Go public with your secret love of Christmas carols on Friday night at the Music Center Holiday Sing Along. Sure, it's great hum along in the car, but nothing beats belting out "The Twelve Days of Christmas" with a lively crowd. Lyrics sheets are provided, so don’t worry if you forget that second verse to “Jingle Bells.” The event is free, but tickets are required (distribution starts at 6pm).
Chase that sugary holiday spirit with a screening of the technically-Christmastime movie Gremlins. The Nuart hosts this midnight showing of the '84 sci-fi black comedy; just remember, no matter how cute that furry Mogwai looks, never, ever feed it after midnight.
Finish up any last minute holiday shopping at Saturday morning’s installment of Artists & Fleas. Peruse a selection of locally made art, fashion, vintage wares and other hip stocking stuffers. Plus, this special holiday edition will have an ugly sweater photobooth on-hand.
Afterwards, head to the Egyptian for a screening of It's A Wonderful Life. The quintessential Christmas movie finds Jimmy Stewart at his best, learning to look at his life in a whole new light thanks to the creative perspective of an angel trying to earn his wings. The film is practically unavoidable this time of year, but it begs to be seen in 35mm instead of on a TV broadcast.
Cap off a festive night at UCB Sunset for the annual Yuletide Christmas Holiday Special. Over 20 UCB comics will take the stage for holiday sketches, songs and all sorts of other festive merriment. Oh, and did we mention there’s a pie raffle?
Join Tom Explores Los Angeles (host of the eponymous video series) and the team behind local app 5 Every Day (a.k.a. arty pop band YACHT) for an all-day celebration of the winter solstice at Elysian Park. And when they say "all day," they mean it quite literally: The event runs from 6:55am to 4:48pm. Bring food, water, blankets, chairs or whatever you so desire to Elysian Fields for an afternoon of games and guest speakers.
Relive your childhood theatergoing experiences with Uncle Drosselmeyer, Clara and the Mouse King with a nostalgic trip to see the Nutcracker. Take your pick between three different performance troupes: the Los Angeles Ballet at Royce Hall, the Moscow Ballet at the Wiltern and the Long Beach Ballet at the Long Beach Convention Center (backed by a full orchestra).
Close out your weekend at the Improv for the Naked Comedy Toys for Tots Charity Show. Despite the name, there's no (planned) nudity to see here, but you will find a solid lineup of comedians. Josh Androsky hosts this year's show, which includes Tim Heidecker, Greg Proops, Eddie Peppitone and Kate Berlant, one of our comedians to watch in 2015. Spend $10 and half of will go to Toys for Tots or get in for free with a toy to donate.