40 amazing things happening in LA this December

Star Wars, a nostalgic emo dance party and a whole lot of Christmas, plus more amazing things to do this December
Photograph: Jamie Pham
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THINGS TO DO

Dec 10
Holiday Happy Hour at LA Zoo Lights; Los Angeles Zoo

Skip the lines at LA Zoo Lights and grab a few drinks with this adults-only VIP ticket.

Dec 11
The Triforium Birthday Party; The Triforium

Gather at the base of the sculpture to picnic, eat free cake and wish the '70s installation a happy birthday.

Dec 12
Marina Del Rey Boat Parade; Fisherman's Village

Feel as though you've escaped to a small-town fishing village at this illuminated boat parade and fireworks show.

Dec 18
The Music Center Holiday Sing-Along; Music Center Plaza

Belt out Christmas classics at this free public celebration.

Dec 24
LA County Holiday Celebration; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Gather up your friends and family to hear more than 20 choirs, music ensembles and dance troupes from all over the city.

Dec 31
N.Y.E.L.A.; Grand Park

Usher in 2016 with thousands of other Angelenos as a countdown clock is projected onto City Hall.

Find more things to do in our December 2015 events calendar.

FOOD & DRINK

Dec 1
A shot and a shave for Movember; The Church Key

Say goodbye to your ‘stache with a free shave—and a farewell shot—for a celebratory end to Movember.

Dec 5
The Whaling Club Cocktail Holiday Workshop; Jefferson

Learn how to make three fantastic seasonal cocktails at this festive workshop while listening to the requisite holiday tunes (ugly sweaters encouraged!).

Dec 5
Repeal Day at Angel City Brewery; Angel City Brewery

Celebrate the end of Prohibition at this Downtown Arts District brewery—just be sure to don your best 1930s garb before enjoying specialty flights of beer.

Dec 6
Time Out LA’s Mac & Cheese Smackdown; L.A. River Studios

Indulge in all your cheesy fantasies with our first ever Mac & Cheese Smackdown, featuring nine of the city’s best mac dishes plus beer and wine.

Dec 12
Santa Monica Pub Crawl; Various bars

Cheers to the holiday season at this annual Westside tradition, when you can belt out Christmas carols while drinking your way through Santa Monica.

ARTS & CULTURE

Dec 2-5
Funny Women Festival; iO West

Celebrate female comedians with sketch group Cake Batter during this annual comedy fest.

Dec 3-6
Mystery Theater Sports Bar; Machine Project

Step into the Echo Park installation space's basement as it transforms into a sports bar-themed art gallery.

Dec 3-Jan 3
The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Home Alone; Rockwell Table & Stage

Sit down for a campy musical send-up of Home Alone, just in time for the film's 25th anniversary.

Dec 5
Victory Lap: Last Lap; The Virgil

Catch the final performance and three year anniversary celebration of this monthly variety show.

Dec 10-Jan 30
Vincent Laforet: AIR; Fahey/Klein Gallery

See Los Angeles and other cities from more than 5,000 feet above at this photo exhibition.

Dec 10-12
Hilary Hahn; Walt Disney Concert Hall

Listen to the exceedingly talented and dynamic violinist perform classical and contemporary pieces.

Dec 12
Bergamot Station Holiday Open House; Bergamot Station

Celebrate the holiday season with an art sale and open house at the 30 galleries in this Santa Monica arts complex.

FILM

Dec 3
Gremlins screening; Laemmle NoHo

Get into the holiday spirit with this mischievous classic at Laemmle’s Throwback Thursday.

Dec 17
Big Trouble in Little China screening; Laemmle NoHo

John Carpenter, Kurt Russell and over-the-top ‘80s fantasy? Sign us up for this cult classic.

Dec 17
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens; Various locations

See the latest entry in the sci-fi saga as theaters across LA screen it a little bit early.

Find more movies in our picks for this week's best film events.

MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

Dec 1
Sad AF; The Echo & Echoplex

Cake on the eyeliner for the one year anniversary of this emo dance party, complete with Dashboard Confessional and Mark Hoppus.

Dec 4
Two Gallants; The Observatory

Check out this gravelly San Francisco rock duo’s blend of echoing drums and rich guitar in Santa Ana.

Dec 18
Muse; Staples Center

Catch the British band's theatrical, awe-inspiring stadium-sized live show.

Dec 28
Chet Faker; The Observatory

Hear the man behind 2011’s “No Diggity” cover perform his soulful R&B at the Observatory.

Find more shows in our December 2015 concert calendar.

THEATER

Dec 5-23
A Christmas Carol; A Noise Within

Get into the holiday spirit with this classic Christmas tale.

Dec 5-27
The Nutcracker; Multiple Venues

Relive your childhood theatergoing experiences with Uncle Drosselmeyer, Clara and her beloved nutcracker.

Dec 10-Feb 7
Kurios; Dodger Stadium

Catch this high-flying, steampunk-themed Cirque du Soleil touring show when it arrives in LA.

Dec 11-20
The Magic of Christmas; La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Hip-hopping penguins, dancing Santas—who’d want to miss that?

Dec 8-Jan 17
The Bridges of Madison County; Ahmanson Theatre

See the best-selling novel about a whirlwind romance come to life on stage.

Nov 26-Dec 20
The Latina Christmas Special; Los Angeles Theatre Center

Hear three Latina comedians tell stories of past Christmases as first-generation Americans.

Dec 8-Jan 3
If/Then; Pantages Theatre

Listen to Idina Menzel's legendary pipes in this musical about what-ifs.

SHOPPING & STYLE

Dec 4-6
Holiday Shop the Block; Downtown Arts District

Amp up your holiday shopping game with a neighborhood-wide block party from Northern Grade and Parachute Market.

Dec 5
Artisanal LA Holiday City Market; Old Pasadena

Gear up for the holiday season at this annual holiday market in Old Town.

Dec 5, 6
Unique LA Holiday Market; California Market Center

Rub elbows with local artisans at this high-end, handmade market.

Dec 6
Shop For Her Pop-Up; Lombardi House

Look for wow-factor gifts over a glass of champagne in a heavenly Hollywood home.

Dec 11, 12, 18
Holiday Odd Market; FigAt7th and Wells Fargo Center

Spend two weekends stocking up on presents at these Downtown markets.

Dec 12, 13
Renegade Craft Fair; Grand Park

Finish up your holiday shopping at one of the country’s best craft fairs—and enter to win a $1,550 gift basket on us!

Dec 12, 13
Echo Park Craft Fair; Mack Sennett Studios

Reserve the second weekend in December for the holiday installment of this Pinterester's Utopia.

Dec 12, 13
A Current Affair; Cooper Design Space

Shop more than 50 of the top vintage retailers, both local and national, at this stylish market.

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