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December 2019 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our December 2019 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, holiday festivals and our favorite concerts

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After endless, premature teases from retailers, the holidays are here for real and they’ve taken over our December 2018 events calendar. Dive into the spirit of giving with a stop at one of the best gift shops in L.A. or channel your altruistic side with these volunteer opportunities. If you’re not stuck showing your visiting relatives around town, maybe consider making an escape to one of our favorite weekend getaways. Whatever your plans are—even if you’re feeling like a bit of a grinch—you’ll find plenty of activities to take advantage of in our December events calendar.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2019

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Photograph: Courtesy Joel Marasigan
Things to do, Ice skating

ICE at Santa Monica

icon-location-pin Location T.B.A.,
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Located just minutes from the Pacific Ocean, ICE in downtown Santa Monica (1324 5th St) is a full-service 8,000-square-foot outdoor rink. Watch broomball games, take up skating lessons or host a party at the rink and get your own private cabana.

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Moonlight Forest

icon-location-pin Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden, Arcadia
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This nighttime event, held across the grounds of the Arcadia botanical garden, returns for its second year with two additional themes: “polar dreams” and “ocean visions.”

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Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Things to do, Ice skating

Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square

icon-location-pin Pershing Square Park, Downtown Financial District
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L.A. 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 L.A. 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.

Things to do, Festivals

Enchanted: Forest of Light

icon-location-pin Descanso Gardens, La Cañada
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The botanical garden’s nighttime experience masterfully mixes hands-on art installations with atmospheric, luminescent forests, all against a background of uplit trees and shimmery sound effects.

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Angel Olsen
Photograph: Rozette Rago
Music, Rock and indie

Angel Olsen

icon-location-pin Palace Theatre, Downtown Historic Core
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Angel Olsen’s sweet folk vocals mix with raucous hot-blooded emotion for a stage presence that carries the snarl of Johnny Cash and the tenderness of Patsy Cline.

Things to do, Exhibitions

Grand Park’s Winter Glow

icon-location-pin Grand Park, Downtown
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The Downtown park is taking advantage of winter’s ever-shortening daylight with a light-up activation that brings a bit of warmth to the area.

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Katy Perry
Photograph: Michael J. Chen
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Jingle Ball

icon-location-pin The Forum, Inglewood
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KIIS FM’s annual holiday behemoth’s lineup reads like a roll call of the station’s playlist: Katy Perry, BTS, Billie Eilish, Sam Smith, Camila Cabello, Halsey, French Montana, Lizzo and Normani will all take over the Forum this holiday season. The best seats will cost you a boatload, so look out for news of a free pre-show that usually precedes the main event.

Joanna Newsom
Photograph: Annabel Mehran
Music, Folk, country and blues

Joanna Newsom

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With her latest opus, Divers, onetime “freak-folk” icon Joanna Newsom reaffirms her singular place in music, indie or otherwise. The densely packed collection showcases Newsom’s artfully swooping vocals, deft harp skills, world-building lyrics and meticulous, knotty arrangements.

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Ariana Grande
Photograph: Courtesy Republic Records
Music, Pop

Ariana Grande

icon-location-pin The Forum, Inglewood
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The former Nickelodeon star will take her latest album on the road this spring, including stops at the Staples Center and the Forum, where Grande can fill the cavernous venues with her expansive vocal range.

Love Actually Live
Photograph: Courtesy Lawrence K. Ho
Theater, Musicals

For the Record: Love Actually Live

icon-location-pin Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills
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We feel it in our fingers, we feel it in our toes: Christmas is all around, and we bet no one knows it better than the cast of Love Actually Live. Throughout December, cult-favorite musical series For the Record presents a stage show based on one of the world’s most beloved holiday movies, Love Actually.

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Christmas lights in Los Angeles: Upper Hastings Ranch.
Photograph: Michael Juliano
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Christmas in Los Angeles

While we may not be dreaming of a white Christmas here in Los Angeles, we can certainly look forward to tons of shopping and more than a few Christmas lights on palm trees. We've gathered together a list of the best Christmas events, activities, movies and songs for this most magical time of year.

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