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LA Weekend Events Roundup December 14-17

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From new dining establishments to a festive Santa-themed pub crawl, here are the top LA weekend events for December 14-17.

Edited by Christina Wiese.


CHILL at the Queen Mary CHILL at the Queen Mary 
Opens Dec. 13. The Queen Mary’s all-new CHILL experience features the U.S.’ first-ever Ice Adventure Park and a tribute to cultural traditions from around the world, with a global sampling of food, music and live entertainment. The 38,000-square-foot Ice Adventure Park offers ice skating, an ice track, ice bumper cars, ice tricycles, a zip line, ice shuffleboard, a two-story ice-tubing slide and more. Check website for hours. $19.99-$29.99. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0752. queenmary.com



SANTA Monica Pub CrawlSANTA Monica Pub Crawl
Dec. 16. Don your best Santa or holiday attire and traverse through more than 35 bars and restaurants to help raise money for those in need. Crawlers will receive a wristband and can choose from different routes along Wilshire, The Pier, Third Street Promenade and Main Street; each participating establishment will offer special drink and food specials. Event benefits Westside Food Bank. 21+. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 advance, $20 week of. See website for participants and routes.   santamonicapubcrawl.com



City Highlights Tour at Skyspace LASPONSORED
City Highlights Tour at Skyspace LA

Ongoing. Skyspace now offers a complimentary City Highlights tour with every general admission ticket. Fall in love with L.A. by learning more about the city’s history, pop culture, art, film and architecture. Daily tours last 35-40 minutes and depart on the hour beginning at 11 a.m. from the north-facing side of the 69th floor. 633 West Fifth St. #840, downtown, 213.894.9000. Tickets




Artisanal LAArtisanal LA Holiday Market
Dec. 15. Celebrate the city’s finest local, sustainable and handmade goods from both emerging and established artisans. The family-friendly market makes its final stop of the season in downtown L.A. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See website for special activations. Bank of America Plaza, 333 S. Hope St., downtown. artisanalla.com




Holly Jolly DayHolly Jolly Day
Dec. 16. This third annual event returns to the JW Marriott with a festive, family-friendly lineup. Start with a morning feast featuring sweets like a hot chocolate bar, towering chocolate fountain and cooking decorating station, or opt for savory treats such as red and green deviled eggs and pigs in a blanket. Other highlights include private ice skating around a twinkling tree and a visit from Santa Claus. On your way out, don’t forget to take a peek at the life-size gingerbread house bar. Ice skating 9:30-11:30 a.m., holiday food and Santa 10 a.m.-noon. $30-35 adults, $18-$20 kids under 12. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown. Tickets



Modern Artisan MarketplaceModern Artisan Marketplace
Dec. 16. With an eye on bridging the gap between artisan markets and an elevated retail experience, this local marketplace makes its final appearance of 2017 at Platform LA. Guests will find an exceptional lineup of 60+ unique brands covering fashion, beauty, home goods and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Platform LA, 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City.   shopthemam.com




Street Food CinemaStreet Food Cinema: ‘Elf’
Dec. 16. Enjoy live music and food from the city’s top trucks at this month’s festive outdoor screening of holiday classic, Elf. See the website for full details. Doors 6 p.m., movie 8 p.m. $22-$38. 323.254.5068. streetfoodcinema.com





Disney on Ice presents ‘Follow Your Heart’ Disney on Ice presents ‘Follow Your Heart’ 
Dec. 14-17. Bring the kids to see their favorite Disney movies come alive on ice. The show features characters from Frozen, Inside Out, Finding Dory and Toy Story. See website for showtimes. $25-$100, under 2 free. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 888.929.7849. disneyonice.com





Beauty and the Beast photo by F. Scott Schafer. Art direction by Melchior Lamy.‘Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose’
Dec. 14-24. Broadway veterans and La La Land choreographer Mandy Moore put a holiday spin on the classic fairy tale. See website for showtimes. $28-$115. Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. visitpasadena.com






Snow Day L.A.Snow Day L.A.
Through Dec. 16. The L.A. winter wonderland experience offers multiple lanes for tubing, falling snow, decorated trees and ice skating. Also enjoy a giant snow globe photo booth, food and drinks and a VIP penguin lounge. The Old Lodge, 2002 Stadium Way, L.A. snowdayla.com





Upcoming | Opens Dec. 18. Step aside Museum of Ice Cream, there’s a new Instagrammable sweetheart in town. Explore the sugarcoated dreamworld, from the mind of celebrity candy stylist Jackie Sorkin, through larger-than-life installations and a dozen themed rooms inspired by pure, sugary bliss. And of course, all while nomming on candy samples. $30 adults; $23 children ages 4-12; Free for children 3 and under. 2627 Medford St., L.A. candytopia.com





The Fountain BarThe Fountain Bar
Now Open. Find the latest concept from Blue Ribbon Restaurants nestled next to The Grove’s marquee fountain. Relish on light, fresh bites like Farm Fresh Deviled Eggs or opt for speciality cocktails such as the Strawberry Margarita (bell pepper-infused tequila, strawberries, lime). In addition to cocktails and a well-rounded offering of wines and beers, guests can also customize drinks with a “Build Your Own” Gin & Tonic bar, choosing a varietal of gin, tonic and garnishes. For a limited-time only (through Dec. 31) fans of Star Wars can also select The Dark Side cocktail—served with Underberg (a German digestif) and when sipped turns the cocktail red—or The Force cocktail, served with a bulb of cucumber juice that turns bright green when squeezed.11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. 189 The Grove Dr., L.A. thegrovela.com



SHUK Pop-Up in Santa MonicaSHUK Pop-Up in Santa Monica
Dec. 14-17. Experience quintessential Middle Eastern cuisine and culture at this pop-up dinner series inspired by the buzzing, open-air markets of Jerusalem. Guests will enjoy an array of playful riffs on classic dishes such as a Brisket Rendang Tagine accompanied by fresh laffa bread alongside modern takes likes Falafel Stuffed Charcoal Pita or Green Labneh with Roasted Mushrooms. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. $55/pp, full bar menu available. 2424 Main St., Santa Monica. shukpopup.com




Milk Bar x Jon & Vinny’s: Backyard Besties Bake Sale

Milk Bar x Jon & Vinny’s: Backyard Besties Bake Sale
Dec. 15. Put a sprinkle in your step and get a taste of Milk Bar before it makes its L.A. debut in 2018. Meet James Beard Award-winning chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, as well as the Milk Bar team, while you try confetti cookies, cake truffles and Milk Bar’s famous crack pie. First 50 guests will receive a Milk Bar tote bag. 3-9 p.m. or until treats run out. Credit cards only. 412 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. facebook.com




Champagne & Sparkling Wine DinnerChampagne & Sparkling Wine Dinner
Dec. 14. Celebrate the weekend early with an intimate dinner and bubbly pairing at Le Petit Paris in the heart of DTLA. Expect five courses of savory eats courtesy of executive chef Baptiste Griller and pastry chef Stephane alongside Champagne and sparkling wine sips from four beloved wine regions of France. 7 p.m. $139, tax and gratuity included. Le Petit Paris, 418/420 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.217.4445. lepetitparisla.com




Cigar Bar Pop-UpCigar Bar Pop-Up
Dec. 14. The InterContinental Los Angeles Century City welcomes cigar aficionados and whiskey lovers for a special, one-time pop-up experience. Enjoy a high-grade cigar hand-rolled by Josh Ampe of Fumar Cigars while sipping on a curated tasting flight featuring some of the rarest craft whiskeys from around the globe. 6-9 p.m. 2151 Avenue of the Stars, L.A. intercontinentallosangeles.com




The SpotThe Spot
Through Dec. 17. Haute Chefs L.A. and Indy Bev have joined forces this holiday season to create a one-of-kind pop-up restaurant bar and lounge at ROW DTLA. Savor bites like golden couscous salads with sultan currants; tartines topped with ricotta, fig, prosciutto, and arugula; and for dessert, a sea salt caramel Pot De Créme. The mouthwatering menu is served alongside craft cocktails and bold, floral art installations. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Market Row, 777 S. Alameda St. #100, downtown. rowdtla.com





Cult Gaia Pop-UpCult Gaia Pop-Up
Through Dec. 31. Founded by L.A. native Jasmin Larian, viral fashion label Cult Gaia is making a special holiday appearance at the iconic Melrose Place. Shop the well-known statement Ark Bag alongside an expanded 88 piece Resort collection featuring original print dresses and versatile separates perfect for Angelenos and sun-bound travelers. M-Sa 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 8441 Melrose Pl., L.A. cultgaia.com





Now Open. Shop your wanderlust and discover carefully curated travel treasures at the new boutique within Farmer’s Daughter Hotel. Perfect for locals and visitors alike, owner Ellen Picataggio sources art, books, eyewear, accessories and clothing from local makers so each individual can take a small piece of Los Angeles home with them. 115 S. Fairfax Ave., L.A. inmybaggage.com




HPE Clothing (Human Performance Engineering) HPE Clothing (Human Performance Engineering)
Now Open. One of the top technical sports apparel brands, originally founded in the UK, has finally landed on the West Coast. The brand-new Brentwood retailer specializes in FRESHFIT® technology which prevents bacterial build up and moisture management, and counts celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Kim Kardashian among its fans. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Brentwood Town Center, 13050 San Vicente Blvd., Unit 116, L.A. hpeclothing.com





Dec. 14. Kanye West meets Beethoven in this musical mash-up at the historic Belasco Theater. Experience a radical fusion of musical time and temperaments as a full orchestra compares and contrasts the works of two revolutionists. VIP tickets include pre-concert reception with a hosted bar and meet-the-artists opportunities. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show. $35 advance; $50 day of; $250 VIP. The Belasco Theater, 1050 S. Hill St., L.A. ymf.org




Miracle on 34th StreetMiracle on 34th Street
Dec. 14-23. Alfred Molina (Chocolat, Frida, Spider-Man 2), Peri Gilpin (Frasier) and Beth Grant (Donnie Darko) star in this live performance of the original 1940s radio broadcast, complete with a live foley artist and a twinkle of holiday cheer. See website for show times. $25-$65, members receive 20 percent off tickets. 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.256.7529. pasadenaplayhouse.org




‘Chasing Mem’ries: A Different Kind of Musical’ photo by Chris Whitaker‘Chasing Mem’ries: A Different Kind of Musical’
Through Dec. 17. Tyne Daly and Robert Forster star in this touching play—having its world premiere here—with songs written by legendary lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman. See website for full schedule. $32-$90. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.org




Hamilton photo by Joan Marcus‘Hamilton’
Through Dec. 30. The national tour of the Broadway hit brings its brilliant raps about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton (played by Michael Luwoye) to the Pantages stage. See website for tickets and show times. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.   hollywoodpantages.com





‘Something Rotten!’ photo by Jeremy Daniel.‘Something Rotten!’
Through Dec. 31. This funny, irreverent ode to musicals tells the story of two brothers in the 1590s who try to outshine the Bard by writing the very first musical. See website for tickets and show times. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org





CHILL at the Queen Mary photo courtesy of the Queen Mary. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ photo by F. Scott Schafer. Art direction by Melchior Lamy. ‘Chasing Mem’ries: A Different Kind of Musical’ photo by Chris Whitaker. ‘Hamilton’ photo by Joan Marcus. ‘Something Rotten!’ photo by Jeremy Daniel.

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