Ever wish you could attend a holiday and a literary event… AT THE SAME TIME?
If so, you might enjoy these holiday and literary-themed events in the LA area:
Dickens Holiday Celebration
When: December 10 – 11, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: International Printing Museum
If you read A Christmas Carol every holiday season, the International Printing Museum’s Dickens Holiday Celebration may be the event for you. You can enjoy vintage holiday music, meet characters from Dickens novels, print your own Victorian cards on antique presses from the 1850s, and even listen to “Mr. Charles Dickens himself” conduct an interactive reading of A Christmas Carol. Admission is $25 for the day, but comes with a free historically accurate lunch. BYOVC (bring your own Victorian costume).
Hanukkah Family Festival
When: December 18, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Skirball Cultural Center
If you’re celebrating Hanukkah, you might enjoy the Hanukkah Family Festival at the Skirball Cultural Center. The festival features musical performances from bands like Mostly Kosher, printmaking workshops where you can contribute to a community art installation, and special exhibitions like Noah’s Ark at the Skirball, a life-sized, interactive replica of the ark. Literary visitors may especially enjoy the storytellers Nina Silver and Julia Garcia Combs as they bring the story of Hanukkah to life. To top it all off, Zeidler’s Café will be serving up traditional Hanukkah dishes like latkes and sufganiyot (jelly donuts). General admission is $12, but full-time students get in for $9!
Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball
When: December 9, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble at The Grove
If all you want this holiday season is to dress up like a wizard, the Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball will be bloody brilliant. Arrive in your Harry Potter costume or other holiday attire for music, dancing, themed crafts and activities. It’s possible that no actual reading will happen at this event, but hey, after seven books (and this post) you’ve already put in your reading time!
Bonus: Though not technically part of the event, the escalators inside Barnes & Noble sort of look like the moving staircases in Hogwarts.
*Note: If you’ve ever tried to track down a Kwanzaa event in LA, you may have found that the selection is narrow. Still, here are two places you can look:
The California African American Museum usually holds Kwanzaa events around the holiday, though dates appear to be TBD.
The Kwanzaa Heritage Foundation puts on an annual Kwanzaa celebration in Leimert Park Village—hopefully details for this year’s festival are coming soon.