Los Angeles Christmas events not to miss in 2012

For anyone staying in a Los Angeles vacation rental through the holidays this year, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to enjoy the season indoors the entire time. If you’re looking to enjoy the beautiful weather and Christmas festivities in the area, LA.com highlighted a few specific events you shouldn’t miss.

L.A. County Holiday Celebration – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave.
Running from 3 p.m. till 6 p.m. on Monday, December 24, this local tradition has been held annually for over half a century. The 53rd installment of the festivities will include performances by the Los Angeles Ballet, Salvation Army Tabernacle Children’s Choir, Invertigo Dance Theatre and South Bay Children’s Choir, among others.

The Grove’s Holiday Celebration – 189 The Grove Drive
Though it’s been up and running for a while now, this spectacular is a must-see before Santa hits the skies on Christmas Eve. With a 100-foot-tall tree adorned with 15,000 lights and 10,000 ornaments, this nightly event features live music and other holiday-themed acts, as well as fake snow from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. If the kids have any last requests for Santa, they’ll have an opportunity to personally let him know and get their picture taken with him.

Grinchmas – 100 Universal City Plaza
Sure, the Grinch wasn’t a big fan of Christmas originally, but ever since his famous change of heart, he’s become one of the most iconic mascots of the holiday. Running every day through December 31, including Christmas Day, families can head to Whoville built on the studio backlot of Universal Studios for a very unique holiday experience. From caroling, snow and a celebrity tree lighting, Grinchmas is a great way to keep the seasonal spirit alive even after all the presents have been opened.

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