Arts & Entertainment

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

File photo of a plate of holiday baked goods.
File photo of a plate of holiday baked goods.
Courtesy of Knead and Co.

Other than picking out the perfect tree and hanging endless strings of lights, there's plenty to do this weekend — whether or not you're looking for an extra boost of holiday cheer.


Mac and Cheese Smackdown 

Need we say more? It's your chance to be a real food critic. Seven L.A. restaurants will vie for your vote on who has the best mac and cheese in the city. Yup, you get to try them all — plus dessert and beer. Pro tip: Maybe skip breakfast that day. 

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 4, noon - 7 p.m. 
WHERE: Bank of America Plaza, DTLA | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $30 | Get tickets 


The Animal Museum Grand Opening 

This one's a bit of a splurge but worth it if you love animals — fur, scales and all. DTLA's newest addition to the museum scene is pretty original in its theme. The grand opening is kicking off with two exhibits: “Fashion Tails” and “Entangled” – centered around the love and ethical treatment of animals. Complete with vegan bites, cocktails, music and celebrity guests.

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m. 
WHERE: The Animal Museum, DTLA | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $45 | Get tickets 


The 3rd Annual Mosaic Craft Fair

Holiday shopping doesn't necessarily have to be a major hassle. This marketplace features 80 local vendors and their handmade jewelry, toys, pet products and so much more, perfect for finding tailored gifts. If you do start to get a bit frazzled, head over to the beer garden for a breather. Bonus: For a retail and culinary combo, consider checking out the holiday marketplace at Grand Central Market going on all weekend.

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
WHERE: The Alhambra | MAP 
COST: Free 


A Current Affair: Pop Up Vintage Marketplace

This year, you won't have to stress over what to wear to the dozens of holiday parties. Shop for unique clothing pieces, accessories and jewelry from over 65 vintage retailers as an alternative to shopping in a mall — think shimmery dresses and one-of-a-kind blazers. The best part: you definitely won't be wearing the same outfit as anybody else. 

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3 - Sunday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  
Cooper Design Space, DTLA | MAP 
COST: Tickets start at $12 | Get tickets 


Folks at the Annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration.
Folks at the Annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration.
Courtesy of Heritage Square Museum

22nd Annual Lamplight Holiday Celebration 

Take a little trip back in time with this illuminated event centered around the history of Bunker Hill. Guests will follow a cast of Victorian-era costumed characters, taking a pit stop at each of the museum's iconic houses. The celebration will be completely lit by vintage lamplights, so watch your step. 

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3 - Sunday, Dec. 4, 4 - 6 p.m. 
WHERE: Heritage Square Museum, Montecito Heights | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children over 6 years old


Comic Arts Los Angeles 

This one's for the Angelenos constantly feeding off of other people's creativity and making something out of it. This free event aims to foster an appreciation of comics, graphic novels and art through panels, discussions and interactions with local artists. Interested in indie comics? There'll be a panel on that and so much more. Check out the full schedule

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3 - Sunday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
WHERE: Think Tank Gallery, DTLA | MAP  
COST: Free 


LA Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade

Christmas parades are always fun. Slap those lights on watercraft — actually moving on water — and you've got yourself a real show. Pick out the perfect viewpoint along the harbor and watch as elaborately decorated sailboats and harbor craft float along with Christmas cheer. You can also watch from the Battleship Iowa (hot cocoa and cookies included) if you're willing to shell out $20. Pro tip: Dress warmly. 

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3 
WHERE: Various locations along the L.A. Harbor | PARADE ROUTE 
COST: Free 

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