22 Fabulous Events Happening This Weekend In Southern California: Dec. 20-22

With Christmakwanzakah just around the corner, holiday celebrations are happening all around SoCal, from a Lego menorah to Christmas caroling to klezmer music. Heritage Square screens seasonal movies. The Gay Men's Chorus opens its 41st season. Bullocks Wilshire celebrates its 90th anniversary. Metal mariachi band Metalachi performs. Plus, John Waters' Polyester screens in "Odorama."

The Klezmatics play a Hanukkah concert at the Pico-Union Project. (Courtesy of the artists)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20; 8:30 - 11 P.M.
The Klezmatics: A Hanukkah Concert
The Pico Union Project — 1153 Valencia St., Pico Union
The Grammy Award-winning Klezmer group celebrates Hanukkah with a Shabbat dinner of latkes and "Hanukatinis" starting at 7 p.m. The intimate concert starts at 8:30 p.m. and there's currently a waitlist for the dinner.
COST: Tickets start at $35.; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22
Deck the Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall—111 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The L.A. Phil's annual holiday concert series features performances by an eclectic group of artists beginning with world renowned jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves (Dec. 20), the family-friendly holiday sing-along with the Angeles Chorale (Dec. 21) and a White Christmas Sing-Along (Dec. 22).
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20; 7 - 11 P.M.
Metalachi
The Observatory — 3503 S Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana
The world's first and only metal mariachi band headlines the Orange County venue with Elviss Simmons and the Memphis Strutters playing in support. This is an all-ages event.
COST: $7.50 - $15; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24
Holiday Events
The Original Farmers Market — 6333 W. 3rd St., Fairfax
The Christmas tree and the giant LEGO menorah are back at the market, along with several family-friendly events. Performers this season include Einstein Brown's Calypso Christmas, Dickensian strolling carolers, Dave Stuckey & The Hoot Owls, Susie Hansen Latin Jazz, The Noelle's Doo Wop Christmas and a Mariachi Fiesta. On Sunday, there's a Hanukkah celebration starting at 2:30 p.m. Everyone's welcome to join in candle making, arts and crafts, face painting and adding a brick to the menorah before it's lit at 5 p.m.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20; 8 - 11 P.M.
Skid Row Xmas A Benefit Concert
The Mayfair Hotel — 1256 W. 7th St., downtown L.A.
The concert features performances by B Real from Cypress Hill, Everlast, Tyrones Jacket and a DJ set by C-Minus and Ry Toast. The team with local cannabis entrepreneurs and the founders of Dub Brothers, Barry and Brent Walker, who are raising funds to support L.A.'s homeless population.
COST: $25 - $50; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29
Yuletide Cinemaland
Heritage Square Museum — 3800 Homer St., Montecito Heights
This month, Street Food Cinema presents a series of holiday movies and festivities among the Victorian homes of Heritage Square. Guests can enjoy holiday festivities in the town square, watch movies outdoors, listen to carolers, take part in sing-alongs in the Perry Mansion and tour the houses. This weekend's films are Home Alone, Gremlins and The Muppet Christmas Carol. Get your tickets early as it's a popular event and only a few tickets will be available at the door.
COST: General admission starts at $25; MORE INFO

Blandine and Sophie pose in front of the Albi exhibition center in southern France on December 1, 2018, where the second Ugly Sweater World Championships of is taking place. (ERIC CABANIS/AFP via Getty Images)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20; 11 A.M. - 9 P.M.
Ugly Sweater Party
SOCIALEATS and the Gallery Food Hall — 1315 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica
Wear your ugly sweater to the food court to get $4 beers all day long. The real fun begins runs from 5 to 8 p.m. with live music and an ugly sweater contest with a $100 gift card for first prize.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

A color postcard of Wilshire Blvd. which includes a traffic jam of cars and a large crowd of pedestrians. The 2nd building on the right is the Bullocks Wilshire Dept. Store. Farther down the street on the left is the Town House hotel. (Dick Whittington/Security Pacific National Bank Collection/Los Angeles Public Library Collection)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20; 6 - 8 P.M.
Bullocks Wilshire: 90th Anniversary Moonlight Gala
Bullocks Wilshire Building — 3050 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
The Southwestern Law School, which occupies the former home of the grand old department store, hosts an evening of vintage cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, along with special guests Margaret Leslie Davis and Stephen Gee. Davis authored Bullocks Wilshire, an encyclopedic book about the store's founding. Gee is the author of three books on Los Angeles history, including one on John Parkinson, the architect of the Bullocks Wilshire. Business, cocktail or vintage attire requested. Proceeds support the restoration and preservation of the Bullocks Wilshire building.
COST: $125; MORE INFO

The Wende Museum's happy hour features a guided tour of its exhibition, 'The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain.' (Wende Museum)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20; 6 - 8 P.M.
Happy Hour at the Wende
The Wende Museum, — 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City
The museum hosts a happy hour in its garden. Guests can tour the current exhibition, The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain, at 6:30 p.m. led by chief curator Joes Segal and members of the museum's Teen Council.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Guests enjoy a sound bath during on November 22, 2019 in Oxfordshire, England. (Stuart C. Wilson/Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for The Business of Fashion)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20; 8 - 9 P.M.
Winter Solstice Sound Bath
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock — 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock
Celebrate the longest night of the year with symphonic gongs and crystal singing bowls. Bring a mat or blanket and a pillow so you can lie down in the main gallery. Feel the tones open your mind, body and soul as you reflect on the past and upcoming season.
COST: $25; MORE INFO

Demi Adejuyigbe attends Pete Holmes hosts Comedians You Should & Will Know during the Vulture Festival at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on November 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for New York Magazine)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20; 8 - 10 P.M.
Everything's Great
Dynasty Typewriter At The Hayworth — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Comedians Demi Adejuyigbe, Addie Weyrich and Nick Kocher present their final show of 2019 with help from guests Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Margaret Cho (30 Rock) and Brian McElhaney (BriTANick). The show promises positive vibes and a respite from the doom and gloom of the real world. This show is 18+.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles opens its 41st season with its annual holiday spectacular. (Gregory Zabilski)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22
Holiday Spectacular
Alex Theatre — 216 N Brand Blvd., Glendale
The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles presents its annual holiday concert, directed by Jenny Wong. Listen to choral classics, Christmas carols, tunes from Broadway and songs from film soundtracks. The show is recommended for those ages 5 and older. All restrooms in the venue will be gender-neutral for this show.
COST: $25 - $95; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
Salsa Navidad
Samueli Theater at the Segerstrom Center — 615 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa
The Spanish Harlem Orchestra brings New York-style salsa dura (hard salsa) to L.A.'s Christmas season. The band recently earned a 2019 Grammy Award for Anniversary, its sixth album.
COST: Tickets start at $39; MORE INFO

The Disney Junior Holiday Party on tour wraps with two shows this weekend at the Orpheum. ( Disney Junior/Richard Harbaugh)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22
Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour
The Orpheum Theatre — 842 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Mickey, Minnie, Vampirina, Puppy Dog Pals and other Disney Junior faves perform a family-friendly show featuring Disney Junior hits and holiday classics. Shows are on Saturday at noon and 4 p.m. and Sunday at noon.
COST: Tickets start at $31.50, VIP packages available; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22; 4 P.M. - 6:30 A.M.
Solstice Sounding: Dusk to Dawn
Human Resources — 410 Cottage Home St, downtown L.A.
The new classical music ensemble Wild Up plays drones in the dark from sundown to sun-up on the longest day of the year. Performer-composers include trombonist Matt Barbier, cellist Derek Stein, poet Mandy Kahn, guitarist Chris Kallmyer, violinist Andrew Tholl, guitarist Jiji, vocalists Catherine Brookman and Kathryn Shuman, experimental duo Lucky Dragons (Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck) and Lewis Pesacov (of Fool's Gold).
COST: $25; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21; 8 - 9:30 P.M.
Holidoozy Merry Christ-mess Special
Dynasty Typewriter At The Hayworth — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Comedy-musical trio the Apple Sisters presents a live radio show that's a throwback to the big band era. It features three-part harmonies, slapstick comedy and product endorsements with a modern twist. The night ends with a visit from Father Christmas. This show is 18+.
COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22; 10 P.M. - 12 A.M.
Polyester - Presented in ODORAMA!
The Frida Cinema — 305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana
Watch the 1981 John Waters film starring Divine as the housewife and matriarch of an extremely dysfunctional family in an upper-middle class Baltimore suburb. With her family life in tatters, she turns to alcohol and things begin to turn around. Presented with scratch-n-sniff Odorama cards, the film promises to be a multisensory cinematic experience.
COST: $7.50 - $10.50; MORE INFO

February 9, 1959: Mt. Baldy is a winter wonderland after storm dumped 12 inches of snow on the area, breaking the longest snow drought in Southern California skiing history. This is the Sugar Pine Lift. (Herald Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library Collection)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21; 5 A.M. - 3 P.M.
Mount Baldy Bowl Snow Climbing 101
Park past Manker Campground — 7980 Mt Baldy Rd., Mt Baldy
The Empowered by Adventure organization hosts a snow climb of The Baldy Bowl. The mountain — officially named Mount San Antonio — provides easy access to hiking, sledding and mountaineering at 10,000K above sea level.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21; 1:30 - 2:30 P.M.
IDK it's no thing or the devil's workshop
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery — 4800 Hollywood Blvd., East Hollywood
As part of the gallery's current exhibition, Loitering is Delightful, artist Dylan Mira leads an experimental writing workshop on the winter solstice. The program is open to all and no writing experience is needed.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Seedlip spirits on display during the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for The GREAT Britain Campaign)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22; 11 A.M. - 2 P.M.
Sustainable Cocktails with Kim Stodel
Rolling Greens — 1005 Mateo St., downtown L.A.
At the Seedlip General Store pop-up, learn how to create sustainable cocktails with this distilled, non-alcoholic spirit. Stodel will discuss the concept of "zero-waste" cocktails and how to use each ingredient to its full potential.
COST: $35; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22; 7 - 10 P.M.
It's A Wonderful Life
Warner Grand Theatre — 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro
The San Pedro International Film Festival screens the Frank Capra holiday classic starring James Stewart as everyman George Bailey, a small town banker. A despairing George considers ending it all until an angel reveals what the world would be like without him in it. Get to the theater early because Santa and Christmas carolers kick things off at 5:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to dress in '40s attire.
COST: $8; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22; 7:30 - 8 P.M.
Teresa Lo's Hollywood Comedy Showcase
Tao Comedy Studio — 131 S. Western Ave., Koreatown
The comedy showcases doubles as a fundraiser for RAINN, an anti-sexual assault organization. Hosted and produced by comedian and writer Teresa Lo, the December lineup features Paul Douglas Moomjean, Christine Blackburn, PK, Rachel Dee, Reid Brackenbury, Travis van Rijn, Hans Sardo, Julia Stone, Saavan Patel, Michelle MaliZaki and Kate Zasowski.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO