Los Angeles

Weekend roundup

December 24-27


Dodgers Holiday Festival

Through Dec. 24. Calling all Dodgers fans! Celebrate with the 2020 World Champions at their home with a drive-thru holiday experience complete with light show, LED video displays, fake snow and interactive displays. Special displays honor the world champions and the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Open nightly 5-10 p.m. Starting at $55. 1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A. mlb.com

61st Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration

Dec. 24. A Christmas Eve tradition since 1959, L.A. County Holiday Celebration is uniquely L.A. with a little bit of everything from Folklorico dance to a Gospel choir to Hawaiian culture to jazz to Chinese New Year! It’s a showcase of the diverse cultures and talents from 22 different music ensembles, choirs and dance companies based in L.A. Fans can tune in or log on starting at 3 p.m. There’s also an encore presentation on KCET on Christmas Day at noon. 3-6 p.m. Free. musiccenter.org

Cinelounge Drive-In of Wonder Woman 1984

Through Jan. 7. Jump into action with the highly anticipated sequel to the superhero blockbuster film at Cinelounge’s drive-in theatre. Fans can buy tickets now to watch Wonder Woman 1984 as well as purchase 10 different flavors of Cinelounge’s popcorn in sealed packaging. Capacity is extremely limited; tickets and refreshments must be purchased in advance. FM radio is required for audio. Restrooms are available in the theatre lobby. Health and safety protocols will be strictly observed. $25 per person (two-ticket minimum per vehicle). 1625 N. Las Palmas Blvd., Hollywood, 323.924.1644. arenascreen.com

Food + Drink

STK Steakhouse’s Christmas Specials

Dec. 24-27. Feast upon a Christmas classic of roasted “Linz” prime rib, with confit fingerling potatoes, green beans and port wine shallots with black truffle Madera sauce ($69). Make it more decadent and add shaved truffle ($15) for an elevated dining experience. For a more traditional taste, opt for the roasted free range turkey breast special ($50), add a whole apple pie to finish it off ($49) and don’t forget the little ones ($39). Pre-orders and same day take-out and delivery available. 930 Hilgard Ave., L.A., 310.659.3535. stksteakhouse.com

Holiday Special at Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co.

Through Dec. 25. Light up your taste buds with an all-new, holiday special from Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. in Boyle Heights. Made in tribute to chef-owner Mario Christerna’s rich Mexican heritage and love for the traditional Mexican holiday dish of the same name, the Chile en Nogada pizza (pictured) is made with creamy mozzarella, ricotta, roasted poblanos and pomegranate seeds. Su, Tu-Th 11 a.m.-9 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $13. 2706 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., L.A., 323.968.1106. brooklynavepizzaco.com

NYE Kit and New Year’s Day Brunch Kit

Preorder by Dec. 27. Ring in 2021 in true Italian style with Eataly L.A.’s two festive at-home kits. The New Year’s Eve kit features a curated salumi and formaggi board; shrimp cocktail; cotechino con lenticchie (a traditional Italian dish for good luck!); panettone cake; a bottle of sparkling wine; an aperol spritz kit; and more (serves 2-4; $300). The New Year’s Day brunch kit features traditional strata with farm eggs and Rovagnati prosciutto cotto; white Moustache yogurt parfait; a box of housemade pasticcini; a bellini cocktail of prosecco and peach; and more (serves 2-3; $135). Email la-preorders@eataly.com to preorder then pick-up on Dec. 31. eataly.com

Cassia’s Pastrami Hoagie

Through Dec. 30. Chef Bryant Ng of Cassia is going for pure comfort with this brand-new special, exclusively available for takeout through Tock. The Cassia pastrami hoagie comes on a garlic-scallion roll with brown mustard, Provolone, Swiss cheese, 1000 dressing coleslaw and curried ground short rib, served with a small Caesar salad and french fries dusted with Vietnamese-cajun seasoning—all for $39. Su-Th 4-8 p.m., F-Sa 4-9 p.m. 1314 7th St., Santa Monica, 310.393.6699. Order Online

Arts + Culture

Virtual Viewing Stones Show

Begins Dec. 26. The California Aiseki Kai presents its 31st annual show virtually this year, featuring outstanding examples of suiseki (small naturally occurring or shaped rocks) and other viewing stones. Practiced in Asia for centuries and gaining popularity around the world, the art of viewing stones invites contemplation of the subtle, often fanciful forms that have been shaped by nature, the elements and time. In addition, the American Viewing Stone Resource Center presents two complementary virtual displays to introduce children of all ages to the appreciation and display of natural stones. Free. huntington.org

Alex Prager’s Farewell, Work Holiday Parties

Through Jan. 3. While indoor galleries at LACMA remain closed, the museum welcomes the public to walk up to the art sculptural installation, Farewell, Work Holiday Parties by L.A.-based artist Alex Prager, on the Smidt Welcome Plaza. In this installation, Prager satirizes a specific part of working life, drawing on pop culture tropes to create a simulation of office holiday parties. On view outdoors daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. lacma.org

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Through Jan. 3. Experience the magic of Tchaikovskyʼs holiday classic with a up-beat twist. Presented by Center Theatre Group and recorded live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a holiday mash-up directed and choreographed by Olivier Award nominated choreographer Jennifer Weber. This contemporary dance spectacle is set to Tchaikovskyʼs timeless music performed by a cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist and show opener MC Kurtis Blow—one of hip hopʼs founding fathers. See website for schedule. $20 GA, $50 VIP. centertheatregroup.org

Photo credits: “Wonder Woman 1984” poster courtesy Philip Sokoloff. Chile en Nogada pizza by Jakob Layman. Cassia credit Bryant Ng. Alex Prager, Holiday Party, 2020, © Alex Prager, photo courtesy Alex Prager Studio and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London. All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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