We hope you've finished online shopping. The clouds have cleared. Let's get out, people. How about a holiday sing-along followed by adorable dogs, kombucha on tap and a party in the park?
Here's everything you need to know:
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Happy holidays! Let's go skating with Santa! The Rink in Downtown Burbank is oozing festive fun with outdoor ice skating, themed parties and special performances. This Saturday is Skating Santas Night where everyone is welcome to come in costume. Pro tip: Not your thing? How about ’80s Night Wednesdays or Thursday Night Fever?
When: 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday | Rink open through Jan. 8
Where: The Rink in Downtown Burbank | MAP
Price: $10 admission; $3 skate rentals
Looking for something low-key? Join local YouTube star Tom Explores Los Angeles and the people behind the new app 5 Every Day (you know, that indie pop band Yacht) for a winter solstice celebration at Elysian Park. Bring friends, food, blankets and games for a day of chilling with guest speakers. While it's the shortest day of the year, this event lasts throughout, from sunrise to sunset.
When: 6:55 a.m. to 4:55 p.m. Sunday
Where: Elysian Park Drive and Park Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(Photo: Maya Sugarman/KPCC)
Craving some Christmas caroling? Angelenos, you're in luck. Grab your friends (and a coat) for a night of serious singing under the stars. The Music Center will provide live accompaniment and lyric sheets. No experience necessary. Cheerful attitudes strongly encouraged. Pro tip: Here's why singing is good for your kids.
When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday
Where: The Music Center
Price: Free | Tickets required; details here
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The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre on Franklin is hosting Soundtrack, an improvised show to the music on your iPhone. Have guests in town for the holidays? Take them here. It's funny, it's cheap and it's centrally located in Hollywood. Don't forget to load your phone with some funny or just plain fun songs before you go.
When: 9:30 p.m. Friday
Where: UCB Franklin | MAP
5. Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" at LACMA
LACMA is hosting special screenings this weekend, including Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 classic mystery "Vertigo." James Stewart plays a San Francisco cop who quits the force after a paralyzing attack of acrophobia — fear of heights — costs another cop’s life. Other nostalgic gems include "The Shop around the Corner," "The Doll" and "Notorious." More info and full schedule here.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: LACMA | MAP
OK, now this one is for those of you who want to forget that holiday cheer. Bootie L.A. is making you a promise: No Christmas music at its dance party Saturday. Rage your way through the night bah-humbugging with the best of them. Pro tip: Don't forget to grab a midnight snack at Two Boots next door. Or Taco Zone down the street.
When: 9 p.m. to late
Where: The Echo | MAP
I know what you're thinking and no, this is not kombucha for dogs. It's a kombucha brand that raises awareness through its adorable packaging featuring L.A. shelter dogs. Kombucha Dog even has a tap room and gallery space (featuring photos of the pups, of course). This weekend, stop by the Lincoln Heights spot for a holiday bazaar. It'll kick off with yoga at 10 a.m. Then, eat vegan food from Greenbelt and drink organic kombucha on tap for $5 a glass. You may even walk away with a new pet.
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
Price: Free entry
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