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.
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).
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
When: Dec. 21, 8 p.m.
Where: Nokia Theatre, Downtown
What: Experience 'the Wonder' of Christmas. Tickets: $49.50-$149.40.