Holiday events and Christmas activities in Los Angeles

Your guide to the best holiday events and activities, from Christmas carols and concerts to shopping, snow days and fun places to take guests from out of town.

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The Nutcracker photograph by Reed Hutchinson, courtesy Los Angeles Ballet; Christmas tree and Santa Claus photographs courtesy Malibu Country Mart

You won't find snow-covered trees and below-zero temperatures in LA, but there are still plenty of holiday events and Christmas activities to get you in the festive mood—even when it's 70 and sunny. From meeting Santa and his (real) reindeer in Malibu to singing Christmas carols and scooping up crafty gifts at holiday fairs—our list of  the city's best events and things to do this season will help make LA a winter wonderland all month long.


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West Third Holiday Street Party

The holidays are all about multi-tasking, so party while you shop at the West Third Street holiday celebration in Weho (7928-8478 W 3rd St). Shoppers will be treated to live entertainment, festive refreshments, special sales and a holiday street party raffle with prizes that include dinner for two at the Churchill and a $50 gift certificate to Simplethings Sandwich and Pie Shop. Saunter over to the after-party hosted by the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy (8231 W 3rd St) with music and nibbles from Joan's on Third, Plancha Tacos and the Little Next Door.

White Christmas Screening

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If you're dreaming of a white Christmas, the Academy Hollywood on Vine has just the ticket. Paramount's holiday classic starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Michael Curtiz and (George Clooney's aunt) Rosemary Clooney, will be screened in honor of Danny Kaye's centennial, with special guest Dena Kaye. A festive romp in which Bing Crosby and Michael Curtiz take their celebrated two-man comedy dance revue to rural Vermont, where they encounter a beautiful sister duo. It's a comedic musical film, with dancing, catchy tunes (from Irving Berlin) and a touch of cross-dressing. The outdoor theater is predicting a 100% chance of fake snow, so don’t forget to bundle up and bring on the eggnog!

  1. Academy Hollywood 1313 Vine St
  2. Thu Dec 19
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Montana Avenue's Annual Holiday Walk

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Get a head start on holiday shopping at this boutique-lined Santa Monica shopping destination. Stroll the beachy street, browse the stores (many offering holiday promotions), take in live music and even pay a visit to Santa at his annual open house (between 6th and 17th Streets).

Dickens Holiday Celebration

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The Printing Museum gets into the holiday spirit with a Dickens Holiday Celebration. The two-day event includes an interactive performance of A Christmas Carol, real 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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Wirtshaus 2nd Annual Holiday Market

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Prep for the holidays while feasting on beer and sausage at German pub Wirtshaus' 2nd Annual Holiday Market. Various vendors will be on hand offering their wares: everything from jewelry and clothing to fudge and even chair massages. And in case all you want for Christmas is to get inked with a new tattoo, they've got that too—Velvet Grip Family Tattoo is returning this year after their designs proved popular at last year's market. Wirtshaus will be serving brunch and lunch as well as Glühwein (hot spiced wine), bottomless champagne for $9 and endless mimosas for $12.

  1. Wirtshaus 345 N La Brea Blvd
  2. Until Sun Dec 9
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Swedish Christmas Fair

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Alexander Skarsgård, the Lack coffee table in your living room, mom's Volvo. Sweden has given us some great exports. Go see what they have for the holiday season at the 33rd annual Swedish Christmas Fair. Pageantry, folk dancing, food, a Glögg bar, handmade crafts, Scandinavian gifts, books and baked goods are just some of the day's offerings.

  1. Shrine Auditorium 665 W Jefferson Blvd
  2. Until Sun Dec 9
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Mariachi USA Christmas

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Mariachi USA wants to wish you a merry Christmas at the Nokia Theatre LA Live with a holiday concert, featuring a 40-member cast and a decked out North Pole wonderland stage. The two-hour show will perform classic Christmas carols with an up-beat Mariachi twist. Sing-a-long to "Jingle Bells Mariachi Style," "Silent Night," "White Christmas" and "The Little Drummer Boy" in both English and Spanish. !Feliz Navidad!

  1. Nokia Theatre LA Live 777 Chick Hearn Court, 11th & Figueroa Streets
  2. Until Sun Dec 9
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Holiday screening

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In the spirit of the season, join LACMA for a screening of the classic b&w film Holiday, starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Doris Nolan. A 1938 romantic-comedy directed by George Cukor, Holiday tells the tangled story of a love triangle among an unhappy heiress, her sister, and a handsome fiancée. Torn between his supportive wife-to-be and her free-spirited sibling, Cary Grant's character must choose the better soul-mate. And we thought our holidays had family drama.

  1. Bing Theater at Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Until Tue Dec 11
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A Chanticleer Christmas

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  • Critics choice

Top hats, overcoats, puffy skirts and mittens. Oh the joys of seeing Christmas carolers at your front door. Oh wait, you live in Los Angeles. Go get your dose of the holiday spirit at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with a Chanticleer Christmas. The Grammy-winning, 12-man ensemble from San Francisco will use its "orchestra of voices," ranging from countertenor to bass, to perform an eclectic program of sounds for the holidays. And you don't even have to offer them hot cocoa and cookies.

  1. Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S Grand Ave, between W 2nd & W 3rd Sts
  2. Until Fri Dec 20
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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

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This Russian ballet company has been gracing US audiences with its rendition of The Nutcracker since 1993. This year's special 20th anniversary production of the classic Christmas tale will feature the all-new "Dove of Peace" where two dancers become one bird, a growing Christmas tree and falling snow, all set to Tchaikovsky's iconic score.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Sun Dec 15
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