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Holiday Sights & Sounds in Downtown LA

GREAT FOR KIDS

15th Annual Downtown on Ice

November 15, 2012 – January 21, 2013
Pershing Square • directions

Tickets: $2 skate rental / $6 per hour
(213) 847-4970 • laparks.org

Nearby: Eat, Drink, Shop
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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Outdoor Ice Skating at Pershing Square

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Get your glide on for the holidays at Downtown LA’s traditional outdoor ice skating rink – for cool fun at the lowest admission price. Plus, enjoy a medley of FREE community events – including the Annual Winter Holiday Festival (December 8), the Community Broomball Tournament, concert series, and more.

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Hours: Mon-Thurs, 12-10pm / Fri-Sun, 10am-10pm
Extended Hours Dec. 9 to Jan. 2: Daily, 10am-10pm

Address: 532 S. Olive St.
Go Metro: 1 block from Pershing Square Station (5th St.)
Parking: Available at Pershing Square Garage. Rates vary; show your Downtown on Ice skating ticket for a discount.

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Winter Afternoon
Tea

December 1-30, 2012
Millennium Biltmore Hotel • directions

Price: $35 per person, excluding tax & gratuity
(213) 612-1562 • millenniumhotels.com

Nearby: Shop, Play
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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Elegant afternoon tea with a holiday twist

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Step out of the chilly weather into the elegant Rendezvous Court, and warm up with an equally elegant traditional afternoon tea. Special winter offerings include signature Biltmore tea blends plus maple scones, Christmas shortbread cookies, chocolate peppermint flourless cake, lemon meringue tarts, gingerbread mousse tarts, and French macarons.

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Hours: Wed-Sun, 2-5pm (reservations recommended)

Address: 506 S. Grand Ave.
Go Metro: 1 block from Pershing Square Station (5th St.)
Parking: Visit website for more info

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Central Library Store

Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square

Omni Lunch Buffet

December 3, 2012 – December 21, 2013
Omni Los Angeles • directions

Tickets: $30 (includes tax and gratuity)
(213) 622-0474 • omnihotels.com

Nearby: Shop, Sightsee
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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Holiday Lunch Buffet at the Omni

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With a view of MOCA, savor the season at the Omni Hotel’s new lunch buffet of California-inspired cuisine inspired by seasonal, local ingredients and an array of choices.

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Hours: Mon-Fri, 11:30am-3pm

Address: 251 S. Olive St.
Go Metro: 1 block from Pershing Square Station (4th St.) via Angels Flight
Parking: $5 at the hotel with validation

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LA Master Chorale Holiday Concerts

December 8-22, 2012
Walt Disney Concert Hall • directions

Tickets: Price varies by performance
(213) 972-7282 • lamc.org

Nearby: Eat, Drink, Shop, Sightsee, Stay
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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Festive Holiday Medleys

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Ring in the holidays with the LA Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall. These growing LA traditions are guaranteed to fill you with the holiday spirit!

Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols  •  Saturdays, December 8 & 15, 2012  •  2pm
Rejoice! Bach Magnificent  •  Sunday, December 16  •  2pm
Messiah Sing-Along  •  Monday, December 17  •  7:30pm
Handel: Messiah  •  Saturday, December 22  •  7:30pm

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Address: 135 N. Grand Ave.
Go Metro: 2 blocks from Civic Center Station (1st St.)
Parking: Available at the Music Center Garage. Standard parking rates apply.

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LA Phil’s Deck the Hall Series

December 12-31, 2012
Walt Disney Concert Hall • directions

Tickets: Varies by performance
(323) 850-2000 • laphil.com

Nearby: Eat, Drink, Shop, Stay
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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Holiday Concert Series with the LA Philharmonic

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There’s no better place to celebrate the holidays than in the warm, wonderful acoustics of Walt Disney Concert Hall. From gorgeous singing to joyful swinging, you’re sure to find something fun and exciting to share with your loved ones.

A Chanticleer Christmas  •  Wednesday, December 12  •  8pm
Holiday Organ Spectacular  •  Friday, December 14  •  8pm
Aaron Neville: A Christmas Celebration  •  Tuesday, December 18  •  8pm
Don Tiki’s Hot Lava Holiday Show  •  Thursday, December 20  •  8pm
A Swingin’ Christmas with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy  •  Friday, December 21  •  8pm
Holiday Sing-Along – All New Show!  •  Saturday, December 22  •  11:30pm & 2:30pm
New Year’s Eve Celebration with Idina Menzel  •  Monday, December 31  •  7pm & 10:30pm

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Address: 135 N. Grand Ave.
Go Metro: 2 blocks from Civic Center Station (1st St.)
Parking: Visit event website for more information

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GREAT FOR KIDS

Breakfast with Santa

Select Saturdays & Sundays
December 15-23, 2012

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion • directions

Tickets: $41 for adults / $16 for children
(213) 972-7565 • patinagroup.com

Nearby: Shop, Sightsee
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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Holiday Breakfast and Photos with Santa

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Gather your family for fond family memories at this timeless tradition! Enjoy city views and holiday brunch favorites – from buttermilk pancakes and crepes to fluffy scrambled eggs and crispy Yukon Gold breakfast potatoes. There are even children’s activities and a visit from Santa! Adult admission includes a mimosa or glass of champagne.

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Dates: December 15, 16, 22 and 23, 2012
Times: Two seatings each day, 9:30am & 11:30am

Address: 135 N. Grand Ave.
Go Metro: 2 blocks from Civic Center Station (1st St.)
Parking: Music Center Parking Garage; standard parking rates apply

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GREAT FOR KIDS

FREE

LA County Holiday Celebration

December 24, 2012
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion • directions

FREE
lacountyarts.org

Nearby: Eat, Drink, Shop
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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A Los Angeles Holiday Performance Tradition

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For 53 years, this 3-hour-long extravaganza has honored the spirit of LA’s many cultures and holiday traditions through music, song, and dance. Community and professional choirs, music ensembles, folk and traditional artists, and dance companies perform while the program is broadcast live throughout Southern and Central California on KCET. Attendance and parking are free. No reservations or tickets are necessary, but seating is first come, first served.

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Time: 3:00-6:00pm (doors open at 2:30pm)

Address: 135 N. Grand Ave.
Go Metro: 2 blocks from Civic Center Station (1st St.)
Parking: Available at the Music Center Garage. Standard parking rates apply.

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GREAT FOR KIDS

LA Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. LIVE

November 24, 2012 – January 2, 2013
L.A. LIVE • directions

Tickets: General admission $6-$13
lalive.com

Nearby: Eat, Drink, Shop
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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Outdoor Ice Skating at L.A. LIVE

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Be sure to make time to join the skating, festivities, and food available at L.A. LIVE. We look forward to celebrating this winter season with you!

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Tickets: $13 General Admission (incl. skate rental) / $6 for Military, Seniors & Kids under 5 / $10 for groups of 10+

Hours: Mon-Fri, 5-7:30pm + 8-11pm /
Sat-Sun, 3-7:30pm + 8-11:30pm
Extended Hours Dec. 17 to Jan. 2:
Daily, 3-7:30pm & 8-11:30pm

Go Metro: 3 blocks from Pico Station (Expo or Blue Line)
Parking: Available at the L.A. LIVE Parking Garage. If planning on staying 3.5 hours or more, please use the West Garage, Lot W, Gate B. Visit site for more info.

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L.A. LIVE Restaurants

CityTarget at FIGat7th

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FREE

LA Country
Tree Lighting

November 26, 2012
Music Center Plaza • directions

FREE
musiccenter.org

Nearby: Eat, Drink, Shop, Play
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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Christmas Tree Lighting on the Plaza

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Help usher in this festive time of year with the official lighting of L.A. County’s Holiday tree. Join host, Fritz Coleman, KNBC weatherman; County Supervisor Michael Antonovich; Burbank’s Providence High School Choir; area schoolchildren; The Music Center’s President and CEO Stephen D. Rountree and chamber music brass ensemble, Brass Pacifica, for a joyous event on The Music Center Plaza.

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Time: 5:00pm

Address: 135 N. Grand Ave.
Go Metro: 2 blocks from Civic Center Station
Parking: Available at Music Center Garage – rates vary, visit website for more info.

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GREAT FOR KIDS

A Christmas Story
Matinee

December 2, 2012
Orpheum Theatre • directions

Tickets: $5-$15
laconservancy.org

Nearby: Eat, Drink, Shop
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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A Holiday Classic in a Historic Theater

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There’s no better way to see this classic holiday film than on the big screen in a beautiful movie palace built in 1926. This is a great event for architecture lovers, film fans, and families; make sure to allow time before or after the film to explore the theatre and the Historic District. Bob Salisbury plays holiday music on the Orpheum’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ, the last remaining theatre organ on Broadway.

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Tickets: $15 LA Conservancy Members / $15 general admission / $5 children 12 and under
Time: 2pm (doors open at 1:15pm)

Address: 842 S. Broadway
Go Metro: 7 blocks east from 7th Street / Metro Center
Parking: $5-$10 at nearby public lots on Broadway, Spring St., Main St., and 9th St.

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GREAT FOR KIDS

FREE

Grand Performances Holiday Noon Concerts

December 3, 12, and 14, 2012
California Plaza • directions

FREE
grandperformances.org

Nearby: Eat, Shop, Sightsee
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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Holiday Lunchtime Concerts at Cal Plaza

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Catch the holiday spirit with Grand Performances when California Plaza's WaterStage transforms into a stunning SoCal WinterStage! Join us for free holiday noon performances from The Macaroons, It's A Wonderful-ish Life: Holiday Tales to UnCabaret and Orchestre Surreal plays the music from "The Nightmare Before Christmas."

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Hours: 12-1pm

Address: 350 S. Grand Ave.
Go Metro: 2 blocks from Civic Center Station (1st St.)
Parking: Visit event website for more information

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FREE

Biltmore Christmas Tree Lighting

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Millennium Biltmore Hotel • directions

FREE
(213) 612-1562 • thebiltmore.com

Nearby: Eat, Drink, Play
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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A Classic Christmas Tree in a Historic Hotel

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Rendezvous for the holidays at the Historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel! Nothing lights up the holiday season more majestically than the nearly 90-year tradition of the tree-lighting ceremony at the Biltmore’s magnificent lobby. Enjoy Christmas carolers as the enormous, sparkling, live fir tree is illuminated. A cherished hotel tradition, this annual FREE tree lighting brings the community together and is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.

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Time: 5:30-6:30pm and on display throughout the season

Address: 506 S. Grand Ave.
Go Metro: 1 block from Pershing Square Station (5th St.)
Parking: Visit website for more info

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Industriel

Library Bar

Samira’s Closet – 10% off in December when you mention DowntownLA.com

Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square

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Menorah Lighting Hanukkah Celebration

Sunday, December 9, 2012
Pershing Square • directions

FREE
(213) 847-4970 • laparks.org

Nearby: Eat, Drink, Shop, Sightsee
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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Hanukkah Menorah Lighting at Pershing Square

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Join the Downtown Community for this beautiful menorah lighting with blessing and song, led by Downtown’s Rabbi Moshe. Enjoy Jewish folk singers, bottle dancers, and dreidel fun. This event is free and open to the public. Secured validated parking with skate receipt is available in the Pershing Square underground garage.

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Time: 5:30pm

Address: 532 S. Olive St.
Go Metro: 1 block from Pershing Square Station (5th St.)
Parking: Available at Pershing Square Garage. Rates vary; show your Downtown on Ice skating ticket for a discount.

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FREE

Ukulele Christmas Orchestra

December 14, 2012
Grand Park • directions

FREE with signup
musiccenter.org

Nearby: Eat, Shop, Play
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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Active Arts’ First-Ever Ukulele Orchestra

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Bring your festive cheer and play along to your favorite holiday songs – as one big happy ukulele orchestra under the starry sky. Come prepared to play and sing! Open to beginner and/or intermediate amateur musicians 18 years and older. All sizes of ukuleles are welcome – soprano/standard, concert, tenor or baritone. Kindly provide your own music stand. Note: This is not a recital.

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Tickets: FREE, but signup is required by December 10 to guarantee your spot
Time: 6-8:30pm

Address: 227 N. Spring St.
Go Metro: 2 blocks from Civic Center Station (1st Street)
Parking: Music Center Parking Garage; standard parking rates apply

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GREAT FOR KIDS

FREE

Music Center Holiday Sing-Along

Friday, December 21, 2012
Music Center Plaza • directions

FREE
musiccenter.org

Nearby: Eat, Drink, Shop, Sightsee
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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Holiday Sing-Along Caroling at the Music Center

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Celebrate the sounds of the season with a FREE, family-friendly evening of singing together among the twinkling lights of the plaza. Bundle up, bring your friends and family, and sing along with live musical accompaniment. Lyric sheets are provided.

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Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Address: 135 N. Grand Ave.
Go Metro: 2 blocks from Civic Center Station (1st St.)
Parking: Music Center Parking Garage; standard parking rates apply

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Reader-Submitted Holiday Favorites

Shopping for awesomely original gifts at UniqueLA or Renegade Craft Fair, ice skating underneath the skyline at Pershing Square, then finding a bar that serves spiked hot chocolate... Best way to get in the holiday spirit, DTLA style!

– JC from Los Angeles

Holiday Hotel Deals

  • Stocking Stuffer Surprise Package
    Omni Los Angeles  •  20% off your holiday getaway, plus a $10 gift card for Starbucks or Amazon.com
  • Shopping Adventure Package
    Hilton Checkers Los Angeles  •  A personal shopping guide to small boutiques and sample sales
  • Holiday Traditions Package
    Historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel  •  Including breakfast for two, 20% off Afternoon Tea, and discounts at local shops
  • Second Night 40% Off
    Sheraton LA Downtown  •  Stay one night, and get 40% off every second night
  • In the Mood for Love
    The Standard, Downtown LA  •  A package for couples with champagne, sweets, breakfast in bed and free parking
  • Bed & Breakfast Package
    Westin Bonaventure  •  Including discounted rates and breakfast buffet for two

Exclusive Special Offers

Mention DowntownLA.com at these businesses in December to take advantage of holiday offers.

  • Border Grill – Free appetizer with your entrée purchase
  • Diplomat Cigars – 7% off
  • FIDM Museum & Galleries – 15% off
  • Skingraft Fashion House – 10% off
  • Samira’s Closet – 10% off
  • Neihule Salon – “New You for the New Year” mani/pedi with styling – $88

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