Top 10 Winter Holiday Activities in Downtown LA

Downtown Los Angeles truly sparkles this holiday season – with breathtaking light displays, towering Christmas trees, angelic musical performances and spectacular seasonal festivities. Check out these Top 10 Holiday Activities in Downtown LA, including a variety of exclusive discounts!

With activities for sports fans, shoppers, gourmands, music lovers, merry makers, treat seekers and more, the heart of the city is the perfect place to celebrate the season.

Please note: The  EXCLUSIVE  icon indicates special offers created exclusively for the Top 10 Holiday Activities in Downtown LA, brought to you by the Downtown Center BID. Be sure to mention "" or "DCBID" to take advantage of these offers.

1. Winter Wonder Mini-Break

  • The Biltmore Shoppers' Delight • Winter Wonderland • New Year's Eve details

    506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 612-1562

    Shoppers' Delight From $179
    Includes Classic or Club accommodations, buffet breakfast for 2 at Smeraldi's and roundtrip transportation to The Americana at Brand, featuring an amazing open-air shopping and dining experience with over 75 retail destinations, movies and more (10:00am departure, 4:00pm return). Plus receive exclusive discounts at participating shops and a holiday keepsake from luxury retailer Vera Bradley! Click here to book.
    Valid through December 30, 2009.

    Winter Wonderland From $229
    Includes Classic or Club accommodations, Afternoon Tea for 2, 2 tickets to LA's "Downtown on Ice" outdoor ice-skating rink, skate rental, and valet parking. Click here to book.
    Valid Wed. - Sat., November 20, 2009 through January 16, 2010.

    New Year's Eve From $379
    Includes Classic or Club accommodations, New Year's Eve dinner for 2 at Sai Sai or the Rendezvous Court, 2 tickets to the New Year's Eve gala and valet parking. Click here to book.
    Valid night of December 31, 2009 only.

  • The Bonaventure Holiday Parking Package EXCLUSIVE details

    404 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 624-1000

    Holiday Parking Package – $99 for guestroom and parking

    Elegantly presiding over the City of Angels, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites provides the ultimate urban oasis in the heart of the business district. An international symbol that has come to represent the beauty and sophistication of the city itself, this famous Westin Los Angeles hotel is one of the most photographed destinations in the world. Stroll through our atrium lobby, and you'll immediately see why. Whether you're visiting for a leisurely weekend getaway, business meeting, or special event, our deluxe accommodations define the essence of modern luxury. Enjoy spectacular skyline views, access to over 40 specialty boutiques and restaurants, and unparallel meeting facilities. Discover LA's largest convention hotel - widely regarded as a "City-within-a City" - sure to surpass all expectations.

    Book at with special code "LABIDPKG", or call and ask for the Holiday Parking Package.

  • Hilton Checkers, Downtown LA Home for the Holidays Package EXCLUSIVE details

    535 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 624-0000

    Home for the Holidays – Starting at $129 per night*

    There's no place like the City of Angeles for the holidays. Sneak away from the pre-holiday craziness and enjoy an evening at Hilton Checkers Los Angeles. Your Home for the Holidays package includes one night's accommodations in a contemporary new guestroom featuring one king or two queen indulgently plush beds, 42" TV with pay-per-view, custom-designed work areas (not that you'll need it) and a bathroom with marble floors and blissful bath products; and a heart-warming breakfast for two, including King's Hawaiian French Toast with Caramelized Pineapple Maple Syrup, Belgian Waffles with Candied Pecans, or Buttermilk Pancakes with Cinnamon Pecan Butter and Strawberries to start, in the famed Checkers Downtown restaurant. Click here to book.

    * Subject to availability and change. Valid through 12/28/09, some restrictions may apply. Tax and gratuities are not included.

  • Sheraton LA Downtown Holiday Package with corner room EXCLUSIVE details

    711 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90017 • (213) 488-3500

    Book at the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel and use the code "DCBID" for a corner room with a beautiful view of Downtown Los Angeles, parking, and a full breakfast buffet for 2 – all for $119 per night, plus tax. This is a savings of over 50%, available November 20 through December 30.

    Plus, stop by the bar and mention the Downtown Center Business Improvement District to receive a 99-cent draft beer. Available November 20 through December 30 for the first 20 people each day. One drink per day per person.

  • The Standard, Downtown LA Back to the 90's for the Holidays EXCLUSIVE details

    550 S. Flower, Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 892-8080

    Back to the 90's for the Holidays – Mention "DCBID" when booking to receive a discounted $99 rate for a large room.

    The Standard Downtown LA is centrally located in the heart of resurging Downtown Los Angeles, just blocks away from Downtown LA's primary attractions – including the Staples Center, Nokia Theater, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, LA Financial District, Little Tokyo and Dodger Stadium. Enjoy these sites and return to the Standard in just minutes to enjoy top shelf amenities, 24 hour restaurant, and the award winning Rooftop bar with great city views.

    Andre Balazs' Standard Hotels have revolutionized the concept of affordable yet stylish travel and set the standard for a unique hospitality experience. The Standard's irreverent and playful sensibility, coupled with its careful consideration of design and detail, has had consistent global appeal for sophisticated travelers.

  • The Omni LA Holiday Spirits and Sprinkles details

    251 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (213) 617-3300

    Holiday Spirits and Sprinkles
    November 1, 2009- December 28, 2009

    Celebrate with Omni Hotels as we offer a special package and provide travelers with some added joy during the holidays this year. Stay two nights at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel and receive the second night 50% off. If you choose to visit the City of Angels for longer, receive the third night FREE!

    Rates beginning at $139
    Subject to Availability. Terms and Conditions May Apply. For reservations, call 1-800-THE-OMNI and ask for the Holiday Spirits and Sprinkles package or visit

  • Wilshire Grand Happy Holidays – $99 for a Superior Room EXCLUSIVE details

    930 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017 • (213) 688-7777

    $99 for a Superior Room
    Or, for just $20 more, upgrade to a Jr. Suite.

    Includes $20 food & beverage credit in any of our restaurants.

    Click here to book or call one of our friendly agents at (888) 773-2888 to make your reservations. Be sure to mention Holiday99 for this special package.

    Upon checkout, $20 will be credited towards food and beverage charges. Food & Beverage credit is not redeemable for cash and cannot be combined with any other offer. Any unused Food and Beverage credit is not refundable. All reservations are subject to hotel availability/occupancy. No modification or cancellation of reservations allowed. Credit card will be charged at the time of reservation. Promotion ends December 28th, 2009.

2. Eat, Drink and Be Merry

  • Cafe Pinot Complimentary dessert with purchase of entrée EXCLUSIVE details

    700 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90017 • (213) 239-6500

    Complimentary dessert with purchase of entrée
    with mention of ""

    Adjacent to Downtown LA's 1920's landmark public library, Café Pinot's guests are surrounded by an impressive metropolitan skyline view, a gorgeous garden setting, and floor to ceiling windows. Enjoy a contemporary Californian menu featuring fresh, sophisticated dishes inspired by the farmers' market as well as a daily rotisserie. We offer a convenient shuttle service to events at the Music Center, a French cocktail list and tasting menus.

  • City Grill Weekday Holiday Lunch Buffet – $14.95 details

    Wilshire Grand Hotel • 930 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017 • (213) 627-4289

    Holiday Lunch Buffet, with all the trimmings! – $14.95
    Available on weekdays, 11:30am-2:00pm, through December 29, 2009

    Located directly across from the registration desk at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, City Grill offers American favorites in a warm but stately atmosphere accented by rich mahogany wood and lush upholstery. Portions are generous, combining superior quality with exceptional value.

  • Ciudad $20 OFF your check of $50 or more EXCLUSIVE details

    445 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 486-5171

    $20 OFF your check of $50 or more*

    Experience the bold flavors of the Latin world at Ciudad, the Downtown restaurant of Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, Food Network's "Too Hot Tamales." Located at 445 S. Figueroa at the corner of 5th and Fig, Ciudad features creative dishes from South America, Mexico, Spain, and beyond. Signature menu items include Peruvian Ceviche, Argentine Gaucho Steak, and fresh mint Mojitos. Tapas every Sunday night, Paella every Tuesday night, and Happy Hour Monday through Friday with $3 Tacos and 1/2 OFF house mojitos. Ciudad also offers a free shuttle to the Music Center, Disney Concert Hall, and Staples/Nokia--perfect for pre-show dining, as well as after-show cocktails and dessert.

    *To redeem, please download and print this coupon. Not valid for takeout. No cash value. Not valid holidays or with any other offer or promotion. Offer good through December 30, 2009.

  • Grand Cafe @ the Omni Grand Cafe Holiday Buffet details

    251 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (213) 356-4155

    December 7-22, 2009
    Offered 11:30am to 3pm Daily
    $28.00 per person

    'Tis the season for sugar and spice! From Cajun Spiced Seared Filet of Sole to the decadently sweet Eggnog Cheesecake, an array of mouth watering holiday fare is available to satisfy one's holiday hunger. Stop by Grand Café at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel today and partake in our "slice" of holiday cheer.

  • LA Prime Steakhouse Thanksgiving and Christmas Menus details

    404 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 612-4743

    Thanksgiving menu – 3 course $55.00, 4 course $65.00

    Christmas eve and day menu – 3 course $55.00, 4 course $65.00

    Located on the 35th floor of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites our award winning restaurant invites you to experience a culinary adventure in a relaxed atmosphere of refined service. LA Prime, known for its innovative and edgy cuisine offers prime beef steaks, both wet and dry aged, beautiful lamb and veal chops, fresh fish and shellfish enhanced with local produce and an award winning wine cellar, provides the ultimate in dining. Executive Chef Andreas Nieto has created a masterful menu utilizing only fresh ingredients in combination with an artist eye to please your palate. As you dine a million lights will stretch out at your feet or wink at you from the sky as you sit back, relax and enjoy all that downtown Los Angeles has to offer.

  • Nick & Stef's Steakhouse Complimentary dessert with purchase of entrée EXCLUSIVE details

    330 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 680-0330

    Complimentary dessert with purchase of entrée
    with mention of ""

    Famous dry-aged steaks and cravable sides are served up with a modern twist. Nick & Stef's serves superb steaks, fresh seafood and delicious signature side dishes. The chic, contemporary setting includes a stunning outdoor terrace for al fresco dining and after-work cocktails. We offer a convenient shuttle service to events at the Music Center, an extensive cocktail and wine list and a happy hour menu weekdays.

  • The Standard, Downtown LA 10% OFF in The Restaurant or on the Rooftop EXCLUSIVE details

    550 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 892-8080

    Join us on the Rooftop of The Standard, Downtown LA for a light lunch or in The Restaurant when you are ready to rest your soles after shopping and mention DCBID for a 10% discount!

    Andre Balazs' Standard Hotels have revolutionized the concept of affordable yet stylish travel and set the standard for a unique hospitality experience. The Standard's irreverent and playful sensibility, coupled with its careful consideration of design and detail, has had consistent global appeal for sophisticated travelers.

  • Takami Sushi Downtown LA Holiday Menu: $16 lunch, $26 dinner EXCLUSIVE details

    811 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2100, Los Angeles, CA 90017 • (213) 236-9600

    Downtown LA Holiday Menu – available with mention of "Downtown Center BID"
    Available 11/16 – 12/30. Valid Sunday through Thursday Only. Not Valid on Large Group Parties

    $16 for Lunch: Japanese Bento Box
    1st course
    Miso Soup

    2nd course
    Choice of:
    Sushi Bento: Tuna, Yellowtail, Albacore, Salmon, Shrimp & White Fish
    Grilled Chicken with Teriyaki Sauce, Mashed Potatoes & Grilled Vegetables
    Grilled Salmon, Yuzo Teriyaki Sauce, Served with Seasonal Diced Vegetables
    (All Bento Boxes come with Mixed Green Salad, Takami-Style Tuna Salad, Soba Noodles and 6-Piece California or Spicy Tuna Roll and Rice)
    Fresh Seasonal Fruit with Vanilla Gelato

    $26 for Dinner:
    1st course
    Choice of:
    Miso Soup, Seaweed Salad or Mixed Green Salad

    2nd course
    Choice of:
    Takami Sushi Plate: One Piece of Tuna, Yellowtail, Albacore, Salmon, Shrimp, White Fish, & choice of California or Spicy Tuna Roll
    Grilled Chicken Teriyaki, Served with Wasabi Mash Potatoes and Seasoned Grilled Vegetables
    Grilled Salmon, Yuzo Teriyaki Sauce, Served with Seasonal Diced Vegetables

    3rd course
    Molten Chocolate Yuzu Cake with Vanilla Gelato

  • Zucca Ristorante Complimentary dessert with purchase of entrée EXCLUSIVE details

    801 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90017 • (213) 614-7800

    Complimentary dessert with purchase of entrée
    with mention of ""

    Savor Italian cuisine in an elegantly festive ambiance within walking distance to LA Live. Zucca's interior reflects the rich cultural heritage behind the tantalizing menu of handmade pastas, meats, fresh fish, fine Italian cheeses and wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas. With spectacular wines and cocktails and warm, personal service, Zucca promises unforgettable quality and style. We also provide convenient shuttle service to events at the Music Center and low parking rates.

3. Check Your Gift List

  • Central Library Store Baggu Tote Bag gift with purchase of $50 or more EXCLUSIVE details

    630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 228-7550

    Spend $50 or more and receive a free Baggu Tote Bag with mention of the "Downtown Center BID." Limited to the first 20 customers.

    Located at the Richard J. Riordan Central Library, The Library Store offers a collection of unique items and gifts for readers, writers, friends, and family: autographed books, best sellers, stationery, greeting cards, journals, educational toys, and more.

    Top Seller Gift Ideas

    Clocky – $42
    For the late riser on your list. The alarm clock that runs away and hides to get you out of bed.

    Autographed Bicycle Diaries
    by David Byrne
    – $25.95
    For the cycling aficionado on your list. Read about what David Byrne sees as he pedals through cities in this fascinating book which is part travelogue, part journal and part photo album.

    Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm / Sun: 1-5pm

  • FIDM Museum Shop Betsy Bag gift with purchase of $50 or more EXCLUSIVE details

    Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising – Museum & Galleries
    919 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90015 • (213) 623-5821 ext. 2240

    Spend $50 or more and receive a free Betsy Bag ($35 value) with mention of the "Downtown Center BID." The Betsy Bag is made exclusively for the FIDM Museum & Galleries. It's made of 100% black cotton canvas with a handmade flower of silk duppione and iridescent taffeta. The embroidered floral design was created by Olivia Lopez, FIDM Alumna. The bag can be worn shoulder or messenger style.

    Top Seller Gift Ideas

    High Heel Cake Server – $25
    Available in zebra, red, and gold. This stainless steel cake server features a removable magnetic heel to resemble a shoe when not in use.

    Custom initialed pearl or turquoise charm – $15
    Designed by FIDM Alumna.

    Sun-Tues: 10am-4pm / Wed-Sat: 10am-5pm

  • JANM Store Holiday Notecard with purchase of $50 or more EXCLUSIVE details

    Japanese American National Museum
    369 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (888) 769-5559

    Mention "Downtown Center BID" when you make a purchase of $50 or more and you will get a choice of one boxed set of holiday notecards by the acclaimed children's book author Allen Say. The images are from his book "Tree of Cranes." A boxed set consists of a dozen notecards of one design plus envelopes. ($10 value)

    Thurs: 12-8pm / Fri-Sun: 11am-5pm

  • LA Phil Store Commemorative Plaque with purchase of $25 or more EXCLUSIVE details

    131 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (213) 972-3440

    The first 50 customers to mention "DCBID" with purchase of $25 or more will receive a Commemorative Plaque ($75 original value)!

    This Commemorative Plaque is photo engraved with the original sketch for Walt Disney Concert Hall by Frank Gehry, and uses a piece of the same 6,400 brushed stainless steel panels used to clad the exterior of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Each plaque is branded with Gehry's signature and the opening date of the Concert Hall. Etched stainless steel on wood block. 6.5 x 1.5 inches

    Top Seller Gift Ideas

    Dudamel Inaugural Concert DVD – $25.98
    Exclusively at the LA Phil Store! As seen on PBS' "Great Performances" this DVD captures Gustavo Dudamel's first concert as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Live from Walt Disny Concert Hall it features the world premiere of John Adams' dynamic "City Noir" and a titanic performance of Mahler's 1st symphony. This DVD will be available ONLY at this website and our store at the WDCH beginning November 25.

    Open daily, 10am-5pm. Also open during and 30 minutes after evening concerts.

  • The Standard, Downtown LA 10% OFF in the gift shop EXCLUSIVE details

    550 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 892-8080

    Mention DCBID in our gift shop and receive 10% off your stocking stuffers like: Happy Socks, Lipstick Queen Lipsticks and Glosses, Ugly Dolls, I Hate Perfume or even A Peace Treaty Scarf...

  • St. Vincent Jewelry Center 40-70% savings every day details

    650 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90014 • (213) 629-2124

    Everyone loves diamonds for the Holidays! Save 40-70% everyday at St. Vincent Jewelry Center, the largest jewelry complexes in the world. It encompasses over 350,000 square feet of space, and houses nearly 500 independent merchants under one roof, where you will find independent jewelry manufacturers, designers, retail and wholesale dealers.

    Rising gracefully within the heart of the business district at the famed place where Hill, 7th and Broadway streets meet in Downtown Los Angeles, St. Vincent Jewelry Center is a brand new gem in a grand old setting.

4. Do You Hear What I Hear?

  • Ciudad + LA Opera Dinner at Ciudad + The Barber of Seville EXCLUSIVE details

    Ciudad • 445 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 486-5171
    LA Opera • Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., LA, CA 90012 • (213) 972-7219

    LA Opera and Ciudad restaurant invite you to celebrate the holidays with a special Dinner & Show package.
    November 29 – December 19

    Experience the bold and seductive flavors of the Latin world with a special Prix Fixe menu at Ciudad, the Downtown restaurant of Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, Food Network's "Too Hot Tamales." Ciudad boasts creative dishes from South America, Mexico, Cuba, Spain, and beyond.

    Then make your way to the Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a performance of LA Opera's riotous romantic comedy The Barber of Seville. LA Opera has assembled an all-star cast featuring celebrated artists, Juan Diego Florez as Count Almaviva, Joyce DiDonato as Rosina and Nathan Gunn as Figaro. The Barber of Seville plays for 10 performances only, November 29 – December 19, 2009.

    For more information or to order call LA Opera Audience Services at 213.972.8001.

    Prix fixe menu available Nov 29, Dec 2, 5, 6, 9, 13, 16, 19, 2009 (nightly from 5pm)
    Ciudad's Hours: Sun, Mon, Tue 5 - 9pm; Wed, Thu 5 - 10pm; Fri, Sat 5 - 11pm

    You will receive a voucher for each meal purchased. Voucher valued at $44 each (tax included with prix fixe menu only, gratuity not included). Redeemable through January 31, 2010.

    For dinner reservations, call 213.486.5171. Please inform host you will be using LA Opera Dinner and Show voucher. Then present voucher when checking in at Ciudad front desk. Not valid for takeout or with any other offers. No cash value. Not valid on holidays. Some restrictions apply.

  • Center Theatre Group Mary Poppins • Palestine, New Mexico details

    135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (213) 628-2772

    Mary Poppins
    November 13 – February 7
    Presented by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh
    Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center

    Broadway's supercalifragilistic, award-winning hit Mary Poppins comes to the Ahmanson Theatre for an exclusive limited engagement.

    "It's a lavish stage version that's a wonder to behold, yet at its heart, Mary Poppins is a family drama. That this human and humane story shines through the dazzling special effects demonstrates the potency of its emotional impact."
    – Mike Kuchwara, Associated Press

    Based on P.L. Travers' cherished stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins features the Academy Award®-winning music and lyrics of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The stage production has been created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who has written the book, and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who have composed new songs and additional music and lyrics. Olivier Award-winning Richard Eyre directs with co-direction and choreography by Tony® and Olivier Award winner Matthew Bourne.


    Palestine, New Mexico
    December 3 – January 24
    Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center

    Secrets in the Military. Conflicts on the Rez. A female U.S. Army Captain returns from Iraq to inform the Chief of a New Mexico Native American tribe that his son died under her command. Officially classified as a friendly fire death, the suspicious circumstances create a crisis of conscience for Captain Siler, who takes the case of Lance Corporal Raymond Birdsong to the Military Courts.

    Culture Clash, L.A.'s premiere Chicano performance group, returns with a world premiere play about America's constantly shifting political landscape - exploring loss, identity and the notion of occupied homelands. Richard Montoya employs the group's signature research and interview process to mold an intensely personal story. Palestine, New Mexico promises to be an inherently theatrical work that mixes humor and cold fact to unforgettable and galvanizing effect.

  • LA County Arts Commission 50th Annual LA County Holiday Celebration FREE details

    Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (213) 202-5858

    December 24, 3-9pm

    This FREE program honors the spirit of many cultures and holiday traditions through music, song and dance. Community and professional choirs, music ensembles, folk and traditional artists, and dance companies perform for an audience in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion while the program is broadcast live throughout Southern and Central California on KCET.

  • LA Master Chorale Holiday Wonders • Messiah Sing-Along • Rejoice! details

    Walt Disney Concert Hall at The Music Center
    135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (213) 972-7282

    Holiday Wonders – Christmas at Walt Disney Concert Hall
    Saturday, December 5

    Celebrate Christmas at Walt Disney Concert Hall - a concert of nostalgic carols sung by the world-class LA Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Chorale with be joined by our own Voices Within Children's Chorus and John West at the thundering Disney Hall Pipe organ for the rousing finale medley of carols, A Christmas Garland. Holiday Wonders is a great Los Angeles holiday tradition – sure to put you in the mood to decorate the tree!

    29th Annual Messiah Sing-Along
    Saturday, December 12 & Sunday, December 20

    The annual Messiah Sing-Along packs the house every year. Whether you join in the joyful singing of just listen from your seat, this is a wonderfully popular community experience. With soloists and an orchestra onstage, you are the chorus! Buy a score in the lobby for $10 or bring your own!

    Rejoice! – A Classic Christmas Concert
    Sunday, December 13 – 7pm

    Rejoice! is LA Master Chorale's annual classic Christmas concert, featuring important holiday repertoire – inspired by soaring abbeys and cathedrals of Europe to intimate village festivals of Argentina – plus, favorite carols. First, you'll savor Charpentier's Midnight Mass for Christmas Eve, a charming French Baroque Christmas work. Then you will fell in love with Ramirez's enchanting Navidad Nuestra accompanied by Huayucaltia, LA-based South American folk ensemble. Vaughan Williams’ rich and stunning Fantasia on Christmas Carols heralds the season. The festive finale, A Christmas Garland, is a rousing medley of carols and sing-alongs featuring the thundering Disney Hall Pipe Organ and John West, organist. Hear Holiday classics as can be sung only by the LA Master Chorale!

  • LA Philharmonic Organ Spectacular • The Four Seasons • A Creole Christmas + MORE! details

    Walt Disney Concert Hall at The Music Center
    111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (323) 850-2000

    Holiday Organ Spectacular
    Wednesday, December 9

    Holidays and the mighty Walt Disney Concert Hall organ – a perfect combination. Spirited master organist David Higgs returns with his delightful combination of sacred and holiday music for an evening that represents the beauty and majesty of the season... plus a sing-along or two!

    Mehta & Bronfman
    December 10-13

    Beethoven’s Third is a watershed moment in the history of Western music: the epic work is about twice as long as symphonies by Haydn or Mozart and covers a wider range of emotion; it’s often cited as the moment the Classical era ended and the Romantic period began.

    Webern: Passacaglia, Op. 1
    Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"

    Handel's Messiah
    December 15-16

    It’s hard to imagine Christmas without the most famous oratorio of all time. Experience a complete period-instrument performance, with a stellar lineup of Baroque vocal specialists.

    A Chanticleer Christmas
    December 17 – 8pm

    The Grammy-winning “orchestra of voices” returns for its wildly popular annual concert, bringing an eclectic program of Christmas music guaranteed to make your holiday season resonate with an exquisite glow.

    The Four Seasons
    December 18-20

    Twenty-one-year-old Veronika Eberle is considered one of the greatest German violinists to have emerged in recent years. She has already performed Beethoven’s concerto with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. She should be a delight in Vivaldi’s “Seasons.”

    Vivaldi: Concerto in G for Two Violins and Two Cellos, RV 575
    Rameau: Suite from Les Boreades
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons

    Holidays with Sweet Honey in the Rock
    December 22 – 8pm

    Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, this Grammy-winning a cappella group will spread the joy of the holiday season as they interweave the rhythmic stories of their African ancestors with rich festive harmonies.

    A Creole Christmas – Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    December 23 – 8pm

    Enjoy the festive spirit with the rousing New Orleans jazz sounds of Preservation Hall. Stomp, clap, hoot, and holler, as they take on Christmas favorites and Creole classics in their inimitable style.

    New Year’s Eve with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
    Thursday, December 31

    Fabulous swing music in Walt Disney Concert Hall makes for the perfect New Year’s Eve celebration.

  • Music Center's Active Arts Music Center Holiday Sing-Along FREE details

    Music Center Plaza at The Music Center
    135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (213) 972-3660

    December 18 • 6:30-8:00pm

    Celebrate the sounds of the season with a FREE evening of singing 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. No experience necessary.

    FREE admission. Tickets are distributed beginning at 6pm, while supplies last. One ticket per person to those waiting in line. Seating capacity is limited. First come, first served.

    Parking is available in the Music Center garage for $9. No photography, videotaping, and recordings of any kind allowed. Program and information are subject to change.

  • Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE A Mannheim Steamroller Christmas • Stevie Wonder's House Full of Toys details

    777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles, CA 90015 • (877) 763-6030

    The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller
    Friday, December 11 – 8pm


    The popularity of Mannheim Steamroller has made them the largest selling Christmas artist of all time, and launching two tours will meet the high demand for this family holiday tradition. The group has sold more than 35 million recordings and will be releasing a limited edition, 25th Anniversary Christmas collection.

    Chip Davis founded Mannheim Steamroller in 1974 to showcase his interest in fusing modern popular and classical techniques. After the first Fresh Aire album was turned down by major record labels, Davis founded American Gramaphone for its release as well as all subsequent Mannheim Steamroller albums. A total of eight Fresh Aire albums were released, concluding with Fresh Aire 8 in 2000. Fresh Aire 7 received the Grammy Award® for Best New Age Recording in 1990. The Mannheim name extends to a collection of products - bath and body, home, selected food items and clothing - to complement the musical experience.

    Stevie Wonder’s House Full of Toys Benefit Concert with The Jonas Brothers & More
    Saturday, December 12

    This will be the 11th year that Stevie's House Full of Toys Benefit Concert and will be one of the highlights of the holiday musical season. In the past ten years, hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of toys, computers, games and educational aids have gone to children, families and organizations in need. Stevie Wonder and his friends are committed to a celebration that will let the world know that they care. Stevie Wonder's House Full of Toys Benefit Concert-goers are being asked to please bring an unwrapped gift of joy to the concert.

  • STAPLES Center Disney on Ice – Worlds of Fantasy details

    1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015 • (800) 745-3000

    Come experience a magical Disney fantasy on ice!
    December 17-20

    Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy. Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney/Pixar's CARS race across the ice. Dive into The Little Mermaid's enchanting undersea kingdom and experience the 'Circle of Life' with The Lion King. Then enter into the magical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and all her fairy friends as they make their world premiere on ice! From wheels to waves, Pride Lands to pixie dust, your family's favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy with dazzling skating, special effects and beloved characters certain to create a lifetime of memories.

    Special Bonus! Come see a Disney princess and a dazzling display of gorgeous gowns at the Disney Princess Pre-Show starting one hour before show time! Complimentary to all ticket holders.

5. Celebrate Holiday Festivities

  • 7+FIG @ Ernst & Young Plaza Holiday Joy Festivities FREE details

    735 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 955-7150

    Smile! Free pictures with Santa
    Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
    December 2-23, 12-2pm
    Pets and Humans welcome!

    Sing! Enjoy a variety of live jazz, soul, gospel and holiday entertainment
    Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
    December 9-23, 12-1:30pm
    Lower level atrium

    Kick Off Performance: Thursday, 12/10 - featuring Anointed Voices
    Fridays: 12/11 - Louie Cruz Beltran, 12/18 - Seville's Motown Christmas
    Saturdays: 12/12 - Mariachi Amigos, 12/19 - Strolling Carolers
    Closing Performance: Wednesday, 12/23 - featuring ANDRE DELANO

    Kids Club!
    December 19, 12-1:30pm
    Kids of ALL AGES, make Festive Holiday Cards with "Art2Go." Free and open to the public.

    The Gift of Giving!
    Stop by our free gift wrapping station with an unwrapped toy or canned food item for the Midnight Mission and receive FREE WRAPPING paper for your holiday gift giving. The 7+FIG Gift Wrap and Midnight Mission Donor Center will be open Monday-Friday, December 7- December 18, 11am-6pm. We will accept toys for all ages - unwrapped and non-violent toys please.

  • The Biltmore Hotel Tree Lighting Ceremony with live Victorian carolers FREE details

    Main Lobby • 506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 624-1011

    Tuesday, December 1, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Step into our elegant Lobby on the first night of December and enjoy complimentary holiday refreshments, the joyous voices of our Victorian carolers and the first illumination of our sparkling 20-foot live fir tree, decorated to perfection, as we kick off the season in style. Complimentary and open to the public.

  • LA City Hall Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony FREE details

    200 N Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (818) 788-6000

    December 17, 2009 – 12pm

    Light the candles!
    Dance to music!
    Eat delicious holiday treats!

    Hanukkah Happening – Please join us in a community celebration of the Festival of Lights!

    For security and parking purposes, RSVP no later than Tuesday, December 15, to Barri Worth, Area Director, at For more information, please contact Rabbi Joshua Hoffman at (818) 788-6000.

  • L.A. LIVE Tree Lighting • Grand Opening of the L.A. King’s Skating Rink FREE details

    800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015 • (213) 763-5483

    On Thursday, December 3rd, witness the spectacular lights of L.A. LIVE at their annual tree lighting, held this year in conjunction with the Grand Opening of “LA Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. LIVE” – a new outdoor ice skating rink in the Nokia Plaza across the street from STAPLES Center, the home of the L.A. Kings.

  • Macy's Plaza Happy Holidays at Macy's Plaza FREE details

    700 S. Flower St., Ste. 406, Los Angeles, CA 90017 • (213) 624-2891

    Pictures with Santa
    Friday, December 18 & Monday, December 21 • 12-2pm
    We are happy to announce that the World Famous Macy’s Plaza Santa Claus will be visiting us again in December. We all know Santa is very busy this time of year, but he will be at Macy's Plaza for FREE pictures on December 18 and 21.

    Holiday Concerts
    Tuesday, December 15 through Thursday, December 17 • 12-2pm
    Please stop by and enjoy Macy's Plaza's annual Holiday Concerts. Performers: Antonio Castillo de la Gala, Natascha Corrigan, Perry Lambert, Autumn Scarlett, and John Torres.

  • Olvera Street Guadalupe Day Celebration • Las Posadas FREE details

    East Cesar E. Chavez Ave. & Olvera St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (213) 485-8372

    Guadalupe Day Celebration
    December 11-13, 11am-7pm
    Celebrating the Virgen de Guadalupe’s appearance to native Mexican Juan Diego in 1531. Food, shopping and family entertainment. Please call (213) 625-7074 for more info.

    Las Posadas
    December 16-24, 6-9pm
    This nightly presentation of the nine-day journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem is portrayed with singing, entertainment, a candlelight procession on Olvera Street and the breaking of a piñata each evening.

    All events are free to the public. All events are subject to change.

6. Ice Skating, California Style

  • Pershing Square Downtown On Ice • Winter Concert Series details

    532 S. Olive, Los Angeles, CA • (213) 847-4970

    November 19, 2009 - January 18, 2010

    Get your glide on this holiday season at DOWNTOWN ON ICE outdoor skating rink where the coolest fun gets underway on LA’s largest outdoor rink with the lowest admission price of just $6 (Skate rental $2). Celebrating its 12th season, this tradition of affordable family fun features a host of FREE events like Lunchtime Concerts, Thursday and Friday Night Concerts, Saturday Youth Program, Sunday Afternoon Concerts, and a Weekend Winter Holiday Festival with snow and “make and take” arts & crafts, championship skating exhibitions, and more. New this year, “Mommie & Me Stroller Skate” sessions select Tuesday mornings.

    Sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Pershing Square is easily accessible by car, bus or Metro. A partnership with Metro and Metrolink allows riders to receive a $1 skating session discount by showing a coupon available on all mass transit lines. The convenient stop at Pershing Square Station makes getting there easy. Underground discount parking is available with validation.

  • L.A. LIVE LA Kings Holiday Ice details

    800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015 • (213) 763-5483

    December 3-31

    Introducing "LA Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. LIVE" - a new outdoor ice skating rink in the Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE, across the street from STAPLES Center. This 70-by-50 foot rink will accommodate 200 skaters at one time. "Skate with Santa" sessions will also be available, as are special Birthday Party packages.

    $10 general admission includes skate rental. $5 for active military and families and for seniors. Additional discounts are available. Los Angeles Auto Show attendees (December 4-13) and Metro riders will receive $1 off by showing their ticket or Metro pass.

    December 3-17: Monday-Friday, 4pm-12am / Saturday-Sunday, 11am-12am
    December 18-31: Daily, 11-12am

    Private group (10 people or more) rental will be available Monday-Friday, 2-4pm and Saturday-Sunday, 8-11am

  • LA Café 10% OFF a Cozy Cinnamon Bun Latte EXCLUSIVE details

    639 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014 • (213) 612-3000

    LA Cafe's signature winter drink is the "Cozy Cinnamon Bun Latte." Mention and receive an extra 10% off a yummy cup of cinnamon delight.

    Downtown’s happening place is the deliciously trendy L.A. Café, mixing European sidewalk chic with fresh quality. Adding to the vibe is the innovative culinary talents of an in-House Executive Chef, Stacie Rauch. Signature dishes range from the Pesto Chicken Panini and Chipotle Chicken Wrap to the hearty man’s Kitchen Sink Breakfast and Cheeseburger Caesar Salad. On the lighter side is our Salmon Salad and the chef’s personal favorite – the Asian Vegan Tofu Wrap. Delectable drinks like the Mochanilla Latte and Chocolate Monkey Smoothie are cool favorites at this vibrant eatery. Late night cravings for the hip L.A. sliders or the Brioche French Toast are all-the craze.

  • Rendezvous Court Victorian Afternoon Tea • Nutcracker Children's Tea details

    506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 612-1562

    Biltmore Angels Victorian Afternoon Tea
    Wednesday-Sunday, December 2-24, 2-5pm

    The Biltmore's famous afternoon tea features special items for the holidays, including an assortment of tea sandwiches, miniature desserts and freshly-baked maple scones with homemade Devonshire cream and jam. A wide selection of blended and herbal teas are available, as well as cider, eggnog and Laurent Perrier champagne. Live piano Fridays -Sundays.

    $35 adults, ($45 with glass of Laurent Perrier champagne), $25 children

    Nutcracker Children’s Tea
    December 12-13, 11am-1pm

    The magical story of the "Nutcracker" comes to life at this year's annual children's tea. In conjunction with the City Ballet of Los Angeles' performance of this time-honored classic, the Biltmore hosts a special tea event for children and parents with tea, holiday sandwiches and cupcakes and featuring performances by dancers from the production, including the Sugar Plum Fairy herself!

    $38 per person

7. Holiday Treats

  • Bark Spaw 20% OFF Bark Avenue Holiday Treat Packages EXCLUSIVE details

    545 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 • (213) 748-7485

    Mention the "Downtown Center BID" and receive a 20% discount on Bark Avenue Holiday Treat Packages!

    Nobody Walks in LA Spaw Experience $150
    Includes an invigorating Lavender Sugar Scrub to prepare the skin and coat for a therapeutic shampoo. A bath in our roomy tub with a eucalyptus & cedar oil invigorating shampoo, and conditioner, followed by a “paw”dicure , tailored massage, Shea butter, comfrey & aloe pad conditioner for those concrete scuffed pads, a deep ear cleaning, tooth brushing, and of coarse a custom styling. You can always send along your signature scent which can be applied after fur baby’s session.
    *A revitalizing spaw treatment especially nice for the elderly pet. This invigorating, purifying treatment boost circulation and sloughs away dead skin cells and toxins. To immediately expose a more radiant, nourished and healthier coat.

    Werewolf Serenade Shed-less Spaw Experience $150
    Includes a renewing de-shed bath with organic extracts in our roomy tub, followed by our Furminator Shed-less Treatment, “paw”dicure, silk hair & skin protectant, Shea butter, comfrey & aloe pad conditioner, ear cleaning, tooth brushing, custom styling, extra brushing, and of coarse any scent you want to finish. Tame your wooly bully baby.
    *Renewing spa treatment customized to release excess undercoat and reduce shedding. Leaves coat unbelievably manageable, shiny and brilliantly clean.

    No Itch Zone Spaw Experience $150
    Includes a soothing bath in our tub with organic extracts from the eucalyptus tree which will bubble away all those unwanted pesky hitchhikers. A cedar oil rinse balances the PH and provides extra protection from re-infestation, Fur baby then gets our signature “paw”dicure, silk hair & skin protectant, Shea butter, comfrey & aloe pad conditioner, ear cleaning, tooth brushing, custom styling and a final spritz of eucalyptus and cedar.
    *An Organic, biodegradable and gentle treatment to alleviate parasites and skin irritations.

    Red Carpet Walk $150
    Includes a luxurious, bubble bath in our tub with a special sparkle & shine shampoo, Silk protein restructuring deep conditioner, Massage, “paw”dicure, Shea butter, comfrey & aloe pad conditioner, ear cleaning, tooth brushing, custom styling, Sparkle & shine shimmering mist extra brushing, and of course plenty of TLC!
    *Pearlescent brighteners leave a remarkable shine. Sparkle and shine mist has all natural mica to enhance highlights and transform “fur baby” so brightly that only the red carpet will do!!

    Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm / Saturday, 10am-6pm

  • Checkers Spa $25 OFF any Ultimate Wrap package EXCLUSIVE details

    535 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 300-0456

    Wrap yourself in luxury at Checkers Spa this holiday season with the Ultimate Wrap. Enjoy two hours of delicious aromas and cozy warm linens while your body, mind and spirit melt into total relaxation.

    Mention "DCBID" and we will give you the gift of $25 off any Ultimate Wraps (starting at $230) you purchase between now and December 31, 2009.

    Plus, give the gift of health and receive $50 off! Buy 3 gift certificates (60 minute minimum per) and we’ll take $50 off the fourth one!

    Monday-Sunday, 9am-9pm

  • Neihule, Inc. 5 Holiday Treatments • Gift with purchase EXCLUSIVE details

    607 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90014 • (213) 623-4383

    Mention the DCBID with your purchase and receive a free Mistral travel size hand lotion!

    Have you been naughty or nice? $70
    Brazilian waxing and micro-current lip plumper

    Mistletoe $50
    Eggnog infused Mani/Pedi with Peppermint Massage and Pumpkin Mask

    'Tis the Season to be Beautiful $130
    Holiday Hair and Make-Up

    All I want for Christmas $200
    Base Color Retouch or Haircut with Mani/Pedi and eyebrow wax
    What every woman wants a good haircut or color with their favorite mani/pedi and the perfect holiday eyebrow wax.

    Spa-la-la-la-aaah $160
    Pumpkin infused facial & 1 Hr. Peppermint Massage
    Let Neihule estheticians spice up your holiday with the organic pumpkin infused facial followed by a soothing peppermint massage, to relax your muscles after a long day of holiday shopping.

8. Savor the Arts

  • California Science Center Race: Are We So Different? • American I AM • IMAX Movies FREE details

    39th Street & Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90037 • (213) 724-3623

    Race: Are We So Different?
    Now – Dec 31, 09

    RACE explores the science, history and personal experiences of race, helping us understand what race is and what it is not. The exhibit provides guests the opportunity to think and talk about one of our nation’s most challenging issues and encourages us to rethink our assumptions of race and human variation. Through multimedia, interactive exhibits and imagery, RACE gives guests of all ages the opportunity to think and talk about a topic that touches our lives daily.

    American I AM: The African American Imprint
    Now – April 15, 2010
    Adult – $9.50, Child - $6.00, Youth, Students, Seniors - $8.50

    America I AM celebrates nearly 500 years of African American contributions to our country and the world. Through artifacts, multimedia, and programs visitors explore the influence and innovations of African Americans.
    Visitors can walk past the ‘Door of No Return’; view personal artifacts and innovations of African American artists, activists and inventors; and investigate key moments in the evolution of the nation to open dialogue about our collective experience and future.

    IMAX Movies
    Now – Dec. 31, 2009
    Adult - $8.00, Child - $4.75, Student & Senior - $5.75
    (213) 744-2019

    Under The Sea 3D
    Across the Sea of Time
    Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey

  • Downtown Art Walk Monthly Art Walk on Thursday, December 10 FREE details

    (213) 784-2598

    The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is a free event held every second Thursday in and around the Historic Core's Gallery Row neighborhood. For this one night each month, Downtown LA returns to its historic pedestrian-based culture, a vibrant scene that is itself a draw for locals and tourists seeking an authentic urban experience. Launched in 2004 by the then-gritty neighborhood's pioneer gallerists, Art Walk has become a grassroots urban success story, with upwards of 10,000 people coming out each month to see the newest art exhibits, enjoy the bustling street culture, eat, drink and socialize.

    PARKING: Art Walk Sponsor Athena Parking Lot – 415 South Main Street, 90013. $5 flat rate, indoor lot, no ins and outs.

  • FIDM Museum & Galleries High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale & the Haute Couture FREE details

    919 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90015 • (213) 623-5821 x3367

    High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture
    October 21, 2009 – December 13, 2009

    High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture celebrates a donation of over 125 Haute Couture garments given to the FIDM Museum & Galleries over four decades by International Best Dressed Hall of Fame icon Betsy Bloomingdale. This exhibition includes over 60 ensembles and describes the process of Haute Couture, showcases her favorite designers, and examines her personal fashion style and lifestyle. A video documentary will be shown in the exhibition which includes interviews with Mrs. Bloomingdale, Hubert de Givenchy, James Galanos, Adolfo, and François Lesage, among others.

    The free exhibition will be open Wednesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Docent-led tours are available by appointment only on Mondays and Tuesdays. $20 per person for groups of 10-25.

  • The GRAMMY Museum Show your Regal Cinemas stub & SAVE EXCLUSIVE details

    800 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. A245, Los Angeles, CA 90015 • (213) 765-6800
    Sunday-Friday: 11:30am-7:30pm / Saturday: 10:00am-7:30pm

    Experience movies and music at L.A. Live! Show your Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 movie ticket stub at the GRAMMY Museum box office and SAVE 47%! Purchase your museum admission at a discounted rate of $8.00! (Regular $14.95)

    The GRAMMY Museum is an exciting and interactive celebration of the power of music occupying the vibrant new space of L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Four floors of cutting edge exhibits, interactive experiences and films provide a one-of-a-kind visitor experience. You won't want to miss the special exhibits including I Am, I Said: Selections From the Neil Diamond Collection, Michael Jackson: A Musical Legacy, and the upcoming Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer.

    Michael Jackson: A Musical Legacy
    Now – Summer 2010

    Including Jackson's trademark fedora and gloves, six elaborately embellished jackets, original lyrics, a Jackson 5 stage costume, and more, the exhibit will include additional artifacts never before exhibited in a museum. Across eight video monitors, visitors will also enjoy footage of Jackson's appearances on the annual GRAMMY® Awards, as well as never-before-seen video of some of Jackson's famous friends sharing their memories of him.

    Perhaps the most exciting element, the exhibit will feature a new interactive experience which will allow visitors to dance on a floor of light-up tiles, mimicking Jackson's own moves in the "Billie Jean" music video. Michael Jackson: A Musical Legacy will remain on display through summer 2010.

    I Am, I Said: Selections from the Neil Diamond Collection
    Now – Jan 17, 2010

    This one-of-a-kind exhibit features a selection of personal and iconic pieces from Neil Diamond's own archives.

    "As a songwriter whose works are ingrained in our cultural memory, a performer whose dynamic shows are legendary, and a public figure whose generosity is significant and longstanding, Neil Diamond is a major and beloved American figure," said Chief Curator Ken Luftig Viste. "We're excited and honored for this opportunity to showcase, reveal, and celebrate his music and career with our visitors."

    On display through early 2010, the exhibit features: Four full stage costumes, including those worn on the covers of the albums Hot August Night and The Jazz Singer, the guitar upon which Diamond wrote his early hits, original handwritten lyrics spanning Diamond's career from the 1970s to the present, Diamond's high-school letterman's sweater for fencing, and much more...

  • JANM Giant Robot: 15 Years details

    Japanese American National Museum
    369 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (213) 625-0414

    Giant Robot Biennale 2: 15 Years
    Now – Jan 24, 2010

    Curated by Giant Robot co-founder and co-editor Eric Nakamura, this expanded follow-up to the 2007 exhibition Giant Robot Biennale: 50 Issues will highlight artists associated with the magazine over the past 15 years.

    Providing an overview of the Giant Robot aesthetic, this multi-faceted exhibition will celebrate the depth and diversity of perspectives found within the Giant Robot experience through a series of components that visually represents the magazine’s ethos.

    Sun, Wed, Fri and Sat: 11am-5pm / Thurs: 12-8pm

    Admission: $9.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors, $5.00 for students and children; free for Museum members and children under age six. Admission is free to everyone on Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and every third Thursday of the month from 12:00. to 8:00 p.m.

  • LA Central Library Holiday Events for Kids • Richard Neutra FREE details

    630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 228-7569

    LAPL Kids Events

    Winter Wonderland
    Dec 12, 2PM-3PM
    It may not be snowing here in Los Angeles, but we’re in the holiday mood with stories, poems, songs and a puppet show.

    December Holidays from Around the World
    Dec 19, 2PM-3PM
    Georgette Baker brings customs, songs and stories to introduce families to December holidays celebrated all over the world.

    Happy New Year to You
    Dec 26, 2PM-3PM
    Welcome 2010 with stories, songs, noisemakers, countdowns and of course a puppet show.

    Find more events for kids at

    Richard Neutra, Architect: Sketches and Drawings
    Now – Jan 31, 2010

    An outstanding selection of travel sketches, figure drawings and building renderings by one of modernism’s most important architects, Richard Neutra (1892-1970), will be on display in the exhibit Richard Neutra, Architect: Sketches and Drawings from May 3 to Sept. 6, 2009, at Central Library’s Getty Gallery, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown Los Angeles. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

    The exhibition features choice selections at the Charles E. Young Research Library’s Department of Special Collections, UCLA. The pieces range from early pencil sketches from Neutra’s student wandering in 1913 to later pastel renderings of his Los Angeles houses from the 1950s. Selected for their artistic quality, the works illustrate Neutra’s skill in traditional notions of composition combined with his innovative techniques of architectural representation.

    Richard Neutra, Architect: Sketches and Drawings will be accompanied by a free audio tour featuring a discussion among a group of diverse people on the subject of the artistry and importance of Richard Neutra. Produced by Sandpail Productions, the audio tour includes such voices as Ray Kappe, Kelly Lynch, Sarah Lorenzen, Leo Marmol, Dion Neutra, and Victoria Steele. The audio tour will be available in the gallery via cell phone or by download to an mp3 player.

    More info at

    More Holiday Events

    Winter Break: Are you a scrooge?
    Teen'Scape • Film Screening • Just for Teens
    Thursday, December 17 • 4:30-5:30pm

    Everyone knows the story of old Ebenezer Scrooge, who was wealthy and mean, even at Christmas. But what if Ebenezer wasn’t old? And what if he worked at a television studio? And what if he was played by Bill Murray? Enjoy this holiday classic with milk and cookies.

    Etiquette for the Holidays
    Meeting Room A • Adult Porgrams • Thursdays @ Central
    Thursday, December 17 • 12:15-1:00pm

    Etiquette and protocol expert Lanie Denslow with valuable tips on etiquette for dining and for those holiday parties.

    More events at

  • LA Conservancy Architecture Tours • "It's A Wonderful Life" details

    Time/Date • Address, Los Angeles, CA ZIP • (213) 623-2489

    Nine Regular Walking Tours in Downtown LA

    Los Angeles is like no other city. The Los Angeles Conservancy's Walking Tour Program explores the history and heart of our amazing city through interpretation of L.A.'s unique architectural resources. Our regularly scheduled walking tours, led by knowledgeable docents, focus on the architecture of Los Angeles' historic downtown.

    "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Million Dollar Theatre
    Sunday, December 6 - 2pm
    307 S. Broadway, Downtown Los Angeles

    Celebrate the holidays with the Conservancy at the beautiful Million Dollar Theatre on Sunday, December 6 for a matinee screening of "It's a Wonderful Life." Bring your friends and family to see this 1947 holiday classic and make an afternoon of it with shopping and dining downtown.

    Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. We'll have candy canes for everyone!

  • MOCA, Grand Avenue Collection: MOCA's First 30 Years details

    250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (213) 626-6222

    Now – May 3, 2010

    This remarkable presentation - with installations at both of MOCA's Downtown LA locations - is the most comprehensive long-term installation of the museum's collection to date, showcasing key selections of more than 500 works by more than 200 artists.

    Monday, 11am–5pm / Thursday, 11am–8pm / Friday, 11am–5pm / Saturday-Sunday, 11am–6pm

    General Admission: $10
    Students & Seniors: $5
    Children under 12: Free

    Free Thursday Evenings: Admission to MOCA Grand Avenue is free every Thursday, 5–8pm

  • Natural History Museum Dinosaur Encounters - Hop, Slither, and Stalk! details

    900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007 • (213) 763-DINO

    Mon – Sun 9:30am – 5pm
    Adults – $9, Seniors, Students, Children - $6.50

    Dinosaur Encounters
    Wednesdays - Fridays 10:00 am, 11:30 am, and 2:30 pm
    Saturdays - Sundays 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm
    Get close to a living, breathing dinosaur! Fun, educational and interactive, Dinosaur Encounters features NHM's life-size dinosaur puppets. Each presenter focuses on a different topic, including theories on dinosaur behavior, extinction, adaptation, and the relationship between birds and dinosaurs. Dinosaur Encounters is family friendly, and each presentation is about 20 minutes long.

    Hop, Slither, and Stalk!
    Move and think like an animal in our interactive puppet shows! Please join us this fall for a fun and active way to learn about animals, how they communicate, and how they move. Meet the HumAnimals, talented Museum performers who transform into familiar animals using costumes and puppets made from recyclable materials. Hop, Slither, and Stalk Programs rotate seasonally highlighting our exhibits and pavilions, and work with the State of California curriculum science standards for Pre-K through Grade 2.

9. Winter Sports

  • LA Clippers Discounted tickets for games at the STAPLES Center EXCLUSIVE details

    1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015 • (213) 742-7340

    The LA Clippers and STAPLES Center are proud to partner with DCBID in offering exclusive discounts to exciting holiday season sporting events at STAPLES Center. Take advantage of exclusive offers for select Clippers games during the 2009-10 NBA season! Click here to see available discounted tickets, and check in throughout the season to find a game and price that's right for you!

    Complete list of game dates for November and December:

    11/20 vs. Denver 7:30pm
    11/23 vs. Minnesota 7:30pm
    11/29 vs. Memphis 12:30pm
    12/02 vs. Houston 7:30pm
    12/05 vs. Indiana
    12/08 vs. Orlando 7:30pm
    12/13 vs. San Antonio 6:30pm
    12/14 vs. Washington 7:30pm
    12/27 vs. Boston 6:30pm
    12/31 vs Philadelphia 6:30pm

  • LA Kings Discounted tickets for games at the STAPLES Center EXCLUSIVE details

    1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015 • (213) 742-7340

    The LA Kings and STAPLES Center are proud to partner with DCBID in offering exclusive discounts to exciting holiday season sporting events at STAPLES Center. Starting in November and running through the New Year, take advantage of discounted LA Kings tickets to select games – starting at only $20! In addition, be sure take advantage of NBA action at STAPLES Center with Lakers and Clippers private suites starting at only $1,000. Click here to buy your discounted tickets (and enter the Special Offer Code "kings" when prompted), or contact Aaron Kulik at (213) 742-7230.

    Complete list of game dates for November and December:

    11/18 vs. Philadelphia 7:30 PM
    11/21 vs. Calgary 7:00PM
    11/28 vs. Chicago 7:30pm
    12/03 vs. Ottawa 7:30PM
    12/05 vs. St. Louis 7:30PM
    12/07 vs. Calgary 7:30PM
    12/10 vs. Phoenix 7:30PM
    12/28 vs. Minnesota 10:30PM

  • LA Lakers Games at the STAPLES Center details

    1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015 • (213) 742-7340

    11/17 vs. Detroit 7:30pm
    11/19 vs. Chicago 7:30pm
    11/22 vs. Oklahoma City 6:30pm
    11/24 vs. New York 7:30pm
    11/29 vs. New Jersey 6:30pm
    12/01 vs. New Orleans 7:30pm
    12/04 vs. Miami 7:30pm
    12/06 vs. Phoenix 6:30pm
    12/09 vs. Utah 7:30pm
    12/11 vs. Minnesota 7:30pm
    12/22 vs. Oklahoma City 7:30pm
    12/25 vs. Cleveland 2:00pm

  • USC Sports Basketball at the Galen Center • Football at the LA Coliseum details

    USC Football at the L.A. Coliseum

    3911 S. Figueroa Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90037
    (213) 740-GOSC

    11/28 vs. UCLA 7:00pm
    12/05 vs. Arizona 12:30pm

    USC Men’s Basketball at the Galen Center

    3400 S. Figueroa St.
    Los Angeles, CA 90007
    (213) 740-0626

    11/17 vs. UC Riverside 7:30pm
    11/21 vs. Loyola Marymount 5:00pm
    11/27 vs. Coppin State 7:30pm
    11/29 vs. Nebraska 1:30pm
    12/08 vs. Sacramento State 7:30pm
    12/11 vs. Idaho State 7:30pm
    12/19 vs. Tennessee 1:30pm
    12/31 vs. Arizona 4:00pm

  • Casey's Irish Pub Game Day Drink Special EXCLUSIVE details

    613 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90017 • (213) 629-2353

    Exclusive Game Day DCBID Drink Special
    Come in and raise a glass of (FREE) Guinness to your favorite team. Watch the college action and NFL Monday Night games on Casey's eight screens. When you mention "DCBID," everyone in your party gets a 10oz Guinness FREE with 4 or more orders of Fish & Chips. Cheers!

  • The Doheny DCBID/Lakers Doheny Access Pass EXCLUSIVE details

    714 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015

    DCBID/Lakers Dohney Access Pass
    Email Jennifer Kelly, 213 Events Director at to reserve a pre- or post-game table for your party (up to 4) at The Doheny, Downtown's most talked about private club, just steps from STAPLES Center. Toast the team with a handcrafted cocktail created by our acclaimed mixologists. Lakers ticket holders park at the private club gratis.

10. Season of Giving

  • Downtown People Reaching Out Donate your professional clothes to area homeless shelters details

    WANTED: Your Professional Clothes

    PRO (People Reaching Out) was founded and is operated by Downtown residents for the purpose of collecting and distributing quality pre-owned and new professional clothing to area homeless shelters and assistance providers including Chrysalis and the Weingart Center.

    Your donated clothing will be proudly worn by men and women seeking and maintaining employment in the greater Los Angeles area.

    How to get involved:
    • Donate clothes
    • Host a box in your Downtown LA residential building
    • Host a box at your Downtown LA business
    • Host a box at your Downtown LA office building
    • Help pick up clothes from drop off locations
    • Help sort clothes

    Find a map of donation locations at

  • KEEN LA Volunteer Coaching for Special-Needs youth details

    601 S. Figueroa St., Ste. 2500, Los Angeles, CA 90017 • (213) 892-2935

    KEEN is a national, nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. KEEN's mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals.

    At each KEEN session, a participating athlete is paired up with a volunteer coach for a variety of non-competitive athletic activities tailored to each athlete’s needs and designed to promote the Athlete’s sense of accomplishment. These activities include soccer, track and field, basketball, bowling, gymnastic and various adaptive activities. Volunteer coaches don't need any prior experience working with disabled individuals. Please dress appropriately for the weather and playing with kids.

    Coaching Special-Needs Youth
    Dec 6, Dec 20
    10:30AM - 12:30PM

    Annual Christmas Party
    Dec 6

  • LA Fire Department Holiday Toy Drive, "Spark of Love" details

    The Los Angeles Fire Department Holiday Toy Program for Needy Children will begin both collecting and accepting requests for toys on November 27, 2009.

    Through your generosity, Spark of Love provides a new unwrapped toy or sporting good to a child who would otherwise go without a gift this holiday season. Spark of Love works in concert - not in competition - with other charitable programs to fulfill the dreams of needy Southern California children.

    Recipients are identified in advance by established community and child service organizations. Families experiencing a sudden catastrophic loss are aided by Spark of Love. When possible, the local Fire Station crew (occasionally accompanied by Santa Claus) makes a discreet and dignified special delivery to these deserving children.

    (213) 626-2871 - 24 hr holiday hotline to donate toys, receive toys and volunteer.

  • LA Mission Volunteer Opportunities: Meal Service • Christmas Meal & Toy Giveaway details

    303 E. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 • (213) 629-1227 ext. 301

    Every day is a day in crisis for the homeless. Help us prepare and serve the evening meal at the Mission. The Los Angeles Mission provides food, clothing and shelter to hundreds of hungry men, women and children every day. Volunteers for this project must be at least 13 years of age. Men must wear long pants (no shorts) and socks with shoes. Women, please wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or flip flops). Please dress decently -- our appearance is important in this project.

    On December 5, 9AM-11AM, join us for our monthly Volunteer Orientation and tour of the Mission. Safe, secure parking is provided at 310 E. Winston Street (the back entrance to the Mission).

    Meal Service for the Homeless
    Nov 25, Dec 09, Dec 23, 6:30-9:00PM

    Annual Christmas Meal and Toy Giveaway
    December 24, 11am-3pm
    This is our annual street event, celebrating Christmas by serving our guests traditional holiday meals. We will also be providing Christmas gifts to all children under the age of 14 who are present. We need almost 400 volunteers to help make this event happen. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and the group limit is 10 including the leaders.

  • Macy's "Believe" Benefit When your child writes to Santa, Macy's donates $1 to Make-A-Wish Foundation details

    750 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90017 • (213) 628-9311

    Believers of all ages are invited to drop off letters – stamped and addressed to Santa At The North Pole – at any Macy’s store in the Santa Mail letterbox. For each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, up to $1 million, to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

    The Believe campaign runs through December 24. For Believers who want to help make a difference, just look for the Believe Stations in every store that feature a Believe Meter, letter-writing station and an official R.H. Macy’s Santa Mail letterbox.

    The Believe campaign is rooted in a letter to the editor written by 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon in 1897 asking if there is a Santa Claus. The New York Sun newsman Francis P. Church responded with a poignantly worded essay on the importance of believing, including the famous line “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist... ”

  • Union Rescue Mission Volunteer Opportunities: Meal Services • Christmas Store Donations details

    Time/Date • Address, Los Angeles, CA ZIP • (213) 347-6300

    Union Rescue Mission is a non-profit, interdenominational Christian organization dedicated to serving the urban poor and homeless. They provide a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services, including food, shelter, clothing, medical care, dental care, recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training for needy men, women, children, and families.

    Volunteer at Meal Services for the Homeless
    Every Monday and Tuesday, 5:45PM - 7:45PM

    Donate goods for the Christmas Stores
    Gifts for Moms, Teen, Elementary-Aged, Infant/Toddlers
    Canned Goods
    Coffee and Creamers
    Socks - all sizes home

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