Arts & Entertainment

Your go-to guide for the holiday weekend in SoCal

File photo of a Christmas tree.
File photo of a Christmas tree.
Vasile Cotovanu via Flickr Creative Commons

As the city settles in to Christmas dinners and gift-opening frenzies, here are some ways to get a last-chance holiday fix — and maybe one alternative.


Cocoa Concert Series 

This year, Union Station's gift to Angelenos is a holiday hub that includes free hot cocoa, cookies, selfies with Santa and live music. This last installment of the concert series will feature salsa band La Picanta and blues band The California Feetwarmers — don't be shy to dance along and stay toasty. Pro tip: Ugly Christmas sweaters are highly encouraged.

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 23, 6 - 8 p.m. 
WHERE: Los Angeles Union Station, DTLA | MAP 
COST: Free 


Courtesy of Earle Family Trust

Eyvind Earle: An Exhibit of a Disney Legend 

This quiet exhibition can provide a quiet respite from all the holiday hubbub, with 65 works from Eyvind Earle's landscape oil paintings, water colors, drawings and sketches, many on display for the first time. See if you can spot out the background paintings from Disney's "Sleeping Beauty." While you're there, visit Walt Disney's grave on the same grounds.

WHEN: Through Sunday, Jan. 1 
WHERE: Forest Lawn Museum, Glendale | MAP 
COST: Free 


More than 4 million lights decorate the Mission Inn in Riverside for its annual Festival of Lights.
More than 4 million lights decorate the Mission Inn in Riverside for its annual Festival of Lights.
PROPyro Spectaculars by Souza

Holiday Lights 

As Christmas winds down, so will the endless strings of lights sparkling across the region, so don't miss out on seeing some seriously impressive displays. Check out our list of the best places to visit to see holiday lights, and get that camera ready. 

WHEN: Dates vary 
WHERE: Locations vary 
COST: Free 


Snow Days 

Snow will arrive in this part of the city the day after Christmas (because there's no wrong time to play in the snow). Truckloads of powdery white will be transported for SoCal kids who might otherwise never experience it. Needless to say, there'll be plenty of opportunities for snowball fights and snowman building, complete with cookie decorating and a meteorology lesson.

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 26 - Friday, Dec. 30, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
WHERE: Kidspace Children's Museum, Pasadena | MAP 
COST: Included with museum admission 


Monday Fun Run 

Get a head start on your New Year's resolution and join countless others who are also looking to burn off all those Christmas cookie calories. This run will go down Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena, so catch a last glimpse of holiday lights before they go away for a year.

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 26, 6 - 8 p.m. 
WHERE: Run With Us, Pasadena | MAP 
COST: Free 


The L.A. County Holiday Celebration 

A Christmas Eve tradition of choirs, dance performances and more, packed together in a three-hour holiday show. The real magic happens at a live performance, but if you prefer to stream it from the comfort of your own home, PBS will be streaming it live

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 24, 2- 6 p.m. 
WHERE: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, DTLA | MAP 
COST: Free 

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