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.

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Ballet

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 in December. From meeting Santa and his (real) reindeer in Malibu to singing Christmas carols and scooping up crafty gifts at holiday markets—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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Top picks

LA Zoo Lights

After going dark in 2009, holiday lights return to Griffith Park—this time at the LA Zoo. Whereas the old DWP Holiday Lights brought motorists careening through the park's windy roads, the zoo's fest will find visitors trekking through a 60 to 90-minute self-guided tour of the zoo grounds, covered in ligh tunnels, floating snowflakes and icicle lights. and . Most of the animals will be asleep, but you will find real reindeer as well as LED-lit likenesses of monkeys, gators, rhinos and more. Plus, come out weekend afternoons for visits with Santa and other activities.

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Until Sunday January 4 2015

Marina Del Rey Boat Parade

Feel as though you've escaped to a small-town fishing village with the 52nd anniversary of the Marina Del Rey Boat Parade. Bring a blanket and gather around Fisherman's Village or the Burton Chace Park to watch as the 70 boats glide through the marina with holiday lights and decorations in competition. Categories include Best Theme, Best Animation, Best Band, Best Lights and more. The festivities begin at 5:55pm with fireworks, and the boat parade starts at 6pm, rain or shine.  

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Saturday December 13 2014 Free

The Music Center Holiday Sing-Along

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 Plaza for their annual Holiday Sing-Along and sing your bedecked heart out. 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. The event is free, but tickets are required (distribution starts at 6pm).

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Friday December 19 2014 Free

LA County Holiday Celebration

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 celebrates LA's multicultural observation of the holidays with everything from an all-female mariachi ensemble to a Korean dance troupe. 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 on PBS SoCal.

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Wednesday December 24 2014 Free

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Irvine Spectrum Center's Holiday on Ice

If you're in the OC and dreaming of a white Christmas, Holiday on Ice at the Irvine Spectrum Center is your answer. Located in Giant Wheel Court by Nordstrom and Macy's, this tented rink offers the perfect time out from shopping. When renting skates, be sure to request a free helmet—recommended for adults and children alike. Following each 75min skating session, the rink is closed for resurfacing, so you'll never have to skate on slush. Head to the adjacent ferris wheel during the 15 minutes the rink is closed for nonstop fun. Check the website for the full schedule and details.

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Until Monday February 16 2015

ICE at Santa Monica

Located just minutes from the Pacific Ocean, ICE in downtown Santa Monica (1324 5th St at Arizona) is a full-service 8,000-square-foot outdoor rink. Watch broomball games, take up skating lessons (there are even LA Kings hockey clinics for kids), or host a party at the rink and get your own private cabana. For $15, rent skates and strut your stuff on the ice alongside children and adults. No need to pack snacks, there's a concession stand on site, serving hot cocoa and kid-friendly bites. For the little ones, visit the Tot Spot, an enclosed rink for 6 and under. The rink is open from early November through Martin Luther King Day. Check the website for operating hours at other times.

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Until Monday January 19 2015

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

"God Bless America," "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "White Christmas" are a glimpse into Irving Berlin's portfolio of over a thousand songs written during his 60-year career. The Russian-born composer, one of America's greatest songwriters, will come to back to life in LA courtesy of Hershey Felder, writer and star of the performance, to tell the story of a man who wasted no time in achieving the American Dream. This performance at the Geffen Playhouse will surely be a feel-good treat for the holiday season.

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Until Sunday December 21 2014

Downtown on Ice

LA doesn't typically seem like much of a winter wonderland, until, that is, you create an ice skating rink right in the midst of Downtown skyscrapers and LA icons. Come glide and pretend there's snow on the ground at Pershing Square's outdoor holiday skating rink—one of the biggest in the city. Throughout the season, the square will play host to a plethora of free events, including a Snoopy skating showcase, a singles skate and a polar bear event, to name a few.

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Until Monday January 19 2015

Downtown Disney Winter Village

Disneyland's holiday celebrations spread outside the gates of the happiest place on earth with an ice skating rink around Downtown Disney's Christmas tree. Olaf's Frozen Ice Rink and its surrounding shopping chalets pay homage to the new animated movie of the same name; expect plenty of icy, Norwegian flair and a little bit of hat hair—helmets are required to skate. 

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Until Sunday February 22 2015

Woodland Hills Ice

Recreational skating, professional skating exhibitions, group classes, private lessons and even birthday parties are all on offer at this outdoor rink—the only one of its kind in the SFV. Glide on more than 7,000 square feet of ice, located at the Westfield Promenade in Woodland Hills (6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd). Check the website for special events, including a grand opening party on Nov 15.

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Until Monday January 19 2015

Reindeer Romp

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).

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Until Sunday January 4 2015

LA Zoo Lights

After going dark in 2009, holiday lights return to Griffith Park—this time at the LA Zoo. Whereas the old DWP Holiday Lights brought motorists careening through the park's windy roads, the zoo's fest will find visitors trekking through a 60 to 90-minute self-guided tour of the zoo grounds, covered in light tunnels, floating snowflakes and icicle lights. Most of the animals will be asleep, but you will find real reindeer as well as LED-lit likenesses of monkeys, gators, rhinos and more. Plus, come out weekend afternoons for visits with Santa and other activities.

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Until Sunday January 4 2015

LA Kings Holiday Ice at Nokia Plaza LA Live

Skate around the dazzling Christmas tree that stands in the middle of this outdoor rink, and take in an LED holiday light show on the huge screens around the plaza. For the perfect date-night, book the Supper and Skating deal, which includes a prix-fixe dinner at a handful of LA Live restaurants, skate rentals and skating admission for only $30 per person.   

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Saturday November 29 2014 - Wednesday December 31 2014

Holidays at the Getty

Look out upon the twinkling lights of LA from the festively decorated Getty Center as it keeps its doors open late (until 9pm) on Saturday nights. Sip on complimentary apple cider and scope out the museums current exhibits: the monumental tapestries in Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist and the photos in Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful.

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Saturday November 29 2014 - Saturday January 3 2015 Free

Hollywood Christmas Parade

Like an Angelyne billboard on Sunset Blvd, the Hollywood Christmas Parade is an essential part of LA kitsch. Now in its 82nd year, the annual parade will be hosted by Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie and will feature floats, balloons, bands, equestrians and celebrities as they ride in a U-shaped route that begins at Hollywood and Orange and ends up at Sunset and Orange. Reserved grandstand seats—including a pre-parade concert headlined by Stevie Wonder—can be purchased, with proceeds going to Toys for Tots, but free curbside seating is also available.

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Sunday November 30 2014 Free

Bob's Holiday Office Party

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.

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Tuesday December 2 2014 - Sunday December 21 2014

The Aimee Mann Christmas Show

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo have spent quite a bit to time on the road together over the past few years. Most recently, the two singer-songwriters have been working together on Mann's project The Both. But this December, Mann brings the return of her electric holiday show, featuring herself and Ted Leo in a fit of Santa-centric carols, original tunes, video displays and sketches. For those who like their rock shows with a side of festivity.

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Wednesday December 3 2014

Culver City Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

Downtown Culver City lights up the holiday season at Town Plaza (Culver Blvd and Van Buren Pl). The city flicks the switch on its respectably "green" tree: a 22-foot artificial Rocky Mountain pine with over 7,500 LED lights. Stick around for hot cider, hot cocoa and cookies, along with a special visit from Santa. Park free for two hours in the nearby municipal lots.

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Thursday December 4 2014 Free

Groundlings Holiday Show

Critics' pick

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.

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Friday December 5 2014 - Saturday December 20 2014

Montana Avenue's Annual Holiday Walk

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). RECOMMENDED: Montana Ave neighborhood guide

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Friday December 5 2014

A John Waters Christmas

For most, Christmas is all candy canes, decorated trees and holiday cheer. For John Waters, it's sleighs of smut, perverted gifts and true crime holiday horror stories. Check out the acclaimed filmmaker of such cult classics as Serial Mom, Hairspray and Pink Flamingos in his one-night-only, monologue-style comedy show as he makes you think twice about what is naughty and what is nice.  

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Friday December 5 2014

Jingle Ball

KIIS FM's annual holiday behemoth's lineup reads like a roll call of the station's 2014 playlist: Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Pharrell, Iggy Azalea, Meghan Trainor, Charli XCX and Jessie J will all take over the Staples Center Dec. 5, 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; Meghan Trainor, Becky G, Shawn Mendes and more will perform on Chick Hearn Court, followed by meet-and-greets with some fan favorites. Oh, there's also a ferris wheel.

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Friday December 5 2014

A Christmas Carol

We all know that Ebanezer Scrooge is your favorite Christmas character. Beneath the façade of cheesy reindeer sweaters and Santa Claus hats is a grumpy old man yelling “bah humbug.” Get in touch with that inner grump with a holiday classic the whole family can enjoy. Presented by classical repertory theatre company A Noise Within, this version of the classic play will have original music yet will use only Dickens' original words. It's a rendition that's sure to leave you in a "God bless us, every one!" kind of mood. Warning: there is no intermission so you will have to hold it for 90 whole minutes. Go ahead, say it. Bah humbug.  

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Friday December 5 2014 - Tuesday December 23 2014

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

Critics' pick

The Harvest Festival isn't your average humble craft fair: over 24,000 original works, from hand-pressed olive oil to handmade jewelry, invade this long-running seasonal fest. Play in a pumpkin patch or get your purchase personalized while you're there—a single ticket is good for the entire weekend, and you can get $2 off by bringing a canned good. The fest will make three stops in the LA area: the Ventura County Fairgrounds and Anaheim Conventin Center in October, and the Pomona Fairplex in December.

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Friday December 5 2014 - Sunday December 7 2014

The Nutcracker

Relive your childhood theatergoing experiences this Christmas with Uncle Drosselmeyer, Clara and her beloved Nutcracker at the LA Ballet. The timeless show will travel all over LA, from Glendale to Northridge, from Westwood and Hollywood to Redondo Beach over the 2014 holiday season, performing their classic pirouettes and Mouse King battles for all LA County to see.

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Saturday December 6 2014 - Sunday December 28 2014

Unique USA LA Holiday Market

Described as the largest made-in-America shopping event in the country, the 7th annual holiday market features clothes, accessories and art pieces from a number of quality handmade brands. Check out local products and rub elbows with the different designers and artists showcasing their work. Take a break with locally-made food, plus free drinks and photo booth portraits.   

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Saturday December 6 2014 - Sunday December 7 2014

Remodelista Market Place

Critics' pick

Get all your holiday shopping done in one place at this holiday market at Big Daddy's Antiques (3334 La Cienega Place). Remodelista boasts items for men, women, kids, the home and more. Shop from 29 local designer and indie shops, which includes the likes of Noon Design Studio, Block Shop, Kathleen Whitaker, and more. And of course, expect savory and sweet bites to enjoy as you rightfully splurge on your holiday shopping spree.    

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Saturday December 6 2014 Free

Scrooged screening

Critics' pick

Scrooged—the 1988 comedy modernization of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol—stars Bill Murray as mean television executive Frank Cross, a.k.a. Ebenezer Scrooge, who gets haunted by three spirits on Christmas Eve. See the strange take on Dickens from the warmth of your car at the Electric Dusk Drive-In. If you don't think it's funny, you might need to make another batch of eggnog. Bah, humbug!

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Saturday December 6 2014

The Living Sisters: A Holiday Bonanza

LA-based indie folk supergroup the Living Sisters take a break from their solo careers—which include The Bird and the Bee and Lavendar Diamond—to perform at Hollywood Forever Cemetery's historic Masonic Lodge this December. They'll bring their retro four-part harmonies to play behind their most recent release, this fall's inclusive holiday record, Harmony Is Real: Songs for a Happy Holiday. Expect classics like "Jingle Bells" and "Little Drummer Boy," as well as a collection of originals. The jangly “Christmas In California” should go over quite nicely.  

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Saturday December 6 2014

Malibu Country Mart Winter Wonderland

This December the Malibu Country Mart is transforming into a one-stop holiday destination for all your Christmas and Hanukkah needs. Besides its extensive roster of luxury retailers (with in-store specials so you can start checking people off your shopping list), every Saturday before Christmas there will be free, fun activities for families to start getting kids excited for the holidays. Get into the holiday spirit in sunny Malibu, with dreidel playing and stocking decorating on Dec 6; photos with Santa and a cookie decorating party on Dec 13; and visits with Santa and his real (yes, real!) reindeer on Dec 20 at the event's grand finale.

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Saturday December 6 2014 Free

Yuletide Cinema

Street Food Cinema presents Yuletide Cinema, a series of screenings at the Historic Palace Theatre about the most wonderful time of the year. On December 6, see a matinee of A Christmas Story and and evening screening of Elf. Then come back on the 13 for The Princess Bride with Cary Elwes as a special guest. Aside from the films themselves, you can get in the spirit with an elf check-in station (leave with a "naughty" certificate or a "nice" report card). Sip mulled wine or eggnog and eat roasted chestnuts along with gourmet popcorn from Dakota's Pop Parlor and holiday sausages by Doghaus. Or, don your ugliest Christmas sweater or your sexiest onesie (is that a thing?) for special treats. Happy holidays!  

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Saturday December 6 2014 - Saturday December 13 2014

Home Alone screening

Critics' pick

Because nothing says "Merry Christmas" like child neglect and terrorizing young'uns. Home Alone is an odd sort of holiday classic, but you can't help but love it. Plus, it's genuinely funny—it was written by John Hughes, fresh off of finishing Ferris Bueller. Add a particularly cute Macaulay Culkin, a John Candy cameo and Chris Columbus' direction, and you get a reliable '90s blockbuster. LA Conservancy is hosting this special holiday matinee inside downtown's classic Orpheum Theatre.

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Sunday December 7 2014

Marina Del Rey Boat Parade

Feel as though you've escaped to a small-town fishing village with the 52nd anniversary of the Marina Del Rey Boat Parade. Bring a blanket and gather around Fisherman's Village or the Burton Chace Park to watch as the 70 boats glide through the marina with holiday lights and decorations in competition. Categories include Best Theme, Best Animation, Best Band, Best Lights and more. The festivities begin at 5:55pm with fireworks, and the boat parade starts at 6pm, rain or shine.  

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Saturday December 13 2014 Free

Santa Monica Pub Crawl

Critics' pick

You've walked, donated and volunteered all in the name of charity. Now, here's your chance to drink for those in need. Gather your friends and join other do-gooders at the 6th annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl. A $12 admittance fee ($15 at the door), benefitting the Westside Food Bank, allows you to participate in one of four routes around Santa Monica to experience drink and food specials at some of the city's best spots, including Barcopa, Cabo Cantina, Circle Bar, Harvelle's, O'Brien's, The Charleston and more. Sign up online and collect a wristband on the day of the event (or a week in advance at the Westside Food Bank to avoid lines). Then crawl from spot to spot on foot or enjoy a discount on the Big Blue Bus where $4 allows you to ride all night long. Dress up in a holiday-themed costume and even take on the Santa Scavenger Challenge Hunt with your friends to earn a prize. Crawlers can download the official "SM Pub Crawl" app for a complete list of bars, routes, specials, map, bus stops and updates. 

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Saturday December 13 2014

Dickens Holiday Celebration

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.

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Saturday December 13 2014 - Sunday December 14 2014

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles Holiday Spectacular

A performing arts staple of Los Angeles for over 30 years now, the GMCLA brings holiday cheer in its annual holiday musical extravaganza while raising awareness for important LGBT issues. This year the chorus performs at the Saban Theatre with a show that will feature a cappella of all kinds: songs from Glee, audience favorites from past years, surprises and holiday standards.   

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Saturday December 13 2014 - Sunday December 14 2014

The Nutcracker

No Christmas bucket list is complete without an outing to see The Nutcracker. Sure, the story is the same every year—Clara always gets a nutcracker from the toymaker, the music never changes, and the guys’ tights are always too(?) tight—but it’s a holiday tradition nonetheless. Will Clara and the Nutcracker defeat the evil King Mouse? They say history repeats itself, but I don’t know…

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Saturday December 13 2014 - Sunday December 21 2014

Malibu Country Mart Winter Wonderland

This December the Malibu Country Mart is transforming into a one-stop holiday destination for all your Christmas and Hanukkah needs. Besides its extensive roster of luxury retailers (with in-store specials so you can start checking people off your shopping list), every Saturday before Christmas there will be free, fun activities for families to start getting kids excited for the holidays. Get into the holiday spirit in sunny Malibu, with dreidel playing and stocking decorating on Dec 6; photos with Santa and a cookie decorating party on Dec 13; and visits with Santa and his real (yes, real!) reindeer on Dec 20 at the event's grand finale.

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Saturday December 13 2014 Free

Harry Shearer and Judith Owen Present Christmas Without Tears

Harry Shearer (best known from The Simpsons, This Is Spinal Tap and Le Show) and his singer-songwriter wife Judith Owen return for another year with an evening of Christmas "music and mirth." Formerly known as "Harry and Judith's Holiday SingaLong," this show is a fifteen-year tradition and it includes both performance and singalong. Stay tuned for the show's lineup of special guests—you just never know who's going to show up. This year's show is a benefit for My Friend's Place, a non-profit that supports homeless youth. Make sure you show up early: seat assignments begin at 6pm.

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Saturday December 13 2014 - Sunday December 14 2014

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Ah, the joys of Christmas in a Mediterranean climate, where boat owners can deck out their ships in holiday lights and set sail without the impediment of icy weather. For the 106th year, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is doing just that as over 100 decorated vessels parade around a 14-mile circuit in the Newport Harbor. You can see the parade for free during each of the five nights, but there are also reserved seats and dining packages available for purchase.

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Wednesday December 17 2014 - Sunday December 21 2014 Free

A Chanticleer Christmas

Critics' pick

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. These dudes are good. And you don't even have to offer them hot cocoa and cookies.

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Thursday December 18 2014

The Music Center Holiday Sing-Along

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 Plaza for their annual Holiday Sing-Along and sing your bedecked heart out. 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. The event is free, but tickets are required (distribution starts at 6pm).

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Friday December 19 2014 Free

Holiday Sing-Along

Strike the harp and join the chorus with LA Philharmonic's Holiday Sing-Along at Walt Disney Hall. Hosted by David Prather and conducted by John Sutton, the seasonal program offers two performances, with a special guest to-be-named taking the stage to recite holiday poems. A festive sing-along of holiday classics by the Angeles Chorale will include provided lyric sheets—just in case you forget how many fa-la-la-la's are in Deck the Halls.  

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Saturday December 20 2014

Stevie Wonder

Critics' pick

For the 19th year running, R&B legend Stevie Wonder will host his Christmastime House Full of Toys Benefit Concert. He'll be performing his Grammy-winning 1976 double album Songs in the Key of Life in its entirety, from "Sir Duke" to "Isn't She Lovely." Get into the giving mood and bring along an unwrapped toy to be given to a child in need.

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Saturday December 20 2014

Malibu Country Mart Winter Wonderland

This December the Malibu Country Mart is transforming into a one-stop holiday destination for all your Christmas and Hanukkah needs. Besides its extensive roster of luxury retailers (with in-store specials so you can start checking people off your shopping list), every Saturday before Christmas there will be free, fun activities for families to start getting kids excited for the holidays. Get into the holiday spirit in sunny Malibu, with dreidel playing and stocking decorating on Dec 6; photos with Santa and a cookie decorating party on Dec 13; and visits with Santa and his real (yes, real!) reindeer on Dec 20 at the event's grand finale.

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Saturday December 20 2014 Free

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

This Russian ballet company has been gracing US audiences with its rendition of The Nutcracker since 1993. The annual production of the classic Christmas tale features a growing Christmas tree and falling snow, all set to Tchaikovsky's iconic score.  

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Sunday December 21 2014

LA County Holiday Celebration

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 celebrates LA's multicultural observation of the holidays with everything from an all-female mariachi ensemble to a Korean dance troupe. 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 on PBS SoCal.

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Wednesday December 24 2014 Free

Laugh Factory's Annual Free Christmas Dinner and Toy Giveaway

'Tis the season of giving and that is exactly what Laugh Factory plans on doing, come Christmas day. The comedy club will open its doors to the underprivileged, homeless and anyone alone on the holiday for four free meals and shows, every two hours, starting at 1pm. Past performers include Arsenio Hall, Dane Cook, Dom Irrera, Kevin Nealon, Tom Arnold, Paul Mooney, Paul Rodriguez and Tom Dreesen, who have been on-hand to greet and help serve guests as well as take the stage and perform live stand-up shows following each meal. To top it all off, owner Jamie Masada has been known to give each child that walks in a toy as a Christmas gift.

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Thursday December 25 2014 Free

Midnight Mission's Christmas Day Brunch and Santa's Village

Downtown LA’s Midnight Mission, one of the best-run organizations of its kind, hosts its annual Christmas Day Brunch on Skid Row—and it kicks off its 100th year of service. The charity welcomes thousands of LA's neediest to a hearty holiday meal as hundreds of volunteers serve brunch at its headquarters (601 San Pedro St). In addition, Santa Claus and his helpers will be granting Christmas wishes to impoverished children as they can select toys of their choice at Santa's Village.

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Thursday December 25 2014 Free

Snow Days at Kidspace

Growing up in LA has tons of unique perks, but the one area where kids are deprived is the fun of playing in snow and having snow days off school. Luckily, the Kidspace Children's Museum does its part to fill this void with its annual Snow Days, when truckloads of real snow are delivered to Pasadena. Kids can familiarize themselves with the stuff by making snowmen, snow angels, learning about how snow is formed and making wintry crafts.  

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Friday December 26 2014 - Tuesday December 30 2014

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