Saturday, December 04, 2010

Big Los Angeles Holiday: Parades, Festivals and More

There's never a shortage of holiday cheer in Los Angeles -- particularly over the next week. Among the neighborhood festivals, ice skating rinks, special holiday shows this weekend and beyond:

:: The Los Feliz Village Holiday Festival, now in its 5th year, takes place TONIGHT, Saturday, Dec. 4, starting with a 5 p.m. tree lighting ceremony at the Los Feliz library (at Hillhurst and Franklin).

Shops and restaurants up and down Hillhurst, Vermont and Hollywood Blvds. are open late -- including L.A.'s best taco stand, Yuca's (above, Yuca's owners boogie down at a past Los Feliz holiday event). And yes, Yuca's and other joints are offering free samples (enough of a reason right there to check it out).

The event also includes photos with Santa at Coldwell Banker (1917 Hillhurst); Alphabet Soup puppeteers at Dragonfly DuLou (2066 Hillhurst); Antique Car Show at Ise Automotive (1774 Hillhurst); live mariachi music at Yuca’s (2056 Hillhurst); ”Blushing Santa” house rum punch, classic Christmas music and delectable edibles at Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop. (4639 Hollywood Blvd.); and hot chocolate stations and strolling musicians at various points on Vermont.

:: There's no better way to get in the holiday spirit than taking in Charles Phoenix's annual Retro Holiday Slide Show. (Check out our report on the show from last year here.

This year's show takes place in Los Angeles on Sunday, December 12 at 3 p.m. and Saturday, December 18 at 8 p.m., both shows at the Downtown Independent Theater (251 S. Main Street). Tix are $25; go here for more.

:: The 34th Annual Montrose Christmas Parade takes place Saturday night, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m.


We invite you to come early …do some shopping, enjoy one of our fine restaurants, and get a good spot on the parade route! The parade staging starts at La Crescenta Ave & Honolulu Ave, the parade itself begins at Honolulu Ave & Rosemont Ave and runs east towards Verdugo Rd. The center of the parade and the entire Montrose area is the intersection of Honolulu Ave & Ocean View Blvd Parking is available in the open city parking lots, on the open side streets and within the surrounding neighborhoods. Please plan to arrive early, set up some chairs and a blanket and get some dinner in one of our great Montrose restaurants.

:: The independent design and gift show Unique L.A. takes place next weekend, Dec. 11 and 12, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the California Market Center’s Penthouse (110 E 9th St.) Cost is $10 at the door.

:: The Casa Adobe De San Rafael holds its annual Fiesta de las Luminarias (Festival of Lights) this weekend. (1330 Dorothy Drive, Glendale)

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