Los Angeles Holiday Guide

Welcome to the Dig Lounge Los Angeles holiday guide. Whether it’s special holiday events, Christmas eating and drinking, ice skating, shopping, New Years Eve celebrations, live shows or snowy fun, we’ve got you covered. We’ll be updating this list throughout the next week or so and adding events as they become available. If you want your event listed please email us! Updated December 20.


Shopping & Gift Giving

Culver City
L’Epicerie, Culver City’s newest café/marketplace is offering custom-designed holiday gift baskets with European gourmet products, including infused olive oils, housemade tapenades, pasta sauces, French cheeses, saucisson and charcuterie, macarons, petit fours, and mille-feuille (prices vary). Catering is also available for your holiday party.

San Antonio Winery
Downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles’ only tasting room, San Antonio Winery offers up some great Holiday wines to pair at your dinner parties. Wines that go great with those Christmas hams, turkeys, and roasts. Stop in at the tasting room for free samples of their award winning vino. Like the Heritage Blanc with a blend of Viognier, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris. Or their San Simeon Petite Sirah with blackberry, ripe plum, and pepper under the nose.

Learn About Wine
Downtown Los Angeles
Learn About Wine will steer you in the right direction when it comes to your holiday drinking and gift giving. With a slew of special events taking place in December; like Wine Camp: Introduction to Wine, Blind Date, Wine + Cheese + Chocolate, Palate Builder, and the Riedel Holiday Sip n’ Shop. For a full list of classes check out their calendar. Hurry, classes often sell out.

Christmas Tree Shopping

Chamberlain Choose and Cut
Located just off the 210 at the baseline exit, Chamberlain Choose and Cut features some fine trees including 7, 8, and 15 foot Pinus Radiata, Cupressus Sempervirens, Monterey Pine, and Leyland Cypress. Just grab a saw (provided by them) and head out into the lot. Open through Dec 19 at 3436 Padua Ave., Claremont, CA. While your there. Head to the downtown area and check out the Cheese Cave.

Nancy’s Ranch
features a large selection of cut-your-own Monterey Pines as well a big selection of beautiful pre-cut fir trees from Washington state. All their pre-cut trees are displayed in water to keep ’em fresh. Prices for cut your own trees range from $29.95 to $99.95. 25039 W. Magic Mountain Pkwy., Santa Clarita.

Christmas Ranch Tree Farm
Thousand Oaks/Simi Valley
Christmas Ranch Tree Farm has two locations, in Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. They have choose and cut Monterey Pines, Aleppo Pines and Leyland Cypress in all sizes, plus a nice selection of precut Douglas Fir, Noble Fir, Grand Fir, Fraser Fir and Nordman Firs. Get $2 off your tree with this coupon.

Christmas Tree Lots
Go for a good deal at Home Depot or head to Ikea for a cheap tree. There are also a slew of lots around town. For a full list of tree farms and other lots check out this site.

Ice Skating

Now through Jan 31 – Ice at Santa Monica
Santa Monica (Times vary)
Brush the dust off those ice skates (what you don’t have your own pair?) and check out Winterlit in Santa Monica. Shopping along the promenade with Holiday events till the New Year. The rink is located at 1324 Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue two blocks from the Promenade. Admission is $10 and includes skate rentals.

Now through Jan 17 – Downtown on Ice
Pershing Square, Downtown LA (Times vary)
Head on down to Pershing Square for a little ice-skating under the stars and sky scrapers. Skating sessions are in 1 hr increments and cost $6, plus $2 skate rental. Parking located underneath the square is $5 or take the subway to the Pershing Square stop.

Now through Dec 31 – Holiday Ice at LA Live
LA Live, Downtown LA (Times vary)
Throughout the month of December, ice skate at LA Live amongst the LED screens and flashing steel monolith of a tree. 1 hr of skating is $10 and includes rentals. Kids can skate with Santa on certain nights. Click here for more info.

Christmas Light Viewing

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Newport Beach
The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade features a magical experience with homes and boats along the harbor coming alive with holiday decorations. With almost 100 years of history, the parade is viewed by over a million people each year. The Christmas Boat Parade takes place over Dec 15-19 in December with two nightly departures (5:45pm & 8pm). Hundreds of yachts, cruise ships, and water craft of all kinds participate in the parade. The parade will travel miles of waterfront estates during each evening viewing both estates and yachts in full décor. Click here for more info.

Christmas Tree Lane
The best way to experience Altadena’s Christmas Tree Lane is to turn off your headlights and drive through three very long blocks of large trees sweeping over the street, highly decorated with colored lights. From the 210, take the Arroyo Blvd. Exit toward Windsor Avenue. Turn left onto N. Arroyo Blvd. Arroyo becomes Windsor Ave, then turn right onto W. Woodbury Rd. Turn left onto Santa Rosa Ave, which is Christmas Tree Lane. While your in Altadena, check out the Balian House. Home to the famous ice cream manufacturer, this estate sits on 3.5 acres and is decorated with 10,000 colored lights and numerous holiday depictions. The Balian house is at the corner of N Allen Ave and Medocino.

Christmas Tree Lane
San Marino
This is the sister street to Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena. Said to be even more spectacular than the Altadena display of lights, this street is backlit with estate homes, whose homeowners have gone all out for the holidays. Meander the streets of San Marino and enjoy the sites, then continue on to Old Pasadena for a respite. There you will find a cup of hot cocoa or a full meal nestled amidst the season’s decorations. Head to Huntington Drive & St. Albans in San Marino to see for yourself. Map it out here.

Holiday Fun

Various Locations
Check out Goldstar’s half off deals on numerous Holiday plays, performances and events like the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Disney on Ice, The Nutcracker, Magicopolis and more. You must be a member, but membership at Goldstar is free.

Eating & Drinking

Shotgun Promotions
Los Angeles
Shotgun Promotions is a full-service bar catering company that specializes in fresh, original recipies. Let them cater your next office or home Holiday celebration with style. Impress your guests with custom cocktails made with seasonal ingredients and hand-crafted infusions. They offer creative alternatives to traditional cocktail service with custom-designed shots, hand-crafted liquor infusions, and premium tasting bars. They’ll customize a menu based on your palate and the savvy staff will serve up the hand-picked spirits. Educate your guests, or simply do some social sipping.

Feast of the Seven Fishes at Georgio’s Cucina
Studio City
Acclaimed NYC chef Gary Robins and Chris Heyman (Table 8, 8 oz) are celebrating the season in grand Italian tradition at the charming new digs of Georgio’s Cucina. This Christmas Eve, Georgio’s will gather friends and family for a festive dinner La Vigilia di Natale, or Feast of the Seven Fishes, with a 7-course prix fixe offered at $65 per person ($45 wine pairing supplement). Seating continuously from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Seating is limited; for reservations please call 818.985.1072

Winter on the French Riviera
Delphine at the W Hollywood is an idyllic location for those entertaining family in town over the holidays and will be open for Christmas Eve and Day. The chic backdrop and glamorous setting at the W Hollywood will be sure to impress family and friends while Delphine Eatery & Bar transports diners to the French Riviera for an exotic take on a traditional Christmas meal. The French brasserie inspired cooking from Executive Sascha Lyon (formerly of Balthazar and Pastis NYC) means guests can enjoy fresh seafood from the raw bar menu including a selection of Oysters with Caviar and Seafood Ceviche to start. Other stand-out menu items include Celery Root and Chestnut Soup, Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus and Gratin Dauphinoise, and last but not least Christmas Pudding Semi Freddo and Coconut Meringue Brownies. The 3-course menu is $45 per person for both holiday menus.

Christmas Eve at The Raymond Restaurant & 1886 Bar
South Pasadena
Head to the historic and beautiful Raymond in South Pas for your Christmas Eve eating and libations. There’s a 5-Course Prix-Fixe meal, Hot Holland Punch, and Christmas Carolers to Deck the Hall’s! Start with a Crab Louie, then move on to the Manchego and Apple Salad or a warm soup of Potato and Parmesan. For your main course, Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli, Irish King Salmon, Herb Marinated Rack of Young Colorado Lamb, or Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef. For dessert, select from Pumpkin-Apricot Cake or Chocolate Panna Cotta. All this for $89. Restaurant hours are 5-9:30pm, bar is open till midnight. Make a reservation by calling 626.441.3136.

Christmas Eve Family Dinner
Los Angeles (5-10pm)
Join Mark Gold and everyone at Eva Restaurant for a proper family dinner. From 5-10pm, enjoy a family style meal of Salted Prime Rib Roast, Whole Roasted Organic Chicken, Creamed Spinach, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, and Butterscotch Pudding. All this for just $39 a person! Perfect for the Grinch in your family. Call 323.634.0700 for reservations.

Holiday Cocktails
Los Angeles
What’s a holiday without hot buttered rum or peppermint hot chocolate? A travesty we say. The Grill on the Alley is featuring the classic Hot Buttered Rum along with a White Christmas— made with vodka, white crème de cocoa, and white crème de menthe. During Happy Hour at Nick & Stef’s, grab a Spiced Apple Cider or Bourbon Nog for only $6 at the bar. Rush Street in Culver City is featuring a girl’s go-to holiday treat. The Candy Cane Martini is a drinkable dessert with a lingering hit of icy cool mint topped with a dollop of fluffy whipped cream. Make it a Bloody Holiday at Waterloo & City with Fresh cranberry puree, spiced black tea syrup, Goslings Black Seal rum with a float of ginger beer.

Napa Valley Grille
At Napa Valley Grille, Executive Chef Joseph Gillard offers a rustic Christmas Eve take-out menu available for pick-up Monday, December 20 through Friday, December 24, 2010. Designed for parties of 6 to 8, selections include Autumn Harvest Salad with Caramelized Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Butternut Squash, Angel Red Pomegranates, Pumpkin Seeds, and Cider Vinaigrette ($36); and Standing Heritage Pork Rib Cider-brined with Cider Au Jus ($135).

Los Angeles
Celebrate Christmas Eve with a beloved Providence tradition. “La Vigilia- The Feast of the even Fishes.” Chef Michael Cimarusti has created a fabulous menu featuring seven different seafood varieties inspired by his Grandmother and Great Grandmother. The menu includes isalata di calamareretti, sea scallops with black truffles, striped bass, and more. The cost is $115 a person ($165 with with pairing). Restaurant hours are 4-8pm on Friday.

Los Angeles
BREADBAR is offering a special menu of holiday-themed artisanal breads at both its West Third and Century City locations, including Black & Gold Bread ($9), made with Squid Ink and Gold; and Bûche de Noël ($32), the traditional French Christmas dessert.

Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse
Downtown Los Angeles
Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse is offering a special Christmas Eve dinner beginning at 5:30pm. First course includes a Wild mushroom and mascarpone tortelloni, with roasted garlic jus. For your main course, Roasted black cod, sunchoke purée, Swiss chard, with winter truffle sauce. And of course dessert—Bûche symplicity—milk chocolate brownie, vanilla brûlée, crème Chantilly, vanilla ice cream. $45 per person of $15.95 for children 11 and under.

Breakfast with Santa at the Music Center
Downtown Los Angeles
On Saturday, December 18, take the kids to a breakfast they wont soon forget. The red suited jolly man himself will host a buffet style menu— which includes, Winter Waldorf salad, Fresh seasonal fruit, build your own buttermilk pancakes, hand-carved Nueske’s apple wood smoked honey glazed ham, apple wood smoked bacon, savory country breakfast sausage, freshly baked pastries and assorted desserts. Adults at $39 and kids are $16. There are two seatings, 9:30am and noon. Call 213-972-7565 for reservations.

Loteria Grill
Los Angeles
Let Chef Jimmy Shaw, owner and chef at , provide your Holiday get together with some authentic Mexico City cuisine that is sure to be the talk of the night. Empanadas, tamales, Torta De Elote, Budin Azteca, Capirotada, and more.

New Years Eve

Corkbar rings in 2011
Downtown Los Angeles
Corkbar, known for its California-centric wine list and farmers’ market-inspired cuisine, hosts holiday revelers for a New Year’s Eve four-course, prix fixe dinner. For $55 per person, guests can choose from two seatings (6:30 and 9:30 p.m.) and enjoy festive dishes created by Executive Chef Albert Aviles, with items such as Seared Foie Gras with Micro Greens and Raisin-Brandy Compote on Brioche, topped with a Balsamic Reduction; Coriander-Crusted Tuna with Braised White Beans, Spinach, and Celery topped with Grain Mustard Aioli and Piquillo Pepper Oil; and Chocolate Cake with Black Pepper Whipped Cream, Pine Nuts, Graham Crackers, and Cherry Reduction.

New Year’s Eve at Rush Street
Culver City
Rush Street will be limiting the attendance this year for their big New Year’s Eve bash. After dinner service ends, tables will only be available by reservation only. Dinner will be a no-frills affair, no fancy pants prix-fixe menu, just order off Rush Street’s great menu of updated bar favorites such as petite grilled lamb racks with pomegranate and chimichurri sauce; tuna tataki nachos and crispy parmesan calamari, to name a few. The last seating for dinner is 7:30 p.m. For those who reserve a table after dinner service, bottle service starts at $100 (for a party of two) and includes a bottle of champagne. Call 310-837-9546 for reservations.

New Years Eve at Tony’s Darts Away
Come celebrate with Tony’s Darts Away as they count down 2010 and say hello to 2011! Doors open at 7 p.m. Only 25 tickets left! Your $75 ticket includes unlimited beer and unlimited food all night, served from 8 p.m. to10:30 p.m., with bar bites to follow into the night. Advance seat selection will be done on a first come, first serve basis, and this guarantees all guests a seat throughout the night. Everyone gets a Tony’s 2011 limited-edition glass that will be used all night. Each guest will be entered into a raffle with lots of fun prizes. After 10:30 p.m., they will be admitting a small number of people, with reservations only, for $40 each. You’ll get the glass, the unlimited beer, the bar bites, raffle ticket, etc., but no guaranteed seat and no feast. Score a ressy here.

Bottomless Bubbly at Pourtal
Santa Monica
At Pourtal wine bar, from 9 p.m. to midnight on the eve of 2011, $20.11 affords a bottomless glass of either or both sparkling offerings, which include Bubblys, Blanc de Blanc Brut and Rosé Brut. Bottomless Bubbly price of $20.11 is exclusive of tax & gratuity. No reservations are necessary, this evening’s offer is on a first come, first serve basis. Pourtal will be open regular hours, beginning at 4 p.m. serving their full list of wines and small plates. A 2 drink minimum purchase will be required for all guest arriving before 9 p.m.

Night on The Town at The Glendon
The Glendon is offering three different scenarios for NYE. One of them is sure to fit into your plans to celebrate the coming of 2011. Guests are encouraged to dress to the nines at the fun rat-packed themed “Night on The Town” event. “At the Bar” for those who just want to get their high ball on – From 10:00PM until closing, it’s an open bar consisting of select wines, well drinks, domestic beers, and a champagne cocktail for $30. Patrons will also be able to order off a special $5 App menu. The “Early Seating” at 6:30PM. This will feature a four course meal and one alcoholic beverage for $58pp. Or the “Late Seating” at 9:30PM. The late seating will include a four course meal, one alcoholic beverage and a champagne toast for $68pp. Live music from the night will feature covers from Sinatra, Deano, and Sammy.

Glow Bar & Lounge
Marina del Rey
Ring in 2011 at the ultra-chic Glow Bar & Lounge at the Marriott Marina del Rey. This annual party kicks off each year in style with a live DJ, a full menu of intriguing drinks and snacks and beneath the beautiful star-filled sky.

(Venice, Beverly Hills, and Downtown Los Angeles)
CHAYA Restaurants will usher in the New Year with a variety of distinctly themed New Year’s Eve soirées including La Fête, Roaring ‘20s, and Shanghai Nights. Each restaurant will feature CHAYA’s signature Euro Asian cuisine, live entertainment, and midnight toasts, in line with the featured theme for the celebration. Angelenos can take their pick with one of three New Year’s Eve festivities at CHAYA Restaurants. Dinner starts at $75 for the first seating and $135 for the second seating.

Los Angeles
Usher in the New Year with style at Providence. Chef Cimarusti’s delectable market menu will offer a multi-course meal of luxurious ingredients including buri (a wild Japanese yellowtail), truffled brioche with main lobster, caviar, agnolotti, striped bass, wagyu beef, and desert. The cost is $180 per person ($250 with wine paring). Two seatings will be offered, one at 5:30pm and one at 8:30pm. Reservations are bound to fill up quickly, so don’t dilly dally.

New Year’s Eve at Desert Rose
Los Feliz
Ring in the new year at Desert Rose in Los Feliz. The $75 prix fixe menu includes items like ginger butternut squash bisque, salt-roast heirloom beets with pistachio vinaigrette and crispy tofu, roast lobster, grilled filet, butternut squash spice cake and fondant au chocolat. Vegan friendly options too. Additional wine pairing available for $25. Your dinner includes a champagne toast at midnight, plus live music all night. Call 323-660-2066 for reservations.

New Year’s Eve at RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen
Century City
New Year’s Eve is notorious for limited menus, limited seating times and high prices. But at RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen in Century City, New Year’s Eve revelers can choose a myriad of great dishes on the five-course menu— as well as the time they wish to dine. The price is right too, at just $58 a person for a 5 course meal to share, including a glass of Perrier-Jouet Champagne. Call 310-552-9988 for reservations.

Looking for other options? Head on over to OpenTable and check out their list of New Years Eve dinner reservation tool. From the OC to the Valley, they’ve listed a ton of places to ring in the new year with.

Photo credit: Charles Phoenix Retro Holiday Slideshow.

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A lover of everything LA has to offer, Matt created Dig Lounge to tell his friends about all the fun things to do in the city. Matt has worked in the dot com world since 1996, including some of the top online entertainment companies and digital marketing firms. He currently works as a Digital Producer.


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