The 5 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Pre-Holiday Weekend

Comedy! Christmas cocktails! Ice bumper cars!

Miracle on Santa Fe
Through the end of December

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Put the “spirit” in holiday spirit at Westbound’s cheerful AF holiday pop-up in the Arts District. It’s one of the last weekends to stop in for spiked nogs, mulled wine, a friendly game of Manischewitz Punch Pong, and all of the wintry holiday decor you can handle. Pay a visit on Friday or Saturday between 5 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Jon Brion at Largo
December 22

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Jon Brion’s residency at Largo is nothing if not a Los Angeles treasure, but his last show of each year is always extra special. Look forward to a holiday spectacular featuring Brion, friends, and guests.

December 13-January 7

If you’re over the age of 30, the words “38,000-square-foot ice park” are probably synonymous with “emergency room.” Ignore the voice in your head, and indulge in some rare winter fun at the Queen Mary, which has souped up its annual event with ice bumper cars, ice shuffle board, a zip line, and more.

Something Rotten!
Through December 31

The Tony nominee for Best Musical is only at the Ahmanson through New Year’s Eve, and for serious, you will regret missing it if you don’t buy a ticket. Set in the 1590s, it’s a comedy on par with Spamalot: Two playwrights, both rivals of Shakespeare, learn from a soothsayer that the future of theater involves song and dance. To best the Bard, they set out to write the world’s first Broadway hit—major points if you can catch all of the musical theater references in the various songs.

L.A. County Holiday Celebration
December 24

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Hit pause on the cookie making and head to Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Christmas Eve for this free multicultural celebration. There will be music from acts like the Harmonic Hand Bell Ensemble (self-explanatory) and Mostly Kosher (a Jewish folk holiday band), an excerpt from the Nutcracker performed by the City Ballet of Los Angeles, Chinese lion and dragon dancers, and a West African drum and dance company. Get there early if you want to score good seats, because the whole merry shindig is free. 

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