Many shopping centers and public plazas around LA kick off the holiday season by inviting the community to a holiday tree lighting celebration with music, family fun and sometimes food. From roaming carolers to possibly the planet's most fashionable Santa, here are the top holiday celebrations taking place this year around Los Angeles and Orange County.
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Beverly Hills comes alive throughout November and December as businesses remain open late and a schedule of celebrations and concerts takes to the streets of the country's most famous zip code. The season kicks off with a holiday lighting ceremony on November 16th. Following that date, you'll have a chance to mingle with both regular Santa and location-appropriate "Fashion Santa" on Rodeo Drive, at Two Rodeo and at the Paley Center for Media.
Have dinner in the area and you're likely to be serenaded by a neon-lit a capella group, the Tinseltone Carolers, on December 1st, 2nd, 8th, 15th, 16th or 22nd. Impressive (and Instagram-worthy) lighting installations are aglow every night until January 6th across the Business District. Live DJs will provide the soundtrack for the evening on December 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd.
If you do any shopping in the area after 6 p.m., be sure to save your receipt and set your sights on dinner—29 local restaurants (including favorites like hip vegan sensation Café Gratitude, world-famous Ladurée and Jean-Georges at the brand new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills) are offering enticing deals and freebies to same-day shoppers. Special parking rates include 1-2 hours free are in effect at select local lots.
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Santa will be in residence at the Grove between November 13 and December 24th, 2017. Reservations are no longer available, but walk-ins are welcome. Santa's Workshop hours are from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. through early December, and from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. beginning on December 9th.
Additionally, it's guaranteed to be a white pre-Christmas holiday season at the shopping mall, where flurries will be pumped out every night, regardless of the actual weather, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., between November 13th and December 25th. We dare you to bring the ingredients for a snowman.
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The Burbank Mayor's Tree Lighting will occur on December 2nd, 2017 from 6-6:30 p.m. on the steps of City Hall. The tree lighting is an all-ages public event which also includes live music. Most other festivities in Burbank with be centered around the Rink in Downtown Burbank.
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Americana at Brand in Glendale also has a 100-foot tree with an official Tree Lighting event November 16, 2017, from 7-9 pm with performances, a winter wonderland of magical elves, flying reindeer, dancing snowmen, plus Santa Claus and fireworks finale. Like the Grove, Americana at Brand brings on the snow at 7 and 8 pm every evening through Christmas Eve. They also have similar roaming musicians and singers around the tree.
On December 5th, there will be holiday crafts, cupcake decorating and the chance to take photo with Santa in his workshop between 9 and 11 a.m. But no worries if you can't make it to his workshop—Santa will be in the house every day for photo opps between November 17th and December 24th.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Universal CityWalk will host DJ Holiday Parties Nov 24 to Dec 123, 2017 Friday through Sunday nights. Rockin' Santa and his sleigh will be on hand for photo ops near the City Walk's Christmas tree (with 200,000 choreographed LED lights) from 1-9 p.m. on December Saturdays and Sundays, and 4-9 p.m. on December Mondays-Fridays.
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One Colorado in Old Pasadena will have dozens of events and promotions starting with Santa visits from Nov 24 to Dec 24. Pet Day is December 10th! The season will continue with treats, live entertainment, sing-alongs, giveaways and tours. Bring your Christmas lists and letters to Santa—all notes dropped into Santa's Mailbox will receive a reply to your return address.
Old Pasadena will be hosting Holiday Weekends from Saturday, December 2nd to through Sunday, December 24th, including a presentation of the Bob Baker Marionette Holiday Show on Thursday, December 14th at 4:30 p.m.
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The Los Angeles Waterfront in San Pedro is kicking off their holiday celebration December 2, 2017. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wilmington Winter Wonderland will bring 20 tons of snow to play in at Wilmington Waterfront Park in Wilmington (Harry Bridges Blvd and C Street). That same night, you'll also be able to catch the Harbor Afloat Boat Parade that starts up the channel at 6 p.m.
On land, you can watch the San Pedro Holiday Parade Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 1 to 3 pm and the Wilmington Holiday Parade, Sunday December 10, 2017 from noon to 2 pm.
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The Farmers Market
The Farmers Market will be decked out for the holidays December 18-24, 2017. Strolling carolers and the Toy Soldier Band will be on hand to entertain shoppers. The Menorah Lighting and Hanukkah Celebration is Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.