Events | LA Weekend Events Roundup 11.25.15

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 11.25.15

Edited by Christina Xenos

Hollywood Christmas Parade
Nov. 29. Celebrate the season with the 84th annual parade hosted by Grand Marshals Penn & Teller along with co-hosts Laura McKenzie and Erik Estrada. The parade winds through Hollywood and features floats, balloons, costumed characters, bands, equestrians and celebrities from Dean Cain and Montel Williams, to the cast of Jane the Virgin and even Grumpy Cat. 5 p.m. Parade starts on Hollywood Blvd at Orange, the U-shaped parade route will travel east to Vine, south on Vine to Sunset Boulevard and west on Sunset, back to Orange. Grandstand tickets on sale.


la-zooL.A. Zoo Lights
Nov. 27-Jan. 3. 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. View real reindeer, visit with Santa (on select dates), and enjoy holiday treats and goodies, all under the stars. (photo Jamie Pham) 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.4200.


kings-holiday-iceL.A. Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. Live
Nov. 28-Dec. 31. Channel your inner Kopitar and hit the outdoor skating rink at Micorsoft Square L.A. Live for ice skating, food and other holiday festivities. Buy your tickets at the rink or extend your night with a pre-skate dinner at a participating L.A. Live restaurant (Ford’s Filling Station, Rock ’N Fish, Tom’s Urban, Lawry’s Carvery, The Farm of Beverly Hills and Rosa Mexicano). Just ask for the Supper & Skate menu and you’ll get a prix-fixe meal, VIP front of line access, admission and skate rental. 800 West Olympic Blvd., downtown, 310.535.4400.


gettyHoliday Lights at the Getty Center
Nov. 28-Jan. 2. Stroll the festively lit courtyard, frolic in the Central Garden, sip free mulled cider and dance among the snowflakes during extended hours on Saturday nights at the Getty Center. The museum’s galleries stay open late, so you have plenty of time to view exhibits like The Edible monument: The Art of Food for Festivals, Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV (opening Dec. 15) among others. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 1200 Getty Center Dr., L.A.,


mission-innFestival of Lights
Nov. 27-Jan. 6. See more than 4 million holiday lights, appearances by Santa Claus, the world’s largest manmade mistletoe measuring 12’ x 8’, horse-drawn carriage rides, freshly fallen snow, horse-drawn carriage rides and more at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. In addition, there is an outdoor ice-skating rink on the Main Street pedestrian mall complete with holiday vendors and family-friendly entertainment. The property kicks off the five-week long celebration with a “switch-on” ceremony beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday. 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 951.784.0300.


Bolle-Roberto-1-cr_lucianoromanoStravinsky’s Apollo
Nov. 27-29. Top dancers from American Ballet Theatre join the Los Angeles Philharmonic on the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage for a performance of Stravinsky’s Apollo. The performance—choreographed by George Balanchine—features ABT principal dancer Roberto Bolle in the role of Apollo and is conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. In addition to Stravinsky’s Apollo, this program will include Britten’s Young Apollo and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. (photo Luciano Romano) Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000.


auto-showLos Angeles Auto Show
Through Nov. 29. Automakers get car buyers in gear with their latest and greatest offerings at this annual show, held at the L.A. Convention Center downtown. See debuts of production and concept vehicles. Hours vary. $5-$15, under 6 free. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 310.444.1850.


Turkey Trot Los Angeles
Nov. 26. Spend Thanksgiving morning in downtown L.A., partaking in a scenic 5K or 10K route through the area’s historic streets. The race starts at City Hall and takes runners past Grand Park and Walt Disney Concert Hall. There is also a Widdle Wobble 1K for kids. Take a photo with the 20-foot-tall turkey at the finish line. Proceeds benefit charity Midnight Mission. 5K: 8 am; 10K 8:30 am; Wibble Wobble 10 a.m. $25-$70. 200 N. Spring St., downtown, 310.821.7898.


Nov. 26. Celebrate the foodiest of foodie holidays over Executive Chef/Owner Kris Morningstar all-you-can-eat BBQ. At the restaurant’s first-ever Thanksgiving feast, you can dine on  traditional Thanksgiving dishes with all the fixings, while you chat with Morningstar as he carves the turkey. $45/pp. Noon-9 p.m. 8265 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.746.5130.


Nov. 26. Celebrate at the newly opened hot spot over a three-course family-style menu of Continental twists on American favorites by Executive Chef Michael Hung. Highlights include a selection of canapés, Galatine of Diestel Farms turkey with rosemary and sage gravy, smoked potato puree with creme fraiche and chives, brioche stuffing with wild mushrooms and truffle and caramel pear tartine. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $68/pp, $25/pp children. (photo Meghan Bob Photography) The Avalon Hotel, 9400 West Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.407.7791.


terraneaTerranea Resort
Nov. 26. Escape to the 102-acre seaside oasis to celebrate Thanksgiving in a variety of ways. At mar’sel dine on a family-style feast with upscale twists on traditional dishes; while bashi offers an Asian-inspired holiday menu. Things get more casual at Nelson’s, where you can watch your favorite football teams face off over a blue-plate special turkey sandwich along with pumpkin pie. Catalina Kitchen presents a family-style dinner of holiday favorites; or if you prefer a variety of options, head to the Terranea ballroom’s Thanksgiving buffet. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310.265.2800.


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Milk and Cookies Body Scrub
Escape the bustling streets of Beverly Hills and head to the tranquil oasis of the Peninsula Spa at the Peninsula Beverly Hills for their new Milk and Cookies Body Scrub. The seasonally inspired scrub uses Epicuren’s cinnamon vanilla honey brown sugar body scrub to smooth and hydrate your skin, creating an improved state of healing (cinnamon is known to stimulate and improve circulation). Once you’re all scrubbed down and rinsed off, you will get slathered with Epicuren’s silky Tahitian vanilla after bath moisturizer. Your experience ends sweetly in the spa lounge with snickerdoodles and milk. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.975.2854.


can-can-parleurCan Can Parleur
Pair your next mani with a Parisian soirée at the new organic nail and foot spa. Grab a glass of rosé and chocolate truffles and enjoy a variety of nail treatments using 5- and 7-Free polishes (Butter, RGB, Lauren B). They are also the only nail spa in Los Angeles licensed to do Bio Seaweed Gel nails—an organic chemical-free gel polish. The spa also offers organic spray tans, waxing and massages. Weds.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.  731 1/2 N La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.954.6900.