Cocoa & Carols
Dec. 2. Playa Vista’s RUNWAY transforms into a winter wonderland for a festive evening next to their new gingerbread house. Drop in for a cup of hot cocoa with a variety of sweet toppings while listening to a holiday carol performance. First come, first serve. Friday, from 6 p.m – 8 p.m. 12775 Millennium Drive, Playa Vista. runwayplayavista.com
Holiday Festivities at Santa Monica Place
Until Dec. 24. Celebrate the holiday season at Santa Monica Place as they transform into a winter wonderland with many special activities. Meet Santa in his brand-new house, enjoy live DJ holiday sets, and much more. Santa hours, Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica. santamonicaplace.com
Winter Holiday Bazaar
Dec. 3. Spanish restaurant Gasolina is hosting a winter holiday bazaar. Shop from fair trade artisans while enjoying signature cocktails and live jazz music. Saturday, from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. 21150 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles. More Info
Food + Drinks
“Best Burger” in Los Angeles
Until Dec. 12. Hank’s restaurant’s Double Diamond burger has been named the “best burger” in the Best of the Southland 2022 readers’ choice poll. To celebrate you can enjoy the award-winning burger with a special side and beverage for $25. Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. 1033 N. Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades. hankspalisades.com
World Cup Events at Bamboo Club
Until Dec. 18. The Bamboo Club hosts ongoing 2022 World Cup viewings in their outdoor tent throughout the games, providing fans a fun and energetic atmosphere to watch the competition with free admission and limited time food and drink menus. The schedule is available here. 3522 E Anaheim Street, Long Beach. bambooclublb.com
Epic Mega Cookie Co.
Now Open. Celebrity Chef Derrick Fox just opened Epic Mega Cookie Co. at RUNWAY Playa Vista. The shop features oversized cookies with creative flavors such as s’mores, caramel snicker doodle, peanut butter with pumpkin pie, and more. Open daily, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. 12775 Millennium, Box Shop A, Playa Vista. epicmegacookie.com
Bob ‘n’ Cars
Dec. 4. Goodboybob’s Santa Monica location is hosting a car meet up. Coffee and car lovers can partake in this community event as car collections from all eras are showcased and test driven. Sunday, from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. 2058 Broadway, Santa Monica. goodboybob.com
Starts Dec. 1. Restaurant and Bar, Encanto, invites everyone, naughty or nice, to enjoy a special holiday cocktail alongside traditional Mexican dishes. The Mexican chocolate raspberry martini is made with Ocho Blanco single estate tequila, Mozart chocolate cream liqueur, Chambord raspberry liqueur, Abuelita Mexican chocolate, cremé fresh, and a garnish of chocolate dipped raspberries. 2121 Hillhurst Ave, Los Feliz. encantola.com
Arts + Culture
Until Dec. 4. The Wallis Studio Ensemble presents a contemporary interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedies. Audiences are invited to a world of mistaken identity, unrequited love, gender fluidity, and class rivalry. General admission is $25. 6539 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles. thewallis.org
East Meets West II
Dec. 3. The Bowers Museum partners with Sino US Performing Arts Organization to present East Meets West II. This musical performance will feature two globally celebrated musicians, pianist/composer George Ko, and Dizi (bamboo flute) musician/composer, Bin He. Free Admission. Saturday, at 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana. bowers.org
Seeds of Happiness NFT Gallery Pop-Up
Ends Dec. 8. The Genesis Collection from artist Jimmy Paintz is a set of 8,888 custom spray-painted and hand-cut paper happy faces, each with their own unique attributes and artistic flourishes. The limited-edition happy faces live as NFTs on the Flow blockchain, giving audiences access to the cause. A portion of the proceeds will go to Cedars Sinai healing collection, Heart Support, Inner City Arts and Operation Smile. Open daily, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. 8254 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles. More Info
Photo credit: Santa Monica Place, Christine Barnes. Epic Mega Cookie Co., The Lead Pr. All images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.