LA Weekend Events Roundup Dec. 22-26

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for Dec. 22-26

Edited by Christina Xenos

LA County Holiday CelebrationEVENTS
LA County Holiday Celebration
Dec. 24. The 57th annual Emmy Award-winning LA County Holiday Celebration returns to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with a free (first-come, first-seated), family-friendly three-hour show on Christmas Eve, featuring bands, choirs and dance companies that honor LA’s many neighborhoods and cultures. (Photo by Ed Krieger.) 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.0711.




Arturo Sandoval Swinging Christmas with The Arturo Sandoval Big Band
Dec. 22. Trumpet virtuoso and 10-time Grammy honoree Arturo Sandoval leads a Latin-flavored jazz program for the holidays. 8 p.m. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.850.2000.




White Christmas Sing-AlongWhite Christmas Sing-Along
Dec. 23. Sing along to a screening of the classic holiday film with songs like “The Best Things Happen When You’re Dancing,” “Snow,”  “Sisters” and, of course, the iconic “White Christmas.” 3 p.m., 8 p.m. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.850.2000.




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.




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
Through Dec. 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.




The famed macaron merchant opens its first store on the West Coast at The Grove. The sprawling boutique—complete with a terrace—is much more than just a shop. Not only does it sell its prized macarons, pastries and chocolates, but also features a restaurant and tea salon. Highlights of the menu include the Champs-Elysées Club, a vegetarian version of the classic sandwich; Ladurée omelette with mushrooms, ham, cheese, tomatoes and herbs; and a tofu burger. Macaron flavors range from the classic (vanilla, pistachio, caramel with salted) to the seasonal (chestnut, coconut, violet), and you can order them from a stunning white marble bar in the front of the shop. 189 The Grove Dr., L.A., 323.900.8080.




Dec. 24. Dine on a seven-course Feast of Seven Fishes menu from chef and co-founder Bruce Kalman. Italian-American fish and seafood delicacies include braised octopus with chickpea conserva; cured mackerel with sunchoke puree; and halibut croquetas with fennel panna cotta, white truffle and cured duck egg. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. $140/pp. 626.795.5841.




Dec. 24. Celebrate at the new Beverly Hills restaurant over an array of offerings that include hand-crafted pastas like Ravioloni d’Ortica e Astice with Maine lobster, nettles, crema corallo and chive batons; Capesante Porcini e Polenta, seared diver scallops with Barata Moretti polenta, porcini mushrooms and crispy rosemary; and Brasato di Costine di Manzo, braised Wagyu beef short ribs with truffled Yukon gold mashed potatoes, heirloom rainbow carrots, parsnips and herb gremolada. From 5:30 p.m. 9960 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.405.0155.




Dec. 24-25. Head to the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills to celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On the night before Christmas, dine a four-course prix-fixe dinner with highlights like mushroom carpaccio, squid ink rigatoni and roasted fillet of cod ($95/pp 6-11 p.m.). On Christmas Day, indulge in brunch that includes Honey Baked Ham, an array of salads, and seafood offerings, from oysters on the half shell to Alaskan king crab to sushi. Kids’ items and an extensive dessert station including handmade pies, assorted gelatos and sorbets ($119/pp; $59/pp children 12 and under*). 300 S Doheny Dr., L.A., 310.860.4000.


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Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media
Through April 30. The new exhibition at The Getty Center features works by artists who turned to mass media—both print and television—for inspiration, starting in the 1960s. View photos and videos from artists who have used appropriation, juxtaposition and mimicry to create their art, commenting on the meaning of the images. (Photo © The Robert Heinecken Trust.) 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300.




Diamonds nhmDiamonds: Rare Brilliance
Through 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.




Hi-Lo Market
Just in time for holiday indulging, the new elevated Culver City liquor market carries everything you need for a perfect cocktail party. The shop aims to be approachable, but still offers an exclusive curated beverages, from local craft beers to small batch whiskeys and spirits. Pair your drinks with snacks, finger foods and bar supplies along with a fresh market selection of grab-and-go salads, sandwiches and other gourmet bites. 8582 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 424.298.8443.




la coliseumSPORTS
Rams vs. 49ers
Dec. 24. Celebrate Christmas Eve by watching Los Angeles’ very own Rams take on San Francisco at the LA Memorial Coliseum. 3911 S Figueroa St., downtown.




The King and ITHEATER
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I
Through Jan. 21. 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.