No matter where you fall on the naughty-or-nice scale, we've got a to-do for you (John Waters-loving Grinches included). From light-bedecked boat parades to the chicest of indie-holiday pop-ups and craft fairs, these top 10 events are turning this town into a full-on winter wonderland — if only for a limited time. So, mark your calendars, grab some garland, and let's go!
Supper and Skate at L.A. Live
What: $30 for skate rental, ice skating under a giant 66-foot Christmas tree, and a major meal — what’s not to love? Grab a group of friends and head downtown to L.A. Live for a skate-off of epic proportions, then follow up the calorie burn with a top-notch pre-fixe nosh at either Trader Vics or L.A. Market.
When: Now through Wednesday, January 2
Where: L.A. Live, 800 West Olympic Boulevard (at South Figueroa); no phone.
The Groundlings Holiday Show
What: Don’t miss this improvisation and sketch comedy theatre that has been making Angelenos belly laugh for over 36 years. The Groundlings School is renown as the ultimate comedy training camp in Hollywood, serving as the launchpad for the careers of comedic greats including Jennifer Coolidge, Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Kathy Griffin, Lisa Kudrow, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, and many, many more. This year, catch the who’s-who of comedy at this season’s The Groundling Holiday Show, featuring the likes of Steve Little of Eastbound & Down, Jim Rash of Community, Annie Sertich from Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Alex Staggs of Modern Family — proof that this season’s iteration will not disappoint.
When: Now through Tuesday, December 18
Where: The Groundlings Theater, 7307 Melrose Avenue (at Poinsettia Place); 323-934-4747.
Coup Los Angeles Holiday Pop-Up
What: Since featuring the Crybaby Presents design duo in our 30 Under 30 feature, the stylish duo have gone on to continually impress. Joining ranks with Cult Gaia and The Tappan Collective for a holiday-themed showroom shopping experience, head over to shop Tappan Collective's indie-inspired artworks and Cult Gaia's ethereal headbands. You’ll leave with gifts sure to knock the socks off even your pickiest friends.
When: Now through Monday, December 31
Where: Coup, 7908 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Fairfax Avenue); no phone.
Apt2B + Alpha Pop Up at Satine
What: Leave it to the experts to provide impeccably curated gifting options for the man/guy/boy/boychild on your list. Look no further than the Apt2B + Alpha Pop Up at Satine this month for your gifting duties, which boasts an impressive array of grooming, entertaining, and survival essentials (think Jack Spade manscaping kits and Alpha's in-house denim brand). And, with Apt2B’s sleek, minimalist furnishings, there’s no way you’ll be able to walk empty handed.
When: Now through Tuesday, January 1
Where: Satine, 8134 West 3rd Street (at South Kilkea Drive); 323-655-2142.
Nutcracker at the Los Angeles Ballet
What: From the revered company that brought us sold out performances of Black Swan last spring comes a full month of Nutcracker. The Los Angeles Ballet is bringing Tchaikovsky’s famous holiday classic to five theaters across town, starting at the Alex Theater in Glendale and closing on the westside in Redondo Beach. Choreographed by LAB artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, this full-length Nutcracker is set in 1912 Los Angeles and promises to enchant even the most ardently staunch Scrooges.
When: Now through Sunday, December 30
Where: Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton Street (at Snowden Avenue); 562-985-7000; UCLA Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Court (at Charles E. Young Drive East); 310-825-4401; Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff Street (at Lindley Avenue); 818-677-3000; Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Boulevard; 310-937-6607.
Photos: Via L.A. Market; Courtesy of BWR PR; Courtesy of Coup; Courtesy of Apt2B; Courtesy of the Los Angeles Ballet
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