Holidays in Los Angeles

The holidays in Los Angeles are loaded with fun and interesting things to do for the entire family.  Here’s a small list of unique-to-LA venues compiled from the locally popular LAWeekly.com:

Sunday, December 20th, 2015 –Seinfeld Apartment on Melrose

Earlier this year, Hulu turned an apartment on NYC’s Upper Westside into an exact replica of Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment, overabundance of cereal boxes and all. In advance of our favorite fictional holiday, Festivus, the online network is bringing Seinfeld: The Apartment to L.A. — you know, where the show was actually filmed — and inviting fans to walk through it. This iteration of the pop-up exhibit includes a Festivus pole and some props from the original set. Sunday is your last chance to slide in the door like Kramer and have people roll their eyes at you. 8445 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; Fri.-Sun., Dec. 18-20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; free. —Gwynedd Stuart

Holidays in Los Angeles

Seinfeld Apartment on Melrose Avenue

December 22nd, 2015—Battle of the Air Bands

Watch comedians pretend to make their air guitars — and other air instruments — gently weep at Westside Comedy Theater’s first Battle of the Air Bands. Fellow comedian JC Currais, along with judges Andrew Duvall and Jonathan London, host six bands composed of improv players and stand-up comics, and with names like Sissy Boy Slap Party and Torture Rack. The fake rock gods will go through three rounds, performing songs lasting three to five minutes, and must meet the judges’ criteria of tight lip-syncing, guitar solos and other imaginary skills. Prizes include cash or a paid bar tab, both of which are real. M.I.’s Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica; Tue., Dec. 22, 8 p.m.; $5. (310) 451-0850, westsidecomedy.com. —Siran Babayan

Ice Skating for the Holidays in Los Angeles

The sun is shining, the palm trees are swaying and all over the city young and old alike are strapping blades to their feet and cautiously tottering around on slicks of ice. Thanks to the wonders of modern refrigeration, there are a number of outdoor ice skating rinks to help Angelenos with strong ankles and resilient tailbones get in the holiday spirit. In the city’s center, there’s Downtown on Ice in Pershing Square and L.A. Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. Live. On the Westside, there’s ICE at Santa Monica — all-day skating for $15 — and down Long Beach way, there’s an outdoor rink as part of Chill at the Queen Mary. There’s no greater gift than living in a place where you can go from skates to sandals. Downtown on Ice, Pershing Square, downtown; through Jan. 18; $9 plus $4 skate rental. holidayicerink0x200Bdowntown0x200Bla.com. L.A. Kings Holiday Ice, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown; through Dec. 31; $17. lalive.com/events-calendar/holiday0x200Bice. ICE at Santa Monica, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica; through Jan. 18; $15. downtownsm.com/ice. Chill at the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach; through Jan. 10; $15 for 45 min., on top of admission to Chill. queenmary.com/events/chill/ice-skating. —Gwynedd Stuart

Ice Skating in Los Angeles

Ice Skating in Los Angeles

Music in DTLA on December 24th, 2015

The 56th annual Music Center Holiday Celebration offers not only free entertainment but free parking as well. This year’s lineup includes music ensembles ranging from mariachi to Korean indie rock to Brazilian forró and choral groups including the ever-popular Gay Men’s Chorus. The quintet of dance groups offers a small sampling from the broad spectrum of local dance, with a Korean drum dance from Korean American Youth Performing Artists, Mexican folkloric from Pacifico Dance Company, traditional Chinese dance from Shin Dance Company and contemporary dance from BODYTRAFFIC and Invertigo Dance Theatre. The three-hour event is broadcast locally and streamed on PBS SoCal, a rare opportunity for L.A.-based companies to perform at this county-owned venue and to be seen on local television. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown; Thu., Dec. 24, 3-6 p.m.; free. (213) 972-3099, musiccenter.org. —Ann Haskins

DTLA Things to Do

Music Center in DTLA

Joining us for the holidays in Los Angeles?  There’s no better way to get a perspective of our enormous city, than by taking a private sightseeing tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills.