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55 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [12-7-2018 to 12-9-2018]


Los Angeles supplies no restrict of issues to do, some superior and a few not so superior. Since time is valuable in this quick paced metropolis we curate an inventory of issues to do in Los Angeles for each weekend that’ll show you how to determine the way you need to spend your restricted provide of consideration (not to point out dollars!).

This weekend, from Friday, December 7 to Sunday, December 9, options 29rooms, Holiday Craft Party, Festival of Carols, Griffith Park Festival of Lights Hike, Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade, The Disgusting Food Museum and MUCH extra.


Remember you possibly can all the time go to our L.A. occasions calendar web page to get an up to date rundown of what’s occurring across the metropolis.

Hope you discover the rundown helpful and, as all the time, take pleasure in your weekend!

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Friday December seventh, 2018

1. The Pacific Opera Project presents “La bohème,” or “The Hipsters” all through the month of December. Set to present occasions the present follows the story of a number of Los Angelenos throughout a chilly SoCal winter as they deal with the town’s housing crises, love, jealousy and extra. Happening on choose days this month at Highland Park Ebell Club. Check for discounted tickets earlier than making your buy. DISCOUNTED (by way of Goldstar)

2. Join Refinery29 in an immersive set up throughout 29rooms at The Reef (December 5-9). The occasion will function 29 totally different interactive areas created by artists each native and worldwide. Experience embrace nameless palm studying, sound tub, a blindfolded multi-sensory ASMR tunnel, reside dance performances, and extra.

three. The Echo Park Craft Fair returns to Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake on December 7-9 with over 120 curated artist, makers and meals distributors.

Four. Street Food Cinema and Heritage Square Museum staff up for Yuletide Cinemaland. Enjoy a festive outside film screening expertise in a Victorian city sq. surrounded by Christmas carolers, meals vans, scorching chocolate, mulled wine and craft beer. Kicking off the collection is a screening of A Christmas Story. DISCOUNTED (by way of Goldstar)

5. Step right into a world of limitless creativity and unlock new realms of images inside Canon PORTALS, coming to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (Nov. 29 – Dec 16). The ongoing collection of occasions options photo-walks, workshops, and on-site digital camera specialists. FREE

6. Winterfest at Santa Anita Park kicks off the vacation season in type. This household pleasant occasion features a go to from Santa Claus, horse drawn carriage rides a Santa’s Village and petting zoo, carolers, seasonal meals, 80+ distributors and rather more. Winterfest continues Thursdays by way of Sunday from November 23 by way of December 2. Check for discounted tickets earlier than making your buy. DISCOUNTED (by way of Goldstar)

7. Enjoy a particular efficiency of The Nutcracker (Dec. 1 – 24.) by the American Contemporary Ballet on the 18th flooring of California Plaza in downtown. After the present, friends are invited by The Fairy for a celebration with stay music, champagne, and extra.

Eight. The Griffith Observatory hosts a month-to-month discussion board the place a few of the most superb phenomena in the recognized universe are defined and mentioned. It’s referred to as All Space Considered and it takes place on the primary Friday of each month. FREE

9. Here and Now transforms it’s newly opened area into a vacation bar referred to as Blitzen’s from November 28 by means of December 31. Get transported to the the North Pole and luxuriate in a snow machine, themed leisure like Bad Santa and carolers, and seasonal meals and drinks.

10. Holiday Concerts in the Pasadena Playhouse District, takes place on Friday nights from November 30 by means of December 21. This week Little Brazil will carry out in Vroman’s Courtyard FREE

11. LA Auto Show returns with  thousand automobiles on show. From Nov. 30 to Dec. 9 expertise numerous automotive reveals, mannequin debuts and extra on the LA Convention Center.

12. The Holiday Light Festival Train Ride at Griffith Park is a festive one mile experience on the tracks with tens of hundreds of lights to get you in the Holiday spirit. Running every day Nov 23 by way of Dec. 23 after which once more from December 26 to December 30.

13. Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a free immersive artwork expertise overlaying 12 acres of Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles. The artwork, projection and lightweight shows will illuminate paths and play off of the park’s most iconic parts, together with the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain. The holiday-inspired occasion will run nightly from December 1 to 25. FREE 

14. Rooftop Cinema Club returns with vacation themed screenings at their Los Angeles venues at LEVEL in Downtown LA and Hollywood location, NeueHouse. The areas will flip right into a Winter Wonderland with vacation decorations, snow and festive meals. This weekend they may display Elf, Home Alone, The Holiday and extra.

15. It’s that point of the yr to rejoice the vacation season, which is the primary function of Fa La Land, a pop up museum at Row DTLA. Guests will take pleasure in all kinds of installations like a Jingle Bell Toy Factory and a fluorescent “Fa La Forest.” Fa La Land runs Nov. 18 by means of Jan. 6, 2019. Happening Tuesdays by means of Sundays. Check for discounted tickets earlier than making your buy. DISCOUNTED (by way of Goldstar)

16. Since its the primary Friday of the month take a look at all of the cool occasions occurring round city together with block events and artwork walks for First Fridays.


17. Get into the winter spirit when ICE at Santa Monica returns with a Eight,000 sq. foot ice skating rink. Running November three, 2018 by way of January 21, 2019.

18. Free museum day: Norton Simon Museum (5 to Eight p.m.)

Saturday December eighth, 2018

19. The Walt Disney Concert Hall presents Festival of Carols a celebration of beloved vacation songs sung by the gifted Los Angeles Master Chorale. Songs will embrace each conventional and modern preparations.

20. Head down to Marina Del Rey for 2 vacation celebrations this Saturday. Snow Wonder will function actual snow for sledding, a fireworks present and enjoyable actions that embrace face portray, arts and crafts. The Marina Del Rey Boat Parade will function a plethora of vessels adorned with lights and decorations and visitors can be in a position to take pleasure in meals vans and a stay DJ all through the night. FREE

21. This Saturday there’s a Holiday Craft Party occurring at Crafted on the Port of Los Angeles. Workshops will vary from $1 to $10 every. Guests may even take pleasure in purchasing from distributors, artisanal snacks and beer from Brouwerij West. Admission into the get together is free.

22. The Renegade Craft Fair returns to Los Angeles State Historic Park in Chinatown December Eight-9 for a various showcase of a few of indie craft and design artisans and makers plus DIY workshops, native meals distributors, seasonal cocktails, DJ units and extra.

23. Smorgasburg takes over the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday for a vacation popup as a part of the Santa Monica Pier’s Wonderland by the Water collection. Admission is free.

24. Griffith Park Festival of Lights Hike 2018 takes you thru Griffith Park with a set of others holding vacation lights to create a glistening show of night time wanderers! The occasion will see individuals beginning on the Merry Go Round Lot 2 and ending at Dante’s Peak, with a quick cease at The Helipad at Griffith Park.

25. Westwood Village will host a festive household day that includes a free outside screening of the vacation basic Elf. The film begins at sunset and different festivities embrace a go to from Santa Claus, vacation themed photo-booth, reside music, youngsters crafts, and scorching cocoa.

26. KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas (Dec. Eight-9) takes over The Fabulous Forum with a killer lineup that features Smashing Pumpkins, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Death Cab for Cutie, Bastille, Greta Van Fleet, Bad Religion, Young the Giant and extra.

27. Santee Winter Wonderland is a full day of household friendley enjoyable together with face portray, arts and crafts, video games, meals and purchasing in the historic style district. The occasion will probably be held on 11th Street between Santee Street and Maple Avenue. FREE

28. On Saturday embark on a vacation pub crawl throughout Santa Monica’s greatest bars and eating places. The occasion will permit members to obtain offers and specials in any respect collaborating places. Attendees are inspired to come dressed in vacation outfits and there shall be a scavenger hunt with a grand prize on the finish of the night time.

29. Imagine a stay present constructed round adults confronting probably the most embarrassing artistic artifacts from their childhood… after which sharing these with a stay viewers. That’s the idea behind Mortified, a night of leisure the place adults share embarrassing issues they created as youngsters– diaries, love letters, lyrics, poems, residence films– with a gaggle of complete strangers.

30. Echo Park Community Parade will embrace dancers, golf equipment, automobiles and extra parading down Sunset Blvd. between Vin Scully Ave. to Park Ave. the day will even embrace reside music on the primary stage. FREE

31. Not your common vacation market, Bar Sinister’s Fifth Annual Holiday Shopping Bizarre is an alternate social gathering the place you’ll be able to rating distinctive and type of darkish creations whereas having fun with performances by the Sinister Go Go Girls and extra tantalizing performances in the Purgatory Pleasures Upstairs loft.

32. For The Record presents the world premiere manufacturing of Love Actually Live at The Wallis. The musical will convey probably the most beloved vacation films to life via an all-star forged and 15-piece orchestra. Playing December Four-31. Check for discounted tickets earlier than making your buy. DISCOUNTED (by way of Goldstar)

33. Sanctuary clothes will host a warehouse sale at their headquarters in Burbank with clothes beginning at $10. This is the perfect time to refill on coveted development items in addition to Christmas presents. You’ll be looking for a great trigger as 20% of the proceeds will go to the California Fire Foundation in help of victims affected by the Woolsey Fire.

34. Picture This!, L.A.’s solely reside animated comedy present, is again with one other free present at The Virgil in East Hollywood. During this present, see standup comics carry out as gifted animators, cartoonists and artists draw them reside. FREE

35. Descanso Gardens’ Enchanted: Forest of Light returns for an additional installment with a number of interactive shows and nighttime actions from November 18 by means of January 6, 2019 day by day. This seasonal occasion runs day by day. Check for discounted tickets earlier than making your buy. DISCOUNTED (by way of Goldstar)


36. ban.do will host an epic vacation occasion referred to as “the mall” on December Eight-9 at their Hollywood Headquarters. The pop-up will function tons of ban.do gadgets on sale in addition to different manufacturers plus activations like manis from colour camp, pretzels from Auntie Anne’s and extra.

37. The 72nd Annual Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade comes to Long Beach on Saturday with an entertaining show of boats of in all styles and sizes. This yr’s theme is “Star Spangled Christmas.” FREE

38. One of L.A.’s most magical vacation traditions, L.A. Zoo Lights returns November 16, 2018 via January 6, 2019 with hundreds upon hundreds of LED lights illuminating the zoo. This seasonal occasion runs day by day. Check for discounted tickets earlier than making your buy. DISCOUNTED (by way of Goldstar)

39. The Bai Holiday Ice Rink returns to Pershing Square from Nov. 15, 2018 to Jan. 21, 2019 day by day that includes a 7200 sq. foot outside ice-skating expertise. All kinds of occasions will happen all through the period of the rink.

40. The Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden presents Moonlight Forest, the place crafted lanterns line the backyard grounds, some depicting animals, shimmering unique flowers, and figures from Chinese legends. Happening Wednesdays by way of Sunday until November. Check for discounted tickets earlier than making your buy. DISCOUNTED (by way of Goldstar)

Sunday December ninth, 2018

41. The 37th Annual Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade will happen this Sunday beginning on the nook of Eastern and Sherman Canal at three:30 p.m. FREE

42. NextDayBetter is a Filipino targeted culinary occasion bringing collectively tastemakers and recreation changers for meals, libations and a hearth chat with Filipino cooks Alvin Cailan, Chase Valencia, Barb Batiste, Adrienne Borlongan and Johneric Concordia. The dialog will probably be moderated by Samantha Duenas a.okay.a. SOSUPERSAM.

43. Abbot Kinney Holiday Block Party  will convey out tons of of households for a day of vacation enjoyable that features sledding, purchasing meals vans, stay leisure, a road hockey rink and a Wintery Playground. FREE

44. CAAM Maker Fest welcomes all ages for a day of making led by native artists. Workshops embrace paper garlands and festive ornaments, figurative collaging and decoupage souvenir bins. FREE

45. The people behind the Museum of Failure presens The Disgusting Food Museum (Dec. 9, 2018 by way of Feb. 17, 2019.) Some of the ‘delicacies’ embrace maggot infested cheese, bull testicles, and sheep eyeballs. If you’re courageous sufficient, guests will even get to odor and style a number of the creations on the finish of the exhibit over at a tasting bar.

46. Celebrate the vacation season throughout a Queen Mary Christmas (every day Nov. 23 – Jan. 6) The special day will see Christmas spirit lining the well-known Long Beach vessel together with an 80-foot Christmas tree, quite a lot of vacation actions, an outside staking rink, musical performances, a 4D displaying of The Polar Express, and dinner exhibits on choose dates.  Check for discounted tickets earlier than making your buy. DISCOUNTED (by way of Goldstar)

47. Party With is Los Angeles’ new Instagram-ready expertise. Opening it’s doorways on Friday Nov. 16 in Westfield Santa Anita Mall, people can anticipate 15 premium photogenic installations like an infinity rainbow and a room crammed with glowing disco balls. Party With runs by way of January 27 and is open Thursdays by means of Sundays. Check for discounted tickets earlier than making your buy. DISCOUNTED (by way of Goldstar)

48. Sherman Oaks resident Mike Ziemkowski’s elaborate Christmas themed animatronic characters will return as soon as once more with Lights on Display a stunning mild present with a playlist of vacation tunes. Free to the general public, the 13-minute present runs nightly 6 to 10 p.m. from November 23 by way of January 1, 2018. FREE

49. The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice occurring at L.A. LIVE’s Microsoft Square is a every day outside vacation skating rink. Open November 10, 2018 by means of January 6, 2019.

50. Beautycon is providing a pop up expertise titled Beautycon POP from Nov. 16 by way of Dec. 16 every day that includes immersive galleries, make-up manufacturers, distributors, a salon and different magnificence associated actions. Check for discounted tickets earlier than making your buy. DISCOUNTED (by way of Goldstar)

51. Head down to The Fairplex at Pomona for the Chinese Lantern Festival the place the theme is “The Wild,” that includes animals represented in lanterns from 5 totally different areas of the world, Antartica, Asia, Oceania, Africa and America. Some of the bigger items stand all the best way up to 23 ft tall. The pageant run each Thursday by way of Sunday from Nov. 15 – Jan. 16.


52 Artist Ken Salter brings his experiential set up Garden of Strange Loops: So Tonight that I Might See to Gallery 30 South in Pasadena this Saturday. The unique exhibit will permit friends to work together with a “Reflecting Pool” whereas sensors monitor the visitors actions and rework them into one-of-a-kind psychedelic pictures in an immediate. The exhibit runs till January 27, 2019.

53. The Foodie Space (Nov. 21- Dec. 30) is the newest interactive pop-up museum designed for serial foodie photo-taker’s. Located in Pasadena the museum claims to poke enjoyable at society’s obsession with social media and #foodporn. Food-themed reveals embrace a big bowl of phở, glitter fries which you can marry and extra. Happening Tuesdays via Sundays.

54. Step right into a retro-inspired winter wonderland throughout Miracle at The Everly: Ever Bar occurring at The Kimpton Everly Hotel. The Christmas-themed bar open now by means of December 31 contains a sweet cane “selfie station,” a 15-foot inflatable Santa Claus, and a devoted Hanukkah Hut.

55. Free museum day:  Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you possibly can)

Drink Pick for the Week

This week’s decide by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.

December is the month of the Sagittarius new moon and Bar Franca in DTLA goes all out by internet hosting a religious night time of cocktails, herbs, crystals, and aura images on Friday, December 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. Guests can imbibe crystal-infused cocktails, partake in a tarot card studying by Harriet And The Star, or have their aura photographed by Jung Americans. Neon Altar will even be there together with her curated choice of crystals and different merchandise out there for buy.

Bar Franca is situated at 438 South Main Street Los Angeles CA 90013

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