The 8 Most Festive Holiday Events In L.A. (That Involve Cocktails, Of Course)

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Los Angeles may never truly experience a white Christmas, but that doesn’t mean we are lacking in holiday spirit. This December, we are giving you something to look forward to besides your awkward, yet sure to be sloppy, office holiday party. From booze cruises to bar crawls, check out the most festive holiday events to raise a cocktail to in L.A.

Westbound’s Miracle on Santa Fe

Miracle at Westbound

Where: Westbound, 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles

When: Through Sunday, Dec. 31, Tuesday through Saturday: 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.. Sunday  5:00 p.m. to midnight

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After instantly becoming a holiday must-do last year, Westbound – a speakeasy-inspired craft cocktail bar in Los Angeles’ Arts District – is once again putting the “Santa” into the holiday pop-up bar with “Miracle on Santa Fe.” An offshoot of New York City’s original Miracle on 9th Street, Westbound is the first and only bar in Los Angeles to participate in the seasonal series. For the month-long event, the Westbound team pulls out all the stops to decorate every inch of the bar with lights, garland, tinsel, ornaments, stockings and nutcrackers, in addition to a massive Christmas tree and two-foot tall menorah. Serving more than Santa’s standard milk, Westbound is offering 15 (yes, 15) cheerful cocktails, which come in custom Miracle glassware reminiscent of a 1970’s holiday shindig by Cocktail Kingdom, the world’s premier manufacturer and distributor of professional barware. Ten holiday libations come from the original Miracle team, led by Nico de Soto from Manhattan’s Mace, while five seasonal signature sips are from Westbound’s own bar elves. Try the Cotton Headed Niny Muggins made with Elyx Vodka, fino sherry, vanilla, falernum, and lemon juice or the Run Run Rudolph made with blanco tequila, coffee liqueur, iced hot chocolate, and Mexican spices.

Throughout the season, guests will be able to make merry with visits from Santa and activities like Manischewitz Punch Pong, tucked away in the Hanukkah Hideaway. In keeping with the spirit of the holidays, Westbound has partnered again with PATH, a local non-profit organization dedicated to ending homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. Every guest that brings in a quart-size bag of new travel-sized hygiene products will also receive a complimentary cup of punch.

Rooftop Cinema Club’s The Ultimate Holiday Movie Series

Rooftop Cinema Club

Where: The Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1615 Vine St., Los Angeles

When: Friday, Dec. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 23

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This December, Rooftop Cinema Club has teamed up with Time Out for “The Ultimate Holiday Movie Series.” Shown atop the roof of the Montalbán in Hollywood, the schedule includes holiday favorites such as “The Muppets Christmas Carol,” “Elf,” “Scrooged,” “Home Alone,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” “Love Actually,” “A Christmas Story” and more. The cozy movie party includes warm blankets, snacks and a full bar that serves up hot drinks (including mulled wine). Tickets star at $19.

A John Waters Christmas

A John Waters Christmas

Where: The Comedy Store, 8433 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

When: Sunday, Dec. 3 at 9 p.m.

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No one puts the X in Xmas better than John Waters. On Dec. 3, the Christmas obsessed, legendary filmmaker John Waters brings some yuletide cheer and smut to one of Hollywood’s most infamous comedy spots, The Comedy Store. The critically acclaimed one-man show is a rapid-fire monologue that explores and explodes traditional archetypes as he shares his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts, a religious fanaticism for Santa Claus and an unhealthy love of true crime holiday horror stories. DJ Omar, will kick off the festivities and cocktails are not just available, but encouraged thanks to their famous two drink minimum. Tickets start at $55.

The 12 Bars Of Christmas

Hermosa Beach Bar Crawl

Where: Hermosa Beach

When: Friday, Dec. 8

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Drink, drink, drink and be merry! The 12 Bars Of Christmas bar crawl has been a South Bay staple since 1996 and attracts singles and fun party people ready to throw down for the holidays. Plan to cheers all around the pier as a dozen bars including Laurel Tavern, Barnacles and Sharkeez participate and offer killer drink specials. The bash is free and open to anyone but plan on the bars getting crowded quick and be sure to stick around for the big group photo at 10 p.m.at the Hermosa Beach Christmas tree at the pier. Don’t be a scrooge, Santa costumes and ugly sweaters are expected.

109th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Where: Newport Harbor, Newport Beach

When: Wednesday, Dec. 13 through Sunday, Dec. 17

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Every year, over two million people migrate down to The O.C. for the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. With its dazzling array of decked out yachts and the many elaborately decorated homes that encircle world famous Newport Harbor, there is no better way to experience the holiday event than with a cruise (with booze, of course). Enjoy some snacks and sips onboard as you get up close and personal to the million dollar yachts and multi-million dollar homes that are often decorated with over $50,000 in lights and decor.

Grab your tickets for $32, which includes a free drink, at eventbrite.com.

 SOVO// Magazine’s Charlie Brown Holiday Party

A Charlie Brown Holiday Party

Where: LADC Studios, 5955 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles

When: Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m.

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SOVO// Magazine is celebrating the season with its first annual Charlie Brown Holiday Party. The jazzy affair will feature the James Raymond Trio playing the “A Charlie Brown Christmas” album Live while guests enjoy hors d’oeuvres and some specialty SOVO// holiday cocktails. Attire is black tie and partygoers are encouraged to bring an unwrapped present to donate to Toys for Tots. Tickets are $25.

9th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl

Santa Monica Pub Crawl

Where: Multiple routes, Santa Monica

When: Saturday, Dec. 16

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The annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl on Saturday, Dec. 16,  is L.A.’s answer to NYC’s debaucherous SantaCon. Last year, more than 6,000 people crawled their hearts out to 30 bars. This year, for a $15 admittance fee ($20 at the door), festive revelers can follow one of four routes around the westside neighborhood to experience drink and food specials from hotspots on Wilshire, The Pier, Third Street Promenade and Main Street. Don’t worry, your bad behavior won’t land you on the naughty list. A portion of all proceeds from the pub crawl goes to the Westside Food Bank to feed the less fortunate over the holidays. Holiday costumes are encouraged and there is even a Santa Scavenger Challenge Hunt with North Pole-worthy prizes. Inside tip: Crawlers can download the official “SM Pub Crawl” app for a complete list of bars, routes, specials, map, bus stops and updates.

Holiday Comedy Jam

Holiday Comedy Jam at Busby's

Where: Busby’s – East, 5364 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

When: Friday, Dec. 22 7:30 p.m.

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Come out to Busby’s for the Second Annual Holiday Comedy Jam. It’s a comedy show mixed with an office ugly sweater party featuring live music and a fun party that won’t stop until 2 a.m.. Talent includes Kalea McNeill, Chris Sneed, Eric Esteban, John Ho, Hannah Einbinder and more. There will be plenty of drinks and bites to go around at the bar and guests can bring their own cigars if they want to check out the cigar lounge. Pre sale tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door.

Los Angeles may never truly experience a white Christmas, but that doesn’t mean we are lacking in holiday spirit. This December, we are giving you something to look forward to besides your awkward, yet sure to be sloppy, office holiday party. From booze cruises to bar crawls, check out the most festive holiday events to raise a cocktail to in L.A.

 

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