Arts & Entertainment

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

File photo of a holiday-themed cocktail.
File photo of a holiday-themed cocktail.
Noah Fecks

As we dive into the last weekend before Christmas and you frantically check things off your to-do list, don't forget to take a break. Choose from a holiday sing-along or a night with festive cocktails — plus some Christmas alternatives.


SHOPPING PICK

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Artists & Fleas Holiday Market

There will no doubt be a horde of last-minute shoppers flooding the mall. Avoid the crowds and hit up this marketplace to find some procrastination-induced holiday items for that office gift exchange or unfilled stocking.

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
WHERE: The Arts District Triangle | MAP 
COST: Free 


CULTURE VULTURE PICK

The Peterson Automotive Museum

The Unconventional Canvases of Keith Haring

Keith Haring plastered his pop art anywhere he could — from sidewalks to subway stations — and now his most unconventional canvases will be on display for the first time. This exhibit showcases five hand-painted vehicles that'll transport any fan to Haring's hey-day in 1980s New York City.

WHEN: Opens Saturday, Dec. 17 
WHERE: The Peterson Automotive Museum | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $15 | Get tickets 


STAFF PICK

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Diamonds: Rare Brilliance

Christmas is dominated by twinkle lights and anything sparkly, so why not add more to the list? This exhibit of nature's rarest diamonds is sure to give you some major bling bling fever and maybe some inspiration for holiday gifts. Make sure to check out the Juliet Pink, the natural pink diamond show stopper!

WHEN: Opens Friday, Dec. 16 through March 19 
WHERE: The Los Angeles Natural History Museum, Exposition Park | MAP 
COST: Included with admission | Get tickets 


FAMILY PICK

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Hanukkah Family Festival

This holiday celebration has everything, with a full line-up of live performances, crafting and storytelling for everybody — whether or not you celebrate Hanukkah. Make sure to take check out the Skirball's various exhibitions, including a display of antique Hanukkah lamps

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
WHERE: The Skirball Cultural Center | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $12 | Get tickets 


21+ PICK

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Miracle on Santa Fe 

Drinks are a must during the holiday season, but why not kick it up a notch with holiday-themed libations? Every nook and cranny of this Arts District bar will be covered in lights, tinsel and all kinds of seasonal trimmings, to be paired with drinks like the Snowball Old Fashioned, Jingle Ball Nog and more. If you’re lucky you might be there on a night with indoor snow.

WHEN: Now through the end of the month 
WHERE:
Westbound Cocktail Bar, Arts District | MAP 
COST:
Prices vary 


LAID BACK PICK

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The Yoga Expo

Holiday to-do list all checked off? Give yourself a gift and indulge in relaxing yoga and meditation classes all day for some well-earned peace. With a full roster of classes, anybody can join in, novices and yoga pros alike.

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
WHERE: The Los Angeles Convention Center, DTLA | MAP 
COST: All-day pass is $35 | Get pass 


SEASONAL PICK

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The Music Center Holiday Sing-Along 

Sport your best winter garb and join in on a timeless holiday tradition: singing. You'll be surrounded by fellow Angelenos and sparkling lights in the heart of the city to belt out some of the most iconic Christmas jingles. If you don't know the words, don't fret — lyric sheets will be provided. Pro tip: We hear gargling salt water helps with the whole singing thing. 

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 16, 6 - 7:30 p.m. 
WHERE: The Music Center Plaza, DTLA | MAP 
COST: Free, tickets required (distribution starts at 5:30 p.m.)


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