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Holiday Weekend Planner: 12 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Here are a dozen events happening in L.A. this holiday weekend. If you need additional suggestions, then check out our December Guide.


The LA Phil’s Deck the Hall series continues on Friday night with a White Christmas Sing-Along at 3 pm and 8 pm. The 1954 film starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney will screen at Walt Disney Concert Hall with lyrics to the songs embedded on screen. Tickets: $33-$68.

If you need a break from the holiday rush (or houseguest crowding at home), then check out A Very Nostalgic Christmas Special on Friday night at 10:30 pm at UCB Sunset. Groups perform an iconic scene from a famous Christmas movie the audience can boo them offstage if the scene is not giving them all the feels. It's a Night at the Apollo meets a classic Christmas TV special. Tickets: $5.

On Friday at the Melody Lounge craft beer bar in Chinatown, DJ Goodwill and DJ Arkmay hold their monthly Space Disco: Atlantis. They’ll spin sounds from sci-fi and horror soundtracks, Italo-disco, electronic funk, and new wave, accompanied by live-mixed retro VHS visuals. Free admission. Ages 21+. 9:30 pm.

The Hollywood Improv holds a benefit for the community impacted by the recent Ghost Ship fire in Oakland on Friday night at 10 pm. The bill features comedians from the Bay Area including Margaret Cho, Brent Weinbach, Chris Garcia, Caitlin Gill, Emily Maya Mills, Casey Ley, Anyi Malik and George Chen. YACHT also performs a set. Proceeds from the show will go to Immediate Oakland Fire Relief fund. Tickets: $20 with a two-item minimum.

American Cinematheque, Arrow Video and Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles present the holiday classic Microwave Massacre on Friday night at 7:30 pm at the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian. Donald hates his wife’s cooking, so he shoves her into their microwave and finds that irradiated human flesh is pretty tasty. So now Donald must find more victims for his lunch meat. There’s a discussion following the screening with writer-producer Craig Muckler. Tickets: $11.

Glendale Laughs is a holiday comedy festival that features more than 30 comedians performing Days Inn Glendale. The festival’s proceeds will benefit four different charities: Wellness Works Veterans PTSD Therapy, YWCA Glendale, Big Brothers Big sisters LA and Kitten Rescue. Shows at 7 and 9 pm, with headliners Brian McDaniel and Kev Adams, respectively. Tickets: $10 online in advance / $15 at the door. Additional: two-item minimum purchase. Ages 21+.


L.A. County’s 57th Annual Holiday Celebration takes place from 3-6 pm on Saturday (Christmas Eve) at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Entertainment on the Music Center plaza starts at 12:30 pm and doors to the Pavilion open at 2:30 pm with people queuing up much earlier. Inside, it’s a free concert with music and dance performances from different organizations and cultures from all over L.A. County. Hosted by Cheryl Burke and Brian White, performances this year are from Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company; Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble; QVLN (Q-Violin) and many more. Both the event and parking are free. If you can’t make it down, the show is broadcast live on PBS Socal (KOCE HD) or online at, and repeats at 9 pm and again on Christmas Day at noon.

VODKAS & LATKES (Food + drinks)
Akasha Restaurant in Culver City presentsVodkas & Latkes, a holiday Hanukkah dinner served nightly from Saturday to Dec. 30 (with the exception of Christmas Day). In addition to the regular dinner menu, Hanukkah specialties will also be available, from Akasha’s Yukon Gold Potato Latkes with a Choice of Toppings: Heirloom Apple Sauce & Sour Cream, Smoked Salmon & Horseradish Crème Fraîche or Citrus Braised Duck & Cranberry Chutney; to Chopped Mary’s Chicken Liver Olive Oil Crostini or Old School Brisket with Potato Pancakes and more. Vodka cocktails by Clare Ward include the Illumination, with Vodka, Salers Aperitif, Lillet Blanc, Galliano & Fernet Spritz; The Dreidel with Vodka, Pomegranate Grenadine, Thyme, Lime, Absinthe & Prosecco; and Chocolate Gelt with Vanilla Vodka, Apple Brandy, Chocolate Bitters, Pineapple, Ginger, Lemon, Soda & Cinnamon.

The New Beverly holds a great double feature on Christmas Eve: Die Hard at 6:30 pm and suspense thriller The Silent Partner, starring Elliott Gould and Christopher Plummer, at 9:10 pm. Die Hard is already sold out online, but there will be a standby line for no-shows or cancellations. Tickets: $8.

The International Printing Museum in Carson is open and offering tours on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Check out the museum’s collection of working antique presses, a page of the Gutenberg Bible printed on a Gutenberg Press, a Linotype casting machine and more. Tours last an hour. Admission: $8 for student/seniors $10 general.


The Laugh Factory will host its 37th Annual Free Christmas Feasts & Toy Giveaway on Christmas Day. Meals will be served at 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm, and a live comedy show follows each meal. The Laugh Factory welcomes those with no place to go: the lonely, the homeless, the hungry. Top comedians and celebs will help serve each guest a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Please call (323) 656-1336 Ext. 1 for more information and reservations.

HOLLYWOOD PARK CASINO (Gaming + holidays)
If hitting the tables at Hollywood Park Casino on Christmas Day is up your alley, then go hungry. HPC is offering active seated casino players a free meal from 12-8 pm: Roasted Prime Rib, creamy horseradish, green beans, mashed potatoes and a dinner roll. Must be 21+ to participate.

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