LA LIFE INSIDER’S GUIDE: LA Holiday Happenings

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I’m here with a plentiful and handy list of “LA Holiday Happenings”, to guide you. Bright sparkling lights, that will tickle your fancy, await you all around town. The new exhibit at NHM is full of shimmer. And LA is brimming with holiday events to delight. I wish you all a cozy comfy and joyful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year. I hope it is filled with good cheer, love of family & friends (furry & human), a hot toddy or…two, and gratitude for our beautiful, resilient & diverse Los Angeles community. See you in 2022, Tomatoes!

Lights and More Lights

From the valley, to DTLA, to Midtown and on to the coastal communities, Los Angeles glows particularly bright this time of year because of the plethora of magical and inspired twinkling light displays.  The super creative use of lights to celebrate the season is masterful, Tomatoes.

* “Glowat the South Coast Botanic Garden through January 17th features thousands of lights that will take your breath away.

* “Holiday Roadat King Gillette Ranch through December 31st is an immersive walking trail with food trucks and seasonal cocktails and lights that will amaze.

* “Lightscapeat the Arboretum through January 16

transforms the Arboretum into a night of wonder and light for an unforgettable holiday experience.

* “Enchantedat Descanso Gardens through January 9 is de-light-ful with the wonder of “Enchanted Forest of Light”.

* “Sparkle DTLAat the Bloc through January 2nd gives you a magical holiday show with 18 million hues of lights in the night synchronized to festive tunes.

* “LA Zoo Lightsthrough January 9th

This time of year, our amazing LA Zoo transforms into a dazzling, enchanting, eye-popping wild wonderland of light under the stars.

*Boat Parades in LA illuminate the water and sky with fantastic boat lights that chase away all your worries.

 Through February 21. Brilliance: The Art and Science of Rare Jewels

OMG Tomatoes! There’s magnificent jewelry at the Natural History Museum! Four brilliant reasons to visit this season! Gaze upon stunning, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from designer Robert Procop with the “Brilliance: The Art and Science of Rare Jewels,” special exhibition in the Gem & Mineral Hall.

There are over one hundred spectacular objects included. Wouldn’t you like to marvel at the wonder of the largest green diamond in the world or one of the world’s largest pink diamonds along with necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and more. You’ll also discover how gems and minerals are used in scientific research and jewelry design. It will definitely add glimmer and sparkle to your day, Tomatoes!

Holiday Events

All across the LA area there is indeed a ton of exciting and fun events to stir the Holiday spirit inside you and I’ve listed a few. We all know that the holiday spirit is alive and well in Los Angeles.

*“Cheer on the Pierin Santa Monica

through January 11 will definitely bring lots of smiles to your face.

*Fort LA’s “Ginger Bread Houses and Moreis an enchanting self-guided trail tour of fanciful residences which is also a holiday fundraiser for the great Fort LA organization.

*“LA County Holiday Celebrationat the Music Center on December 24th is LA’s largest multicultural holiday celebration while being LA’s longest running (62 Years) Holiday Tradition. It’s back with live performances for the public to attend as well as streaming virtually for those who prefer the comfort of their home.  Attendance is free and parking is free too, Tomatoes!

 *“Yuletide Cinemalandat Heritage Square Museum and hosted by Street Food Cinema through Dec 21 is screening Holiday movies along with Victorian Home Tours, Sing -Alongs, Holiday treats, festive drinks, shopping and more.  It will be magical and entertaining.

 *“Holiday Festivitiesat The Original Farmer’s Market December 17-24th welcomes you to celebrate the holidays at the market and enjoy their fab Yuletide décor with Dickensian carolers, live music and more.

*The LA Conservancy celebrates the festive sights and sounds of the season with 2 special tours: “Holidays at Union Station In Person Tour” and the “Virtual Vintage LA Christmas Tour”. The LA Conservancy has something for everyone this season with these tours.



  • Debbie Zipp

    The Three Tomatoes LA Life editor, Debbie Zipp is your friendly guide to the best of everything in LA with a tomato style perspective. Debbie is an actor, producer, and writer. She is best known for her recurring role as Donna on the CBS series "Murder She Wrote" starring Angela Lansbury. She has had many other TV and stage roles and has starred in over 300 national TV commercials. As head of In The Trenches Productions, Debbie produced, directed, acted in many short films for her company. Her book, The Aspiring Actor's Handbook: What Seasoned Actors Wish They Had Known was recently published. Buy her book: The Aspiring Actor's Handbook: What Seasoned Actors Wish They Had Known

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