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What You’re Doing This Week: Dec. 23

December 21, 2013 4:00 AM

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(credit: Downtown on Ice)

(credit: Downtown on Ice)

(credit: City of Temecula)

(credit: City of Temecula)

With the holiday season in full swing, Christmas is finally here. If this week leaves you with any spare time, take advantage of these holiday attractions that will keep you in joyful spirits.

(credit: The Grove)

(credit: The Grove)


Monday, December 23

Celebrate The Season At The Grove
The Grove
189 The Grove Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 900-8080
www.thegrovela.com

Enjoy the final two days of The Grove’s festive seasonal activities and attractions tonight. Visit with Santa, enjoy live musical performances and entertainment, stroll past the 100-foot Christmas tree (lit with 15,000 lights and 10,000 ornaments!). Enjoy the snowfall between 7-8pm.

(credit: Beverly Center)

(credit: Beverly Center)

Tuesday, December 24

Ice Palace At The Beverly Center
Beverly Center
8500 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 854-0070)
www.beverlycenter.com

Stop by the Beverly Center for an last minute check in with Santa before he starts his busy evening delivering toys. Here, Santa lives in the Ice Palace, an immersive environment with a light show, footage from BBC Earth’s award winning production Frozen Planet, massive snow globes, an ice thrown, and even princesses.

(credit: Kimpton Hotels)

(credit: Kimpton Hotels)

Wednesday, December 25

“Home For The Holidays” at Kimpton Hotels
The Hotel Wilshire
6317 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(866) 650-2154
www.hotelwilshire.com

Hotel Palomar
10740 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(866) 650-2154
www.hotelpalomar-lawestwood.com

Let’s face it, your friends and family might be more comfortable if they didn’t stay on the trundle bed in your one bedroom apartment for Christmas. Consider sending them (or yourself!) off to one of LA’s Kimpton hotels for a relaxing treat. Mention the “Home for the Holidays” (BHOME) package when making your reservation and you’ll score a beautiful spacious room, seasonal beverage, $25 shopping gift card, and a late checkout for spending extra time with family.

(credit: City of Temecula)

(credit: City of Temecula)

Thursday, December 26

Snow Bell Rockin’ Nights
41000 Main St.
Temecula, CA 92590
(951) 678-1456
www.eventstemecula.com

Escape the city for a post-holiday getaway to the city of Temecula. After an evening of ice skating, jazz music, wine tasting, and fine dining, watch the hill above Old Town come alive to the Snow Bell Rockin’ Nights Show where lights and synchronized bells, as well as a nightly snowfall, create a magical and festive environment.

(credit: The Tournament of Roses Association)

(credit: The Tournament of Roses Association)

Friday, December 27

The Rose Parade Float Decorating & Viewing
Various Locations
Pasadena, CA 91103
www.tournamentofroses.com

The much anticipated Tournament of Roses Rose Parade will take center stage January 1st, but visitors can actually begin checking out the floats starting today, December 27th. Head to three different venues to watch as behind-the-scenes magic begins on floats with the addition of seeds, barks, fruits, veggies, and flowers. Volunteers are also needed for float decoration so check online for information on signing up.

(credit: Disney's The Lion King)

(credit: Disney’s The Lion King)

Saturday, December 28

The Lion King
Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 468-1770
www.hollywoodpantages.com

Give your loved one the gift of theater this winter and take them to the current run of the Lion King, which is about to wrap its run at the Pantages Theatre. The Lion King is a mesmerizing, stunning treat for the eyes and ears, and whether you’ve seen it before or not, don’t miss this show.

(credit: Downtown on Ice)

(credit: Downtown on Ice)

Sunday, December 29

Downtown On Ice
Pershing Square
532 South Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.pershingsquareicerink.com

Christmas may be over, but the festive holiday spirit is still alive and well at Pershing Square’s ‘Downtown on Ice’ outdoor rink. Grab someone you love and skate the evening away under the lights of the city.

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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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