Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Dec. 27-Jan. 3

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Fireworks at the EVE event for New Year’s Eve at Universal Studios Hollywood. (File photo by Michael Owen Baker for Universal Studios Hollywood)

There’s always something interesting to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.


Rose Parade Floats Decorating Viewing Days: Watch floats being decorated with bark, flowers, fruit, grasses, seeds and vegetables: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 28; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 29; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 30; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 31 (advanced purchase only for Dec. 31). Tickets $15. Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St., Pasadena. 626-795-4171.

Films, Fire and Fast Cars at Paramount Ranch: A park ranger discusses the property including the western town film site that was mostly destroyed in the 2018 Woolsey fire on a short walk, 2-3 p.m. Dec. 28. Free. Wear sturdy shoes. Rain cancels. Meet at the trailhead kiosk in the parking lot, 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills. 805-370-2301.

Chabad of Burbank’s Light Up the Night Hanukkah: Event includes doughnuts, latkes, music and hanukkiah lighting, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28. AMC Walkway, East Palm Avenue and San Fernando Boulevard, Burbank. 818-954-0070.

Hanukkah Festival at the Galleria: Chabad of Sherman Oaks presents the celebration, 7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 28. Scheduled: an “ice hanukkiah” creation. The Fountain Plaza (outside of the Cheesecake Factory), Sherman Oaks Galleria, 15301 Ventura Blvd.

Equestfest: Equestrian show by units that participate in the Rose Parade, noon-2 p.m. Dec. 29. Meet the horses and riders before the show, 10 a.m.-noon (vendor court and activities open to 3 p.m.). Tickets $20; free for ages 5 and younger; $45 reserved seats. Parking $15. Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank.

Rose Parade Bandfest: Three shows by bands marching in the parade: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 29; 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 30. Tickets $15; free for children age 5 and younger. Parking in structure 4 off of Del Mar Avenue. Robinson Stadium at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.

Simi Valley Hanukkah Family Festival: Crafts, gelt drop, juggler performance, latkes, music and lighting of a hanukkiah, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 29. Simi Valley Town Center, south of center court, 1555 Simi Town Center Way. 805-577-0573.;

A Magical Cirque Christmas: 7 p.m. Dec. 29. Tickets $46 and up. Kavli Theatre at Bank of America Performing Arts Center Thousand Oaks, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. 805-449-2787.

New Year’s Eve at The Federal: Four-course, prix fixe dinner, 5 p.m. Dec. 31 ($75); or, party only with open bar, 9 p.m. ($75); or, dinner and dancing/party (upstairs for party plus open bar; $125). Reservations required. 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-980-2555.

Family New Year’s Eve at L.A. Zoo Lights: Enjoy the walk-through displays plus a buffet dinner (6-8 p.m.), desserts (7-9 p.m.), games and a DJ dance party, 6 p.m. Dec. 31. Watch the Times Square Ball Drop, 9 p.m. …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


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