17 Awesome Events In Southern California This Week: Dec. 23-26

Happy holidays! It's the best time of the year to stay in town and when you do, there's a Festivus pinball tournament, several Feasts of the Seven Fishes, a Matzo Ball dance party, a caroling crawl and lots of classic films.

Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy is one of the many cultural organizations performing on Christmas Eve at the Music Center's annual tradition. (Courtesy of the Music Center)

Through WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25
Grand Park's Winter Glow
Grand Park — 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The immersive light display returns for its second year, expanding across Grand Ave. to include the Music Center Plaza. Guests can view installations created by L.A.-based artists, including multimedia artists Cassandra Carillo, Carlos G. Rodas and Aphidoidea. Some of the large-scale installations will be interactive." On Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., Grand Park hosts a free parol-making workshop, where community members can learn and create their own parol (a star-shaped Filipino lantern) to take home.
COST: FREE admission;
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Through MONDAY, DECEMBER 23; 12 - 11:30 P.M.
8 Nights of Flights
Bluebird Brasserie — 13730 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks
Order a beer flight through Dec. 30 (except for Christmas when they're closed) and get a raffle ticket. A prize will be given out nightly, but the raffle pool grows every night until the grand prize drawing on the last night of Hanukkah.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

MONDAY, DECEMBER 23; 7 - 10 P.M.
A Slamdown Festivus
Captain's Arcade Showroom — 4421 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim
This is a pop culture meets pinball event that celebrates Festivus, the festival for the the rest of us. Half of the entry free will be donated to The Human Fund, benefitting the youth sports organization Spirit League. Each round of the gaming tournament will have a different format, approved by the IFPA (International Flipper Pinball Association). Who needs Christmas when you can participate in The Airing of Grievances, Feats of Strength and Festivus Miracles?
COST: Entries start at $10; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24; 3 - 6 P.M.
L.A. County Holiday Celebration
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion — 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
L.A.'s largest holiday celebration heads into its 60th year. The family-friendly afternoon features 25 performance troupes. Watch the Urban Voices Project, a choir made up of men and women surviving homelessness on Skid Row; the Infinite Flow wheelchair dance company; and the Yuval Ron Ensemble, composed of Jewish, Christian and Muslim musicians. Doors at 2:30 p.m., and seats are on a first-come, first-served basis, but people can come and go throughout the show. If you can't make it in person, the celebration will be broadcast live on both PBS SoCal and KCET and streamed at pbssocal.org.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24 - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25; 9 P.M. - 3 A.M.
Matzo Ball Holiday Bash
Derriere — 6510 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
The holiday party is back, returning this year to a swanky new club. Mix, mingle and dance all night long. Must be 21+ to attend. IDs required.
COST: $40 - $50, table packages available; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24
Feast of the Seven Fishes
Various locations
This Italian tradition usually features a family meal of seven different seafood dishes or one or two different types of fish prepared in seven different ways. Several SoCal restaurants are doing their versions of the feast. Michael Cimarusti offers an ultra fancy version at Providence ($175) and a more casual one at Connie and Ted's ($39). Osteria Mozza offers a feast with two seating options, at 5 or 8:30 p.m. for $95 - $175. Orange County's Urban Kitchen Group, offers their spin on the meal at their Cucina locations with a seafood antipasti ($32) of seven fishes per night to share with two to four people. We also spotted a dish called Feast of the Seven Fishes on the three-course Christmas dinner menu at Openaire at the LINE LA ($79).
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

The Academy presents a screening series of films shortlisted for Oscar nominations, including documentary features like 'One Child Nation.' (One Child Nation still / Amazon Studios)

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25
Oscars Spotlight: Documentaries
Various locations
The Academy announced a new nationwide screening series of feature documentaries shortlisted for the Oscars, giving moviegoers a chance to see the docs on the big screen. The films will screen in 20 cities nationwide starting Dec. 25, with various screening times. Participating theaters in the L.A. area include: the Alamo Drafthouse, AMC Burbank 16 and Sunset 5, and Laemmle Monica Film Center and Playhouse 7.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25; 9:30 A.M. - 2 P.M.
Skid Row Christmas Caroling Crawl with Urban Voices Project
Urban Voices Project — Skid Row, downtown L.A.
Join a choir on a crawl, bringing holiday tunes and good vibes to various locations throughout Skid Row, beginning at the Midnight Mission. The carol crawl heads through San Pedro St. until it wraps at the Downtown Women's Center. Sing shoulder-to-shoulder with those less fortunate. Wear comfortable shoes and your Urban Voices Project shirt (selling on the day of the event for $20 each, cash/check). The sales help raise funds to support ongoing programming in Skid Row throughout the year. Meet at the Weingart Parking Lot at 6th and San Pedro.
COST: FREE, RSVPs needed by Christmas Eve; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25; 2 - 5 P.M.
Duck Soup / Horse Feathers
New Beverly Cinema — 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax
Quentin Tarantino's movie theater screens a Marx Brothers double feature, starting with the 1933 political comedy followed by a college campus romp from 1932. Both films are screened in 35mm.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25 - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26; 8 P.M. - 2 A.M.
Christmas Day Happy Hour
The Mermaid — 428 E. 2nd St., Little Tokyo
If you want to blow off steam after the family festivities, the Little Tokyo bar offers holiday cocktails (featuring booze from High West Distillery and Fort Point Brewing Company) and happy hour specials all night long. The kitchen will be closed but you're welcome to bring your own food (aka leftovers). 21+ only.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25 - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26; 9 P.M. - 2 A.M.
Smithsmas
The Lash — 117 Winston St., downtown L.A.
The fourth annual Smiths, Morrissey and '80s Dance Party returns. The Sing Your Life Sundaze crew — DJ Rose Knows, Aaron N Montaigne aka Z Baron and Bob Altamirano — spins tunes. Two rooms are dedicated to the music of the Smiths and Morrissey, with an '80s party in the front room.
COST: FREE cover before 10 p.m., $5 after; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26
Have a 70mm Holiday: Hello Dolly
The Egyptian Theatre — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The American Cinematheque screens classic films shot between 1955 and 1970 in the 70mm large-screen format. The weekend series starts on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with a 50th anniversary presentation of the musical starring Barbra Streisand and directed by dancer-performer Gene Kelly.
COST: $13 - $15; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26
Greatest Classic Cartoons Ever!
Alex Theatre — 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale
Watch classic cartoons on the big screen, starring Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, Mighty Mouse, Popeye, Olive Oyl, Tom and Jerry, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Woody Woodpecker, among others. There's a surprise opening and a live-action/animation compilation reel featuring Gene Kelly, Doris Day, Jack Carson and Bugs Bunny. The screenings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. are hosted by animation experts Frank Gladstone and Jerry Beck.
COST: $12 - $17; MORE INFO

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26; 11 A.M. - 4 P.M.
**OPENING DAY HAS BEEN MOVED TO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28
Opening Day Beer and Cider Festival
Santa Anita Park — 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia
The day after Christmas marks the opening of Santa Anita Park for the winter meets. Check out the races while at the brew festival, which focuses on SoCal offerings. General package offerings include eight (3 oz.) beer/cider tastings, a tasting cup, $5 betting voucher, club house admission, a program and access to trackside and grandstand seating.
COST: $32 - $55; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26; 1:30 - 3 P.M.
Timeless Melodies: Gone But Not Forgotten Part 1
Bowers Museum — 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana
Larry Maurer, historian of the Timeless Melodies Foundation for Education, presents a lecture that pays tribute to a nearly forgotten group of Jewish songwriters. Collectively, their hits include "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "Tea for Two," "Singing in the Rain" and "Lullaby of Broadway."
COST: $9 - $12; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26; 8 - 10:30 P.M.
Hanukkah
The Frida Cinema — 305 E. 4th St #100, Santa Ana
Forget the festival of lights. Celebrate the festival of frights, screening writer/director Eben McGarr's holiday-themed slasher flick, Hanukkah. A group of Jewish young adults is being targeted for violating Judaic law. They ask a wise rabbi for help before they all meet a gruesome end. The film stars Charles Fleischer (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Zodiac), PJ Soles (Halloween, Carrie), Caroline Williams (‪The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2‬), Sid Haig (Spider Baby, The Devils Rejects) and Dick Miller (Gremlins, The Terminator). The screening will be followed by a Q&A with McGarr.
COST: $7.50 - $10.50; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26 - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27; 9 P.M. - 1 A.M.
Holiday Show Down
The Redwood Bar & Grill — 316 W. 2nd St., downtown L.A.
Check out a night of blues, punk and Americana featuring headliner Ginger Cowgirl visiting from Nashville. Also playing are Jew Cocks, Ryan Fuller (De La Cuesta) and special guests. The show is 21+.
COST: $5; MORE INFO