Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn

Here we listed four events for different niches and likes that are free and for sure, a great option this week and days before the Christmas evening.

As we are not puritans, the every Thursday night at Fubar in West Hollywood is here listed beacuse it is a most alternative outpost. Special this thursday, december 22th, moustached alt-nightlife-maestro Mario Diaz brings out boystown’s sexiest players for a night that kicks off the weekend with a healthy dose of testoterone, a scantily clad, tattooed brigade of go-go boys and a contest that dares patrons to have their “members” photographed and judged at the climax of the party. But for sure, it is not for puritans! Fubar live up to its reputation as “not your father’s gay bar.”

Friday December 23rd, don your best Christmas sweater at Union Station’s Cocoa Concert Series as the majestic south patio will be transformed into a hub of holiday entertainment. There will be three distinctive and diverse Cocoa Concerts from beloved L.A. performers held beneath the glow of the station’s towering Christmas tree and the iconic clock tower. Enjoy the cocoa bar with elftenders, an ugly Christmas sweater contest, holiday crafts and cookie decorating, a naughty & nice photo booth and selfies with the most popular guy in Tinsel Town. There will also be SoCal firefighters in attendance to collect new, unwrapped toys for their annual toy drive.

The newest flea market on the block, the Venice outpost of this artisan/craft-focused flea market mini-empire is bringing records, vintage and vintage-inspired clothing, cosmetics, jewelry and more to the Westminster Avenue Elementary School. A handful of small batch confectioners provide sweet treats to snack on or take home, while food trucks and nearby restaurants provide heartier bites. Though relatively small in size, owing perhaps to its prime location bookending the neighborhood’s famed Abbot Kinney stretch, vendors hawk a diverse range of hand-made and expertly curated wares that seems to simultaneously fit in and stand out in one of the nation’s most unusual neighborhoods. Saturday, December 24th, during the day.


And finally, Riverside’s (yes not in L.A but just one hour by car e worth!) stunningly beautiful Mission Inn is bathed in 4.5 million twinkly lights during the annual Festival of Lights. The free six-week-long holiday tradition begins the day after Thanksgiving with a “switch-on” ceremony and goes on until Saturday Jan 7. Throughout its run, you’ll find horse-drawn carriage rides, fresh snow and more than 400 animated figures.

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