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.
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
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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.
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!
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.
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
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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.
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.)