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December 2022 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our December 2022 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, holiday festivals and our favorite concerts

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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After endless, premature teases from retailers, the holidays are here for real and they’ve taken over our December events calendar. Dive into the spirit of giving with a stop at one of the best gift shops in L.A. or take a drive by one of the city’s best Christmas lights displays. If you’re sticking around town this year and feeling a little lonely, maybe consider embracing it with some me-time one of these secluded 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 2022

This December’s best events

  • Art
  • Installation
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  • La Cañada

Encounter feather boas, colorful meeting tables, shrink-wrapped books and treelike sculptures at this very-hands on garden-wide series of installations from artist Adam Schwerner at Descanso Gardens.

  • Things to do
  • Markets and fairs
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  • Chinatown

Stock up on fresh fruits and veggies at this new farmers’ market at the southern end of L.A. State Historic Park. Every Thursday from 3 to 7:30pm, you’ll find a half-dozen farm stands and about twice as many food vendors and artisans. Look for the entrance near the intersection of Spring Street and College Street, right by the Chinatown station on the L Line.

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  • Art
  • Film and video
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  • Miracle Mile

Though you can linearly chart decades of Oscars winners, you can’t really do the same with the history of cinema: There are many stories that have pushed the medium forward, as the new Academy Museum’s collection competently spells out. So to follow its retrospective of beloved animator Hayao Miyazaki, the L.A. museum will next focus on nearly an entire century of often-overlooked cinema. A collaboration with Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, “Regeneration” dives into the works of Black filmmakers from the birth of the motion picture industry through the Civil Rights era. Set to debut in the second half of 2022, the research-driven exhibition counts filmmakers Ava DuVernay and Charles Burnett among its advisers.

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  • Carson

L.A. artist Lauren Halsey installs works of architectural mappings at the University Art Gallery at CSUDH, with pops of red, black and green (the colors of the Pan-African flag) in conversation with orange, yellow, pink and blue hyper pigments (the colors of South Central).

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  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
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  • Griffith Park

Blue jeans, plaid shirts, fringed jackets, aloha shirts, cowboy boots, China Poblana dresses: How we dress says so much about who we are and where we come from, so the Autry is hosting an exhibition about those six closet staples as defining pieces of Western dress.

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  • Music
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  • Downtown

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 L.A.’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 L.A.’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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  • Film and video
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  • Little Tokyo

A formidable storyteller who employs lo-fi filmmaking to call out systemic racism and America’s social problems, Garrett Bradley became the first Black woman to win Sundance’s directing award for her incarceration documentary Time. For her first solo museum exhibition, a selection of recent single and multi-channel films and videos will be on display at the Geffen, including America, a visual archive of early African American cinema.

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  • Art
  • Painting
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  • Little Tokyo

The Chicana muralist and Great Wall of Los Angeles artist brings her collaborative mural to the Geffen. A two-and-a-half-decade-long project, The World Wall: A Vision of the Future Without Fear features nine 10-by-30-foot panels that Baca worked on with collaborators as the toured the globe, displayed here in a cathedral-like installation.

  • Music
  • Dance and electronic
  • USC/Exposition Park

Two titans of EDM, Kaskade and deadmau5, are teaming up for this show at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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