(credit: Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk)

This is the time of the year when money starts rushing out of your pocket, and there is no relief for at least another month. That does not mean, however, that your soul must starve for art and the pretty things that soothe your soul. Following is a list of five places in Los Angeles where you can enjoy art, film, music and dance in the upcoming days at no cost to you.

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Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 443-7000

There is much to be seen at the Hammer Museum, and visiting any day of the week means no entrance fee. On top of that, the museum organizes public programs that are free of charge, such as the showcase films and great exhibits. The museum has many upcoming exhibitions throughout the year. Visit Exhibitions for a list of the current ones.

(credit: Lee L./Yelp)

(credit: Lee L./Yelp)

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk
102 W. 4th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 784-2598

On the second Thursday of every month, Los Angeles welcomes hundreds of art lovers to the free Downtown Art Walk in the art galleries between 2nd and 9th streets on Spring and Main streets. Walk in and out looking at their exhibits and purchase whatever catches your eye. When you get hungry, enjoy the food at one of the local restaurants or from any of the dozens of food trucks parked nearby. You will also have the opportunity to listen to music as artists perform inside bookstores, galleries and theater entrance areas.

Related: Best Local Los Angeles Artists

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Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grande Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-7211

For over 50 years, Los Angeles County has organized a holiday celebration Dec. 24 filled with music, dance and other forms of performing arts. It is a grand event, three hours long, open to the public without a cover charge in one of the most beautiful venues in downtown Los Angeles — the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Those who cannot attend may also watch the performances on TV on KCET, online on KCET.org or listen on 90.7 FM.

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Dena Burroughs is a freelance writer living in Azusa, CA. She is a CSULA graduate with specialties in Creative Writing and Communications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.