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Good Grove/Bad Grove: Santa Claus is Comin' To Town Edition

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Christmas in LA has always been kind of a muted affair. Too many of the hallmarks of the season are in short supply in SoCal. There's no snow, no sleigh rides, and palm trees just don't make a suitable substitute for Christmas trees. There's a reason they film all those Christmas movies in New York. There are no "Miracles on Wilshire Boulevard." So every year around this time, while New York transforms into a magical winter wonderland full of Christmas spirit, LA has always just kind of thrown up its hands, put up a few lights here and there and waited for spring to roll around.

Well, no more. For the last three years, The Grove has brought Christmas to our city. And it's no half-assed LA version of Christmas with bikini-clad babes subbing for elves. It's the real deal. This Sunday at 8pm, the Grove presents its third annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. In addition to the lighting of the 100-foot tree, there will be live music, fireworks, enormous crowds and, yes, snow, glorious snow! We hear Santa himself might even show up for this one.

LAist couldn't be more excited that this season is upon us. Christmas at the Grove makes us feel like, well, a kid on Christmas. And living in LA, that's a feeling we haven't felt in a long, long time. The Miracle on Third and Fairfax is not only part of the Good Grove, it may be the very best thing about the Grove, and it's not to be missed.