The 6 Best Things to Do This Week in L.A.

Top picks for when you’re ready to get out of the house

This week might be one of our favorites to spend here in L.A. Streets are quiet, people are jolly–and some of us even get a few days off. There are plenty of holiday events afoot, and it’s a good time to get outside for a hike. And, of course, we have a weekly helping of fun things to do (with or without family members in tow).


Secret Movie Club Presents: It’s a Wonderful Life

Monday, December 24

For the last Secret Movie Club screening of 2018, the vintage cinema enthusiasts are screening a 35 mm film print of It’s a Wonderful Life in the throwback setting of the century-old Vista theater.

Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square

Tuesday, December 25

It won’t snow on Christmas (probably?!), but at least we have ice. Take a spin around this pop-up rink in Pershing Square, open today from 11:30 a.m to 9:30 p.m. Sounds like a perfect thing to do before grabbing some Chinese food.

Hippo Encounters at L.A. Zoo

Wednesday, December 26

Tired: Giraffes. Wired: Hippos. For a limited time, the L.A. Zoo will he allowing visitors to attend a special meet-and-greet session with some friendly (well, kind of) hippos, Mara and Rosie. A separate ticket is required for the daily noon encounters, and can be scheduled in advance online.

Room Service: The Drag Show 

Thursday, December 27

This monthly drag party promises a “night of cheers, queers, and beers.” December’s post-holiday edition highlights hostess Diana Dzhaketov, along with some of L.A.’s most notable drag performers in the swanky Riviera 31 lounge.


Erykah Badu at the Novo 

Thursday, December 27

Queen, goddess, legend… what can we say about neo-soul diva Erykah Badu? Experience the ‘Baduizm’ for yourself at the Novo, for a special, career-spanning performance. We haven’t been graced with a new album from Badu in a few years, but just last month previously-unreleased music emerged online, so we’re eager to see what (and who!) she brings on stage.

“House Haters” with Kai Choyce and Maggie Maye

Friday, December 28

Comedians Kai Choyce and Maggie Maye and a few special guests get together to do what you have probably been doing with your family anyway–watching HGTV’s House Hunters and laughing at the real estate fantasy land it inhabits–but probably funnier, because they’re actual comedians.

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