A Little Caroling With Your Holiday Buffet

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Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like Christmas carols. Enjoy your favorite songs of the season at our holiday buffet beginning December 13th. Pile your plate high with all the culinary delights of the season. Don’t forget to save room for dessert! For Reservations call 818-509-2030 or Click this Link

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Holidays in Hollywood

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As the holiday lights begin to twinkle, and the carolers begin to sing, holidays in Los Angeles begins to fill every heart with the holiday spirit. From Santa’s reindeer to holiday entertainment favorites, Los Angeles has everything your holiday spirit needs no matter if your two or ninety-two.  We have highlighted just a few holiday activities for your next visit to LA.

Reindeer Romp at the Los Angeles Zoo

reindeerromp2013Can you hear the sleigh bells ringing? Santa and his reindeer have arrived at  the Los Angeles Zoo! The Zoo is creating a one-of-a-kind holiday wonderland this year! Activities include holiday crafts and photos with Santa. The festive cheer will be spread throughout the Zoo. 

Gifts aren’t just for humans this holiday season – the Zoo’s animals will also partake in the festivities with special behavioral enrichment including presents to unwrap for the enjoyment of all!

Visit their website for more information: http://www.lazoo.org/reindeerromp/

The Magical Christmas Caroling Truck

MagicalChristmasCarolingTruck (1)Every year on Christmas Eve from 5-11 pm, the Magic Christmas Caroling Truck drives through the north Los Angeles neighborhood of Toluca Lake. Decorated like a holiday parade float, the festive flatbed is laden with volunteer musicians and singer who carol through the community.

The tradition began in 1984 when a group of 12 studio musicians wrapped a recording session and decided it would be fun to go play Christmas carols in their neighborhood from the back of a pickup truck. Today over 200 volunteer singers and dancers perform to a backing track recorded in the same studio, with new songs added every year. The route covers 10 miles of streets in Toluca Lake and North Hollywood.

For the route map, sing-along lyrics and other information visit www.christmascaroling.org

Heritage Square Museum’s Holiday Lamplight Celebration

Homes-at-night-smallThis year’s Heritage Square Museum’s Holiday Lamplight Celebration returns to their original tradition with the Victorian homes dressed in holiday decor from different time periods. Enjoy warm apple cider and holiday treats, music, dancing and singing.

This event is not recommended for children under 6 or for people with mobility issues due to uneven terrain, dim lighting and tight indoor spaces. Reservations are required.

Holiday Fare with Holiday Carolers

CarolersCelebrate the Season at Cafe Sierra Restaurant. Culinary treats will delight your palette and warm your heart. Holiday classics combined with signature items, including:

King Crab Legs, Oysters, Mussels on ice, Broiled Lobster Thermidor, Sushi, Sashimi, Peppered Shirmp, Peking Duck, Prime Rib and Leg of Lamb Carving Stations, Pasta Station, Crepe Station, Chocolate Fondue Fountains, Bananas Foster, and much more…

Christmas Eve
Holiday Champagne Brunch Buffet
11am-2:30pm
$32.00 per person for Adults
$15.00 per person for Children (3-10)

Christmas Day
Holiday Champagne Brunch Buffet
11am-3pm
$42.00 per person for Adults
$20.00 per person for Children (3-10)

Abalone, Seafood, Prime Rib & Lobster Holiday Christmas Buffet
5pm-9pm
$56.00 per person for Adults
$26.00 per person for Children (3-10)

Master Carolers performing your favorite Christmas Songs from 6:30-9:30pm. Appearing on Dec. 13,14,15,20,21,22,23,24 and 25.

For reservations, please contact Cafe Sierra at 818-509-2030

Holidays at 5 Towers

A great place to celebrate the holidays is Universal Citywalk. Decorated with festive Holiday decor,  CityWalk will also have live entertainment like the Mariachi Divas. The Grammy Award winning group will spice up your season with  Latin flair. They will perform on December 16th with time to be announced. Visit the official website for up to date details.

Pull out your Christmas wish list and get your family Christmas pictures with their “Rockin” Santa! The light and music show will run every 20 minutes, and will continue throughout the month of December. If you want to dance off some stress, there’s also a CityWalk DJ Dance Party from 7 to 10 on Friday & Saturday nights. Let Universal Studios Citywalk Hollywood cheerfully party you through this season.

Where to Spend the Holidays in Los Angeles

Holidays in Los Angeles are all about getting out and enjoying some festive cheer. With warmer temperatures than most states this time of year, we want to encourage you to see the lights and soak in all the fun activities LA has to offer. Allow us to highlight a few events and activities that will keep you busy during this jolly season.

Caroling & Holiday Music

Dec. 15: A Chanticleer Christmas
Walt Disney Concert Hall
The Grammy-winning “orchestra of voices” returns with a fresh take on seasonal classics, from serene chant to vibrant spirituals, for a uniquely radiant holiday experience.

Dec. 16: Music Center Holiday Sing-Along
6:30-8pm, Music Center Plaza
Active Arts at the Music Center presents an annual holiday tradition that’s not to be missed! Sing along and have fun under the crisp, cool skies. Free admission, donations welcome. Tickets are distributed beginning 30 minutes prior to the event, while supplies last. One ticket per person to those waiting in line. First come, first served. No reservations necessary.

Dec. 24: LA County Holiday Celebration
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Each year since 1959, the Arts Commission has produced a free Holiday Celebration on Dec. 24th on behalf of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. With the theme of “Celebrating Your LA,” the 52nd edition of LA’s biggest holiday celebration features 24 groups and nearly 800 performers, representing the diverse cultures and holiday traditions of LA County.

Original Farmers Market

Dec. 20: Hanukkah Celebration
Celebrate Hanukkah with the Miracle Mile Chabad, Temple Israel of Hollywood, Zimmer Children’s Museum and The Jewish Journal on Tuesday, December 20th from 2:30-5 p.m. on the Market Plaza. Free activities include dreidel-making, card-making, building of a giant Lego Menorah, music, games and more. A special Menorah Lighting Ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 26 – Jan. 2: Rose Bowl Fan Headquarters
The holidays will be capped off with an annual Farmers Market tradition, the arrival of thousands of Rose Bowl revelers who turn the Market into Fan Central. There will be hundreds of fans dining, strolling and celebrating; expect banners, beer and braggadocio galore!

Outdoor Ice Skating

Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square
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The original Los Angeles outdoor ice rink features a 4,500 square foot rink of real ice, set up on Pershing Square in front of the historic Biltmore Hotel. Framed by skyscrapers and adorned with festive holiday lights, the rink unites communities and welcomes more than 350,000 spectators and enthusiasts annually. $8 for one hour, including skate rental.

LA Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. LIVE
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The third annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to NOKIA Plaza at L.A. LIVE. The Holiday Ice skating area has grown by leaps and bounds every year, accommodating hundreds of skaters at once in the festive setting of the L.A. LIVE district.

ICE at Santa Monica
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Downtown Santa Monica brings a little skate to the surf and transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into ICE at Santa Monica. Celebrating its 5th Anniversary, the 8,000 square foot rink by the beach offers residents and visitors a little taste of winter without the frosty bite. $12 for all-day skating, includes skate rental.

Whatever activity you chose this Holiday, we hope it fills you with all the cheer this season can bring. Happy Holidays from Hilton Universal.

Hollywood Christmas Parade 2011

The Hollywood Christmas Parade has been an American tradition, celebrating it’s 80th year in 2011.

Tinsel Town glitters with stars again this year as we kick off the Holiday season with The Hollywood Christmas Parade. This years grand marshal will be Marie Osmond. Marie has performed for five continuous decades on stage, television, film and recording. As co-founder of the Children’s Miracle Network, Marie has helped over 17 million kids every year in its 170 Children’s Hospitals. The event will be hosted by Laura Mckenzie, from the Laura Mckenzie traveler and Erik Estrada, a.k.a. Ponch from the 70’s series Chips. These two are no strangers to co-hosting. They worked together 10 years ago on American Adventurer and recently reunited in 2010 with a brand new series World’s Funniest Moments.

The parade will feature high school marching bands, classic cars, horse riding teams, balloons and of course celebrities of all ages. Some of the celebrities slated to be in the parade are: Tiffany Thorton, From So Random, Lea Thompson, known for her role in Back to the Future, Allisyn Ashley Arm, from Sonny With a Chance, Jason Earles, from Hannah Montana, and so much more.

No Christmas parade would be complete without Santa Clause. Children of all ages line the streets of Hollywood, each year, eagerly anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus and the official start of the Holiday Season. For those lucky bystanders, a wink and wave from St. Nick is an added blessing!

So grab your family and come out for the Hollywood Christmas Parade on November 27th beginning at 6:00pm. Parade route begins at Hollywood Boulevard and Orange right in front of Graumen’s Chinese Theater. It makes a U-shape and ends at Sunset and Orange. Click here for a printable map of the parade route.  Parking is available at Hollywood & Highland or metered street parking. For more information visit the official website.

Citywalk Sparkles With Holiday Spirit


Last night Universal Citywalk Hollywood kicked off the season with a festive holiday concert and the lighting of their Christmas tree at Five Towers.  The entertainment line-up, holiday light show and of course a visit from Santa got everyone in the holiday spirit.

The event opened with Santa and the lightning of the tree. Santa then stepped down from his sleigh and mingled with the crowd for some candid holiday photos.

Musicians rocked the stage with great holiday music. The crowd was entertained by Cody Simpson, Diana Degarmo, Ace Young, Richard Marx, Jack Wagner, And the LA Gospel Choir to name a few. They enchanted to crowd with traditional carols along with signature original songs.

The evening ended with a burst of snow that was sent floating down to the awaiting crowd. It was a night full of great entertainment and holiday cheer for all.

This event will partner with the Hollywood Christmas Parade and be broadcast on Hallmark Channel.

Showstopping, Foot Tapping, Holiday Fun!

Traveling to Los Angeles this Holiday season? Holiday entertainment is at it’s finest this year, with classic shows and new twists on old favorites. Whether it is Theater, Musicals or Movies that get you in that festive mood, LA will sparkle in true Hollywood style.

Broadway Holiday
Join some of musical theater’s greatest talents as they recreate memorable moments from Broadway’s past and present! Direct from New York…Broadway Holiday!

          When: Dec 17th – Jan 2, 2011
          Where: Geffen Playhouse
            1010 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90024
           Cost: See Ticket Info

The Nutcracker
Dance through the Holidays with the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. Join America’s Premier Ballet Company, Joffrey Ballet, for 25th year of magic in this Holiday classic.

          When: Dec 2nd-Dec 4th
          Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
           135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012
          Cost: See Ticket Info 

The Santaland Diaries
The Santaland Diaries is an outrageously funny solo play by NPR’s well-loved humorist David Sedaris, about his experiences as an unemployed writer who takes a job as an elf at Macy’s in New York City.

          When: Now- Dec 18,2011
          Where: Stella Adler Theater
            6119 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA
          Cost: $30

The Bob Baker Marionettes
The Bob Baker Marionette Theater puts on an annual seasonal puppet show. This year Bob Baker’s Nutcracker is back with its dancing sugar plum marionettes.

          When: Now-Jan 16,2011
          Where: The Bob Baker Marionette Theater
            1345 W. 1st St. Los Angeles, CA 90026
          Cost: $20

Holiday Sing-Along at the Disney Concert Hall
Lift your voice and sing along to all your favorite Christmas and holiday songs at Disney Concert Hall. Bring the whole family to celebrate a cherished holiday tradition. Lyric sheets provided to all.

          When: Dec 17th
          Where: Disney Concert Hall
            111 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
           Cost:  See Ticket Info

Shoreline Yacht Club Parade of 1000 Lights
This boat parade, themed “Eat, Drink and Be Merry,”  begins at the Long Beach Shoreline Marina, travels along the breakwater through the entrance to Rainbow Harbor, across the water to the Queen Mary and back to the Long Beach Shoreline Marina.

          When: Dec 4th
          Where: Long Beach Shoreline Marina
            386 Shoreline Dr. South, Long Beach, CA 90802
          Cost: Free

Staying in Los Angeles This Season? Check Out the Top 6 Things to do in LA for the Holidays

by F. Ron Smith on December 6, 2010 (TRAVEL TUESDAY)

“Stuck in LA for the Holidays?” You hear that phrase all of the time because people assume the best way to spend the holidays is back east where it is snowing or somewhere in a log cabin with a working fireplace.

The truth is, you can find many things to do in Los Angeles to get that good old holiday spirit while staying warm!  If you don’t want to make the drive to Anaheim and pay the admission price to celebrate the Holidays at Disneyland, check out six things to do in the local Los Angeles area that are just as fun and exciting.

tree1.  Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood- Sing along with the Whos of Whoville in this musical festival full of holiday cheer. Experience Universal’s winter playground of real snow,celebrity readings of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, live performances and a spectacular tree lighting ceremony. Universal Studios Hollywood knows that the holidays are a time for giving, so they are currently offering a deal where if you buy a day, you get a 2nd day for free! For hotel packages, visit HiltonUniversal.com

2.  Outdoor Ice Skating- This is the 13th season for the LA“Downtown on Ice” skating rink at Pershing Square which is the heart of Los Angeles. You can ice skate in this beautiful outside skating rink every day through January 17th, 2011 for the amazingly low admission cost of $6.

3. The Grove- Enjoy the beautiful Holiday lights, enormous lit Christmas tree and Santa’s house at The Grove Shopping Center. Visit and take pictures with Santa (right in front of Barnes and Nobles) and listen to Christmas Caroling at the LA Farmers Market. This will help put you in the mood to do all of your Holiday gift shopping!

4.  Los Posada on Olvera Street– From December 16th to December 24th, you can participate in this historic and beloved Mexican Indian fiesta on Olvera Street. This is the perfect event for your entire family or a group of friends as you indulge in multiple cultures while enjoying a variety of holiday displays and entertainment. If you have children, make sure you do not miss the children’s piñata breaking, which begins at 6 p.m every night.

boat parade5.  Christmas Boat Parades- The cool thing about the holidays in LA is that we have more than just our houses to decorate…we have boats! Enjoy extravagant fireworks and amazing holiday light displays on the evening of December 11th at either the King Harbor Boat Parade in Redondo Beach, the Naples Christmas Boat Parade in Long Beach, or the annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade where the theme for the boat parade is Christmas in Paradise.

6.  Bob Baker Marionette Theater- This is the perfect event to take your youngsters to during the holidays. Located in Silver Lake, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater has been operating since 1963 and is considered to be a true Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Landmark. Bob Baker, the ultimate puppet master, has been crafting his marionettes since the 1930s all over Hollywood and the big screen.  The show has been called the “Best Children’s Live Theatre.”

Now, why would you want to spend your holidays anywhere else besides LA when we have it all here? What are some of your favorite LA holiday activities and events? Please share your opinions below and share with us some other great ideas you may have. Cheers!

Photo courtesy of Kevin Cole’s Flickr and Falling Sky’s Flickr

Ron SmithF Ron Smith is a founding partner at Partners Trust Real Estate and lives with his family in Brentwood. He can be reached at Fron.smith@thepartnerstrust.com.