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What You’re Doing This Week: Dec. 16

December 9, 2013 4:00 AM

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(credit: Langham Huntington)

(credit: Langham Huntington)

(credit: Federico Zignani)

(credit: Federico Zignani)


Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season to enjoy some local events offering fun and enjoyment for the entire family. This week offers the area’s two final boat parades, a sing-a-long in the beautiful Walt Disney Concert Hall, the chance to see the world’s largest bow, and much more.
Las Posadas

Monday, December 16

Las Posadas
W-26 Olvera Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 687-4391
www.calleolvera.com

The annual tradition of Las Posadas begins tonight and runs through Christmas Eve. Head to Olvera Street to enjoy live music, street food, vendors, and the nightly tradition of acting out the journey that Mary and Joseph took through Nazareth.

(credit: Citadel Outlets)

(credit: Citadel Outlets)

Tuesday, December 17

Citadel Outlets Center
100 Citadel Dr #480
Los Angeles, CA 90040
(323) 888-1724
www.citadeloutlets.com

Kill two birds with one stone tonight and head to the Citadel Outlets. Here you can score some amazing shopping deals for those last minute gifts on your list and you can check out the amazing Christmas decorations. The world’s largest bow sits 36 feet wide atop the outlets boasting eighteen 12-foot loops, and 75 foot tails. Adorned with 1/2 ton of glitter, this sparkling lit up bow would run for nearly four football field lengths if unraveled end to end.

(credit: Katie Bodell)

(credit: Katie Bodell)


Wednesday, December 18

Holiday Organ Spectacular
Walt Disney Concert Hall
151 South Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-3034
www.laphil.com

Enjoy your favorite holiday music with the help of the magnificent Walt Disney Concert Hall organ. From sing-a-long favorites, to devotional hymns, and festive jingles, a visit to the “Deck the Hall” is the perfect way to spend a holiday evening. What better way to spend your holiday than in the presence of one of Los Angeles’ best concert venues? The Hall is fantastic and will help you start your holiday season off right.

(credit: Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade)

(credit: Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade)


Thursday, December 19

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
20351 Irvine St.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 729-4400
www.christmasboatparade.com

Think of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade as a parade on water with thousands of glimmering seasonal lights illuminating the bay. Boats take part in this event where visitors watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor. Newport Beach takes the concept of a holiday boat parade and kicks it up a notch. This year’s theme, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” will bring over a million visitors to enjoy the display from the 18th-22nd. With fourteen miles of harbor in its path, there are numerous parks, restaurants, public beaches, and homes to view the parade, which is continuing its tradition with its 105th season.

(credit: SparkleBlob)

(credit: SparkleBlob)


Friday, December 20

SparkleBlog Holiday Puppet Show
Automata
504 Chung King Courtney
Los Angeles, CA 90012
sparkleblob.brownpapertickets.com

The final weekend of the 6th annual SparkleBlob Holiday Puppet Show begins today. This fun holiday musical adventure features original live music, unique puppets, and family fun before and after the show, which is located in Chinatown.

(credit: naplesca.com)

(credit: naplesca.com)


Saturday, December 21

Naples Holiday Boat Parade
Long Beach Yacht Club
6201 Appian Way
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 598-9401
www.naplesca.com

The last of SoCal’s holiday boat parades, the Naples Parade, located in Long Beach, is operating its 67th year. The parade is viewable from numerous restaurants in Naples and Belmont Shore should you want to beat the cold. Outdoors, groups of carolers will congregate near bridges to sing holiday songs, or you can simply stroll through the restaurants, homes, and businesses that will be decked out for the holidays. It’s the perfect holiday event for those looking to get into the spirit of the season.

(credit: Langham Huntington)

(credit: Langham Huntington)


Sunday, December 22

Teddy Bear Tea
Langham Huntington
1401 South Oak Knoll Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 568 3900
pasadena.langhamhotels.com

The annual Teddy Bear Tea at the posh Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena features a story time, photos with Santa, a marionette puppet show, and of course the namesake tea. The tradition wraps this weekend, so try to secure a reservation right away.

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Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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