Grinchmas
Grinchmas

It may be 72 degrees and sunny, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate Christmas in Los Angeles. Here is a roundup of the best Christmas events happening in the city.

 

 

Grinchmas: Now you can see Dr. Seuss's beloved holiday classic come to life at Universal Studios. Some of the cool features Grinchmas has to offer, includes a winter playground with real snow (the fake kind), Christmas caroling, a celebrity tree lighting, photo-ops with characters from the book, and an enormous recreation of Whoville built on the studio backlot. Grinchmas is happening daily from December 15th through 31st, and is even open on Christmas Day. Special discounts on 2-day passes are available. You can learn more about ticket prices, and other information, by visiting the website.

100 Universal City Plaza, 91608; 800-864-8377

 

L.A. County Holiday Celebration: This Christmas Eve marks the 53rd Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration, a three-hour extravaganza of fun, frolic and yuletide festivities. Some of the performers this year, include the Los Angeles Ballet, Salvation Army Tabernacle Children's Choir, Invertigo Dance Theatre, South Bay Children's Choir, and much more. And the best part is, tickets are free! Even if you can't make it, you can still watch the celebration live on KCET, or listen on KPFK 90.7 FM. It all starts on Monday, December 24th at 3 p.m.

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., 90012, 213-972-0777

 

Magical Christmas Caroling Truck: If you live in Toluca Lake or North Hollywood, odds are you've already been exposed to this brightly lit tractor trailer that blasts out holiday tunes each Christmas Eve. And if you haven't, then be sure to make it over to the Valley this December 24th from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., to partake in the spectacle that is the Magical Christmas Caroling Truck. It really is a sight to see.

Various locations in Toluca Lake and North Hollywood; www.christmascaroling.org

 

Stevie Wonder's House Full of Toys Concert: In between his busy schedule of recording music, crisscrossing the globe on tour, and collecting multiple accolades, Stevie Wonder still finds the time to hold an annual holiday concert to benefit disadvantaged children. The proceeds from this year's House Full of Toys Benefit Concert will provide toy trains, stuffed animals and thousands of other playthings for children in orphanages, hospitals, and shelters all over the country. This year's show will include a special performance by Bruno Mars, who just released his second studio album, Unorthodox Jukebox. The show starts at 7 p.m. on December 15th at Nokia Theatre. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, 777 Chick Hearn Court, 90015; 213-763-6030

 

The Grove's Holiday Celebration: From now until Christmas Eve The Grove is hosting its free holiday celebration. This year's event will include a 100 foot tall Christmas tree, with more than 15,000 lights and over 10,000 holiday ornaments; daily musical performances from live bands and other holiday acts; fake snow occurring every night at 7pm and 8pm; as well as a sprawling Santa's Cottage where parents can take their children and pets for a picture with the man in the red suit. You can learn more about The Grove's Holiday Celebration by visiting www.thegrovela.com/promo.php?id_promo=17.

189 The Grove Drive, 90036; 323-900-8080

 

Breakfast with Santa Claus: Beginning this weekend, kids and their parents can dig in on some delicious scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, and yummy desserts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Then after they eat, the little ones will be treated to a special visit from a certain man in a red suit. Hmm, I wonder who it could be? Breakfast with Santa will be happening on December 15th and 16th, at 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. on both days; then once again on December 22nd and 23rd. Tickets are $14 for children, $16 for adults. For more information, visit the event's website.

Knott’s Merry Farm
Knott's Merry Farm

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., 90012, 213-972-0777

 

Holiday Sing-Along at the L.A. Phil: On Saturday, December 22nd the L.A. Phil will host its annual Holiday Sing Along at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Hosted by David Prather and featuring special guest Julie Andrews, the event invites friends and family to sing along to their favorite holiday songs. Lyric sheets will be provided, and the wearing of Santa caps is highly encouraged. Tickets start at $33.50 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. For more information, visit www.laphil.com/tickets/holiday-sing-along/2012-12-22-1130.

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, 90012; 323-850-2000

 

Knott's Merry Farm: Every holiday season, Southern California's preeminent theme park, transforms into Knott's Merry Farm, with elf-themed log rides, live performances of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and a holiday parade featuring Charlie Brown. There's even an ice skating show with Snoopy. For ticket prices and other information about Knott's Merry Farm, visit www.knotts.com/merry.

Knott's Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., 90620; 714-220-5200