Los Angeles Weekend Events Roundup December 5-8

Santa’s Salad at Blitzen’s holiday pop-up

W Hotel Office Party, Echo Park Craft Fair, Breakfast With Santa, Swan Lake and more … Check out the top Los Angeles weekend events for December 5-8

Edited by Alicia Luchak.

 

EVENTS

 

Crystal Wreath Making Workshop 
Dec. 5. Get festive and crafty w
ith Tiny Bandit and Fun Fete LA while you make your own one-of-a-kind holiday decor. Mingle with fellow crafters as you imbibe wine and snack on some light bites. All supplies are provided, so just bring yourself—and any friends who feel like getting creative. 7-10 p.m. $60. Tripli-Kit Pop-Up Workshop Space (next to Healthy Spot), 12775 W. Millennium Drive, Suite 2120, Playa Vista. Tickets

 

 

 

Handmade Ornaments Show 
Dec. 5- 22. Peruse the iam8bit gallery and comb through unique handcrafted tree ornaments that bring a refreshing twist of creativity to holiday shopping. In an age where the season can get so overly commercialized and mass-produced, this sixth annual Handmade Ornaments Show’s one-of-a-kind multimedia pieces will be perfect additions to anyone’s Christmas tree. An opening reception is on Dec. 5, from 7-10 p.m. F 5-9 p.m; Sa 1-9 p.m; Su 1-5 p.m. Free admission. All ages welcome. iam8bit, 2147 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. More info

 

 

W Hotel Office Party
Dec. 5. Mix and mingle (to a jingling beat) with fellow working professionals at the Loft rooftop bar over cliche “office party” activities, like pingpong and a photo booth. Enjoy complimentary passed bites and live DJ sets by Mayer Hawthorne and Matt Suave. Expect fun themed decor like spiked coffee with doughnuts and water coolers filled with Jungle Juice.
Dress code is “business” casual. 5:30-10 p.m. W Hollywood Hotel, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Tickets

 

 

 

Constitution Happy Hour
Dec. 6. As part of artist Linda Pollock’s Constitution Cafe project, this Friday’s Constitution Happy Hour will feature guided topical debates and conversations on democracy and the U.S. Constitution over drinks at the Hammer Museum. For more information on the schedule, visit the website. 6-8 p.m. Free. Cash bar and snacks for purchase. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.443.7000. mydailyconstitution.org

 

 

 

Echo Park Craft Fair
Dec. 6-8. This popular homegrown arts and design event—celebrating its 10th anniversary here—showcases the wares of talented local artisans. Shop for jewelry, clothes, ceramics, perfume and more. A portion of all ticket sales benefit Inner City Arts. Friday Preview Party 6-9 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-6 pm. Preview Party $35; one day $15; weekend pass $24, under 13 free. Mack Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Ave., L.A. echoparkcraftfair.com 

 

 

 

Breakfast With Santa
Dec. 7. 
Come to Santa Monica Place’s annual festive breakfast celebration for breakfast treats, face painting, crafts, a magical holiday concert by Kiddle Karoo and, of course, photos with little old Saint Nick. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP on the site, reserve your photos with Santa and don’t be late! Adult tickets are free, but still require an RSVP for seating purposes. 9-10:30 a.m. $5. Check out our instagram post to see how you can win two tickets! Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place, Food Court Level 3, Santa Monica. RSVP

 

 

CicLAvia—The Valley 
Dec. 8. Five miles of L.A.’s normally congested streets turn into a car-free park for a walk and bike tour through Canoga Park, Winnetka and Reseda during this San Fernando Valley iteration of the beloved open-streets event. The nonprofit organization aims to put in motion (pun intended) a healthier lifestyle and cleaner air quality while bringing the community together in a less congested environment. See website for route details. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 213.355.8500. ciclavia.org

 

 

 

Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks
Dec. 8. The picturesque beachside city’s annual holiday celebration features a Skechers-sponsored snow park, a Santa float and live music, capped off by a fireworks show over the pier. Snow park, float 4 pm; fireworks 7 pm. Free (new, unwrapped toy, cash donation or canned foods to benefit the YMCA Adventure Guides Toy Drive requested for snow park admission). 2 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. mbfireworks.com

 

 

 

 

FOOD + DRINK

 

 

Lucques Cook Book Supper: Oaxaca
Dec. 8. The book-inspired dinner series returns to Lucques this Sunday with Guelaguetza chef
Bricia Lopez as she gives everyone a peek into her new cookbook, Oaxaca: Home Cooking From the Heart of Mexico. The exclusive menu will feature multiple courses of colorful dishes such as pasta de frijol negro, tacos de barbacoa de chivo and goat neck tacos in broth. For dessert, Bricia will be preparing her special gelatin de tres leches con jerez with quince and candied walnuts. Cocktail and wine pairings come courtesy of Christiaan Röllich and Caroline Styne. $75. Lucques, 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.6277. Tickets

 

 

Bona Furtuna Dinner Series
Through Dec. 23. Osteria Cal Mare is hosting a charitable dinner series this holiday season in collaboration with Sicilian farm Bona Furtuna, the source of Osteria’s fine imported ingredients. This month, savor five carefully crafted courses tailored to highlight the farm’s estate-grown olive oil, fresh produce, sauces and hand-harvested herbs. Bona Furtuna’s culinary gift sets—a perfect holiday gift for any foodie—will be available for purchase. Partial proceeds from the tasting menu and the gift sets will be donated to No Kid Hungry. Served daily, starting at 5:30 p.m. $75. 8500 Beverly Blvd., Suite 115, L.A. michaelmina.net

 

 

Birds & Bees Herb-Based Cocktail Menu
Through Dec. 31. This month, as part of his rotating themed drink series, Birds & Bees bar manager Jake Larowe has mixed up four fresh herbal cocktails. For a limited time, the hidden ’50s-inspired basement bar is serving the Fruit Cake Side Car (a holiday-esque cranberry ginger cocktail), What’s the Dill (a Scandinavian-inspired citrus drink with housemade dill liquor), Suzy Q (a light and fruity winter refreshment with gentian liqueur) and Coco Verde (a fresh take on the minty grasshopper cocktail, with white peppercorn tincture). 207 S. Broadway B, downtown, 213.537.0510. birdsandbeesla.com

 

 

Blitzen’s Holiday Pop-Up Bar 
Through Dec. 31. There’s no place like Blitzen’s for the holidays. At Here and Now’s over-the-top holiday pop-up, watch the snow fall outside as you enjoy treats like warm Matzoh Ball Soup and cocktails like You Go Glenn Cocoa and Yule Shoot Your Rye Out. In the spirit of giving, the bar teamed up with PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), so you get a free cup of punch when you bring in a quart-sized bag of toiletries to donate. Join the party this Thursday for a visit from Santa from 9-11 p.m. On Sunday, slip into your coziest PJs and enjoy a screening of the holiday classic, Elf at 6 p.m. See website for schedule. 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., downtown. hereandnowdtla.com

 

 

ARTS + CULTURE

 

 

Disney’s Frozen
Playing now. 
Bring the kids to the Pantages to see the popular animated film Frozen come to life onstage. The Tony-nominated Broadway musical based on the wintry Disney favorite arrives in Hollywood. Expect to hear the film’s catchy songs, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. Tickets

 

 

 

A Christmas Carol 
Dec. 4-8. 
Revisit Charles Dickens’ timeless holiday story of redemption with this mesmerizing one-man performance. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000. Tickets

 

 

 

 

The Thanksgiving Play 
Through Dec. 6. 
See Thanksgiving in a new light after watching Larissa FastHorse’s satire at the Geffen, which follows three “woke” white thespians as they struggle to plan a politically correct elementary school pageant for the holiday. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454. Tickets

 

 

 

The Nutcracker
Dec. 7-8. The Los Angeles Ballet performs the beloved holiday tale about Clara and her Nutcracker—set in 1912 Los Angeles—at the Alex Theatre, Royce Hall at UCLA, Dolby Theatre and Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. The Dolby Theatre shows feature the Los Angeles Ballet Orchestra. Shows continue through Dec. 29. See website for schedule and prices. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 818.243.2539; Royce Hall at UCLA, 10745 Dickson Court, L.A., 310.825.4401; Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300; Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, 310.937.6607. Tickets

 

 

Love Actually Live 
Through Dec. 29.
For the Record’s first-of-its-kind, theatrical cinema experience brings the beloved Christmas film Love Actually to life with carols and pop hits performed by an all-star cast of singers and an orchestra. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000. Tickets

 

 

 

 

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake 
Through Jan. 5. 
Choreographer Matthew Bourne’s powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is reimagined here, but it retains its iconic elements, including replacing the female corps de ballet with a “menacing male ensemble.” Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. Tickets

 

 

 

 

Photos: Crystal Wreath Making Workshop courtesy Tripli-Kit. Handmade Ornaments Show courtesy iam8bit. W Hotel Office Party @whollywoodhotel/Facebook. Breakfast with Santa courtesy Santa Monica Place. Constitution Happy Hour courtesy Hammer Museum. Echo Park Craft Fair courtesy @echoparkcraftsfair/Facebook. CicLAvia courtesy @ciclavia/Facebook. Manhattan Fireworks courtesy @mbparksandrec/Facebook. Lucques Cookbook Supper courtesy of OAXACA. Osteria Cal Mare Holiday Menu courtesy Bona Furtuna. Birds & Bees Herb-Based Cocktail Menu courtesy Birds & Bees. Blitzen’s Holiday Pop-Up Bar courtesy Here & Now. Disney’s Frozen courtesy @pantagestheatre/Facebook. A Christmas Carol courtesy Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The Thanksgiving Play courtesy @geffenplayhouse/Facebook. The Nutcracker credit Reed Hutchinson. Love Actually Live photo by Kevin Parry. Swan Lake courtesy the Ahmanson Theatre

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