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

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Los Angeles events December 2019

Auto show

December 1, 2019
(begins Nov. 22)
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.

Jazz in San Diego

December 1, 2019
(begins Nov. 27)
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.

Nutcracker ballet - Inland Empire

December 1 - 22, 2019
(begins Nov. 30)
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.

Pirate Christmas

December 1 - 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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Nutcracker ballet

December 1 - 29, 2019
(begins Nov. 30)
multiple locations
The Nutcracker by The Los Angeles Ballet is a holiday classic with outstanding choreography and dance.
  • Nov. 30 - Dec. 1: Cerritos Center
  • Dec. 7 - 8: Alex Theatre, Glendale
  • Dec. 13 - 15: Royce Hall, UCLA
  • Dec. 20 - 24: Dolby Theatre, Hollywood
  • Dec. 28 - 29: Redondo Beach PAC

Dr. Seuss at Universal Studios

December 1 - 29, 2019
(begins Nov. 28)
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.

Discount attractions

December 1 - 31, 2019
(also Nov.)
multiple locations
These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Christmas on the Queen Mary

Dec 1, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020
(Nov. 29+)
Long Beach (26.2 miles south)
Queen Mary Christmas has “thousands of twinkling lights, carolers and musical performances, an outdoor skating rink, and Santa” onboard the Queen Mary. (Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday until Dec. 23.)

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Lights in the garden

December 1, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
(Nov. 17+)
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.

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Christmas at Knott’s Berry Farm

Dec. 1, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
(Nov. 22+)
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

Dec. 1, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
(Nov. 23+)
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.

Lantern art

Dec. 1, 2019 - Jan. 12, 2020
(Nov. 9+)
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 Mondays & Tuesdays. No pets or bikes.

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Magic Bar

December 2, 2019
(7 p.m.)
Encino (19.3 miles NW)
Magic Bar is a “sleight-of-hand saloon” that serves you close-up magic in an intimate bar located inside Woodly Proper restaurant for age 21+. Reviews.

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Christmas tree lighting

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

Lights at the zoo

December 2, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
(Nov. 15+)
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.

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Contemporary “Swan Lake” ballet

December 3, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
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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Holiday movie + Chevy Chase live

December 5, 2019
(7:30 p.m.)
Downtown (0.2 miles north)
First watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and then hear Chevy Chase talk about the making of the movie and his career, as well as answer questions from the audience, at Microsoft Theater.

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Contemporary Nutcracker

December 5 - 8, 2019
Redondo Beach (17.8 miles SW)
The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker features Kara and a nutcracker prince who takes her to distant lands, with a contemporary score and primarily African-American dancers at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

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Holiday movies on the roof

December 5 - 21, 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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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.

Beatles music

December 7, 2019
(9 p.m.)
Beverly Hills (8.8 miles NW)
Called “the best Beatles show in the world” by the Los Angeles Times, The Fab Four recreate the excitement of a Beatles concert at Saban Theatre.

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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.

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.

Christmas carols

December 7 & 14, 2019
Downtown (1.5 miles NE)
Hear your favorite carols and songs sung by the Los Angeles Master Chorale at the Festival of Carols, which combines traditional favorites with new arrangements every year at Walt Disney Concert Hall for age 6+.

Discount tickets (Dec. 7)

Nutcracker ballet

December 7 - 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.

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.

Christmas musical

December 11 - 15, 2019
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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Classical music

December 12, 2019
(8 p.m.)
Downtown (1.5 miles NE)
The Los Angeles Philharmonic performs works by Copland, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Tchaikovsky at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Your ticket includes a free pre-concert session in BP Hall at 7 p.m.

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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.

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.

Boat parade & fireworks

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.

Nutcracker ballet - Long Beach

December 14 - 15 & 20 - 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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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.

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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Nativity procession

December 16 - 24, 2019
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.


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.

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.

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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.

Symphony sing along

December 21, 2019
(11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.)
Downtown (1.5 miles NE)
Sing popular songs of the season accompanied by a huge pipe organ, a choir, and a jazz combo at Holiday Sing Along in the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Free hot chocolate, coffee, and photos with Santa pre-concert.

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+.

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.

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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
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 crystal party

December 31, 2019
Downtown (1.2 miles NE)
A ticket to New Year’s Eve Ball at the Crystal Forest includes a two-hour buffet, a glass of champagne, and an “iconic forest of ice, snow, and magnificent crystals” on five floors at Clifton’s Republic.

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+.

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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).

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.

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