Happy Holidays! The Best Los Angeles Events This December 2017

Look no further for all the best Los Angeles holiday events this December 2017, from meeting Santa and his reindeer to singing Christmas carols, bar hopping for a good cause, and scooping up crafty gifts at holiday markets, this list of the city’s best events and things to do this season will help make L.A. a winter wonderland all month long.

Hamilton at Pantages Theatre
Through Dec 30
This is just a friendly reminder to not miss Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical and Broadway’s hottest ticket during its L.A. run.

ICE at Santa Monica
Through January 15
Bundle up and glide around an ice rink just blocks from the beach at the Santa Monica attraction.

Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square
Through January 15
Glide into the holidays and join us for ice skating in Pershing Square! The Bai Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square offers the quintessential winter activity in the heart of beautiful downtown Los Angeles. Surrounded by art, lively activity and the impressive city skyline, our outdoor ice rink lets you enjoy entertainment and ice skating in Los Angeles under the sun and stars.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
Until Sunday, December 31
The Broad’s first visiting special exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is the first institutional survey to explore the celebrated Japanese artist’s immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms. This exhibition will embark on the most significant North American tour of her work in nearly two decades, and The Broad will be the only California museum to host the exhibition.

Snow Los Angeles
Friday December 1 2017 – Sunday December 17 2017
Experience multiple winter themed synthetic tubing lanes built directly onto the giant hills of The Old Lodge at Montecillo De Leo Politi Park! Only 5 minutes from Downtown LA! Hop on a tube and fly through twinkling light archways, decorated trees and falling snow!

A John Waters Christmas
Sunday, December 3
John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, A Dirty Shame) to perform an unforgettable night of holiday mischief with his critically acclaimed one man show, A JohnWaters Christmas on December 3rd at The Comedy Store. Waters pokes fun at the holiday season with adult-appropriate humor, effectively “putting the X in Xmas,” developing a show for the open minded and slightly left-of-center audience.

Enchanted: Forest of Light
Until Sunday, January 7
Enchanted: Forest of Light is an interactive, nighttime experience unlike anything else in Los Angeles, featuring a one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens. Enchanted is a rain or shine event. Tickets have timed entry and must be purchased in advance.

LA Zoo Lights
Until Sunday, January 7
L.A. Zoo Lights is a not-to-be-missed nighttime holiday light experience that debuted in 2014 and has glowed brighter each year since. This year’s event promises to be even more magical than ever – with dazzling new displays and details throughout.

Museum of Failure
Friday, December 1 2017 – Sunday, February 4 2018
Museum of Failure is a collection of interesting innovation failures. The majority of all innovation projects fail and the museum showcases these failures to provide visitors a fascinating learning experience. The collection consists of a wide variety of failed products and services from around the world. Every item provides unique insight into the risky business of innovation.

Los Angeles Auto Show
Friday December 1 2017 – Sunday December 10 2017
One of the world’s largest auto shows returns with 1,000 vehicles December 1-10, 2017 at the LA Convention Center. Whether it’s hassle-free vehicle shopping, experiencing the latest technology or exploring an assortment of customized rides and exotics, there is something for everyone at the show. Tickets start at $5 for children, and $12-15 for adults.

Holiday Lamplight Celebration
Saturday, December 2 2017 – Sunday, December 3 2017
Witness as the past becomes the present among the beautiful glow of Victorian homes at Heritage Square’s annual holiday event.  $30 for Adults, $15 for Children over 6 years*. Members get 20% off tickets-limited and incremental to their member level. Advance reservations are required and can be made beginning November 1. *This program not suitable for children under 6 years. As an evening tour, guests need to be aware of dimly lit conditions, walking on uneven surfaces, up and down steps, and long periods of standing.

Culver City Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
Thursday, December 7
Celebrate peace, good will and the holiday season at this annual event. See Santa Claus as he makes a very special visit, all the way from the North Pole, in honor of Culver City’s Centennial. Downtown Culver City businesses provide the hot cider, hot cocoa, cookies and other festive treats that are sure to make everyone feel merry. Enjoy performances local choirs, as well as appearances by the Mayor and city council members. Culver City makes this holiday celebration “green” and energy efficient, lighting a beautiful 22-foot Rocky Mountain pine tree with over 7,500 warm-white LED lights. Stay afterwards for dinner at one of Downtown Culver City’s many restaurants, or take a stroll down the boulevards.

Friday December 8 2017 – Sunday January 21 2018
LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul. With a surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity.

Festival of Carols
Saturday December 2 2017 – Saturday December 9 2017
It’s the most wonderful – and our most popular– time of the year! Herald the arrival of the holidays with our annual selection of favorite carols and songs sublimely sung by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Artist-in-Residence Eric Whitacre will conduct this year’s array of festive treats, combining traditional favorites with new arrangements, and some additional seasonal surprises.

Marina Del Rey Boat Parade
Saturday, December 9 2017
The Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade organization is a volunteer-run, non-profit community organization that presents the parade with support from corporate and community sponsors, in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.

Echo Park Craft Fair
Saturday, December 9 2017 – Sunday, December 10 2017
The Echo Park Craft Fair is a 2-day art and design event in Silverlake, California, featuring work by over 120 artists and drawing thousands of guests. The Fair has become a pioneering showcase for the thriving Makers Movement.  Featuring a meticulous curation of work from some of the finest artists in America, the Fair celebrates innovators creating in a vast array of mediums – from ceramics to jewelry, perfumery to clothing design, woodworking to fabric art.

Dirty John Live
Monday, December 11
Dirty John spent 31 days at #1 on Apple Podcasts. Now, join us live for an unparalleled look inside the story, the characters and the issues behind Dirty John. L.A. Times reporter Christopher Goffard, along with expert guests and moderator Carolina A. Miranda of The Times, will take you deep inside the Dirty John story with live readings and music, never-before-heard audio and previously unseen material. They’ll examine the mind of a sociopath, the psychology of coercive control and the lasting effects of domestic abuse.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles Holiday Spectacular
Thursday, December 14 – Sunday, December 17
Over the hills and through the valley to Holiday Spectacular we go! Come home for the holidays with GMCLA for a family oriented show with everything from traditional holiday tunes to modern jingles with a stage full of Malibu Monks, Elves that are juuuuuust a little “extra,” Snow, Sparkle and a Santa or two.

Santa Monica Pub Crawl
Saturday, December 16
It’s almost that time of year again—when the frost is on the vine, the stockings are hung by the chimney with care and the silver bells are ringing. Ok, who are we fooling? There is no frost in LA, we all live in apartments and our smartphone ringtones are the only things ringing, BUT each December we DO have the absolute-best-time-you-can-have-on-concrete-under-palm-trees… The 2017 SANTA Monica Pub Crawl is set for Saturday, December 16th! Last year, more than 6,000 people crawled their hearts out to 30 bars, raising over $20,000 dollars for the Westside Food Bank!

Holiday Sing-Along
Saturday, December 16
Sing your holiday favorites like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Silent Night,” and everything in between, accompanied by Walt Disney Concert Hall’s huge pipe organ, a choir and a jazz combo. Hosted by the hilarious Melissa Peterman, it’s a jolly good time for the entire family!

Lady Gaga
Monday, December 18
Grammy and Golden Globe winner and Academy Award-nominated Lady Gaga is a one-of-a kind artist and performer. She has amassed an outstanding 30 million global album sales and 150 million single sales, making her one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Gaga is also one of the biggest living forces in social media with over 61 million likes on Facebook, over 65.1 million followers on Twitter and over 21.3 million followers on Instagram. Her fifth studio album “Joanne” was recently released and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, marking her 4th consecutive #1 album – the first female to do so in the 2010s.

Thursday, December 21
Though his musical endeavors as an artist, label exec and producer provide the foundation for Jay-Z’s empire, he’s also a successful serial entrepreneur. He’s made his mark in the fashion world with his Rocawear clothing line, and he’s branched into the sports world — first as a part owner of the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA, then as the owner of the Roc Nation sports and entertainment agency. As he rapped in one song, “I’m not a businessman / I’m a business, man.”

L.A. County Holiday Celebration
Sunday, December 24
Highlights of this year’s L.A. County Holiday Celebration include many performers returning to the show, including  Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble, which will perform a classical handbell piece that celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah; the Palmdale High School Choral Union and Sunday Night Singers, who will sing holiday songs; the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Band, which will play a medley of holiday favorites; the MUSYCA Children’s Choir, which will perform Christmas songs written by contemporary artists; Mostly Kosher, which will play upbeat Jewish folk and holiday songs; the Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Company, which will perform a Korean drumming dance; and Las Colibri, which will perform a collection of holiday songs.

Prohibition NYE
Sunday, December 31
For its 6th year, Prohibition NYE will return to the majestic Ticket Concourse at Union Station with the excitement and glamour of the Roaring Twenties. Experience theatrical burlesque, live jazz ensembles, a headlining DJ Set from GOLDROOM, and a premium open bar featuring champagne and specialty cocktails. Don’t miss Prohibition NYE’s signature 60 foot, midnight ball-drop celebration!

Sunday, December 31
What’s up Los Angeles? Dance your heart out and into 2018 with best friends, sweeties, friendly neighbors, and those cousins from out-of-town at the West Coast’s flagship New Year’s Eve celebration. Grand Park and The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. is the place to dream together and welcome new beginnings with a countdown on City Hall, live music, food, and photo booths in one big, beautiful, colorful Angeleno experience to remember! #NYELA

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