Los Angeles events December 2019. Things to do in LA.

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Los Angeles events December 2019

Auto show

December 1, 2019
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
See 1000 new vehicles, test drive nearly 100 models, and admire customized and exotic cars at Los Angeles Auto Show at Los Angeles Convention Center. Open every day.

Christmas parade

December 1, 2019
Hollywood (9.2 miles NW)
Music at the grandstands begins at 5 p.m., and the Hollywood Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m., with giant balloons, floats, costumed characters, bands, equestrians, and celebrities leaving Orange Drive (east on Hollywood Blvd., south on Vine St., west on Sunset Blvd.). Free except grandstand seats.

Holiday parade

December 1, 2019 (1 to 3 p.m.)
San Pedro (22.8 miles south)
Featuring marching bands, drill teams, floats, community groups, and Santa Claus, Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade goes north on Pacific Avenue (from 13th to 6th Street) and then east on 6th Street (from Pacific Ave. to Palos Verdes St.). Free.

Jazz in San Diego

December 1, 2019
San Diego (119 miles south)
Billed as “the crown jewel of jazz festivals,” San Diego Jazz Fest features 25 bands playing a variety of traditional jazz, dixieland, ragtime, swing, and rockabilly styles at Town & Country Resort and Convention Center. Dancing is welcome.

Christmas tree lighting

December 2 - 8, 2019
multiple locations
Watch a free tree-lighting ceremony with music.

Jingle Ball concert

December 6, 2019
Inglewood (9.8 miles SW)
Jingle Ball brings big-name music artists every December to the Forum.

Holidays in San Diego

December 6 - 7, 2019
San Diego (120 miles south)
Thinking of a getaway? Balboa Park December Nights has entertainment, holiday lights, food, and free museums that make it a huge annual event. Free.

Ski and snowboard sale

December 6 - 8, 2019
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
Shop for snow merchandise at the Ski Dazzle ski and snowboard show at Los Angeles Convention Center.

Art fair

December 6 - 8, 2019
Silver Lake (5 miles north)
Shop from 100 craftspeople for jewelry, clothing, ceramics, weavings, flowers, and fresh juice at friendly Echo Park Craft Fair at Mack Sennett Studios. Held in May and December.

Arts & crafts show

December 6 - 8, 2019
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Shop for handmade items from 300 vendors at the Harvest Festival, which offers entertainment, food booths, and a children’s activity center at the Fairplex.

Winter Holiday Festival

December 7, 2019 (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Downtown (1.2 miles NE)
The L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks hosts the Winter Holiday Festival with 60 tons of snow for sledding, a merry-go-round, a Ferris wheel, DJ, food vendors, craft making, and photos with Santa at Pershing Square. Ice skating is not free.

Ideas conference

December 7, 2019 (doors open 7:30 a.m.)
Downtown (1.9 miles NE)
Hear a dozen dynamic speakers talk about a variety of fascinating subjects at TEDxGrand Park at Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts. Your ticket includes lunch, snacks, and drinks.

Holiday boat parade

December 7, 2019 (6 to 8 p.m.)
San Pedro (23 miles south)
See elaborately decorated boats cruising the Main Channel of Los Angeles Harbor during the L.A. Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade [scroll down their page]. Pre-parade activities begin at 4 p.m. at Banning’s Landing Community Center. Free.

Small-town snow festival

December 7, 2019 (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Pomona (29.3 miles east)
Children can play in the snow for free or sled unlimited times down a small hill for $5 cash (wearing closed-toe shoes) at Winter Snow Fest in Diamond Bar. Video.

Nutcracker for kids

December 7, 2019 (10 a.m.)
Costa Mesa (41.8 miles SE)
Pacific Symphony performs a 45-minute version of The Nutcracker designed for children ages 5 to 11, and then it finishes with a grand finale holiday sing-along and a visit from Santa at Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Holidays at the mansion

December 7 - 8, 2019
Beverly Hills (11.5 miles NW)
“Enjoy a family day of fun with cookie decorating, crafts, holiday vendors, a visit with Santa, and holiday music” at Joy to the Holidays at Greystone Mansion. Garden concert is 1 p.m. Sunday. Offsite parking with shuttle. Register free online.

Tamale festival

December 7 - 8, 2019
Indio (131 miles east)
How far would you drive for delicious tamales? The Indio International Tamale Festival tempts you with 200 vendors, five stages of entertainment, beer and wine gardens, a tamale eating contest, a carnival, a Saturday car show, and a Saturday parade in downtown Indio. Free.

People in the street

December 8, 2019 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
multiple locations
Walk, bike, or roller skate on car-free streets in Reseda, Winnetka, and Canoga Park during CicLAvia. Cars cross the route at some intersections. Minors on wheels must wear helmets. Free.

Fireworks at the beach

December 8, 2019
Manhattan Beach (19.4 miles SW)
A snow park with a sledding hill opens at 4 p.m., a jazz band plays at 5 p.m., and the Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks go off at 7 p.m. Free.

Dr. Seuss at Universal Studios

December 12 - 29, 2019
Hollywood (10.2 miles NW)
Fans of Dr. Seuss books will enjoy Grinchmas. The characters of Who-ville sing carols around the Christmas tree and put on a theater show, while Cindy Lou Who tells stories. Meet Max the Dog and get your photo taken with the Grinch at Universal Studios.

Holiday train ride

December 12 - 29, 2019
multiple locations
Take a one-hour roundtrip train ride to the North Pole as you drink cocoa and eat a cookie with Santa and entertainers on the Polar Express, which departs from two locations. Closed Dec. 9, 16, 25.

Lights in the garden

December 12, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
La Cañada Flintridge (14.3 miles north)
Buy tickets in advance for Enchanted: Forest of Light, a one-mile walk through lighting displays, including some that are interactive, at Descanso Gardens. Food is for sale. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

Discount tickets (midweek)

Christmas at Knott’s Berry Farm

December 12, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
Buena Park (24.6 miles SE)
Knott’s Berry Farm is adorned with Christmas decorations for Knott’s Merry Farm. It has an ice skating show starring Snoopy, a Charlie Brown Christmas show with classic songs, real falling snow, holiday treats to eat, a Christmas market, Santa Claus, and plenty of rides. Closed Dec. 25.

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Christmas at Magic Mountain

December 12, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
Santa Clarita (35.9 miles north)
See holiday lights and decorations, falling snow, and Christmas characters during Holiday in the Park, with lots of entertainment, holiday foods, and select rides at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Open every day.

Discount attractions

December 12, 2019 - Feb. 29, 2020
multiple locations
These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Christmas musical

December 13, 2019 (2 p.m.)
La Mirada (22 miles SE)
The Magic of Christmas features a cast of 250 in “musical numbers that range from hip-hopping penguins, dancing Santas, and The Nutcracker Suite, to Toyland, The Polar Express, and Christmas choral music” at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

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Little Women musical

December 13 - 14, 2019 (8 p.m.)
Westchester (16.3 miles SW)
Based on a popular children’s book by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women is about four sisters growing up in Civil War America, at Westchester Playhouse.

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Christmas spectacular

December 13 - 15, 2019
Hollywood (9.1 miles NW)
Cirque Dreams Holidaze features flying reindeer, jumping gingerbread men, rousing music, amazing costumes, and Santa at Dolby Theatre.

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Nutcracker ballet - Inland Empire

December 13 - 22, 2019
multiple locations
The Nutcracker by Inland Pacific Ballet tells the traditional story of Clara’s journey to a land of snow and a kingdom of sweets with “dazzling sets, beautiful costumes, and more than 80 dancers on stage” in Claremont, Rancho Cucamonga, and Riverside.

Holiday movies on the roof

December 13 - 22, 2019
Hollywood (8.4 miles NW)
Watch holiday movies under the stars on the rooftop of The Montalbán, with beer, wine, and food for sale.

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Family show

December 13 - 22, 2019
Pasadena (11.2 miles NE)
Based on the fairytale about a princess and seven dwarves, A Snow White Christmas is a colorful “panto style musical adventure” with audience participation, booing, and cheering at Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

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Nutcracker ballet

December 13 - 22, 2019
Costa Mesa (41.8 miles SE)
American Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker with 100 performers on stage, dazzling sets, amazing costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Nutcracker ballet

December 13 - 24, 2019
Irvine (45.3 miles SE)
The Nutcracker by Festival Ballet Theatre features colorful scenery, magnificent costumes, and sensational dancing at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.

Nutcracker ballet

December 13 - 29, 2019
multiple locations
The Nutcracker by The Los Angeles Ballet is a holiday classic with outstanding choreography and dance.
  • Dec. 13 - 15: Royce Hall, UCLA
  • Dec. 20 - 24: Dolby Theatre, Hollywood
  • Dec. 28 - 29: Redondo Beach PAC

Lights at the zoo

December 13, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
Griffith Park (10 miles north)
See dazzling colored lights, meet real reindeer, hear live music on the weekend, and visit Santa some nights at L.A. Zoo Lights at the Los Angeles Zoo. Closed Nov. 28 and Dec. 24 & 25.

Discount tickets

Lantern festival

December 13, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
See giant lanterns depicting wild animals, mythical creatures, exotic trees, and illuminated plants at the Magical Chinese Lantern Festival at the Fairplex, with Chinese folk music, dancing, and food vendors. Closed Dec. 9 - 11 and 16 - 18.

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Lantern art

December 13, 2019 - Jan. 12, 2020
Arcadia (17.5 miles NE)
Take a one-mile walk through a wonderland of “exotic animals, shimmering flowers, whimsical pandas, soaring dragons...” at the Moonlight Forest with food for sale at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Closed Mon., Tues., Dec. 25. No pets or bikes.

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Dinner cirque show

December 13, 2019 - April 18, 2020
Buena Park (25 miles SE)
Enjoy a four-course dinner while you watch an edgy mix of cabaret, comedy, music, and cirque-style acrobatics at Teatro Martini for age 18+. Reviews.

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Holiday movie party

December 14, 2019
Downtown (1.1 miles NE)
You’re welcome to wear “holiday attire” to watch Gremlins at the Palace Theatre for all ages, with a free photo booth in honor of the adorable little monsters, DJ sets before and after the film, and a full bar. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., movie at 9 p.m.

Holiday boat parade (L.A.)

December 14, 2019
Marina del Rey (15 miles SW)
Kids play in the snow at Snow Wonder in Burton Chace Park (noon to 6 p.m.), fireworks go off on the jetty (5:55 to 6 p.m.), and the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade circles the main channel (6 to 8 p.m.). Free.

Pub crawl

December 14, 2019
Santa Monica (15 miles west)
Join 6,000 people in festive attire on the “Santa” Monica Pub Crawl, which features food and drink specials at 30 bars on four different routes.

Holiday musical

December 14 - 15, 2019
Long Beach (28.1 miles south)
Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn is a new comedy romance full of joyous music, classic dance numbers, and good cheer at Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

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Nutcracker ballet - Long Beach

December 14 - 22, 2019
Long Beach (24 miles south)
Long Beach Ballet gets rave reviews for its annual production of The Nutcracker, which includes a flying sleigh, a live horse, pyrotechnics, and a full symphony orchestra at the Terrace Theater.

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Pirate Christmas

December 14 - 25, 2019
Buena Park (24 miles SE)
Santa saves Christmas from wicked pirates at Pirates Take Christmas, which includes audience participation and a four-course feast at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure.

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Sexy poetry

December 15, 2019 (doors 6 p.m.)
Silver Lake (5.3 miles north)
Inspired by 19th-century bordellos of Paris and New Orleans, The Poetry Brothel presents poets in an immersive and lush, speakeasy-style environment with a bar and cabaret entertainment at El Cid for age 21+. The theme in December is “Poetry Brothel Holiday Office Party.”

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Hanukkah festival

December 15, 2019 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Bel Air (17.8 miles NW)
Hanukkah Festival offers “light for the people” with lively music, a sing along, storytelling, treats, and art making at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Tasting tour

December 15 - 29, 2019
Downtown (1.2 miles NE)
Learn about L.A.’s history, architecture, and food scene on the entertaining three-hour guided Downtown L.A. Food Tour, with tasting stops at six local restaurants. This tour is highly rated on Yelp.

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Holiday movies outdoors

December 15 - 29, 2019
Cypress Park (5.2 miles NE)
Arrive early at Yuletide Cinemaland for Christmas carolers, food, beverages, and films at Heritage Square. Click a film to see parking information. Bring a blanket or low-back chair.

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Free game show

December 16 - 17, 2019
Fairfax (8.7 miles NW)
Join the studio audience for a chance to win cash and prizes during the taping of The Price is Right with Drew Carey in Television City. Bring age 18+ ID and your Social Security number. You can pay to park at The Grove Parking and walk to the gate on Fairfax Ave.

Free tickets

Nativity procession

December 16 - 24, 2019 (6:30 p.m.)
Downtown (2.8 miles NE)
Watch a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem at Las Posadas, a Spanish tradition with a colorful candlelit procession, songs, dancing, and the breaking of piñatas at Olvera Street. Free.

Christmas chorus

December 17, 2019 (8 p.m.)
Downtown (1.5 miles NE)
A Chanticleer Christmas promises “a classic program of a cappella choral music, presented with stunning clarity, precision, and excellence” at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Contemporary “Swan Lake” ballet

December 17 - 22, 2019
Downtown (1.7 miles north)
Matthew Bourne reimagines Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece Swan Lake in a “thrilling, audacious, witty, and emotive” interpretation at Ahmanson Theatre.

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December 18 & 21, 2019
Downtown (1.5 miles NE)
Los Angeles Master Chorale sings Handel’s magnificent Messiah accompanied by a chamber orchestra and four soloists in Walt Disney Concert Hall. The audience sings the chorus on Wednesday.

Holiday boat parade (O.C.)

December 18 - 22, 2019 (6:30 p.m.)
Newport Beach (48 miles SE)
Watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks, and canoes sail in Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade at Newport Harbor. Fireworks on Dec. 18 (6:15 p.m.) and Dec. 22 (9 p.m.). Free to watch from shore.

Tickets to ride aboard Dec. 20

Winter festival

December 19, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
A Winter Fest ticket includes ice tubing, craft making, real snow, walk-through lights, a petting zoo, live shows, and a nightly tree lighting with fireworks at the OC Fair & Event Center. Pay extra for ice skating, carnival rides, arcade games, and food trucks.

Discount tickets

Short film festival

December 20, 2019 (2 p.m.)
11.2 miles NW
See a dozen films shorter than 30 minutes at the Macoproject Film Festival at Warner Brothers Studios.

Free: America’s Funniest Home Videos

December 20, 2019
Manhattan Beach (16.5 miles SW)
Join the studio audience watching hysterical videos and funny commentary by host Afonso Ribeiro during the filming of America’s Funniest Home Videos at Manhattan Beach Studios for age 16+ with ID. Read the dress code and free parking instructions.

Free tickets

Holiday celebration

December 24, 2019
Downtown (1.7 miles north)
Bands, choirs, and dance companies from throughout Los Angeles participate in the L.A. County Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at The Music Center. People line up early for the free seats.

Jewish party

December 24, 2019 (9 p.m.)
Hollywood (7.8 miles NW)
Originally a party where Jewish singles ages 21 to 49 met and mingled, now everyone is welcome to attend Matzoball Los Angeles at The Argyle for age 21+.


December 26, 2019 (8 p.m.)
Claremont (34.5 miles east)
Expect laughs and gasps at Handcrafted Mysteries “an immersive magic and mentalism experience with Greg Van Holsbeck” at The Claremont Forum. Reviews.

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Christmas cirque + magic show

December 29, 2019 (7 p.m.)
Thousand Oaks (41 miles NW)
A Magical Cirque Christmas promises “dazzling illusions and breathtaking cirque artists, performing to your favorite holiday music” for all ages at Fred Kavli Theatre.

Discount balcony tickets

Marching bands

December 29 - 30, 2019
Pasadena (12.7 miles NE)
See outstanding bands that were chosen to participate in the upcoming Rose Parade at Bandfest in Robinson Stadium at Pasadena City College.

New Year’s Eve - restaurants

December 31, 2019
multiple locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special menus and celebrations on New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve at Skyspace

December 31, 2019 (9 p.m.)
Downtown (1 mile NE)
Skyspace NYE Party offers incredible views, two dance floors with DJs playing hip-hop and house music, an open bar, skyslide rides and passed hors d’oeuvres until 10:30 p.m., a midnight countdown, and a champagne toast at OUE Skyspace for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve downtown

December 31, 2019
Downtown (1.8 miles NE)
N.Y.E. L.A. Countdown to 2020 has two stages of live music, food trucks, and a countdown to midnight at Grand Park and the Music Center. Tight security. Free.

New Year’s Eve - Roaring ‘20s party

December 31, 2019
Downtown (2.5 miles NE)
Experience the excitement and glamour of the Roaring Twenties at Prohibition NYE, with theatrical burlesque, live jazz ensembles, famous DJs, an open bar featuring champagne and specialty cocktails, and a midnight ball drop in the concourse at Union Station.

New Year’s Eve in Hollywood

December 31, 2019
Hollywood (7.7 miles NW)
Dress upscale for Gatsby’s House, which features five DJs, a four-hour premium open bar, three areas to mingle, two rooms of music, and a midnight countdown at W Hollywood for age 21+.

Discount tickets

New Year’s Eve at the Egyptian

December 31, 2019
Hollywood (8.7 miles NW)
Cleopatra’s New Year’s Eve Ball has multiple dance floors, DJs playing dance music, a light show, and a heated outside courtyard at the Egyptian Theatre.

New Year’s for kids

December 31, 2019 (9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Pasadena (13 miles NE)
Celebrate the new year early with a balloon drop, live DJs, party hats, noisemakers, a countdown to the stroke of noon, and a balloon drop during Noon Year’s Eve at Kidspace Children’s Museum.

New Year’s Eve - variety show

December 31, 2019
Santa Monica (14.4 miles west)
New Year’s Eve Musical Review includes song, dance, comedy, dinner, champagne or cider, and party favors for all ages at Santa Monica Playhouse.

New Year’s Eve with knights

December 31, 2019
Buena Park (23.5 miles SE)
Ring in the New Year with the lords and ladies of Medieval Times. Ticket includes admission to the Museum of Torture, a two-hour live tournament, a four-course meal, party favors, DJ dancing, and champagne (or kids’ beverage).

Discount tickets

New Year’s Eve at the aquarium

December 31, 2019 (8 p.m.)
Long Beach (24.1 miles south)
Dance to DJ music, see aquarium exhibits, buy food, and visit the cash bar during New Year’s Eve Night Dive at the Aquarium of the Pacific for age 18+.

Family New Year’s at Knott’s

December 31, 2019
Buena Park (25 miles SE)
New Year’s Eve Celebration at Knott’s includes rides, live music, dancing, comedy, party hats, noisemakers, and fireworks at midnight at Knott’s Berry Farm.

New Year’s Eve for families

December 31, 2019 (7 p.m. - midnight)
Fullerton (27.1 miles SE)
First Night Fullerton has live music, food vendors, activities, and midnight fireworks. It’s alcohol-free but there are bars in the neighborhood, at N. Harbor Boulevard & W. Wilshire Avenue. Free.

New Year’s Eve - Orange County

December 31, 2019 (doors 7 p.m.)
Huntington Beach (38.6 miles SE)
A ticket to the New Year’s Eve Party at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach includes a reserved seat in the ballroom, champagne at midnight, a balloon drop, and live entertainment by En Vogue, Michael Lington, Paul Taylor, and Erin Stevenson. Dinner is optional.

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