will Ferrell, Lisa Kudrow and many more comedians is putting on two showings of their hilarious, live holiday show. It's a festive, holiday-themed night of sketches and improv. (And you might just witness the next Kristen Wiig.) The show runs approximately two hours long, including intermission.

  1. Groundlings Theatre 7307 Melrose Ave
  2. Until Sat Dec 21
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Reindeer Romp

  • Price band: 1/4

These aren't just any Arctic deer: Santa's reindeer are making a home at the LA Zoo this holiday season (except on Christmas, of course; they're busy). While those giant antlers will be around every day, you'll have to swing by on weekends untl Christmas for photos with Santa and holiday crafts. In addition, the animals will be getting their own enrichment presents to unwrap on the following schedule: gorillas (Sat 10:30am), tigers (Sat 3pm), African wild dogs (Sun 10:30am) and elephants (Sun 3pm).

  1. Los Angeles Zoo 5333 Zoo Drive
  2. Until Thu Jan 2
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Jingle Ball

  • Price band: 3/4

KIIS FM's annual holiday behemoth's lineup reads like a roll call of the station's 2013 playlist: Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Selena Gomez, Enrique Iglesias, Robin Thicke, Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony and Travie McCoy will all take over the Staples Center Dec. 6, with Ryan Seacrest and various celebrities hosting. The best seats will cost you a boatload, so another option is the free pre-show Jingle Ball Village from 3-7pm; Fifth Harmony, Bonnie McKee, New Politics and Travie McCoy will perform on Chick Hearn Court, followed by meet-and-greets with some fan favorites. Oh, there's also a ferris wheel.

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Fri Dec 6
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Bob's Holiday Office Party

  • Price band: 2/4

You complain about your holiday office party: weak egg nog, a $10 waffle iron from the white elephant gift exchange, Jill from accounting attempting to sing karaoke. Just be thankful you're not at Bob's Holiday Office Party. The play, which has been running since 1995, shares a look at Iowa-based insurance agent Bob Finhead as his friends and clients stop by for the annual party. Twin farmers, a stoner, a floozy and a pastor's wife are just some of the cast of characters that bring big-time laughs to the small-town setting as Bob struggles with fulfilling his dreams in the city as a professional inventor while grappling with leaving the charm of his small town. Bickering, fighting and drinking ensue. Well, some things might be familiar.

  1. Pico Playhouse 10508 West Pico Blvd
  2. Until Sun Dec 22
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Go Tell It on the Mountain: The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The Grammy-winning gospel group, The Blind Boys of Alabama, rings in the holiday season with a night of Christmas carols, hymns and pop standards at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

  1. Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S Grand Ave, between W 2nd & W 3rd Sts
  2. Until Tue Dec 10
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