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December 2013 Events in Los Angeles

A Calendar of Events, Festivals and Concerts Going on This Month in LA

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Not only is December the height of the holiday season but it's also when the social season is in full swing. From Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa to New Year's, there are so many December events, festivals and concerts in LA to attend. Don't forget to check About.com Los Angeles' New Year's Events in LA list in the third week of December when planning your wildest night of the year.

Hollywood Christmas Parade

When: December 1, 5 p.m.

Where: Hollywood Blvd. at Orange (starting point)

What: Nothing launches the season like a parade. This one makes its way down legendary Hollywood Blvd. The Hollywood Christmas Parade will be televised locally and nationally on the Hallmark Channel.

A Century of Chinese Cinema Double Feature

When: Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Billy Wilder Theater

What: The UCLA Film and Television Archive will screen two Mainland Chinese films from different eras: New Year's Sacrifice (1956) and Sacrificed Youth (1985).

The 20th Annual Long Beach Holiday Tree-Lighting Ceremony

When: December 4, 3-7:30 p.m.

Where: The Queen Mary, Long Beach

What: This time-honored tradition sees Long Beach's holiday tree being lit and the launch of the holiday season. Enjoy complimentary holiday refreshments!

Unique Los Angeles

When: Dec. 7-8, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: California Market Center, Downtown

What: Tis the season for this two-day shopping event. Unique LA is billed as as the largest independent design show on the West Coast. Enjoy doing your holiday shopping direct from over 350 designers and artists. Entrance fee is $10 advance purchase.

Mark Leckey: On Pleasure Bent

When: Through December 8

Where: Hammer Museum, Westwood

What: A show featuring the multi-disciplinary work of London-based British artist Mark Leckey (sculpture, sound, film, and performance).

Angel City Chorale's Holiday Concert and Sing-a-Long

When: Dec. 7-8

Where: Wilshire United Methodist Church

What: LA's Angel City Chorale launches the holiday season into action with 'Joyful, Joyful,' its 20th annual holiday concert and sing-along, taking place at the Wilshire United Methodist Church.

House of Blues 20th Anniversary Presents Third Eye Blind

When: Dec. 11, 7 p.m.

Where: House of Blues, Sunset Strip

What: Third Eye Blind play a special show celebrating HOB's 20th anniversay. Tickets cost $35. One dollar from every ticket will be donated to the IHOBF, providing arts and music support to underserved youth.

The Fifth Annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl

When: Dec. 14

Where: Various locations in Santa Monica

What: Be there to celebrate the third Santa Monica Pub Crawl as the beach-adjacent streets fill up with Santas, carolers, elves, Mrs. Clauses and naughty reindeer. Raise a glass and toast the holidays at some of the top pubs in town. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Westside Food Bank. Sign up online, choose a route and bring a minimum of three non-perishable food items.

Santa's Brunch

When: Dec. 14-15 and 21

Where: Van de Kamp Hall at Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge

What: Where else but LA would you find a brunch with Santa provided by Patina Catering? Join the jolly bearded man for two seatings (10 and 11:30 a.m.) and plenty of photo opps for you and the kids. Cost is $39 for members; $46 for nonmembers; $19 for children four to 12; free for kids three and younger. Reservations required; call 818-790-3663

Stevie Wonder's 17th Annual House Full of Toys

When: Dec. 21, 8 p.m.

Where: Nokia Theatre, Downtown

What: Experience 'the Wonder' of Christmas. Tickets: $49.50-$149.40.

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