It may not snow (or drop below 50 degrees), but that doesn't mean LA ignores the holiday season. In fact, when it comes to celebrating winter, we do what we always do best: we fake it. From building ice skating rinks in the middle of parking lots to draping every palm tree in Christmas lights, LA uses a bit of its Hollywood magic to transform this balmy desert into a Winter Wonderland. For 3 events to get you feeling festive, look no further than:
1. ICE at Santa Monica
Every year, a group of saints in Downtown Santa Monica transform a parking lot on Fifth and Arizona into a full-fledged ice skating rink. Why? Because they thought it would be nice and fun for the community. Bless their do-gooding hearts. It really does seem like a scene from "Her" (remember how they could get anywhere in LA via an extensive subway system? #thefuture) to lace on ice skates under cover of palm tress and with the beach in your sights. This incredible winter wonderland is the perfect spot to celebrate the holidays with family or have a romantic, winter date. ICE at Santa Monica is open every night (until Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays) through January 16th, and costs a mere $15 with skate rentals, so go now before the ice melts!
2. #WinterNights @ The Village, Westfield Topanga
In case I don't already spend all of my time shopping at The Village at Westfield's Topanga, they're now hosting a Winter Nights series for the next two Sundays (starting at 5pm) that will undoubtedly keep me coming back. Complete with their beautiful (and massive) Christmas tree, festive decor, seasonal performances (the carolers are too cute), and live ice sculpting, The Village will also feature fun retailer celebrations like wine tasting at Total Wine and dog adoptions! Another family-friendly spot, come for a nice dinner, the Winter Nights festivities, and get all of your holiday shopping out of the way. Done and done.
3. Row DTLA Holiday Collective
Currently, Row DTLA is hosting a Holiday Collective pop-up shopping event featuring a curated selection of retailers that are perfect for stocking up on all those gifting essentials. Stop by on December 10th for the grand kick-off party with drinks and bites; and don't forget to snag a ROW passport, which you can get stamped at every store for the chance to win special prizes!