Tis the season for holiday parades, parties and more! Below are a few Christmas-inspired celebrations to kick-off the 2019 holiday season. Bonus: Many opportunities to see Santa!

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Boyle Heights Winter Wonderland | Saturday, December 7

Boyle Heights City Hall will be transformed into a winter wonderland. The event presented by the city of Los Angeles will start at 3 p.m. and conclude at 6. There will be holiday arts and crafts, a photo op with Santa and best of all a ride through real snow! Details

Festival of Trees and Wreaths | Saturday, December 7

 The Women's Twentieth Century Club of Eagle Rock hosts a night of holiday cheer to view and bid on Christmas Trees and Wreaths to support restoration of the historic clubhouse and raise scholarship funds. Details

The Echo Park Craft Fair Winter Edition | Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 7-8

Don’t miss the 2-day art and design fair featuring the work by over 150 artists at the Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake. This year’s vendor lineup includes leather goods designer, Agnes Baddoo, therapeutic perfumer, Bodha and so much more. There is definitely something for all walks of life. Details

28th Annual Atwater Village Tree Lighting Festival | Sunday, December 8

The lighting of the 85-foot-tree in the middle of Glendale Boulevard is celebrated with hot chocolate, Christmas carols and a visit from Santa Claus. Details

Handmade Market LA Holiday Bazaar in Atwater Village | Sunday, December 8

Browse for gifts for everyone on your list at Handmade Market LA’s curated outdoor holiday bazaar. Over 40 vendors will be selling everything from handcrafted bespoke woodwork to silversmith creations. Details

6th Annual Highland Park Holiday Tree Lighting | Sunday, December 8

The city of Los Angeles and Councilmember Jose Huizar will be hosting Highland Park’s holiday celebration and tree lighting in the parking lot of the Highland Park Senior Center. See Santa, enjoy live music and drink hot chocolate while awaiting the countdown to the lighting of the holiday tree. The event starts at 5 p.m. and will conclude at 8 p.m. Details

3rd Annual Christmas Parade in Boyle Heights | Sunday, December 8

See folklorico and Aztec dancers in the Boyle Heights Community Market’s 3rd annual Christmas parade along 1st Street. The parade will end with a celebration at Mariachi Plaza where there will be delicious food, live music and artisan vendors. The event is on Sunday, December 8 and starts at 4 p.m. Details

Annual Lamplighting Event at Heritage Square | Saturday & Sunday, December 8-9

Take part in an immersive holiday experience and see what would happen if the former occupants of the homes of Heritage Square needed to learn the true meaning of Christmas in a fictionalized re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol”. Heritage Square will be closing off the night with a reception where drinks and appetizers will be served. The event will begin at 4 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9. Details

Celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe | Thursday, December 12

St. Athanasius Church in Echo Park we celebrate Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe with Aztec dancers, a bilingual service with traditional Mexican music for Guadalupe and a tamale dinner for all. This event is free and open to the public. Details

2019 Dinner with Santa | Friday, December 13

The Cypress Park Recreation Center hosts Dinner with Santa (dinner reservation required for first 300 patrons pre- registered), arts & crafts, coloring station, face painting, music, photo booth, games, popcorn, cotton candy. Details

52nd Annual Echo Park Community Parade | Saturday, December 14

Come see classic cars, festive floats, and Santa Claus at the 2019 Echo Park Community Parade along Sunset Boulevard (from Vin Scully Ave. to Park Ave.). This year’s theme is “Echo Park Holiday Wishes.” The event starts at 11 a.m. Details

Holiday Celebration At VPAM | Sunday, Dec. 14

The Vincent Price Art Museum at East LA College will hold a A Holiday Book Sale, Photo Booth Pop-up with Las Photos Project, an Exhibition Catalog Signing with photographer George Rodriguez, and an opportunity to visit all seven of the museum's current exhibitions. Details

Echo Park Holiday Shop Hop 2019

Neighborhood shops, restaurants, bars and other businesses celebrate the holidays with a day of special sales and events. Details

Christmasland in Highland Park |  Sunday, December 15

The Fig House will be transformed into Christmasland, an interactive Christmas event inspired by your favorite cheesy holiday network movies. The event begins at 2 p.m. with drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Workshops where you can create your own wreath or vie with other gingerbread house-builders for your chance to win a prize will take place throughout the day. Details

Gingerbread House Workshop | Saturday, December 21

Learn about how real buildings are designed and try it yourself using graham crackers, icing, chocolate, marshmallows, gumdrops, and so much more! All materials will be provided until supplies last at the East L.A. Public Library. Details

Multicultural Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols | Tuesday, December 24

The Echo Park United Methodist Church will hold its annual multi-cultural Christmas Eve Service with traditional carols and scriptures read in English, Spanish, Tagalog and Korea. 7 pm. 1226 N Alvarado St.

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