The Best Things to Do in L.A. in December

Oscar Q&As, a sneaker convention, a Christmas Day basketball game, and more

Whether you’re looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit or a place to cop some next-level kicks, we’ve got you covered with the best things to do in L.A. this December.

MoMA Contenders

December 2-5, 9-12, 16-17

The annual Oscar fodder Q&A screenings bring Parasite (with director Bong Joon-ho in attendance), The Farewell (Lulu Wang), Booksmart (Olivia Wilde), and Judy (actress Renée Zellweger) to the Hammer Museum.

Swan Lake

December 3–January 5

Directed and choreographed by Tony-winning titan Matthew Bourne, this iteration of Tchaikovsky’s seminal ballet touts modern-day tweaks, most notably a male corps de ballet as the swans (at right), along with a new lighting design. Plus your ticket gets you a free dessert at Vespaio after the show.


December 4–February 2

Broadway’s Tony-nominated adaptation of the hit Disney film has its L.A. bow at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Expect a dozen new numbers from the film’s songwriters, and, of course, “Let It Go.”

KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball

December 6

Music’s biggest names—including Katy Perry, BTS, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, and Normani—flock to the Forum as part of KIIS FM’s annual Christmas concert. No sweat if you can’t make it: You can stream the New York show, with Taylor Swift and the Jonas Brothers, December 13 on the CW app.

Trevor Noah: Loud & Clear Tour

December 6

The Daily Show host Trevor Noah headlines at the Staples Center, with openers Angelo Lozada and Josh Johnson. Expect Noah to dish about his recent travels and impersonate everyone from Obama to his own penis.

Sneaker Con L.A.

December 7–8

Ten thousand collectors are expected at the Anaheim Convention Center for the “greatest sneaker show on Earth.” Swap kicks in the Trading Pit, rub industry elbows during Sneaker Conversations, and, when you need a break, catch a slam-dunk contest.

The L Word: Generation Q

December 8

Bette (Jennifer Beals) for mayor? Shane’s (Katherine Moennig) back? Alice (Leisha Hailey) has a talk show? A lot’s happened in the decade since the end of the iconic queer drama, which returns to Showtime—with new faces Jacqueline Toboni, Arienne Mandi, and Leo Sheng as Generation Q.

The 100 Most Jewish Foods

December 12

Food critic Ruth Reichl and chef Edward Lee discuss Alana Newhouse’s polarizing cookbook, The 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable List, at Skirball Cultural Center. A book signing and a complimentary tasting follow the chat.

Rolling Loud

December 14–15

What began five years ago as a small festival in Miami has grown into a traveling hip-hop who’s who of Coachella scale. Catch Chance the Rapper, Young Thug, and A$AP Rocky, among many others, on three stages at the Banc of California Stadium—rain or shine.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

December 20

The ninth (and final?) installment in the Skywalker family saga sends Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe (Oscar Isaac) to confront Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Big-budget space operas not your thing? Adam Sandler shines as a jeweler with a gambling problem in Uncut Gems, out December 13.

Battle for L.A.

December 25

It’s no wonder the Los Angeles Clippers, with reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and plenty of firepower to back him up, entered the season as early faves to win it all. But never count out three-time champion LeBron James, still keen on reviving the once-dominant Lake Show. The superstars duke it out at Staples Center for a chance to lay claim to our dual-team city’s loyalties.

Snow Days

December 26–30

It’ll be a white after-Christmas at Kidspace, which is hauling in 60 tons of powder. Bring the little ones for Snow Storm Dance parties, winter Lego challenges, story times with Jack and Jill Frost, and, for an additional $3, festive cookie decorating. Don’t forget to dress for the elements.

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