Thanksgiving week is finally here, but before you feast, visit the many great events and activities going on in the city beforehand, like ice skating, movie watching, ice tubing, and more. After you spend Thanksgiving Day eating and perhaps Turkey Trotting, there’s still plenty to do the rest of the week, both with the family, and without.
Skate At The L.A. Kings Holiday Ice Rink
239 N. Harbor Dr.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Winter begins in exactly one month, but ice rinks around the city are already starting to pop up to get you in the spirit of the holidays. The L.A. Kings Holiday Ice Rink welcomes beginners, pros, and people watchers alike for a day, or evening, on the ice. The rinks at Westfield Topanga, Redondo Beach, The Pike at Long Beach, and Battleship Iowa in San Pedro are now open as well (L.A. Live’s rink will open this Saturday), and offer various session times.
Be the First to See Disney’s Moana
El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Be one of the first to see Disney’s newest animated film, Moana, at a special screening tonight at 7pm. Moana tells the story of an adventurous teenager who sets sail on a daring mission to save her people, discovering her own self identity along the way. Exclusive to the El Capitan Theater, audience members can enjoy entertainment from Disneyland’s own The Side Street Strutters Jazz Band before the film, a special raffle, and a visit from Moana herself, live on stage.
Visit CHILL On Opening Day
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Queen Mary’s CHILL returns today with a new holiday adventure. A visually stunning, fully immersive 14,000 square foot area tells the story of “Alice in Winterland,” through striking light fixtures, beautiful color displays, and more. Keep the holiday fun going by heading to the outdoor ice skating rink or ice tubing luge, take a spin on the Swinging Sleigh Ride or Giant Rocking Horse, or play Prancer’s Paintball. The experience opens today, and runs through January 8.
Celebrate Thanksgiving in L.A.
There is so much to be thankful for in this great city of ours, and lots of ways to celebrate. Start Thanksgiving Day with a little fresh air during the family-friendly, annual Turkey Trot LA, where you’ll walk, jog, or run your way down Spring Street in either a 5 or 10k route. Take part in fun activities, snag a coveted Turkey Trot Trucker Hat, and help benefit The Midnight Mission. You can also head to Central Park in Pasadena and be a part of someone else’s celebration as Union Station Homeless Services will once again host their annual Thanksgiving Dinner in the Park, providing thousands of holiday meals for all who attend. End Turkey Day by heading home to feast with family, or head to one of the several restaurants who are ready to make you feel like family in our list of the Best Restaurants in LA for Thanksgiving Dinner. Or, if you want to skip cooking but spend Thanksgiving at home, there are many restaurants around Los Angeles offering terrific Thanksgiving Dinners To Go
Spend a Day At The Museum
Skip all the Black Friday madness by packing up the family and checking out some cool new museum exhibits. The Huntington Library in Pasadena recently unveiled NASA’s Orbit Pavilion, a large shell-shaped sculpture that houses a soundscape experience that allows guests to hear sounds that represent the movement and mission of the International Space Stations and 19 Earth Science satellites. Kidspace Museum has also recently opened a place for kids to engage in dramatic play and art-making in a new Storyteller Studio, and is holding an Animal Home Series today that will explore proper pet care for turtles and tortoises. You can’t go wrong with a trip to LACMA, which has not only the Boone Children’s Gallery for visitors of all ages to learn the art of East Asian brush painting, but also an exhibit opening this week that explores achievements in German Renaissance art.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
It’s the last weekend to see the play that has sold out crowds on Broadway, and has taking Los Angeles by storm. Lead by Glee’s Darren Criss, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a wickedly funny musical that tells the story of one of the most unique characters to take the stage. Winner of multiple Tony Awards, the genre bending show smashes the fourth wall, includes a pulsing rock score, and is recommended for mature audiences only. Tomorrow is the very last day to see the musical before it closes in L.A.
Organ Recital Series: Philippe Lefebvre
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The extraordinary organ at the Walt Disney Concert Hall is something to behold, and today’s performance marks the beginning of a series dedicated to it. Head organist at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris since 1985, Philippe Lefebvre is the award winning organist who will kick off the series. The performance will range from Debussy’s Clair de Lune, to Franck’s Pièce héroïque, to an improvisation by Lefebvre himself.