Grand Performances Holiday Concerts

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Grand Performances, at Two California Plaza, is hosting a series of free holiday concerts throughout the upcoming weekend.

  • Friday, December 16: A Charlie Brown Christmas, Noon
  • Sunday, December 18: A Charlie Brown Christmas, 2 PM
  • Monday, December 19, A French Horn Holiday, Noon

Come for great holiday music, and other festive surprises like a complimentary cookie decorating party hosted by Omni Los Angeles Hotel and Grand Performances, on Sunday at 1 PM.

Please, if you can, bring a toy donation for the holidays. Visit the main website for more details.

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Union Station Cocoa Concerts

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Fridays in December head over to Union Station’s South Patio for free musical performances and free hot cocoa. There will also be photo booth, holiday crafts, and prizes for “Ugliest Christmas Sweater”.

Musical performances include:

  • Friday, December 16th – A Swinging Holiday Performance from the California Feetwarmers
  • Friday, December 23rd – A Very Salsa Christmas with La Picante

Both shows are from 6 PM to 8 PM. Admission is free, but if you can please consider bringing a new unwrapped toy for the Southern California Fire Fighters Toy Drive.

See the website for more information.

Holiday Sing-Along

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On Friday, December 16, 2016, The Music Center in Downtown LA will come alive with holiday music and cheer! All in the community are welcome to come sing holiday songs, regardless of vocal talent or experience. It’s all in good fun, for the holidays.

The event is free, but a ticket is required. They will start being handed out starting at 5:30 PM. One ticket per person. Singing goes from 6 PM to 7:30 PM.

See their event page for more details.

San Gabriel Tree Lighting

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San Gabriel is hosting their 40th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, in Plaza Park starting at 6:00 PM.

There will be music, live dance performances, a free holiday-themed photo booth, and a chance for the kids to meet Santa. And at 7:00 PM the Mayor will flip the switch on the tree. It’s a great way to meet your community neighbors and kick off the holiday season!

Check out their website for more information.

Westside Thanksgiving Community Dinner

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Since 1982, volunteers have been coming together to serve a free holiday meal for the community. It is open not only to not to the homeless but also many students, singles, seniors, low-income families, or anyone alone on Thanksgiving.

The meal is served from 11 AM to 3 PM. There will also be games and family activities. Due to several generous donations, free haircuts, blankets, clothing, hygiene kits, and a resource fair will be provided to those individuals and families in need.

If you would like to volunteer, please call ahead so they know which shift you will be covering. Phone number is (310) 394-3153. Lots of information can be found on their website.

Hollywood Christmas Parade

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Don’t let the name fool you – this annual parade takes place in November. On Sunday, November 27, 2016 to be exact. This year is the 85th Annual parade with Grand Marshal Olivia Newton-John.

Curb side seating for the event is free. If you’re not able to make it to Hollywood, you can also watch on television.

Visit their official website for route, street closures, and transportation info. Or you can call 1-866-PARADE1 (866-727-2331).

Whittier Community Thanksgiving

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Still looking for a Thanksgiving to join? This wonderful group hosts a free community Thanksgiving meal at First Christian Church in Whittier. The entire event is run on donations.

As the Facebook page says, “Come out and be a part of this fun, family event! If you’re here…YOU’RE family.”

People can begin arriving at 11 AM, and the meal is served at noon. Location is First Christian Church, 6355 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, California 90601.

You can learn more about the non-profit organization on their website.