Best Activities & Events This Week In Los Angeles – December 19

Christmas and Hanukkah are finally here, which means lots of fun holiday events are in store. A few non-holiday festivities are also sprinkled in for good measure, but this week it’s really about going out and getting merry.
Monday, December 19
(Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood )

(Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood )


Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
(800) 864-8377
universalstudioshollywood.com

Grab yourself a hot new Butterbeer and join all the Whos from Who-ville for a day of Grinchy fun at Universal Studios’ “Grinchmas.” In addition to seeing all the great shows, you and the family will have a chance to decorate cookies and ornaments, send a book to a child in need at the Who-ville Post Office, hear a story read by Cindy Lou-Who, and see scenes from “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” reenacted on a special Studio Tour. Grinchmas now runs every day through January 3.

Tuesday, December 20
(Credit: Lionsgate )

(Credit: Lionsgate )


Prix-Fixe Dinner & Private Screening of “LA LA LAND”
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
300 S Doheny Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 860-4000
www.fourseasons.com

Kick dinner and a movie up a notch tonight with a private screening of the new film “LA LA LAND.” Set in modern-day Los Angeles, and starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, the film is an original musical that explores the joy and pain of pursuing one’s dreams in the City of Angels. It will be screened in the property’s private Screening Room, and will be accompanied by a prix-fixe menu from Culina. Two seatings are available in the 30 seat theater, and seats are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wednesday, December 21
(Credit: Jonathan Olley © 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.)

(Credit: Jonathan Olley © 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.)


“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(800) DISNEY6
www.elcapitantheatre.com

If you’re one of the lucky people to have the week off, spend your Hump Day at The El Capitan Theatre seeing the new and hotly anticipated Star Wars movie. Exclusive to the theater, there will be a Stormtrooper meet & greet before each screening, and a collection of hero costumes and vehicle models used during production. The first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” reveals a key event in the Star Wars timeline when ordinary people banded together to steal the plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction, the Death Star.

Thursday, December 22
(Credit: F. Scott Schafar)

(Credit: F. Scott Schafar)


A Cinderella Christmas
The Pasadena Playhouse
39 South El Molino Ave.
Pasadena CA 91101
(626) 356-7529
www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org

The Pasadena Playhouse is hosting a show the whole family will love. Performed as a Panto, “A Cinderella Christmas” is an interactive holiday show with comedy, magic, dancers, and audience participation. The classic fairytale show stars Morgan Fairchild, Lauren Taylor, and more, and will feature dancers from “So You Think You Can Dance,” moving to a contemporary soundtrack from artists like Kelly Clarkson, Michael Buble, and Jennifer Lopez. The show runs through January 8.

Friday, December 23
(Credit: LA Metro)

(Credit: LA Metro)


Union Station’s Cocoa Concert Series Presents: Picante
Union Station South Patio
800 North Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.unionstationla.com

Union Station’s South Patio has transformed into a hub of holiday entertainment this season, presenting shows from L.A. performers beneath the towering Christmas tree and the iconic clock tower. Tonight’s “Cocoa Concert” features A Very Salsa Christmas with the group Picante. The group will heat up the night with a performance followed by salsa lessons and party. The festive and family-friendly event runs from 6pm – 8pm, and includes a cocoa bar, holiday crafts and cookie decorating, and Santa selfies.

Saturday, December 24
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(Credit: Gennia Cui )


57th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-3099
www.HolidayCelebration.org

Celebrate Christmas Eve and the beginning of Hanukkah with one of the city’s most beloved holiday traditions. Now in its 57th year, the L.A. County Holiday Celebration brings Angelenos together to enjoy music ensembles, choirs, and dance troupes from various cultures and regions. Hosts Cheryl Burke and Brian White will guide you through an evening with Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company, Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble, California Feetwarmers, and many more. The three-hour program is free. It is first come, first seated.
 

(Credit: Shaiith/shutterstock)

(Credit: Shaiith/shutterstock)


Celebrate With Friends & Family At Christmas Eve Dinner
Multiple Locations

Tonight is the merriest day of the year as millions around the world celebrate Christmas Eve. Skip the cooking this year, and opt to dine out at the Best Restaurants For Christmas Eve Dinner In Los Angeles.

Sunday, December 25
(Credit: LA Kings Holiday Ice )

(Credit: LA Kings Holiday Ice )


Holiday Ice Skating
Various Locations

After the presents have been opened and the food has been consumed, head out for some fresh air and exercise at one of several ice rinks around the city. From Topanga to Long Beach, LA Kings’ Holiday Ice skating rinks offer five different locations around the city for you to take a spin. Downtown’s Pershing Square will also be offering festive holiday skating once again at the Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square (11:30am – 9:30pm), while on the westside, ICE at Santa Monica brings ice skating beachside for a day of family fun (10am – 10pm). Whether you’re there to skate, or watch your relatives slip and slide their way around the rink, it’s a great way to spend the day with family.
 

(credit: istockphoto)

(credit: istockphoto)


Christmas Day Dinner
Multiple Locations

Once you’ve opened up all the presents and spent time with family and friends, celebrate more by dining out at the
Best Places In Los Angeles For Christmas Day Dinner.

Article by Kellie Fell

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