LA Weekend Events Roundup Dec. 15-18

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for Dec. 15-18

Edited by Christina Xenos

LA Phil Holiday Sing-Along
Dec. 17. Enjoy singing your favorite holiday songs accompanied by the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s huge pipe organ. (Photo by Federico Zignani.)11:30 a.m.; 2:30 p.m. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.850.2000.




los-angeles-master-choraleMessiah Sing-Along
Dec. 18. The annual event features the Master Chorale and four talented soloists on stage for a performance of Handel’s most beloved oratorio of all time. The concert includes a sing along with the audience for the choral passages. Bring your own score or buy one in the lobby and join the chorus. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7282.




Glow Sword Battle LAGlow Sword Battle LA
Dec. 16. The massive glowing battle goes down at Pershing Square downtown. Pick a side (good or evil), reserve your glow sword and fight in the ultimate illuminated battle—all for charity. 8-11 p.m. Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., downtown.




holly jollyHolly Jolly Day
Dec. 17. Celebrate the holiday spirit at The Mixing Room at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. The event features private access to the L.A. LIVE ice skating rink. Also enjoy a hands-on treat station with cupcake decorating and chocolate fondue, along with festive cocktails and spiked hot chocolate. Don’t miss a meet-and-greet with Santa Claus, who will make a special appearance in a life-size gingerbread house perfect for photos (noon-4 p.m.). 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 900 West Olympic Blvd., downtown.




Redondo Beach Boardwalk CrawlRedondo Beach Boardwalk Crawl
Dec. 17. Grab your ugliest holiday sweater and hit the Redondo Beach Pier and adjacent boardwalk. Participating businesses like A Basq Kitchen, Kincaid’s, King Harbor Brewing and The Slip will offer live music, food and drink specials and raffle prizes for those who visit all four locations. Free parking in Redondo Pier parking structure. International Boardwalk, Redondo Pier, 21 W. Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach.




A Charlie Brown ChristmasA Charlie Brown Christmas
Dec. 16, 18. Grand Performances downtown features a concert tribute to A Charlie Brown Christmas. The Joey Altruda Trio performs classic songs, evoking the soulful, jazzy spirit of Vince Guaraldi. Dec. 16, noon; Dec. 18., 2 p.m.  300 & 350 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.687.2190.




Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of EnchantmentDisney on Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment
Dec. 15-18. Bring the kids to see their favorite Disney movies come alive on ice. The show features characters from Frozen, Cars, The Little Mermaid and Toy Story. Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show gets the audience warmed up. See website for showtimes. $25-$90, under 2 free. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 888.929.7849.




Enchanted: Forest of LightEnchanted: Forest of Light
Through Jan. 8. Visit Descanso Gardens for the inaugural interactive, nighttime experience that features a one-mile walk through 10 festive lighting displays. Highlights include “Pool,” an interactive light sculpture by artist Jen Lewin in which people manipulate colors by walking over lighted pads, and “Symphony of Oaks” which invites visitors to control the sounds and lights in the Oak Grove. On-site restaurant Maple also serves dinner from 5-10 p.m. each night. 5-9 p.m., closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200.




Chill at the Queen MaryChill at the Queen Mary
Through Jan. 8. The Queen Mary hosts this annual winter wonderland, which features outdoor ice skating, ice tubing and more. This year’s immersive Alice in Winterland experience reimagines Lewis Carroll’s classic story with color and light. Check website for hours. $29.99-$59.99. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0752.




snow-los-angelesSnow Los Angeles
Through Dec. 23. Los Angeles turns into a winter wonderland at the new snow-themed attraction, which offers 10,000 square feet of snow tubing across nine acres of snowfall. Also frolic with giant singing snowmen in a snowman forest, enjoy an interactive light show and find food trucks, drinks and more. Stadium Way and Scott Ave., L.A.




L.A. Zoo LightsL.A. Zoo Lights
Through Jan. 8. The holiday light experience combines spectacular sets and lighting design with the enchanting environment of the L.A. Zoo. Stroll through areas of the Zoo that are transformed into a fantastical wonderland populated by glowing light animals and gold touches in celebration of the Zoo’s 50th anniversary. 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.4200.




Teddy Bear Tea at The LanghamTeddy Bear Tea at The Langham
Dec. 17-24. Get in the holiday spirit with the little ones at The Langham’s annual tea. Enjoy the hotel’s signature afternoon tea—along with child-friendly sandwiches, cookies, hot chocolate, milk and other tasty goodies—paired with holiday decorations, a puppet show, storytelling by one of Santa’s helpers and pictures with Santa. Check website for times. $52/pp, $42/pp children under 12. 10 a.m. 1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., 626.568.3900.




Diamonds nhmMUSEUMS
Diamonds: Rare Brilliance
Dec. 16-March 19. Get your bling on. The U.S. debut of the gemstone exhibition at the Natural History Museum features a stunning 30+ carat Juliet Pink diamond, an exceptionally rare Argyle Violet diamond and other outstanding gems. Diamonds brings to light the rare properties of colored gemstones, the science behind natural colored diamonds and how the interplay of light and chemistry gives diamonds color. 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown, 213.763.3466.




Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across TimePicasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time
Through May 7. See more than 100 paintings, etchings and watercolors by artistic giants Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera at this new exhibition presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. The exhibit examines how both artists evolved from their classical training into modernism, with one of the galleries featuring works they created while living in Paris where they became participants of the avant-garde movement. LACMA presents their works in dialog with with dozens of ancient Greco-Roman, Iberian and Aztec objects to explore how the artists were influenced by antiquity. See paintings like Picasso’s first monumental neoclassical painting, Three Women at the Spring (1921) and Rivera’s Cubist Composition: Still Life with Bottle of Anis and Inkwell (1914-15), a painting owned by Picasso and never before displayed publicly. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.




Artists & FleasSHOPPING
Artists & Fleas
Dec. 17. Shop for holiday gifts and take part in hands-on gift making workshops as part of Artists & Fleas holiday marketplace. Learn how to craft jewelry, bows and ties, wreaths and more. See website for full schedule. 740 E. 3rd St., downtown.




Commerson RestaurantFOOD + DRINK
Commerson Restaurant
The new neighborhood spot of veteran New York and LA chef Sascha Lyon serves eclectic bistro fare with a French accent. Dine on menu highlights like the wild Pacific white shrimp and chorizo burger; grilled Reading raclette sandwich on Lodge bread; and roasted Creekstone Farms petit filet Mignon with seared Rougié foie gras. The restaurant’s wine selection focuses on varietals from France and Italy, while the cocktails lean toward fresh and simple with selections like the Call Me, Maybe with New Amsterdam gin, pink grapefruit and agave nectar. Celebrate Commerson’s grand opening on Dec. 15, with a complementary glass of champagne. Tues.-Sun.5 p.m.-1 a.m., lunch and brunch to arrive in the coming weeks. 788 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.813.3000.




Citizen’s Josh Goldman puts a boozy spin on the classic tradition with his 12 Days of Cocktails, starting Dec. 13. Imbibe on 12 libation creations for $12. Highlights include Coquito with aged rum, coconut cream and cinnamon; Mexican Hot Chocolate with anejo tequila, cinnamon, orgeat, Mexican chocolate and hot milk; and Trader Vic’s Cranberry Christmas Punch with vodka, cranberry cordial and lime. (Photo by Lindsay Glazer). 184 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, 310.402.5885.




The King and ITHEATER
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I
Opening Dec. 13. Set in 1860s Bangkok, this musical tells the story of the relationship between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, and features classic songs like “Getting to Know You” and “I Whistle a Happy Tune.” Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.




AmelieAmelie, A New Musical
Through Jan. 14. This mesmerizing new musical is based on the beloved Oscar-nominated French film of the same name. Hamilton’s Phillipa Soo stars as the quirky Amélie in this pre-Broadway production. Pre- or post-show, keep the Parisian theme by dining on French favorites from Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar, on-site at the Music Center. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.




queen LeenaneThe Beauty Queen of Leenane
Through Dec. 18. This dark comedy follows protagonist Maureen Folan and her aging mother, who meddles in her daughter’s romantic relationship with horrific results. Tony winner Garry Hynes helms this production by the renowned Irish Druid Theatre Company. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.




Through Dec. 18. Alena Smith’s (The Affair, Newsroom) Silver Lake-set comedy about aimless 30-somethings has its world premiere here. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.




Merrily We Roll AlongMerrily We Roll Along
Through Dec. 18. This rarely staged Stephen Sondheim work navigates the bumpy history of three friends who began their careers in show business together and features songs like “Good Thing Going” and “Our Time.” Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.