Our picks of things to do and places to go to make the most out of your December.
GO HERE → Miami Art Basel, where over 250 of the world’s leading galleries will show their work in settings both formal and built into the existing landscape. December 5-8 at Miami Beach; find out more details about attending the event here.
TOAST TO THIS → Repeal Day on Thursday, December 5, marking the 75th anniversary of the legalization of alcohol in America. Bars and restaurants across the city will be honoring this historic day with special prohibition era drinks and entertainment, so be on the lookout. One worth mentioning is Coles, who will be celebrating the defeat of sobriety with live music, a cocktail competition, and $5 Old Overholt Rye Punch.
SHOP HERE → The Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market, bringing the best of L.A. and beyond craftsmanship to one place. Embracing the Indie craft spirit, this free to attend event will leave you with plenty of gifts for her (letterpressed paper goods, small-batch chutneys, sensuous botanicals), for him (handmade guitar straps, pocket squares, wood sunglasses) and for you, of course. December 14 & 15 from 10-5 each day; Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring Street, 90012.
And while you’re in the neighborhood, EAT HERE → Baco Mercat, which recently made GQ Magazine’s list of “The Perfect Night Out: The 12 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2013.” 408 S. Main St.; 213.687.8808.
CELEBRATE THE SEASON HERE → The Abbott Kinney Annual Holiday Stroll on Saturday, December 7th, where sledding, a window display contest, and roving carolers take over one of the hippest streets in America (Los Angeles Magazine’s guide will help you navigate) or HERE → LA Kings Holiday Ice, the city’s largest pop-up rink with enough holiday cheer to match. Purchase a “Supper & Skate” package ($20-$40 per person) in advance and you can skip the wait. or HERE → Mission Inn Festival Of Lights in Riverside where from now thru January 4th, nearly 4 million Christmas lights draping the historic hotel and horse-drawn carriages create a winter wonderland like no other.
TRY THIS → The 36th Annual Santa Monica To Venice Christmas Run on Saturday, December 7. For the city’s largest holiday running event, choose from a 5k, 10k, or both and you’ll be glad you put in a few miles before facing your next Christmas party cookie tray. Be sure to register by the 6th.