When the holidays hit Los Angeles, there is never a lack for activities to keep you busy and entertained well throughout December. The Christmas season means shopping, of course, but it is also a great time for extracurricular fun. If you plan to stay in town this year, make sure you check this list twice for a few of the ways you can be merry.
Saturday, December 17
The L.A. Philharmonic Holiday Sing-a-Long
The L.A. Philharmonic hosts a Holiday Sing-a-Long at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday, December 17th at 11:30 am. Don’t worry if you’re rusty on a few words. Attendees will receive lyric sheets to help them keep up with the chorale. This is a great event for the entire family, especially those who can’t get enough of caroling. Ticket prices range from $35-85 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.
The 16th Annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert
For the sixteenth year in a row, Stevie Wonder hosts his Annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live. On Saturday, December 17th, concertgoers will have the chance to help donate gifts for children in need and watch performances from Drake, Justin Bieber and Michael McDonald. Proceeds from the concert will fund the purchase of toys for children of low income families across Los Angeles. Ticket prices range from $39-149 and can be purchased through the Nokia Theatre. If you want to make it a big night, book the J.W. Marriott’s Show Your Stub package and receive valet parking and free breakfast with your stay.
Saturday, December 24th
The 52nd Annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration
The 52nd Annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration takes place on Saturday, December 24th. From 3:00 pm-6:00 pm, performances from a number of choirs, musical ensembles, dancers and more will entertain the crowd. The event, along with parking, is free, and without a doubt, thousands of people attend each year. Rather than watching the broadcast on television, be part of the audience and catch the show live.
Daily through December 25th
The Twelve Days of Christmas
There’s no reason to avoid the beach this Christmas. The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel will host its own holiday celebration through December 25th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Sit by the fire and sip complimentary warm apple cider, decorate ornaments and, in pure California style, learn how to make sushi appropriately named “Rudolph Rolls”.
Nightly through January 1, 2012
A line of brightly lit Christmas trees awaits you at Altadena’s Christmas Tree Lane. If you have always enjoyed the festive decorations of the season, you will enjoy a mile of more than 10,000 lights strung along the deodar trees. The event holds a record of being the oldest public holiday light display in the States. There is no cost either. The lights will be on from dusk to 10:00 pm on weekdays and 12:00 am on weekends through January 1, 2012 and again on January 6-7, 2012. Travel along Santa Rosa Avenue (between Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive) to take a peek.
Chrystal Baker is a the co-editor of The Duo Dishes and a freelance food and events contributor.