Free Holiday Events in Los Angeles

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I haven’t posted a Calendar of Free events in a few months but I just love this time of year so much that I want everyone to be able to experience all of the fun things happening around the city. The Holidays shouldn’t be a financial burden and thankfully for Los Angeles residents, we have a lot of FREE events for the entire family to enjoy. I am ready to give birth any day now, so I might not be able to attend all of them, but that doesn’t mean you and your family have to miss out!

Friday, December 9th 

Pink Christmas Tree at Grand Park Los Angeles

Event: Grand Park Lights Up The Holidays (NOV 26 thru DEC 25)

Details: Grand Park will magically come alive with park-inspired holiday décor for the holidays with a 45-foot tree as a highlight. Perfect for a festive DTLA stroll, or as the backdrop of the annual family holiday photo.

Location: Grand Park, Downtown LA

Time:  All day

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Saturday, December 10th 

Event: Parade in Echo Park

Details: The historic community of Echo Park celebrates with high school bands, local dignitaries, & some quirky surprises.

Location: Sunset Blvd, Elysian Park Ave to Park Ave, Echo Park

Time: 11am-2pm 

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Event: Holiday at Crenshaw Plaza

Details: Winter Wonderland: The City of LA hosts a holiday celebration, with snow sledding, food trucks, live music, Santa, s’mores, & more.

Location: Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 MLK Blvd, Leimert Park

Time: 12pm-4pm 

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Event: Holiday at the Workman Homestead

Details: Countdown to Christmas: Celebrate the season with self-guided tours of the historic houses, caroling, crafts, & visits with Santa Claus.

Location:Homestead Museum, 15415 E Don Julian Rd

Time: 12pm-4pm (also on Sunday, 12/11)

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Event: Holiday History at Dominguez Rancho Adobe

Details: Celebrate the season with period decorations, tours led by costumed characters, craft making, music & dancing. Donation + toy drive contribution appreciated.

Location: Dominguez Rancho Adobe, 18127 S Alameda St, Compton

Time: 3pm-5pm

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Event: Kids’ Club at 7th & Fig

Details: Snow Globes: Create a festive winter scene ornament.

Location: Taste Court, 7th & Figueroa, Downtown LA

Time:  12pm-4pm

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Sunday, December 11th 

Event: Fireworks in Manhattan Beach

Details: Bring blankets, beach chairs, & a picnic for the 28th Annual Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival, with closed streets, live music, a snow park  & sled hill, singalong, & fireworks at 7.

Location: Pier, Manhattan Beach

Time:  3pm-8pm

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Event: Guadalupe on Olvera Street

Details: Festive celebration of La Virgen De Guadalupe, with costumes & continuous entertainment, overnight vigil & rites in La Placita church.

Location: Placita Olvera, Downtown Los Angeles

Time:  6pm- overnight

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Sunday, December 18th 

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Event: Music at Cal Plaza

Details: Grand Performances presents The Joey Altruda Trio performing A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Location: California Plaza, 350 S Grand Ave, Downtown LA

Time:  12pm

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Saturday, December 24th 

Event: Kids’ Club at 7th & Fig

Details: Christmas Eve & Hanukkah: Learn about artist wax resist techniques & watercolor to create a beautiful painting of a snowflake or Hanukkah motif.

Location: Taste Court, 7th & Figueroa, Downtown LA

Time: 2pm-4pm

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Event: Holiday Celebration at the Music Center

Details: A wonderful afternoon of 23 performing arts ensembles from all around LA, presented for the 56th time by the County Arts Commission (broadcast live on KCET). Free parking, schedule online, come very early to get in.

Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N Grand, Downtown LA

Time: 3pm-6pm

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Event: Las Posadas at Olvera Street (Nightly starting on 12/16)

Details: The procession will run up and down Olvera Street with the group singing songs in English and Spanish. They will make stops requesting lodging at designated points (“posadas,” or stores), but will be denied, usually in song.  Eventually they will be admitted, complimentary champurrado (a Mexican hot beverage) and pan dulce (sweet bread) will be served, and piñatas will burst.

Location: Placita Olvera, Downtown LA

Time: 5:30pm-8pm

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Mini Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone On Your List + Give Aways

I received all of the products below in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

This Holiday season will be a very busy one for me. I’ll be at the end of my pregnancy when Thanksgiving comes along and have a newborn baby when Christmas arrives, so shopping for hours on end at a mall won’t exactly be on my priority list. Baby or not, I’m a minimalist and like to keep things as simple as possible, especially when it comes to gift giving, but it doesn’t mean the gifts have to be boring! So, if you are just like me, and like to keep your life stress free, check out the Mini Holiday Gift Guide I have created. Keep checking because I will keep adding items to the list as I come across them.

For a man in your life: Jord Wood Watches 

Looking for a great gift for a special man in your life? Whether it’s for your husband, boyfriend, dad or BFF, a cool watch is always a good idea. My husband received this unique watch as an early Christmas gift and he is just loving it. He especially likes how light it feels on his wrist and how he can dress up anything he is wearing with just one accessory.  They also have women’s watches and I’m starting to think we should get a matching set!

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Enter to win $75 credit toward a watch of your choice! All entries will receive an automatic $20 credit just for entering. 

For a special someone in your life: Curated gift boxes from Thoughtfully 

Whether you are looking for a special and unique gift for the baker, tequila, coffee or even sauce lover in your life, Thoughtfully has you covered! They offer carefully curated and beautifully wrapped gift sets for everyone if your life. I received this awesome Chip Chip Hooray! Box and just love it. Tell you the truth I would have been happy just with the cutest whisk ever  and everything else is the chocolate chip on top!

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For the entire family: Tickets to a Musical

Why not save yourself the time and give a family the gift of time with each other?  Tickets to a play, concert or musical is a fun way to cross an entire family off a list!  If you live in the Los Angeles area RudolphThe “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special will be live on stage with the critically acclaimed Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (www.rudolphthemusical.com) at Dolby Theatre on December 23rd and 24th for 4 performances .

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Use the discount code below to purchase tickets for special families in your life. 

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I hope that these ideas make shopping for everyone on your list easier! Don’t forget to enter all of the give aways to treat yourself to an awesome gift. You deserve it!

 

-Ruby


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Cucumber Martini with Tajin Recipe

I went out for a drink today, and because it is Mexican Independence Day, I decided to try a Mexican style drink. I ordered a cucumber martini, and it was delish! I thought it was so good that I came home and made a small batch to share with the hubby. He loved it too!

Cucumber Mojito

Gather:

  • 1 tsp  water
  • 1 tsp  sugar
  • 4 limes (squeezed)
  • Salt
  • Tajin (or favorite chili powder)
  • 1 chilled cucumber ( thinly sliced)
  • water
  • 1 shot of vodka
  • ice

How to:

Mix the water and sugar and boil in low heat.  Let it simmer for a few moments while the sugar dissolves. Let it cool.

Put the chili/salt mix on a small bowl.  In a separate bowl squeeze the limes. You will dip your martini glass on the lime juice and wet the rim and then repeat on the chili/salt mix.  Set aside

Bring out your blend and mix the syrup, cucumbers, water and extra lime juice until smooth. Add a shot of  vodka and shake. Pour into martini glass and enjoy!