13 Things to Do in L.A. this Weekend: Reindeer, Doughnuts, Christmas Lights, and Freaky Puppets

Why waste your time elbowing your fellow humans out of the way in a big box store at some ungodly hour? Here are some better options for your Thanksgiving weekend.

You’ve taken the turkey off the table, loosened your belt, and slept off the tryptophan coma. Aside from hitting up one of the local Christmas tree lightings, what do you do for the next three days? Don’t waste your time elbowing your fellow humans out of the way in a big box store at some ungodly hour. Here are some better options for your Thanksgiving weekend.

EXPERIENCE: Reindeer Romp
The popular Reindeer Romp is back at the L.A. Zoo this year. Come meet Santa’s reindeer, enjoy the decorations, and holiday-themed arts and crafts, at this fun family friendly event. Santa himself will be available for photos during the weekends. More information (November 29 – January 2; Los Angeles Zoo)

SHOP: Small Business Saturday
Crafted is behind this initiative in support of Small Business Saturday. Cease the opportunity and check out many different kinds of delicious locally produced wine from all over the region. More information (November 30; Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles) 

SEE: Festival of Lights
Riverside’s lavish, historic hotel is gussied up with nearly 4 million Christmas lights and raring to go with horse-drawn carriage rides. More information (November 29 – January 4; Mission Inn)

SEE: Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic
His mobiles seem weightless, connecting colorful forms with barely visible wires. In LACMA’s first major Alexander Calder retrospective, the abstract expressionist’s kinetic sculptures and amorphous structures are on view in a space designed by Frank Gehry. More information (November 21 – July 27, 2014; LACMA)

NOSH & SHOP: Tweak, Donut Snob, The Humble Cup
Mid-city gift shop Tweak, which was our BOLA winner for best gifts on the go—is hosting The Donut Snob and The Humble Cup in honor of Small Business Saturday. Pick up gifts for your loved ones while you dip and dunk. It’s all in support of L.A.’s best locally owned shops. More information (November 30; Tweak)

HEAR: John Legend
The multi-Grammy-winning singer-songwriter performs in support of his new album, Love in the Future. More information (December 1; Nokia Theatre) 

SEE: 82nd Hollywood Christmas Parade
The annual Hollywood Christmas Parade is upping the ante this year with a star studded line up of performers including Leann Rimes, Stevie Wonder, Billy Ray Cyrus, Daughtry, Goo Goo Dolls and more. More information (December 1; Hollywood)

HEAR: John Ennis presents “The Country Western Show”
On the first Sunday of every month John Ennis presents “The Country Western Show.” A night of comedy and music hosted by John Ennis and The Richie West Band, with a revolving cast of special guest performers. More information (December 1; Trepany House)

SEE: A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Holiday Show
It’s a psychedelic children’s show that appeals as much to parents and surreptitious stoners as it does to their progeny. After freaking out to DJ Lance’s antics or singing along to “Party in My Tummy,” the young at heart can low-five when Biz Markie hits the stage. More information (November 29 – 30; Nokia Theatre)

LAUGH: Maz Jobrani
From appearing on Curb Your Enthusiasm, 24, ER, and NYPD Blue to performing for the King of Jordan, Jobrani has tried a little bit of everything. His show promises “culture-barrier-busting comedy.” More information (November 29 – December 1; The Ice House)

SEE: Parfumerie
Set during Christmastime, 1937 in Budapest Hungary, the play centers around two bickering employees at an upscale boutique, who have been building an anonymous romantic relationship through letters to one another for two years. More information (November 26 – December 22; Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills)

HEAR: Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland: Making Models of Homo-Masculinity
Before 1962, U.S. publications couldn’t show naked gents; instead there were beefcake magazines with illustrations of muscled sailors by Touko Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland) and poolside photographs shot by Bob Mizer. This discussion analyzes the social revolution spawned by men in banana hammocks. More information (December 1; West Hollywood City Council Chambers)

SIP: 2-for-1 Coffee Machines
Let’s face it—giving isn’t as good as giving and receiving. When you buy one full-priced coffee machine at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Black Friday sale, you’ll get one (of equal or lesser value) on the house. The deal is available both in stores and online. More information (November 29 – December 1; Coffe Bean & Tea Leaf)