for Los Angeles (and beyond) 2001
The winter holidays season - Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice and beyond - is a time of family gatherings, crafts, celebrations and admit it... shopping. Often places re-make themselves into an old-fashioned world or create a picturesque fantasy to help with the mood.
Many places add the wonderful ambiance of Yuletide costumes to their holiday events. Here is a highlight of some of Los Angeles's events.
Whether you dress up or just want to go to watch costumed folks in Los Angles and celebrate. (Check Other Sources for hints on how to find more events.)
Christmas at Netherfield - Regency Dance Society
This holiday regency dance ball will recall the country estate of George Bingley in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice". "All the gentry of the county are invited to participate in an evening of cheer and lively country dancing. The halls will be "decked," and we will offer a sumptuous spread of holiday treats to keep all of our dancers filled with good cheer throughout the evening!"
Regency era evening costume requested.
A Southern California Christmas - Homestead Museum
Be transported back in time though living history players and house tours. See a century of change thought the exhibits in the historic homes. The focus is on Christmas celebrations of 1840s, 1870s and 1920s.
The highlight of the season will be December 9th where there is music, theatrical performances, merchants, food, family activities and tours.
More Homestead Museum events at http://www.homesteadmuseum.org/calendar/index.htm
Local City Street Fairs and Local Celebrations
I'm not going to try and catch these. Some communities with get elaborate during Yuletide, others leave it to the malls, while even others will quietly celebrate. Check your local paper for special events. (If you think your group merits singling out, contact us.)
Most of Southern Californian's theme parts will do a holiday makeup this December. If you're a regular to the parts, you know it's always fun to see the twist on the costumes. This is the only time of the year, the characters outfits are specially designed to help get you in the mood. Though 90 degree days do seem incongruous with the characters' winter wonderland dress! Here I'm only going to highlight the biggest costume changes.
Disneyland always remakes their amusement parks into a winter wonderland. Many of the costumed characters change costumes representing the seasonl. Victorian Dress is a theme for many of the characters, street bands and singers. The stage shows, remade for the holidays, show some of the most magical revisions of the costumes of the entire year. I is well worth the crowds to enjoy.
Haunted Mansion Holiday is also billed as When Holidays Collide. Disneyland has remade over their famous Haunted Mansion in the style of "Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas". The somber New Orleans styled house has been redecorated as Jack Skellington and the other residents of his world descending for some delightful twists on the mix of Christmas and Halloween. Runs though January 6th only.
Laser Holiday 3D - Laser Light show
OK, so no costumes here... but just wanted to include this because your imagination does soar here. Celebrate among the stars at the Griffith Park Observatory. They are running special shows with their regular rock program. The main observatory with also have their holiday show. Closed December 24 and 25th. Check the schedule for times.
Also, they will be having a closing bash... on January 2, 2002. Last show until the total make over is done. Wana bet that they'll be some really fun costumes show up for this?
Use search engines for events around Los Angeles. Note: no search engines have everything, so dig for info.