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All of LA's actually-cool holiday and NYE events, in one calendar

Published On 12/08/2014 Published On 12/08/2014
SANTA Monica Pub Crawl
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Dec 8-Feb 22

So. Many. Skating. Rinks. Seriously, there are a ton of places to skate, and they're awesome for so many reasons: in Santa Monica, you can rent the rink for private parties; Pershing Square's got free bands; Disney's got a monster X-mas tree in the middle, Woodland Hills has a Coffee Club (!); and at LA Live you can skate outside while the Kings skate inside (plus they show the game on the massive screens facing the rink).

Multiple locations

So. Many. Skating. Rinks. Multiple locations Seriously, there are a ton of places to skate, and they're awesome for so many reasons: in Santa Monica, you can rent the rink for private parties; Pershing Square's got free bands; Disney's got a monster X-mas tree in the middle, Woodland Hills has a Coffee Club (!); and at LA Live you can skate outside while the Kings skate inside (plus they show the game on the massive screens facing the rink).

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Dec 8 Mon

Bob's Holiday Office Party Now in its 19th year (!), this holiday-themed comedy show's gotten killer reviews from the LA Times and LA Weekly for its ensemble-y laughs, which center around the cast of characters who all end up at a small-town insurance company party. But, like, a funny one.

The Pico Playhouse Theater

Bob's Holiday Office Party The Pico Playhouse Theater Now in its 19th year (!), this holiday-themed comedy show's gotten killer reviews from the LA Times and LA Weekly for its ensemble-y laughs, which center around the cast of characters who all end up at a small-town insurance company party. But, like, a funny one.

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Dec 11 Thu

Single in the City Ladies love ice skating. Ladies love singles mixers. This is an ice skating singles mixer. If you like ladies, go.

Pershing Square

Single in the City Pershing Square Ladies love ice skating. Ladies love singles mixers. This is an ice skating singles mixer. If you like ladies, go.

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Dec 11 Thu

Culver Arts District Holiday Crawl Drink free booze from Ludlows while also hitting food/drink/shopping specials all over CC.

All over Culver City

Culver Arts District Holiday Crawl All over Culver City Drink free booze from Ludlows while also hitting food/drink/shopping specials all over CC.

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Dec 11 Thu

Anchor Brewing Christmas beer tap takeover The brew-dudes drop their Xmas ale and more in a full tap takeover at the Surly Goat. Mmmm... beer...

Surly Goat

Anchor Brewing Christmas beer tap takeover Surly Goat The brew-dudes drop their Xmas ale and more in a full tap takeover at the Surly Goat. Mmmm... beer...

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Dec 12 Fri

Saucey brings Frank Sinatra to you Order whiskey from this booze-delivery app today and they'll also send you a Sinatra impersonator. No really, they will.

Your house

Saucey brings Frank Sinatra to you Your house Order whiskey from this booze-delivery app today and they'll also send you a Sinatra impersonator. No really, they will.

The Official Santa Monica Pub Crawl

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Dec 13 Sat

Marina del Rey Boat Parade If you like Xmas lights on houses, you're gonna be BLOWN AWAY by Xmas lights on... boats! Seriously, this event is incredible, with prizes for best theme, best live band, best animation, and a bunch of other bests.

Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey Boat Parade Marina del Rey If you like Xmas lights on houses, you're gonna be BLOWN AWAY by Xmas lights on... boats! Seriously, this event is incredible, with prizes for best theme, best live band, best animation, and a bunch of other bests.

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Dec 13 Sat

6th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl Get boozed up for charity while dressed as a fat bearded man at basically the best SantaCon-ish event in SoCal? Yes plz.

All over SaMo

6th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl All over SaMo Get boozed up for charity while dressed as a fat bearded man at basically the best SantaCon-ish event in SoCal? Yes plz.

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Dec 13 Sat

Renegade Craft Fair All your shopping in one place. Seriously. ALL YOUR SHOPPING IN ONE PLACE.

Grand Park

Renegade Craft Fair Grand Park All your shopping in one place. Seriously. ALL YOUR SHOPPING IN ONE PLACE.

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Dec 13 Sat

The Nutcracker Fun side game: make bets on who's going full-on Black Swan backstage; sneak backstage to find out who's going full-on Black Swan backstage.

The Dolby Theater, Royce Hall, and Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

The Nutcracker The Dolby Theater, Royce Hall, and Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center Fun side game: make bets on who's going full-on Black Swan backstage; sneak backstage to find out who's going full-on Black Swan backstage.

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Dec 18 Thu

Schmaltz Brewing Company Chanukah Beer drop Because the chosen people also choose, uh, drinking, the Jewish-themed brewery's dropping bomb beers on the Goat, including its Hanukkah, Chanukah Pass The Beer Dark Ale (that's the name!), and Jewbilation 18.

Surly Goat

Schmaltz Brewing Company Chanukah Beer drop Surly Goat Because the chosen people also choose, uh, drinking, the Jewish-themed brewery's dropping bomb beers on the Goat, including its Hanukkah, Chanukah Pass The Beer Dark Ale (that's the name!), and Jewbilation 18.

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Dec 20 Sat

Yuletide Cinema presents: The Princess Bride Not only do you get to watch a screening of the best movie starring Andre The Giant ever, but you get to do it with CARY FRIKKING ELWES (aka Westley), who'll be there. Also: prizes for ugly sweaters, Christmas sausages from DogHaus, and booze. As you wish.

Palace Theater

Yuletide Cinema presents: The Princess Bride Palace Theater Not only do you get to watch a screening of the best movie starring Andre The Giant ever, but you get to do it with CARY FRIKKING ELWES (aka Westley), who'll be there. Also: prizes for ugly sweaters, Christmas sausages from DogHaus, and booze. As you wish.

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Dec 25 Thu

Laugh Factory's Annual Free Christmas Day Feast Sunset's most famous (... or second most famous? Arguable.) comedy club literally gives food away all day to everyone from homeless people, to people who just don't like their families, to, uh, you. There's also a comedy show every two hours, with TBA comics (in the past, big names like Arsenio Hall and Kevin Nealon have shown up).

The Laugh Factory

Laugh Factory's Annual Free Christmas Day Feast The Laugh Factory Sunset's most famous (... or second most famous? Arguable.) comedy club literally gives food away all day to everyone from homeless people, to people who just don't like their families, to, uh, you. There's also a comedy show every two hours, with TBA comics (in the past, big names like Arsenio Hall and Kevin Nealon have shown up).

Blood Orange

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Dec 31 Wed

Let's Party NYE Prince-influenced Coachella vets Blood Orange (and a premium open bar) headline this killer New Year's Eve event.

Park Plaza Hotel

Let's Party NYE Park Plaza Hotel Prince-influenced Coachella vets Blood Orange (and a premium open bar) headline this killer New Year's Eve event.

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Dec 31 Wed

Black & Gold Ball This classy party's got food from a Top Chef dude and tunes from Jason Bentley.

Viceroy

Black & Gold Ball Viceroy This classy party's got food from a Top Chef dude and tunes from Jason Bentley.

Flickr/David W Oliver

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Dec 31 Wed

NYELA Grand Park makes a stab at being LA's Times Square, with this totally free event featuring DJs, bands, 3D light shows, and 50,000+ attendees.

Grand Park

NYELA Grand Park Grand Park makes a stab at being LA's Times Square, with this totally free event featuring DJs, bands, 3D light shows, and 50,000+ attendees.

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Dec 31 Wed

Prohibition NYE If you're like "yo, where am I gonna wear my tux to this year", the answer is this '20s-themed party w/ period bands, burlesque dancers, and more.

Union Station

Prohibition NYE Union Station If you're like "yo, where am I gonna wear my tux to this year", the answer is this '20s-themed party w/ period bands, burlesque dancers, and more.

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Dec 31 Wed

Pink Martini NYE has become a local tradition for the samba-influenced party band Pink Martini, who headline Disney along with The Von Trapps.

Disney Hall

Pink Martini Disney Hall NYE has become a local tradition for the samba-influenced party band Pink Martini, who headline Disney along with The Von Trapps.