Issues to do -online and in-person – within the San Fernando Valley, LA space, Dec. 17-24 – Each day Information


Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles perform during an online and television broadcast of the 61st annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration. (Photo courtesy of the Music Center)


Take a chance on cultural and educational experiences, Dec. 17-24



Magic Hour in Los Angeles – Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board: The non-profit marketing tourism board is presenting the look of Los Angeles sunsets — the Magic Hour — 4:15 p.m. Dec. 17-20 live streamed from the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown: In addition, each night features a different musical performance: Street Symphony, Dec. 17; Las Colibrí, Dec. 18; Melody of China, Dec. 19; South Side Symphony, Dec. 20. Also, check out other activities that spotlight Los Angeles including health and wellness ideas,film locations, virtual museum tours, music playlist and jigsaw puzzles of Los Angeles landmarks. Updates and other information here: and here:

Atlas Obscura – On-line Experiences: “Rogue Routes: Eco Mode,” with a bird talk by Jason Ward (host of “Birds of North America” web series) and music performances by Julianna Barwick, Tré Burt and Mary Lattimore, 4 p.m. Dec. 20 (free; watch from here: “Monster of the Month with Colin Dickey: Santa Claus,” 7 p.m. Dec. 21 ($12; See more online events here:

Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration: The 61st annual event of dance and music performances is broadcast and streaming only this year. The event, hosted by mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán and actor-producer Brian White is aired, 3 p.m., and with an encore at 7 p.m., on Dec. 24 (PBS SoCal channel and streaming on;, and the website link). The show will also be shown, noon Dec. 25 (on KCET). Performances were filmed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Jerry Moss Plaza and other locations in Los Angeles County including at the Korean Bell of Friendship in San Pedro. Check the website for performers and ways to watch on the website.




Santa – The Experience: An interactive, elf-guided journey of Santa Claus’ mailroom, an elf bedroom, reindeer stables, the toy factory and a visit with Santa Claus on Zoom, through Dec. 24. See the “FAQ” page for details. Tickets $34.95 (depending on date chosen).

Holidays in Your Car: Drive-thru event with a mile-and-a-half display of LED lights with holiday music, holograms, laser light show and projections. Select a date from the drop-down menu through Jan. 2. Admission $49 for up to four passengers or $64 for five or more people (provided that all people have a seat belt). Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 805-526-9757.

Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience at Six Flags Magic Mountain: A thrill of a different kind for the holiday season with lights choreographed to festive sounds in eight different scenic areas plus catch a glimpse of Santa Claus and elves, Dec. 17-31; Jan. 1-10, 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31. Reservations required in advance (no tickets sold at the venue). Minimum of two per car (no buses, RVs, commercial vehicles, dually pick-up trucks, trailers, motorcycles). Admission begins at $20 per person (free for ages two and younger). Also, holiday sweets and snacks ($49.99), merchandise ($49.99); handmade fudge ($12.49) and funnel cake ($10.99) available for purchase in advance ( 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia.

Los Angeles Christmas Market: A pop-up shopping experience. Photo with Santa Claus — in a sleigh with non-reflective plexiglass separating guest from Santa — available with a pre-booked reservation online ($45). The market is open daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. through Jan. 3. Corner of Fairfax Avenue and West Third Street, Los Angeles (across from The Grove).

Holiday Road – Drive-Thru: Journey by car to a fantasy world of Christmas Tree Forest, Gingerbread Lane, the North Pole, Elf Village amid festive lights, scenes and tunnels, 5-10 p.m. through Jan. 10. Admission $75 per car (with all passengers wearing a seat belt) and purchase in advance. Check the rules on the website (including no food or drink sales, no restrooms, no stopping along the route). King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas.




Topanga Canyon Gallery: “The Art of Giving” holiday art show with a variety of fine art work and gifts. Gallery hours: noon-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday; or by appointment. Art show and sale runs through Dec. 24. 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 310-455-7909.

MASH Gallery: “Adel Yaraghi: Saffa,” a photographic journey to the rice fields of northern Iran. Exhibit runs through the end of 2020. View here: 213-325-2759. [email protected]. 1325 Palmetto St., Los Angeles (in the downtown LA Arts District). Facebook:

Wood Symphony Gallery: “The Art of Giving,” wood art from international artists. Exhibit and sale runs through Dec. 31. Voice mail, 818-720-7299. Email: [email protected].




Shulamit Nazarian Los Angeles: “Wendell Gladstone: Safe Haven,” paintings. Gallery hours: by appointment Tuesday-Saturday ( Exhibit runs through Dec. 19. 616 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. 310-281-0961. Email: [email protected].

Regen Projects: “Kader Attia: The Valley of Dreams,” ceramics, a large scale installation, a lightbox photograph and sculptures. Gallery hours: by appointment, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Dec. 23. 6750 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-276-5424.

Galerie Lakaye: “Francesca Lalanne: In This Time,” mixed media paintings and wall sculptures. Gallery hours: by appointment only or view online. Exhibit and sale run through Dec. 26. 1550 N. Curson Ave., Los Angeles. 323-460-7333. Facebook:

Barnsdall Art Center’s Virtual Art & Craft Fair: Art and craft sales from faculty and students at the center, through Dec. 31. Items for sale include fiber arts, cards, ceramics, drawings, jewelry, paintings, photography, prints, sculptures and tableware.

MASH Gallery: “Haleh Mashian: Figuratively Speaking,” a solo, and first retrospective, exhibition by the artist who is inspired by the female form. Gallery hours: call or send an email to inquire. Exhibit runs through the end of 2020. 213-325-2759. [email protected]. 1325 Palmetto St., Los Angeles (in the downtown LA Arts District). The gallery’s Facebook:

Arte Forastero Sculpture in Ventura: Artwork from 14 regional artists is shown in the nursery and lower trails of Ventura Botanical Gardens and in the Museum of Ventura County’s outdoor plaza. Artists: Emma Akmakdjian, Gloria Bradley, Kevin Carman, Bijan Fan, Wrona Gall, Sooz Glazebrook, Carlos Grasso, Paul Lindhard, Bob Privitt, Sudad Shahin. Additional art by  Tanya Kovalesky, Marianne McGrath, Carole Shaw Sutton and Amy Sharp. Exhibits on view through Jan. 3. Ventura Botanical Gardens, 567 South Poli St., Ventura (hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday; $7). Museum of Ventura County (closed), 100 E. Main St., Ventura.

Brand Library & Art Space and Thinkspace Projects: “Nexus III,” a group show from international artists that reflect the “new contemporary art movement.” Artists include: Reen Barrera, Leon Keer, the Perez Bros., Amy Sol, Yosuke Ueno, Uriginal (aka Uri Martinez). Gallery hours: view online through Jan. 8. The Brand Library is in Glendale.;

Corey Helford Gallery: “Bennett Slater: Homemade Easy” (gallery three) and “Chie Yoshii: Myth” (gallery two). Also, “Art Collector Started Kit VII,” group show of 12″ x 12″ works ( The gallery is in Los Angeles. View all three exhibits online through Jan. 9. 310-287-2340.

California Art Club: “Welcome to California,” an exhibit and sale of small works. See the exhibit of paintings and sculptures online through Jan. 29.

ReflectSpace Gallery – Glendale Library, Arts and Culture: Virtual exhibit of “Nowhere and Everywhere: Indigenous in America,” exploring ways in which Native Americans have been represented in popular culture. Also, a counterpoint exhibit of contemporary art by Pamela J. Peters (Navaho) and photographer Horace Poolaw (Kiowa). Exhibits run through Jan. 31. View online here:

William Turner Gallery: “Andy Moses: Recent Works,” paintings. Gallery hours: appointments required, use this link to make an appointment: Exhibit runs through Feb. 10. 2525 Michigan Ave., Suite E-1, Santa Monica. 310-453-0909. Email: [email protected].




Lit Up – Holiday Cheer: Host Sandra Tsing Loh discusses new book releases during “Seeing Stars” with singer-songwriter Peter Frampton, author Lynell George and actress Marilu Henner, 5 p.m. Dec. 18. Register in advance for the Zoom meeting here:

Ettie Zilber: Discusses “A Holocaust Memoir of Love & Resilience: Mama’s Survival from Lithuania to America,” 11 a.m. Dec. 22. Donation $10. Presented by the Holocaust Museum LA. Donate and register for the webinar here:




LAPD Devonshire PALS Holiday Toy Drive: Donate new, packaged but unwrapped books, games or toys, gift cards or make a monetary donation, Dec. 17-18. Greig Smith LAPD Devonshire PALS Youth Center, 8721 Wilbur Ave., Northridge. Flyer:

Holiday Toy and Food Drive – West Valley-Warner Center Chamber of Commerce: Donate canned and other non-perishable food items and toys (new, packaged and unwrapped) through Dec. 19. Location, Braemar Country Club, 4001 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana (818-345-6520). Chamber’s voice mail, 818-347-4737.

Lythgoe Family Panto’s Carols for Kids – A Sing-Along Concert for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles: Join in the online sing, 5 p.m. Dec. 20. Donation $20 and up. Purchase a tickets and find out how to watch from here:

Dhar Mann’s Holiday Special: The entrepreneur and filmmaker (Dhar Mann Studios) hosts a show that is a fundraiser for the Los Angeles Food Bank, 5 p.m. Dec. 22. Watch here:




Moms for Change Town Hall – The Fight for Birth Equity: The March of Dimes presents a panel discussion with health experts and corporate leaders on the role that structural racism plays in the lives of Black women and ways that the public can support Black women in the community, their health and in the workplace, noon Dec. 17. Watch on Facebook here:

Jesus – His Life in Art: Gregorio Luke, lecturer and author, uses a selection of paintings to discuss the way that Jesus has been depicted, 6 p.m. Dec. 19. Purchase tickets, $7.50 plus a transaction fee, here for the Zoom program:




Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival – Virtual Festival: Features and shorts, Dec. 17-19. Tickets $1-$24 donation per film. Film titles and instructions on how to watch here:

Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles – Student Film Festival: The 13th annual festival goes online with short films from students in media arts programs and from middle and high school students in the Los Angeles area, Dec. 18. Watch from here:




Autry Museum of the American West: Ongoing: “When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California,” through January ( Although closed for now, the museum is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. 323-667-2000. Check the museum’s Facebook for updates and online offerings:

Petersen Automotive Museum: See exhibits on YouTube: “Ultimate Supercar Collection Tour” here: Also, “Full Peterson Collection Tour” here: Also, “Secret Beverly Hills Car Collection: Bruce Meyer’s Garage” here: Also, “Magnus Walker: Full Porsche Garage Tour: Part 2” here: Online activities and education on cars for all ages: Although closed for now, the museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-930-2277.




Holiday Song Tracks: Los Angeles Union Station and Metro Art present an online concert with Las Cafeteras and Mostly Kosher, 7 p.m. Dec. 17. Free. Watch on Facebook here: or on YouTube here:

Nochebuena En Casa: The Soraya at Cal State University, Northridge presents the show with host Dan Guerrero, Las Cafeteras, Aida Cuevas, Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles, Susie Garcia, Suzanna Guzmán, Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar and José “Pepe” Martinez Jr., 5 p.m. Dec. 18. Free.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Members of the orchestra perform Bach’s Brandenburg 5 and Debussy’s Syrinx, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Visual elements for the streaming concert by James Darrah and new artwork from Ardeshir Tabrizi. Free/donations requested. Find the link here:

Salastina presents Happy Hour: Vid Guerrerio’s English modernization of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Coffee Cantata, performs, 6 p.m. Dec. 22 (register in advance for the Zoom event here: Program is free.

Kiss 2020 Goodbye: New Year’s Eve concert and fireworks streaming show filmed at Atlantis, The Palm, in Dubai, 9 a.m. Dec. 31 (show is timed to midnight in Dubai but option to watch a replay before midnight Pacific Standard Time). Tickets $39.99 and up.




Estella Scrooge – A Christmas Carol with a Twist: The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts presents a modern day and musical retelling of Charles Dickens’s novella “A Christmas Carol,” written by John Caird and Paul Gordon. The digital theater show is available for on-demand streaming through Jan. 3. Tickets $29.99; $44.99.

Doom, Gloom & Zoom with the Ghost of Jacob Marley: Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre presents a visit by the ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge’s late partner in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” 7 p.m. Dec. 17-30. Tickets $25. See website for reservations for the Zoom presentation. 818-202-4120.

Breathe: One-woman show, written and performed by Philicia Saunders, about a personal journey to activism, 5 p.m. Dec. 18 (on YouTube Live; a link will be sent following ticket purchase). Tickets $5-$50; reservations from here: Portion of proceeds go to Parents of Watts and the Community Coalition.

Santasia: Whitefire Theatre presents the off-Broadway show of sketch comedy and music live, 7 p.m. Dec. 18. Minimum age: 13. The show, running for 21 years in Los Angeles, is also broadcast live various times and dates through Dec. 25. Tickets $30. Purchase here:

Christmas Light – Magic Performance: Magician Dan Manson presents a family-friendly and interactive show, 5 p.m. Dec. 19 (with Paul Draper, Katrina Kroetch and Trigg Watson). Show presented on Zoom. Tickets $35. Purchase tickets and learn more about the magicians here:

Holiday Party with the Fountain Theatre: A online play reading of “Interviewing Miss Davis” by Laura Maria Censabella, performed by Aleisha Force, Wonjung Kim and Karen Kondazian, 5 p.m. Dec. 19. Reading is followed by games and chat. Free.

Winter Tales: Whitefire Theatre presents holiday short stories and poems, adapted and directed by Bryan Rasmussen, told as monologues in a live stream Vimeo presentation, 4 p.m. Dec. 20. Also, available to watch, 7 p.m. Dec. 21 and 23. Tickets $15.99. 818-687-8559. Purchase tickets and find how to watch here:




Holidaze Harmony: Garry Marshall Theatre in Burbank presents an online concert with Terron Brooks and Kamilah Marshall. Show runs on-demand, after 5 p.m., Dec. 17-20. Tickets $29.

La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin: The Latino Theater Co. presents an archival video of the holiday pageant staged at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The play was adapted for the stage by Evelina Fernández from the mid-16th century work “The Nican Mopohua,” and with new indigenous and original music by Martin Espino and Alfredo Lopez Mondragon. Opera singer Suzanna Guzman performs the role of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Free. Show is available to watch through Dec. 20 from here:

Holiday Traditions and Trappings: The Group Rep in North Hollywood presents eight new short plays by Fox F. Carney, Matthew Guthrie, Doug Haverty, Craig Holland, Tom Lazarus, Clara Rodriguez, Stevie Stern. Tickets $10. Show is available to watch through Jan. 1. 818-763-5990.

Submit calendar listings at least two weeks in advance to [email protected]. 818-713-3708.


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