Holiday events galore in DTLA | News

Sparkle DTLA

Until Sunday 2 January

Nearly 18 million shades of light will illuminate The Bloc in Downtown LA during Sparkle DTLA. The pathway of interactive, multicolored lights syncs with music at the start of each hour and serves as a festive backdrop for photos. A 32-foot Christmas tree and a 16-foot ornament are included with the holiday displays. All ages are welcome and pets are welcome.

The Bloc, 700 W. Seventh Street, Los Angeles, 5 p.m., free admission, 213-454-4926,

LA Zoo Lights

Until Sunday 9 January

After a year of hiatus from the show, LA Zoo Lights has returned for its sixth year. The zoo invites guests to discover light shows such as the world’s largest pop-up storybook, giant snowflakes, and twinkling animal statues during the after-dark experience.

Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, tee times vary, $22,323-644-4200,

DTLA Holiday Adventure Scavenger Hunt

Monday, November 22 to Sunday, January 2

Search the streets of LA for hidden gems and holiday decorations that can lead to prizes. Contestants compete in festive challenges as they follow paths of glittering lights and locations. The top 100 players on the leaderboard at the end of the quest will win up to $100 in gift cards to Downtown LA businesses. For the more competitive players, those in the top five will win $500 in gift cards. The scavenger hunt can be completed in less than one day or can take several days

Free, Eventzee app download required, 213-624-2425,

Dodgers Holiday Festival

Friday, November 26 to December 31

Celebrate the holidays at the newly renovated Centerfield Plaza at Dodger Stadium. Visitors can ice skate, enjoy holiday-themed food, meet Santa Claus and his elves, and watch live entertainment in the evenings from the bullpens.

Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Avenue, Los Angeles, 5pm-10pm weekdays, 3pm-10pm weekends, $16,866-363-4377,

Block party for small businesses

Saturday November 27 to Sunday November 28

ROW DTLA partners with LA Original to host the Small Business Block Party. Live music, a beer garden, food vendors, and family-friendly fun can all be found at the event. The first 100 people to arrive will receive a free Coolhaus ice cream sandwich.

ROW DTLA, 777 S. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, 12 noon to 5 p.m., free admission, 213-988-8890,

“A Christmas Song”

Tuesday 30 November to Saturday 1 January

Christmas spirit floods the stage with revamped performances of the classic Christmas play at the Ahmanson Theatre. Emmy winner Bradley Whitford plays Ebenezer Scrooge in playwright Jack Thorne’s ‘A Christmas Carol’. Spectators of all ages will hear 12 merry carols and watch the season’s most award-winning show.

Ahmanson Theater, 135 Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, $40-$150, 213-628-2772,

Jewish Heritage Night

at L.A. Clippers vs. Sacramento Kings

wednesday 1 dec

Celebrate the third night of Hanukkah with the LA Clippers on Jewish Heritage Night as they take on the Sacramento Kings. Past Hanukkah celebrations at Clippers games at Staples Center have included candle lighting, menorah blessings and performances by the Jewish Children’s Choir. Fans with tickets to the match can receive a free special edition Jewish Heritage T-shirt upon arrival.

Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, 7:30 PM, $20-$235, 213-742-7100,

A very happy winter market

Saturday December 4

As We Dwell is an open space for creatives to share their work and cultivate an inspiring environment for independent artists. Typewriter Connection, one of the group’s “residents,” hosts A Very Merry Winter Market Event to offer handcrafted artwork, gift wrap, and pastries.

As We Dwell, 1131 E. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, 12 noon to 6 p.m., free admission,

“Home Alone” in Concert

Saturday 11 December to Sunday 12 December

The LA Philharmonic brings to life the music behind Kevin McCallister’s classic antics as he defends his home against sordid holiday thieves. While the audience watches a screening of ‘Home Alone’, the orchestra plays songs from John William’s famous score from the family film.

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, several times, $59-$191, 323-850-2000,

Holiday in LA County

Friday December 24

Last-minute holiday festivities across multiple cultures can be found at the 62nd Annual LA County Holiday Celebration at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Live performances ranging from a Korean dance troupe to an all-female mariachi band showcase the diversity of the province’s traditions. Choirs, dancers and more artistry can also be viewed from a live stream on PBS SoCal. And even better, entry is free.

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 3-5pm, free admission, 213-972-0711,


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