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November 26-29

Events

Winterlit in Downtown Santa Monica

Begins Nov. 27. Winterlit returns to Downtown Santa Monica to brighten up the holiday season as Third Street Promenade transforms into an immersive one-stop holiday experience. Through January 3, tens of thousands of lights will illuminate the Promenade’s festive outdoor retail and dining, storefronts will shine as reimagined art installations, and a new interactive holiday-themed augmented reality mobile app. Take a self-guided art tour throughout the Promenade, and in other areas of Downtown Santa Monica, at your leisure and from a safe distance. downtownsm.com

USO Virtual Trot for the Troops

Through Nov. 28. Run for a cause at your own pace for USO’s inaugural Trot for the Troops virtual 5K that honors military service members! Participants of all fitness levels are invited to join in a united expression of gratitude for our service members, along with their families. Trot for the Troops will take place virtually, where participants are encouraged to run, jog, walk, bike, swim or skip their way to a 5K, putting their fitness efforts toward a great cause. Registration is $38 per person. goneforarun.com

WonderLAnd

Upcoming | Opens Nov. 30. Holiday fun looking as remote as a snowfall in L.A.? A snow-kissed SoCal holiday adventure for the entire family will soon emerge from the candy-filled set of Hauntoween L.A. This first-ever WonderLAnd immersive drive-thru experience, replete with synchronized dancing lights and good cheer, will be open daily throughout the holiday season, Nov. 30 to Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-30, from 5 to 11 p.m. $70 per vehicle; Advance purchase is highly recommended. 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, 805.719.1906. socalwonderland.com

Thanksgiving

Virtual Turkey Trot

Nov. 26-29. Lace up your running shoes for the annual Turkey Trot—with a twist this year! Runners can participate in a 5k/10k anywhere and anytime over Thanksgiving weekend. Run with friends and family near and far and get your race goods delivered to your doorstep. Each virtual entry includes a Turkey Trot medal and your choice of women’s tank and unisex t-shirt! Proceeds benefit charity the Midnight Mission. $27 Widdle Wobble package, $37 5k/10k package. 200 N. Spring St., downtown, 310.821.7898. turkeytrot.la

Thanksgiving Feast From STK

Nov. 25-29. Eat, drink and give thanks with a special take-home holiday feast from STK Steakhouse! Enjoy a roasted free-range turkey breast and confit turkey thighs along with chestnut cornbread stuffing, green beans, sweet potato, Yukon gold potatoes, old school gravy and cranberry orange chutney. End your meal on a sweet note with a traditional pumpkin pie served with Bailey’s whipped cream and vanilla ice cream for $12. The full STK menu is also available as well as a children’s menu. $49 adults, $29 children 12 and under. 930 Hilgard Ave., L.A., 310.659.3535. stksteakhouse.com

Food + Drink

Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Co.

Now Open. Get a little slice of heaven from the new Boyle Heights pizzeria helmed by former MasterChef Latino judge Mario Christerna. Inspired by his beloved Chicano heritage and love for blending cultures, the menu marries familiar and vibrant sabores (flavors), while remaining approachable for all to enjoy. Highlights include the Cherry Bomb pizza with Sopressata Picante, pickled cherry bomb peppers and spicy piloncillo; Flamin’ Hot Cheetos wings (yum!); loaded citrus garlic Parmesan; and more. Walk-ins only. Su, Tu-Th 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; F-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 2706 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., L.A., 323.968.1106. brooklynavepizzaco.com

Forma’s Cheese Boards To-Go

Now Available. Cheese the day with a tasty build-your-own cheese board from Forma in Santa Monica and Venice! The online cheese shop menu features more than 70 varieties, including bloomy rind, washed-rind, blue veined, truffled, soft and hard cheeses—each range from $13-$29 for a 4-ounce takeout portion. All cheeses come with accompaniments including dry apricots, dry cranberries, almonds, walnuts, Tarallucci bread and more. Check out the “Cheese Shop” tab on Forma’s online menu to view the full selection. Order online for pickup or delivery, or call the nearest Forma location to order for pick-up. formarestaurant.com

Holiday Tamales From Lolas Mexican Cuisine

Now Available. It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Lola’s in Long Beach with the return of its holiday tamales. Now through January 3, guests can order the tamales to-go by the half ($12.95) or full dozen ($24.95) in flavors such as chicken in salsa verde, roasted pork in salsa guajilo, roasted Poblano pepper and cheese, and Mexican sweet corn. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance. 2030 E. 4th St., Long Beach, 562.343.5506; 4140 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, 562.349.0100. lolasmexicancuisine.com

Arts + Culture

Unique Markets Holiday Pop-Up

Nov. 28-29. Get your Christmas shopping done in advance at the 13th annual Unique Markets holiday pop-up! Discover and support more than 50 small businesses of L.A.’s best designers, emerging brands and artists in an open-air outdoor atmosphere. To ensuring greater social distancing and safety for all attendees, masks are required, booths will be spaced eight feet apart, and there will be touchless entry and hand sanitizer stations throughout. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets start at $10; no tickets will be sold at the event. uniquemarkets.com

Online Holiday Artisans Boutique

Through Nov. 29. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens’ annual trunk show goes virtual this year! Shop and find specially selected treasures created by 14 local artisans including unique jewelry, hand-dyed scarves, all natural vegan soaps, handblown glass vases, candles and more. Note: All Holiday Artisans Boutique sales are final. Orders will ship and be available for curbside pick-up from Dec. 2. Online only. thehuntingtonstore.org

Alex Prager’s Farewell, Work Holiday Parties

On View. While indoor galleries at LACMA remain closed, the museum features a new public 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. The artist animates figurative sculptures with costumes, makeup, props and sound, and places them in recognizable office-party situations, creating a strange yet celebratory scene that can be experienced in the round. On view outdoors daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. lacma.org

Photo credits: Header image courtesy Santa Monica Place. Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. by Jakob Layman. 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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