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Get in the Christmas Spirit With These Los Angeles Events

Written By: Kiersten Morris

Christmas time is here! We can smell the pine from the trees, drinking a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace while playing “Jingle Bells” in the background. It’s a time to get together with family and friends to decorate the tree, exchange gifts and more. But until we get closer to the big day, there are lots of fun events going on around LA to get you in the holiday spirit. No matter which of these you choose to check out, you and your fam will leave with a lot of love and a whole lot of holiday cheer.


Sips, Fireworks, Sweaters, Oh My!

Sip and Sparkle and Third Annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at  Shade Manhattan Beach

Shade Manhattan Beach has you covered for December celebrations! Sip for a cause and celebrate the 30th annual Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks at Shade Manhattan Beach during their Sip and Sparkle event Dec. 9 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. With a live DJ and the best view of the firework show from their Skydeck, you’ll be sippin’ pretty and without an entrance fee! All you need to do is bring an unwrapped gift upon arrival for admittance. All toys brought will benefit Toys for Tots!

If you’re busy on Dec. 9, no worries! Shade Manhattan Beach invites you to celebrate Christmas the right way—with their Third Annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party. Come down for a fun-filled evening of laughter and cheer as guests flaunt their ugliest holiday knits. DJ Tony Gadachy will be spinning at the booth while you and yours (as long as they’re 21 and older) get down on the dance floor.

Native Knowledge: Although the Third Annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party has no cover charge, bottle service comes with a price! Make sure you call ahead to make reservations for their bottle service which starts at $250.00!

Shade Manhattan Beach
1221 N Valley Dr
Manhattan Beach, CA

Sail Into The Season

Holiday Boat Parade Celebration at Shade Redondo Beach

Aquadeck, anyone? Join Shade Redondo Beach on a voyage to Christmas Dec. 8 from 4:30-10 p.m. Sip on some wine and spirits while the children enjoy fun activities at the children’s table. A taco cart for bites? We’re in! See you on the water!

Native Knowledge: If you don’t like boats, make a reservation that same night at Sea Level Restaurant to dine and say “Hi!” to Mr. and Mrs. Claus from 5 to 7 p.m. No cost for a photo with the Claus’, just bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots and you’re good to go!

Shade Hotel Redondo Beach
655 N Harbor Dr
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

See The Holiday Spirit

Dream Hollywood

It can’t be Christmas without Christmas movies! Throughout the month of December, Dream Hollywood is inviting guests and the public to get cozy in its transformed holiday-themed lobby as they watch holiday classics screened over the fireplace. Surrounded by holiday wreaths and trees, guests can enjoy homemade hot chocolate, freshly-baked cookies and complimentary blankets, all free of charge! Films are shown every Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. now through Dec. 2.To reserve headphones and sign up, email guestserviceshw@dreamhotels.com. Visitors can pick up their headphones at the concierge desk before 5:00 p.m. in exchange for a driver’s license.

Native Knowledge: No need to call and ask what movie is playing before you sign up! Here is the lineup: 

Dec. 5: The Holiday, 

Dec. 7: Elf, 

Dec. 12: Four Christmases,

 Dec. 14: A Christmas Story, 

Dec. 19: The Santa Clause, 

Dec. 21: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 

Dec. 24: A Christmas Carol (2009), and 

Dec. 25: Love Actually.

DREAM Hollywood
6417 Selma Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028


Watch Fireworks Brighter Than Christmas Lights

Light Up the Night at The Strand House

It’s about to get lit! Hang out with your friends for a night at The Strand House Dec. 9 for some firework action. There is a loaded menu complete with sauteed Nantucket Bay scallops, apple crostata and a course menu starting with a rigatoni bolognese and ending with a donut sundae. Come to this event hungry!

The Strand House
117 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Noggy or Nice?

The Front Yard at The Garland

This year, Santa’s lists are looking really adult-friendly. Whether you were naughty or nice, he’s giving everyone the holiday spirit(s) at The Front Yard at The Garland during their 12 Days of Cocktails! From Dec 13 to 24, The Front Yard is serving up Christmas cocktails for only $8 each! Take your pick (or have one of each) from these three seasonal cocktails: Noggy or Nice with eggnog, caramel sauce and Sailor Jerry Rum; the Yule Shoot Your Eye Our cider complete with apples, honey, pale ale, a stick of cinnamon and Black Magic Rum; and I’m Dreaming of a White Russian made with eggnog, ginger, whipped cream vodka and Kahlua.

The Front Yard at The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91602


All Aboard for Christmas Festivities!

Christmas on The Queen Mary

Now through Jan 6., come aboard to discover new traditions while taking part in old ones aboard The Queen Mary. Whether you’re taking a stroll on the deck enjoying the lights, making gingerbread houses, ice skating or hanging out with Mrs. Clause during storytime, you’ll leave beaming with holiday joy.  

The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802


Holiday? HoliYAY!

Kids Club: HoliYAY Party at The Point

The Point will be hosting a HoliYay party for the tiny tots Thursday, Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon. Your little ones can take photos with Santa Claus, accompanied by live music and holiday-themed crafts. Between the hot cocoa, face paintings and stilt walkers, children are sure to have a blast as they celebrate the holiday season!

Kids Club: HoliYAY Party at The Point
850 S Sepulveda Blvd
El Segundo, CA 90245

Have Yourself An Enchanting Christmas

The Enchanted Descanso Gardens at Descanso Gardens


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What’s more Christmasy than a magical garden and forest of lights? Enjoy a stroll through the Descanso Gardens as you awe at all of the bulbs, stringed lights and lanterns! Tickets range from $28-$30 and do not include the price of food. But if you are hungry, Descanso Gardens will be offering dinner at their restaurant, Maple.

Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

Skating In A Winter Wonderland

ICE at Santa Monica


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Lace up your skates and head over to Santa Monica’s annual ICE at Santa Monica. Each holiday season, Santa Monica transforms its beachside into a world of Christmas. The 8,000-square-foot ice rink is filled with tons of Christmas decor and lights. Don’t worry, if you’re a little wobbly like Bambi, ICE at Santa Monica offers private lessons!

ICE at Santa Monica
1324 5th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401


Have A Little Tokyo Christmas

Go Little Tokyo at Little Tokyo

Who needs the mall when you have Little Tokyo? Downtown LA’s Little Tokyo has all you need this holiday season. From fine cultural dining to an array of shops and handmade goods, Little Tokyo brings a super kawaii Christmas celebration to LA. You can visit Shogun Santa and take your photo for free, too!

Little Tokyo

Stroll Down Candy Cane Lane

Candy Cane Lane


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Every year since 1949, houses on East Acacia Avenue dawn their houses in lights and Christmas decor to turn themselves into what’s been known as Candy Cane Lane. The tradition continues this year and if you didn’t make it in years past, now’s your time!

Candy Cane Lane
1200 Block of E Acacia Ave
El Segundo, CA 90245