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What Can I Do in LA on Christmas Eve?

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What Can I Do in LA on Christmas Eve?

Currently i'm having a problem filling up my itinerary on Christmas Eve night time. Will most of the city shut down?

Is Olvera/Elvera Street open and safe to visit at night?

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1. Re: What Can I Do in LA on Christmas Eve?

Where are you staying? Will you have a car?

I see their website is offline. My sense would be Olvera Street would be shutdown.

If you're downtown, there's a nice outdoor ice rink at Pershing Square. There is another larger rink at L.A. Live, but it closes at 6 p.m. Bear in mind, most of the skaters can't skate, which adds to the charm.

http://www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/

HTH

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2. Re: What Can I Do in LA on Christmas Eve?

Most places will close early Christmas eve, so you are going to have a quiet night. Do you have a car? You can always drive around neighborhoods looking at Christmas lights.

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3. Re: What Can I Do in LA on Christmas Eve?

Take in a movie?

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4. Re: What Can I Do in LA on Christmas Eve?

There is usually a Christmas concert going on at the Music Center, I think in the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion.

Edited: 19 December 2012, 23:14
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Here is the website link with information on the holiday concert:

http://www.lacountyarts.org/holiday.html

It's free!

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6. Re: What Can I Do in LA on Christmas Eve?

My dear West Coast friends,

Thanks for your warm suggestions.

I'm rearranging my itinerary in order to fit 3/4 of my LA days to Santa Barbara.

As a result I'll have to go to Santa Monica and Venice Beaches on Christmas Day. Will both locations experience a shutdown, no vendors, no restaurants on that day?

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I will be there in the morning. Will both places be desolate? Will the cafes, shops and buskers be there?

Edited: 20 December 2012, 01:05
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8. Re: What Can I Do in LA on Christmas Eve?

It's a good bet that desolate will be the word of the morning! Forget Venice Beach. You can, and might enjoy, walking around the Venice Canals, though, if the weather holds. I'm hearing December 24 may be rainy so not sure what that will mean for Christmas morning.

There should be restaurants open.

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9. Re: What Can I Do in LA on Christmas Eve?

yes, it will all be very much deserted, as almost no stores will be open on Xmas day.

Very few good restaurants will be open.

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