Los Angeles

Weekend roundup

November 30-December 3


Santa’s Secret

Now Open. Voss Events presents an adult Christmas event at the Beverly Center. Explore a series of eight immersive holiday installations as you make your way to Santa’s secret speakeasy. On this winding path, you’ll find everything from gingerbread girls and rugged lumberjacks to an enchanting Ice Queen in a snow globe. The adventure concludes with a visit to a vintage speakeasy with live music from a five-piece band and festive cocktails. Hours vary per show. 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. vossevents.com

L.A. Comic Con

Dec. 1-3. The convention celebrates pop culture with a range of entertainment including comics, movies, television, anime, competitive gaming tournaments and an array of culinary bites. Celebrity panels feature noted personalities such as Matt Smith, Erin Moriarty, Rainn Wilson, and Elijah Wood. Opens Friday at 4 p.m. 1201 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles. comicconla.com

Late Night! This Light of Ours

Dec. 1. The Skirball Cultural Center hosts a special after-hours evening of entertainment and an opportunity to view their new trio of exhibitions. The event will feature live music by the Serafia Blues Band, printmaking activities led by Self Help Graphics and dynamic in-gallery performances by the BODYTRAFFIC Dance Company. Additionally, food trucks such as Oaxaca on Wheels and Veggie Bomb will offer savory bites. Friday, at 6:30–10 p.m. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. skirball.org

Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting

Dec. 1. Pasadena’s Mayor Victor M. Gordo will host the city’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Pasadena City Hall with feature performances by local singers and dancers, alongside craft activities for children provided by the Armory Center for the Arts. There will also be light refreshments and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Friday, 5-7 p.m., with lighting taking place at 6 p.m. 100 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena. cityofpasadena.net

Food + Drinks

KISS x Prince Street Pizza 

Starts Nov. 30. In anticipation of KISS’ final performance, PSP has created “The KISS Pizza.” The colab features Prince Street Pizza’s renowned Super Spicy Spring base, enhanced with fra diavolo sauce, fresh mozzarella, spicy pepperoni, pecorino romano and a blend of Calabrian hot chili. $55 per pie. Starts Thursday at 12 p.m. 11419 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. princestreetpizza.com

Heritage Fire

Dec. 3. A dynamic live-fire cooking competition featuring talented chefs preparing delectable bites over open flames. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite creation as the ‘Best Bite of the Day.’ Notable chefs participating in the event include Françoise Claquin from BRÛLÉE L.A., Eduardo Osorio from Yardbird, and Elisha Ben-Haim from American Beauty. Sunday 4:45 p.m. The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, 404 S. Figueroa Street, DTLA. heritagefiretour.com


Dec. 1-2. Savor gourmet renditions of popular chain restaurant classics such as Chili’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jack in the Box, Sonic, Panda Express and others, inspired by the trendy L.A. pop-up series initiated by actor B.J. Novak and Otium’s chef Timothy Hollingsworth. Nya Studios, 1541 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m. More Information

Tinseltown: The Christmas Speakeasy 

Now Open. A Christmas-themed pop-up immerses attendees in a festive atmosphere including Santa’s elves, an assortment of festive tunes and a special Christmas cocktail menu. Ticket holders will receive a themed drink upon arrival. $22 per person. Wednesday-Sunday, hours vary. 100 W 9th St., Los Angeles.
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Panettone for the Holiday

Now Open. Eataly is offering a unique Panettone tableside cart experience, available for a limited time at its Terra, Capri and La Pizza La Pasta restaurants. Diners at these venues can enjoy the classic Italian holiday bread served with a choice of housemade toppings like chocolate, chantilly cream and mascarpone cream. Hours vary per restaurant. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. More Information

Arts + Culture

Festival of Carols

Dec. 2. The Los Angeles Master Chorale presents a festive holiday concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, featuring a repertoire of beloved global carols and traditional favorites like “Silent Night,” “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “We Need a Little Christmas.” Sixty-two singers will perform, accompanied by the grandeur of the Disney Hall’s pipe organ. There’s also a hint of a special appearance by Santa Claus. Saturday at 2 p.m. 111 S Grand Ave., Los Angeles. lamasterchorale.org

The Contenders

Now Open. A series organized by New York’s Museum of Modern Art and presented by the Hammer Museum showcases ten of the past year’s most influential and innovative films. In addition to screenings of all ten films it also includes discussions with the creatives behind these projects. Highlights of this year’s lineup are “Oppenheimer,” “The Boy and the Heron,” “The Taste of Things,” “The Zone of Interest,” “”Killers of the Flower Moon” and more. Hours vary. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. hammer.ucla.edu

Photo credit: Kiss Pizza courtesy of Prince Pizza. The Boy and the Heron courtesy of Hammer Museum. Festival of Carols courtesy of LA Master Chorale. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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