Anyone who tells you the holidays don't feel as real in Los Angeles hasn't visited downtown this time of year.
This weekend, downtown's Pershing Square and Grand Central Market are celebrating the holidays with two very kid-friendly events. I recommend hitting them both on Saturday to get in the mood.
First up, the Grand Central Market's "Christmas for the Kids" Event takes place this Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Not only is the market decked out for the holidays, but free pictures with Santa will be taken. Go grab a tamale at one of the stands.
Then, head over to Pershing Square for its annual Winter Holiday Festival.
The event takes place on Saturday, Dec. 11 and 12, from noon to 6 p.m. Details:
The second weekend in December Downtown On Ice present the Winter Holiday Festival a free fun weekend including a Snow Fun Zone, Make & Take Holiday Crafts, a Holiday Ornament Grove, and Free Entertainment.
Food is available for purchase on site. Secured validated parking with skate receipt is available in the Pershing Square underground garage or take the Metro Red Line to the 5th Street Pershing Square stop for quick no traffic travel.
Of course, while there, you should also ice skate at Downtown on Ice.
Plus, across from Pershing Square, the Biltmore Hotel is always dressed up for the holidays as well.