19 Fabulous Events Happening in Southern California This Week: Dec. 16 - 19

The longest nights of the year are here, so it's an appropriate time for a dark, drag Christmas Show and a Black Christmas screening. For more traditional offerings, check out a tamale fest, a mariachi Christmas show, Mark O'Connor's Appalachian Christmas or a screening of Die Hard. Want nothing to do with the holidays? A new photo exhibition debuts at the Getty and that little indie film, Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker, opens.

The Getty opens a new exhibition of photographs from its collection, including the work 'My Things No. 5 - 5,000 Pieces of Rubbish.' (Hao Hong)

Through SUNDAY, JANUARY 5
Santa's Village - A Nostalgic Christmas in the Woods
SkyPark at Santa's Village — 28950 California 18, Skyforest
The outdoor adventure park near Lake Arrowhead plays host to Santa throughout the holiday season. Activities include Santa meet-and-greets, magic shows, light shows, ice skating and parades. Day passes provide access to park attractions like ziplining, an archery range, an ax challenge and pedal cars.
COST: $49 - $59; MORE INFO

Through TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31
Festival of Lights
Mission Inn Hotel & Spa — 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside
Five million lights illuminate the hotel, which is decked out in its holiday best with 200 animated angels, elves and Dickens carolers. You might find Santa Claus among the crowd, making his list and taking requests.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16 - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17; 9 P.M. - 12 A.M.
Exposure Drag: Dark Christmas
The OffBeat - A Bar On York — 6316 York Blvd., Highland Park
The dance party and drag show is based on horror Christmas flicks like Krampus and Black Christmas. Showtimes are at 10:30 p.m. and midnight. The party also features beats by DJ Tankboy. The event is 21+.
COST: No cover; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 - SUNDAY, MARCH 8
Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs
The Getty — 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood
This exhibition commemorates the 35th anniversary of the museum's collection of images. None of the works, which span the history of the photography, have previously been on view at the Getty.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Mark O'Connor's Appalachian Christmas
Musco Center for the Arts — One University Dr., Orange
This family-friendly Christmas concert features a night of bluegrass, folk and American roots music. In addition to fresh takes on holiday songs, composer and fiddler O'Connor includes a few original tunes in the spirit of the season.
COST: Tickets start at $25; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17; 8 - 11 P.M.
Black Christmas
Regent Theater — 448 S. Main St., downtown L.A.
The Secret Movie Club screens the 1974 horror classic, directed by Bob Clark, as part of its "Unexpected Holiday Classics" series. Several women staying at their sorority house over the Christmas break are menaced by a serial killer who appears to be calling them... from inside the sorority itself. Bars will be open for drinks, beers and popcorn. This event is 18+.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17; 8 - 9 P.M.
The Black Version
The Groundlings Theatre — 7307 Melrose Ave., Fairfax
The completely improvised show starts with an audience suggestion for a popular film. The improvisers then present a "black version" of the movie.
COST: $20; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18; 7 P.M. - 12 A.M.
Home for the Holidays
Hotel Cafe — 1623 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood
This year's holiday benefit raises funds for the Downtown Women's Center. The lineup includes the Shadowboxers, David Ryan Harris, Cary Brothers, AIJIA, Garrison Starr, Jamie Drake, Jesse Thomas, Lily Kershaw, Rett Madison, Priscilla Perry, Mollie Jane of the bank Milk, Madison Malone and My Name Is You. The show is 21+.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

The El Capitan Theater holds a movie marathon of all 'Star Wars' films, culminating in the screening of the latest installment. ((c) 2019 ILM and Lucasfilm Ltd.)

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18
Star Wars 9-Movie Marathon
El Capitan Theatre — 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Nerdist hosts a 24-hour-and-39-minute marathon screening of all nine Star Wars films, culminating in the first screening of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Guests get a reserved seat for all nine movies, a souvenir credential, meals, snacks, a light-up Millennium Falcon popcorn container (1 refill), three 20-ounce bottled drinks, a comfort kit, a souvenir blanket, an exclusive art poster and maybe a few surprises.
COST: TK; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18; 8 - 9 P.M.
Ho Ho Holiday Improv Diary Show
Westside Comedy Theater — 1323-A 3rd St., Santa Monica
The monthly comedy and storytelling show is like Mortified — with a twist. Two brave people read from their real teen diaries. Improvisers then proceed to create scenes inspired by the readings, which are as funny and cringeworthy as you'd imagine. If you have a teen diary lying around and want to be part of a show, email them for details on how to submit your entry.
COST: $6; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Marina Park — 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach
On the opening night of the parade, this nautical-themed playground is the perfect viewing spot for families. It will also have activities, food vendors and entertainment. The fireworks show at the Newport Pier takes place at 6:15 p.m.and the parade passes by around 6:45 p.m. The parade kicks off around 6:30 p.m. nightly.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18; 7:30 - 10 P.M.
Greg Proops Podcast: Die Hard
Aero Theatre — 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
The unintentional holiday classic stars Bruce Willis as cop John McClane, who battles professional thieves, led by Alan Rickman playing Hans Gruber, as they take over his wife's office building at Christmastime. The program begins with a live recording of Proops' podcast. The screening starts at 8 p.m.
COST: $12; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18; 8 - 9 P.M.
LaunchLeft Podcast Live and Music Showcase
Bootleg Theater — 2220 Beverly Blvd., Westlake
For the podcast, Rain and Summer Phoenix will talk with Phoebe Bridgers, who launches new artist Charlie Hickey in the theater. On the bar stage, enjoy comedy, dance and music performances as well as a death-positive slide show by Death Salon director Megan Rosenbloom. The lineup includes Kokomo, Roy Alias, Frankel, Maria Taylor & Louis Schefano, Rain Phoenix and Sasha Smith.
COST: $20; MORE INFO

Il Pesce Cucina, the seafood/Italian restaurant in Eataly LA, presents a monthly dinner prepared by the two-Michelin-starred chefs, one of whom is Michael Cimarusti. (Photo courtesy of Il Pesce Cucina)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19
Thursdays with Michael
Il Pesce Cucina at Eataly L.A. — 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City
Close out the decade with a multi-course, Italian seafood meal created by James Beard-winning chef Michael Cimarusti. All dishes are made with responsibly sourced and sustainable seafood. Past dishes in the series have included black bass crudo, gnocchi al pomodoro and scorfano (rockfish) e fagioli. The regular menu will also be available.
COST: $65, excluding tax and gratuity; MORE INFO

The Broad Stage in Santa Monica hosts a lecture by filmmaker and photographer Andy Mann, presented by Nat Geo Live. (Andy Mann)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19 - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20
Summit to Sea
The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage —1310 11th St., Santa Monica
National Geographic Live presents a night with award-winning filmmaker and photographer Andy Mann, who details his transformation from climber to diver. Mann also discusses how the planet is changing rapidly, from the tops of mountains to the sea floor. He's followed scientists to extreme locations to advocate for ocean protection.
COST: Tickets start at $59; MORE INFO

Sliced cactus pours out of this completely vegan tamal at Artesano Tamaleria in downtown L.A. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19; 5 - 10 P.M.
DTSA Tamale Fest 2019
4th St. — downtown Santa Ana
The inaugural festival features a tamalada (a tamal making party), vendors and music by Mariachi El Toro, Trio Salazar, DJ Allierock and Mantra (a Mana coverband).
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19; 7 - 11 P.M.
Leslie Odom Jr.
Fox Performing Arts Center — 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside
Best known for his work as Aaron Burr in Hamilton on Broadway, Odom Jr., can also be seen on the small screen in Harriet and the Many Saints of Newark, a prequel to the the Sopranos that's coming out in 2020. He performs in a benefit concert for the kids of Operation Safehouse, which supports at-risk kids.
COST: Tickets start at $44; MORE INFO

Mariachi Los Camperos brings its holiday show to the Segerstrom Center. (Armstrong International Cultural Foundation / Reese Zoellner)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19; 8 - 10 P.M.
Fiesta Navidad Mariachi Los Camperos
Segerstrom Center for the Arts — 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa
One of the most joyful holiday events in the OC returns, featuring the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos and dance group Chiquina Palafox. The concert features family-friendly fun for all ages.
COST: Tickets start at $29; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19 - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20; 9 P.M. - 12 A.M.
X-Mas '19
The Teragram Ballroom — 1234 W. 7th St., downtown L.A.
Punk band X, which has been performing for more than four decades, wraps its holiday tour with two hometown shows. Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake are joined by Los Straitjackets.
COST: $38 - $100; MORE INFO