THINGS TO DO
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.
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.
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.
The Music Center Holiday Sing-Along; Music Center Plaza
Belt out Christmas classics at this free public celebration.
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.
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
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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
Funny Women Festival; iO West
Celebrate female comedians with sketch group Cake Batter during this annual comedy fest.
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.
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.
Hilary Hahn; Walt Disney Concert Hall
Listen to the exceedingly talented and dynamic violinist perform classical and contemporary pieces.
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.
Gremlins screening; Laemmle NoHo
Get into the holiday spirit with this mischievous classic at Laemmle’s Throwback Thursday.
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.
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
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.
Two Gallants; The Observatory
Check out this gravelly San Francisco rock duo’s blend of echoing drums and rich guitar in Santa Ana.
Muse; Staples Center
Catch the British band's theatrical, awe-inspiring stadium-sized live show.
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.
A Christmas Carol; A Noise Within
Get into the holiday spirit with this classic Christmas tale.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.