Friday, Dec. 6th
Finding the perfect gift for someone special is no easy feat. We all know the truth: Guys, especially, are the worst to shop for! This holiday, kitchen and bath industry leader Kohler Co. has partnered with PIRCH, a premium home and lifestyle products showroom, to host a “Girls Night Out” spa event, promoting the most awesome gift for that impossible-to-shop-for someone: the new Kohler Moxie shower head. 4:00pm to 8:00pm.
Friday, Dec. 6th
We’re getting festive! Come celebrate the holidays with us! We’ll be serving some eggnog treats and drinks. The incredibly talented Natalie Helm with be playing beautiful music on her cello. It should make for a wonderful night.
Friday, Dec. 6th
Join us at Village Walk to kick off the holiday season with free photos with Santa & live reindeer, carolers, complimentary holiday desserts and refreshments, face painting, and The Patrick Bradley Band performing live! Council member Bob Blumenfield will host the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. followed by a drawing for four $250 Village Walk Shopping Sprees as part of the Village Walk Holiday Passport Program.
Saturday, Dec. 7th
The Garden Grove Community Services Department presents its annual Winterfest celebration, which includes 50 tons of snow for sledding and play! The frost-filled event will take place at Atlantis Play Center from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Center is located at 13630 Atlantis Way, behind Garden Grove Park.
Saturday, Dec. 7th
Illuminated evening walks featuring live acoustic music, cookies and hot cider and more than 1000 glowing, candle-lit luminarias lighting a half-mile, accessible loop on Indian Hill Mesa! This event also takes place on the 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st.
Sunday, Dec. 8th
Step back in time and experience the spirit of a traditional Victorian Christmas one would have seen in the 1890′s. This family-friendly celebration features Father Christmas; a unique range of musical entertainment which includes caroling, bagpipes, and a barbershop quartet; home-baked sweets and hot-mulled cider.
Ongoing through Jan. 4th
Now in its 21st year, Festival of Lights – in which the castle-like, historic hotel is illuminated with nearly 4 million holiday lights – continues through January 4, 2014. Highlights include appearances by Santa Claus, the world’s largest manmade mistletoe measuring 12’ x 8’, horse-drawn carriage rides, freshly fallen snow, and delectable holiday confections at the original famous Casey’s Cupcakes boutique located at the Inn.
Thursday, Dec. 12th
A self-guided walking tour of Palm Springs’ unique collection of historic and mid-century modern gems! From 100-year old adobe inns to 1920′s jewels to Mediterranean inspired villas, the “Walk of the Inns” is not to be missed. The evening self-guided tour begins at any of the participating hotels or at Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Way, which will also provide free maps and flashlights for the walk!
Saturday, Dec. 14th
FREE Child Safety Seat Inspection & Installation. Join us and LAPD Officers who are Nationally Certified Child Seat Technicians, who will educate you in the installation of your car seat or inspect it for proper installation! Stay and join us for a Family BBQ! 9am to 4pm.
Through December 15th
Our festival grounds will be transformed into a winter wonderland where 175 artists create, display and sell original creations. The most unique holiday shopping in all of Southern California, including jewelry, clothing, fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, forged metals, painting, photography, sculpture, clothing and textiles!
Sunday, Dec. 15th
The company of 40, comprised of award-winning principals and corps de ballet, perform Olympic-worthy leaps, lifts and pirouettes in the classic holiday ballet. To the delight of audiences of all ages, the artists bring humor, charm, athletic prowess and Russian flair to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. Celebrate the beauty of the holidays and the best of Russian ballet in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker!
Through December 22nd
Set during Christmas time in Budapest Hungary (1937), the play centers on two bickering employees at an upscale boutique who have been building an anonymous romantic relationship through letters. Written by Hungarian émigré Miklos Laszlo, and adapted by E. P. Dowdall, Parfumerie’s charming plot has inspired several films, including The Shop Around the Corner, as well the Broadway musical She Loves Me.
Through December 22nd
Saturdays and Sundays beginning Nov. 30th, and through Dec. 22nd. Bring the entire family and start a Christmas tradition! Ride the train to the Christmas tree farm to select and cut the perfect tree! Shop at the Loose Caboose Garden Center and Gift Emporium for antiques, gifts and Christmas decor. Food and beverages available onboard!
Ongoing this Holiday Season
GIVE – CONTRIBUTE – CHARITY
St. Vincent Meals on Wheels
Downtown Women’s Center
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
The mission of St. Vincent Meals on Wheels is to prepare and deliver nutritious meals to homebound seniors and other vulnerable residents across Los Angeles.
Founded in 1978, the Downtown Women’s Center is the only resource in L.A. that is exclusively dedicated to serving the needs of homeless and low-income women in downtown’s Skid Row community.
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is a nonprofit charitable organization that has been serving the disadvantaged of our community since 1973. We are at the heart of a charitable food distribution network that includes over 1,000 charitable agency sites throughout Los Angeles County.
Monday, Jan. 13th
A one-night-only special fundraising performance, benefiting The ALS Association – GoldenWest Chapter. In addition to the performances, the evening will include a silent auction and a VIP post-show meet-and-greet. Proceeds will provide critical funding for The ALS Association’s mission priorities in care services, public policy, and cutting-edge global research toward treatments and cure.
Ongoing: Photography Exhibit
The Annenberg Space for Photography presents The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years. Organized in collaboration with National Geographic magazine, the exhibit celebrates the iconic publication’s 125 year anniversary. National Geographic magazine is dedicated towards using the power of photography to explore, educate, inspire, document and preserve the world around us.
Ongoing: California Ice Skating
Located in historic Pershing Square, “Downtown on Ice” is the largest outdoor skating rink in L.A. Open everyday, November 14th through January 20th, join in our 16th annual tradition of outdoor fun! Uniquely breathtaking amid towering skyscrapers, the rink is aglow for the holidays, thanks to a new partnership with the City of LA Recreation & Parks Department and Willy Bietak Productions!
Ongoing: California Winter
Visitors to the Beverly Center are transported to a winter wonderland when they step inside the spectacular holiday Ice Palace. Featuring a 30-foot ice dome with falling snow, a light show and interactive fun for all ages, this year the free exhibit also delights with a 360-degree arctic immersion, via breathtaking video footage from BBC Earth and its award-winning program, Frozen Planet!
Calico is an old West mining town that has been around since 1881 during the largest silver strike in California! Calico received State Historical Landmark 782, and is now part of the San Bernardino County Regional Parks system. Visited by people from around the country and all over the world, the park offers visitors an opportunity to share in its rich history and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding desert environment!
Half-Price Theater Tickets
Part vaudeville, part Complete Works of William Shakespeare…Abridged, Every Christmas Story Ever Told… is a fast, furious, and slightly irreverent look at the holiday classics and traditions we all remember. No pop culture holiday icon is spared in this whirlwind of holiday merriment!
LA Stage Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to building appreciation and support for the performing arts in Greater Los Angeles for nearly thirty-five years!
Check out their web site for many shows offering half-price tickets! Get out of the house! Have fun at a live performance! Naturally in 3-D! Gluten Free!
For the latest shows: lastagealliance.com
Free Film Screenings
Outside the Box [Office] is an ongoing weekly showcase for upcoming international, documentary and independent cinema!
Click here for reservations. All screenings are free of charge and open to the public, unless otherwise noted!
For more information: cinema.usc.edu
Now at LACMA – James Turrell: A Retrospective explores nearly fifty years in the career of this key artist in the Southern California Light and Space movement of the 1960s and 70s. The exhibition includes early geometric light projections, prints and drawings, installations exploring sensory deprivation and seemingly unmodulated fields of colored light, and recent two-dimensional work with holograms.
Links to more museums in Los Angeles . . .more adventures!
Heritage Square Museum The Gamble House
LACMA (LA County Museum of Art) Griffith Observatory
The Paley Center (TV & Radio) L.A. Conservancy
Hammer Museum The Getty
California Science Center The Huntington (Art Collections, Botanical Gardens)
The Nethercutt Collection The Norton Simon Museum
MOCA Bergamot Station / Santa Monica Museum of Art
Los Angeles has a rich landscape of Farmer’s Markets! Somewhere near you there are local producers of fresh fruits, vegetables, and foods of all sorts and descriptions! It’s a wonderful way to connect with folks right here in California! Pull up a chair at California’s Table!
Two farmer’s markets to explore this weekend:
Canoga Park Farmers’ Market – Saturdays, 9am to 1pm. On Owensmouth Ave. between Sherman Way & Wyandotte St.
This is a community network dedicated to saving Los Encinos State Historic Park! SaveLosEncinos.org is a place where people can find out about volunteering, get information, and get involved! This is a great one stop site for everything Los Encinos!
Los Encinos State Historic Park
16756 Moorpark St.,
Encino, CA 91436-1068
For more information: savelosencinos.org
Child Safety Seat Inspection & Installation
These inspections are held at various locations throughout the San Fernando Valley. A Certified Child Seat Instructor / Technician will inspect your child’s seat at no charge to help protect your child’s ride in the vehicle.
7:30 am to 11:30 am – by appointment please.
Call for appointment: (818) 644-8143
Valley Traffic Advisory Council
7870 Nollan Place,
Panorama City, CA 91402
For more information: vtac-vtd.org