L.A.'s Best Events, From Almost Nakey's SantaCon to The Dr. Seuss Experience and More

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"Poor Things Costume Exhibit" (DTLA): Poor Things Costume Exhibit will showcase the beautiful costumes from the film, masterfully created by costume designer Holly Waddington. The exhibit will be open for two weeks.
When: Now through Friday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: ASU FIDM, 919 S Grand Ave., L.A., 90015

Holidays on The Hill Festival (Universal City): The Hill Los Angeles is hosting "Holidays on The Hill," a month-long celebration in honor of the season. This outdoor market-style event is a dreamy wonderland filled with faux snow, delectable treats, and heartwarming holiday cheer. With games, rides, movies, entertainment, themed food & drinks, plus shopping, it promises an ever-evolving experience for all ages to create holiday memories, all conveniently located in one place. General admission starts at $25 for children and $35 for adults. Purchase yout tickets here.
When: Select Days through Sunday, Dec. 17
Where: 555 Universal Hollywood Dr., Universal City, 91608

Tony Marsh: Fever Dream Duets (L.A.): Tony Marsh: Fever Dream Duets, an exhibition of collaborative sculptural works that will be on view until Thursday, Dec. 21. The Ceramic Art Department at CSULB is a dynamic art space that allows artists to share in the creative process of working with clay, Marsh's long-standing relationship with the program has led to the creation of a variety of "duets" between fourteen artists that were invited to work jointly with Marsh.The exhibition will feature collaborative works between Tony Marsh and Amy Bessone, Bryan Burk, Roger Herman, Anna Sew Hoy, Akinsanya Kambon, Heidi Lau, Ramekon O'Arwisters, Mai-Thu Perret, Christopher Miles, Jean Pierre Larocque, Jennifer Rochlin, Cauleen Smith and Tam Van Tran.
When: Now through Thursday, Dec. 21
Where: 8260 Marmont Lane, L.A., 90069

Gigi C Bikinis Pop-Up (Beverly Grove): Gigi C Bikinis is hosting a pop-up at The Grove. The brand offers bikinis, one-pieces, cover-ups, sportswear — with tennis as a new addition — as well as loungewear. The pop-up will also offer in-store exclusives available such as branded hydro flasks, pickleball rackets, beach towels and gym towels.
When: Now through Saturday, Dec. 23
Where: The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., L.A., 90036

Best Steak Anywhere at Morton's Steakhouse (Multiple Locations): In honor of Morton's The Steakhouse's 45th anniversary this month, the steakhouse is offering a limited-time 'Best Steak Anywhere' promotion. Guests can experience fresh cuts from Australia to New York and Japan. Offerings include Westholme Australian Wagyu Ribeye (Australia), A5 Niigata Snow Wagyu Filet Mignon (Japan), and from the United States: The 'Hawk' and 45-day Dry-Aged Porterhouse.
When: Now through Sunday, Dec. 31
Where: Multiple Locations

Lightscape Reimagined for 2023 (Arcadia): Lightscape, presented by U.S. Bank, is back with a brighter and bolder look for 2023. This after-dark, illuminated trail spans one mile and features spectacular sights with eye-catching artistic installations that come alive at night with color, imagination, and sound. While Christmas kicks in, Lightscape will host Santa Nights with an appearance from the man himself. Visit here to purchase tickets starting at $29.
When: Now through Tuesday, Jan. 2
Where: Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 91007

"The Naughty Nine" Escape Room (Manhattan Beach): 'Twas the Heist Before Christmas, a brand-new escape room inspired by the upcoming Disney Original Movie "The Naughty Nine," will make its debut at Back in Time Escape Rooms at Manhattan Village Shopping Center. Participants can embark on their own holiday heist adventure as they gather a team to break into the North Pole's toy-making workshop to steal an elusive gaming console that Santa failed to deliver. Sign up here.
When: Now through Sunday, Jan. 14
Where: Back in Time Escape Rooms, 2970 North Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 90266

The Dr. Seuss Experience (Santa Monica): The Dr. Seuss Experience is a one-of-a-kind interactive experience that explores the wondrous world of Dr. Seuss offers those who visit the chance to step into a Seuss-tacular journey including Christmas classic, The Grinch. Guests will have the opportunity to meet classic characters including The Grinch and the Cat in the Hat while they are transported into the magical and awe-inspiring worlds of Dr. Suess. Tickets start at $31; grab them here.
When: Now through Sunday, Jan. 28
Where: Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, 90401

Where You Stand: Chinatown 1880 to 1939 Exhibit (DTLA): Union Station is showcasing a year-long temporary exhibit called Chinatown 1880 to 1939. The exhibition invites guests into the center of this once vibrant community of families, businesses and associations through historic photographs, oral history recordings and augmented reality.
When: Now through Fall 2024
Where: Los Angeles Union Station, 800 North Alameda St., L.A., 90012

Wednesday, Dec. 13

Taylor's Birthday at Ice (Santa Monica): Tis the season to celebrate Taylor Swift's birthday at Ice at Santa Monica! Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite Eras style (or cardigan). Find out more here.
When: Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.
Where: Ice at Santa Monica, 1324 5th St., Santa Monica, 90401

Thursday, Dec. 14

8 Night's at Birdie G's with Katianna & John Hong and Daniel & Caitlin Cutler (Santa Monica): 8 Nights at Birdie G's is an annual, Hanukkah-ish dinner series featuring acclaimed guest chefs from around the country. This week's guest chefs are Katianna, John Hong of Yangban, and Daniel and Caitlin Cutler of Ronan. Find out more here.
When: Thursday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m.
Where: Birdie G's, 2421 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 90404

Wine Dinner with Stag's Leap Wine Cellars (Marina Del Rey): Wind down 2023 with a paired wine dinner brought to you by Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. The three-course dinner includes wine pairings and a welcome glass. Tickets are $95/ per person; purchase them here.
When: Thursday, Dec. 14 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Salt, 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey, 90292

Friday, Dec. 15

Rooftop Cinema Club The Nightmare Before Christmas Screening (DTLA): Christmas near, and there's no better place to celebrate than the Rooftop Cinema Club. Watch the Tim Burton classic, "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Tickets start at $19.50; purchase them here.
When: Friday, Dec. 15 at 8:55 p.m.
Where: Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA, 888 South Olive St., 4th Floor, L.A., 90014

Saturday, Dec. 16

Flour Shop x Shutters on the Beach Holiday Market (Santa Monica): Shutters on the Beach is hosting their annual Holiday Market. They will be partnering with celebrity-favorite Flour Shop, Amirah Kassem's bakery. The property will also be adding Flour Shop's delicious cake balls to their dessert menu as an exclusive offering throughout the month of December. As an exciting addition, guests will also be able to purchase the delicious desserts to be delivered straight to their homes from a QR code on-property.
When: Saturday, Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Shutters on the Beach, 1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 90405

Holiday Shop at Citizen Public Market (Culver City): Citizen Public Market's rooftop will be transformed into a festive shopping experience. Shop original wares, unique gifts and treats for everyone on your list. Toast to the season with specialty drinks from Bar Bohemein. The only food hall in Culver City recently doubled the size of its rooftop, making more space for the community to gather and enjoy food from Good Boy Bob, The Jolly Oyster, Go Go Bird, Bang Bang Noodles, Uoichiba Temaki + Chirashi, and The WeHo Sausage Co.
When: Saturday, Dec. 16 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Citizen Public Market, 9355 Culver Blvd., Suite J, Culver City, 90232

Almost Nakey's SantaCon (San Diego): Belmont Park will see its first-ever event takeover in the landmark's history with the second annual SantaCon Festival. Presented by San Diego-born event company, Almost Nakey, the beachfront boardwalk will be transformed into the North Pole with two stages of music programming, Christmas-themed bars, and interactive installations. Almost Nakey's SantaCon is an exclusive 21+ event that offers GA tickets starting at $60 or Santa's VIP tickets for $140. VIP tickets include a guaranteed spot on Santa's nice list- with perks like skipping the line to all rides within Belmont Park, VIP Sky Decks, private bars and lounges at the Coaster VIP Terrace, elevated viewing areas at both main stages, and expedited entrance upon arrival.
When: Saturday, Dec. 16 from 1 p.m to 10 p.m.
Where: Belmont Park, 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego, 92109

Sunday, Dec. 17

1,000 Free Turkey Sandwiches at Mar Vista Farmers' Market (L.A.): Primal Kitchen (the beloved better-for-you condiment brand) is celebrating the start of the holiday season by giving away 1,000 free turkey sandwiches made with its new Cranberry Mayo.
When: Sunday, Dec. 17 at 9 a.m.
Where: Mar Vista Farmers' Market, 12198 Venice Blvd., L.A., 90066

Dan Tepfer- Natural Machines (Westwood): The virtuoso pianist and composer Dan Tepfer will grace the stage for an immersive audiovisual performance of his album Natural Machines. Tickets for both performances are available now here.
When: Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.
Where: UCLA Nimoy Theater, 1262 Westwood Blvd., L.A., 90024

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