Los Angeles

Weekend roundup

December 22 – 25


Holidays in Little Tokyo

Until Dec. 31. Little Tokyo brings you a full schedule of family-friendly events in DTLA this season. Check off your gift list during the holiday hop shopping event, capturing a photo with Shogun Santa, and enjoy the festival scene by the Christmas tree in Japanese Village Plaza. Times and dates vary, check website for more details. 250 E. First Street #201, Los Angeles. littletokyola.org

The Immersive Nutcracker – A Winter Miracle

Until Jan. 2. Experience a holiday classic like never before at the immersive holiday experience of The Nutcracker. Listen to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score immersed with special theatrical projections. Meet a life-sized nutcracker, and festive photo opportunities. Dates and times vary. 6400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

Holiday Dinner Specials


Dec. 24. Modern California restaurant Citrine is open Christmas Eve with a holiday tasting menu. Dinner highlights include egg caviar, Japanese buri (yellowtail), truffle risotto, Sonoma lamb loin and more. Tuesday – Thursday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday – Saturday, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Reserve Now.

The Feast of Seven Fishes

Dec. 24. ‘Tis the Season at Drago Centro in Downtown Los Angeles and they are celebrating the holidays by preparing a special menu called The Feast of the Seven Fishes Tasting Menu. Some of the highlights include a lobster cappuccino with vanilla foam, Takoashi octopus with miniature vegetables and herb salad, seared ahi tuna and more. For dessert, a wam ricotta profiteroles with mandarin sauce and toasted almond. Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 525 South Flower Street, Los Angeles. DragoCentro.com

Italian Holiday Feast at Mi Piace

Dec. 24. Celebrate Christmas Eve at a big Italian family feast at Mi Piace with signature menu items such as the ravioli con salsiccia, grilled double lamb chops, or spaghetti aragosta. For dessert, a must try is the Midnight Fantasy, a chocolate cake with Swiss bittersweet chocolate fudge and raspberry purée. Saturday, from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 25 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena. mipiace.com

Indian Cuisine for the Holidays

Dec. 24. Sugar and spice make everything nice this Christmas Eve at Arth Bar + Kitchen. The menu features tandoor starters and handcrafted breads, entrees, rice and desserts. The holiday cocktail is called the Old Monk’s Manhattan, made with Old Monk spiced Indian rum, banana liqueur, and cinnamon infused vermouth. Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City. arthla.com

Hamasaku’s Seasonal Menu

Now Open. SaMo’s Hamasaku is currently featuring a seasonal holiday menu. For starters, choose from the fat bastard oysters or Peruvian scallops, transition to mains such as the yuzu tostada, and finishwith their signature dessert, a Tokyo tiramisu. Tuesday – Sunday, times vary. 11043 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. hamasakula.com

Arts + Culture

Ain’t Too Proud Live at The Ahmanson Theatre

Until Jan. 1. Watch the smash-hit Broadway musical that follows the life of The Temptations as they journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Nominated for 12 Tony awards and the winner of the 2019 Tony Award for best choreography, Ain’t Too Proud  showcases the silky-smooth harmonics and signature dance moves to the group’s treasured hits, such as “My Girl”, “Just My Imagination”, “Get Ready”, and more. Times vary. 135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group

Now Open. LACMA introduces the first comprehensive traveling museum exhibition devoted to the Transcendental Painting Group. The members of the group sought to explore spiritually heightened abstraction by employing free-wheeling symbols and imagery drawn from the collective unconscious. Thursday – Tuesday, times vary. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. lacma.org

Holiday Shopping

Netflix Holiday House at The Grove

Holiday gifts at Netflix at The Grove

Until Dec. 31. Head to Netflix at The Grove as your one-stop destination to buy gifts for everyone on your list. They are offering a wide assortment of collectibles, apparel, books and toys that cannot be found anywhere else, including the popular Stranger Things Hellfire Club raglan, Squid Game accessories, and more. Plus head to the Holiday House section, packed with holiday theme photo ops with new shows like Emily in Paris and Enola Holmes. Open daily, times vary. 189 The Grove Dr G-10, Los Angeles. More Info

Photo credit: “Ain’t Too Proud”, Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson. Midnight Fantasy with Desserts, Courtesy of Mi Piace. QMS Holiday Set, QMS Cosmetics. Steak, courtesy of Citrin. Sushi dishes, Hamasaku. Old Man’s Manhattan, Photography by Tonelson. Shogun Santa, courtesy of Go Little Tokyo. The Immersive Nutcracker, courtesy of LighthouseImmersive. Another World, LACMA All images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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