LA Weekend Events Roundup Dec. 1-4

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for Dec. 1-4

Edited by Christina Xenos

The contendersEVENTS
The Contenders 2016
Dec. 1–2, 5–8, & 12–15. The Hammer Museum collaborates with New York’s MoMA for this film series that screens the year’s best films, followed by talks by filmmakers and actors. Highlights include Jeff Nichols’ Loving, which explores interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving and their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia (Dec. 1); Kenneth Lonergan’s highly anticipated Manchester by the Sea (Dec. 5); and Jackie, starring Natalie Portman (Dec. 6). See website for complete screening schedule. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 310.443.7000.



Jingle BallJingle Ball
Dec. 2. 102.7 KIIS FM curates the annual concert at Staples Center, which features performances from Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony, Diplo, Alessia Cara, Lukas Graham and Daya, plus a special guest appearance by Niall Horan. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100.



Dec. 3. Get inspired at this independently organized TED event, when world-class innovators, thought leaders, designers, educators and explorers convene at the Dolby Theatre to share their visions of an Imagined Future. Tickets $250. Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.



david spadeHere Comes the Funny Tour
Dec. 6. Saturday Night Live legends Adam Sandler, David Spade and Norm Macdonald are just three of the hilarious headliners of this Netflix-presented show at the Microsoft Theater. 777 Chick Hearn Ct., downtown, 213.763.6030.



The Ritz-Carlton SpaThe Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles’ Glitz and Glamour Spa Soirée
Dec. 1. Get into the holiday spirit with an evening of pampering at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles. Enjoy one complimentary mini treatment, festive holiday bites, a glass of champagne or spiked apple cider and a 15 percent discount on retail spa products. Downtown Los Angeles’s new high-end retail store, Brigade LA, debuts at the spa with an exclusive pop-up during the event. 5-9 p.m., sign up upon arrival at the spa and treatments are available on a first come, first serve basis. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.763.4400.



Teddy Bear Tea at The LanghamTeddy Bear Tea at The Langham
Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 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.



Gloria SteinemGloria Steinem and Jill Soloway In Conversation
Dec. 4. CAP UCLA presents feminist icons Gloria Steinem and Transparent’s Jill Soloway in conversation at Royce Hall. Royce Hall at UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, L.A., 310.825.4401.




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.



Smorgasburg + Row DTLA Holiday Shopping
Dec. 4, 11, 18. Every Sunday in December (except for Christmas), head to the Smorgasburg Holiday Market for festive, tasty offerings from dozens of local food vendors. After filling up, stroll through the rest of hip new Arts District shopping destination Row DTLA, which is hosting a Holiday Collective featuring a curated selection of unique designers, artists and retailers whose sought-after jewelry, apparel and high-end finds are usually only available online. Snag items like first-class luggage from Away Travel or fashion illustrations from the Cartorialist. M-Sa 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through the end of the year. 777 S. Alameda St., downtown.,



Artisanal LA Holiday MarketArtisanal LA Holiday Market
Dec. 3. Shop from 70 local makers, crafters and chefs (many of whom are up-and-coming food brands). Also find live entertainment, craft beer and wine, carolers, crafts for kids and an ugly sweater contest. N. 1st Street at Huntington Boulevard, Arcadia. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.



Unique LA Unique LA Holiday Market
Dec. 3-4. Huge indie design show features handcrafted wares (jewelry, furniture and more) by 125 designers and artists. Free DIY crafts, photo-booth portraits, drinks and snacks. 11 am-6 pm. Admission $15, under 13 free. Parking $6. The 10th Floor at California Market Center, 110 E. 9th St., downtown.



Grand Central MarketGrand Central Market Holiday Marketplace
Dec. 3-4. Grand Central Market’s third annual holiday marketplace features retail and culinary pop-ups, cookie decorating and live music. Pop-up participants include Birch & Bone, Brown Bag Books, Courage & Craft, Farm LA, Hedley & Bennett and many more. Also find holiday breads from Clark Street Bread, potato knishes from Wexler’s Deli, tamales from Chiles Secos. See website for full schedule and participants. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 317 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.624.2378.


Find more Los Angeles holiday markets to shop this season


Terra CottaFOOD + DRINK
Terra Cotta
If you frequent shows at The Wiltern, it is hard to miss the stunning new restaurant next door from the Sixth Avenue restaurant team (Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong). The new Koreatown dining destination resides in the landmark Art Deco Pellissier Building, and offers a global menu from chef Danny Ye (Nobu New York City). Highlights of the menu include Campechana, a spicy seafood cocktail served with plantain chips; hot stone uni rice; and spatchcock chicken with aji verde salsa, aji amarillo mayo and Korean moo. Also find an eclectic wine list and wide selection of draught beer. Dinner nightly. 3760 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown, 213.365.1077.



McConnell’s Fine Ice CreamsMcConnell’s Fine Ice Creams
Opens Dec. 1. The Santa Barbara-based scoop shop opens its third LA outpost in the heart of Los Feliz this weekend. Stop by on opening day for special holiday flavors—pumpkin pie, peppermint stick and eggnog to name a few—and free scoops from 5-10 p.m. 4630 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.



Sycamore TavernSycamore Tavern
The new Hollywood sports bar offers 10,000 square feet of viewing opportunities on 55 flat screen TVs. Pair your game with fare like steak and fries, chicken parm pizza and smoked chicken wings. Just leave room for their deep fried fluffer-nutter for dessert. 7038 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.467.7038.



The NutcrackerMUSIC + DANCE
The Nutcracker
Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 16-18, 22-24. The Los Angeles Ballet performs Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday tale—here set in 1912 Los Angeles—at the Alex Theatre, Dolby Theatre, Royce Hall at UCLA and Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Special appearances by the cast of characters and Santa Claus at each performance. See website for schedule and ticket information. (Photo by photo Reed Hutchinson.) Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 818.243.2539; Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300; Royce Hall at UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, L.A., 310.825.4401; Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, 310.318.0610.



LA Master choraleFestival of Carols
Dec. 3, 10. Ring in the holidays at Walt Disney Concert Hall with your favorite carols and songs of the season sung to perfection by the Master Chorale. (Photo by Jamie Pham.) 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown.




Spider PavilionMUSEUMS
Spider Pavilion
Through Dec. 11. This year the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County takes its spiders outside to a new roomier pavilion. Observe the daily lives of spiders like the pink toe tarantula and the jumping spider in enclosed habitats, walk through orb weavers and their intricate webs and learn about all these amazing arachnids. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown.



Amelie, A New Musical
Dec. 4-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. (Photo courtesy of Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Photo by Cheshire Isaacs.) Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.



The WholeheartedThe Wholehearted
Dec. 2-11. Presented by the theater’s DouglasPlus program in association with La Jolla Playhouse, this multimedia production by Stein|Holum Projects follows a female boxer who is brutally attacked by her husband. Recommended for ages 16+. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.



Irving Berlin’s White ChristmasIrving Berlin’s White Christmas
Through Dec. 4. Based on the timeless holiday musical, this lavish stage production follows a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.



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.