A Bespoke Guide to Los Angeles - Winter

With performances of the Broadway smash hit, Hamilton, world-class art fairs, and festive fun of all sorts, from holiday ice-skating to photo opportunities with The Grinch, it’s easy to see why winter is the most wonderful time of the year – especially if you happen to be in Los Angeles. Use our winter guide to events in Los Angeles to make sure you don’t miss any of the highlights of the season.

Hamilton

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Telling the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s Founding Fathers, through jazz, rap, hip-hop, blues, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the knock-out musical of the decade. The show, with book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, took New York by storm and will run at the Hollywood Pantages in LA until the end of the year.

Until 30th December 2017

Hollywood Pantages
6233 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
hollywoodpantages.com

Giovanni Bellini Exhibition

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This winter, the world-renowned Getty Center will host an exhibition of the works of Giovanni Bellini. One of the most distinguished Italian artists of the Renaissance, Bellini painted metaphorical, meditational, yet beautifully representative landscapes in and around Venice featuring religious and symbolic imagery.

Until 14th January 2018

The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
getty.edu

L.A. Zoo Lights

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A trip to the zoo with a holiday twist, the L.A. Zoo Lights nights are packed with festive fun for the whole family. In addition to enjoying the sights and sounds of the zoo while illuminated by twinkly lights, these special nighttime openings offer live music, food and drink stalls, as well as plenty of seasonal surprises.

Until 7th January 2018

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
lazoolights.org

Holidays at Disneyland Resort

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There’s nowhere better to celebrate the holidays than the happiest place on Earth. Spread over several months this autumn and early winter, Disneyland Resort is throwing colourful, wonderful parties and events. Look out for Mickey’s spook-tacular Halloween Party and the Frightfully Fun Parade, the Latin American-themed ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party (with giant mojiganga puppets) and, of course, the huge outdoor water dance, the pyrotechnic-fuelled World of Color show.

September – December 2017

Disneyland, 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802
disneyland.disney.go.com

LA Auto Show

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A 10-day automotive spectacular, this year’s LA Auto Show will showcase over 1,000 cars, including a few international and North American debuts. Spread over 870,000 square feet at the LA Convention Center, the show will even offer attendees the chance to get in the driving seat to test drive some of the vehicles. 

1st-10th December 2017

LA Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
laautoshow.com

Grinchmas

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One for all Whos, the small and the tall, and even those who don’t like Seuss at all. This year’s Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood is a Christmas celebration with a difference. Listen to the Who-ville singers perform carols, take a picture with the Grinch himself (and Max), and just wait – all that seasonal joy might just make your heart grow “three sizes”, too.

2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 15th – 31st December 2017

Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
universalstudioshollywood.com

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

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One of the most anticipated events to hit The Broad in recent months, Infinity Mirrors is an installation from Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. The huge mirrored room, illuminated with countless sparkling LED lights, is an all-consuming work of art, which can only be experienced by one person at a time, making the minute you spend in there experience all the more thrilling. 

Until 1st January 2018

The Broad, 221 S Grand Avenue, CA 90012
thebroad.org

Holiday Ice – L.A. Live

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If you love ice skating, the open-air rink at L.A. Live is the place to go. With tickets available from November and running through to the new year, there are plenty of opportunities to strap on some skates this winter. For a bite to eat after a session on the ice, there are around 20 restaurants at L.A. Live to choose from. 

Until 31st December 2017

L.A. LIVE Holiday Ice
800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
lalive.lakingsholidayice.com

Visual Voyages

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Taking visitors on a visual voyage of Latin American nature from Columbus through to the explorations of Charles Darwin, the latest exhibition at The Huntington is part of the far-reaching LA/LA project from Pacific Standard Time. The exhibition, formed with collaboration from several international institutions as well as The Huntington’s own collection, includes rare books, drawings, paintings and manuscripts.

Until 8th January 2018

Boone Gallery, The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108
huntington.org

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