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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.)
Historic dace can be the highlight of the entire holiday season. In costume, it certainly is the most romantic.
Most of these dances require tickets be purchased in advance and most require at least, an attempt at the costume of the period. There are other dances throughout the year where you can learn.
Social Daunce Irregulars Victorian Grand Winter Ball
The Sixteenth Annual St. Nicholas Christmas Ball - A gift from the past
"Many hours of dancing to some of the best music of the 19th
Victorian era evening costume required.
Dinner and dance from the American Civil War Society at the Scottish Rite Hall in Pasadena. Buffet dinner, dancing and door prizes.
Civil war or Victorian costume required
Bring in the new year with night of 1930s Jazz, Swing, Foxtrot, Rhumba and Tango with Mora's Modern Rhythmists. Featuring music from 1927 to 1937. Dinner and dance. Multiple ticket packages available.
Dress in evening wear, period preferred.
Old Riverside Foundation Victorian 12 Night Progressive Dinner
Ride a horse carriage to 3 different Victorian homes decorated for the festive holiday. Includes appetizer, dinner & dessert. Live music while dining. Fundraiser for Old Riverside Foundation Historic Preservation group.
Victorian attire encouraged, but not requred.
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 Sunday, December 8th where there is music, theatrical performances, merchants, food, family activities and tours.
More Homestead Museum events at http://www.homesteadmuseum.org/calendar/index.htm
Lamplight tours at Heritage Square
During this living history presentation, visitors step back in time to a holiday evening during three different eras in Southern California history. Tours are by advance reservation only. It does sell out. Children at selected times only. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Ships in Costume!
There are a couple of holiday spectacular in the Harbor. The boats will be all decked out in their best lighting. Dress on the crews will vary.
Downtown on Ice, Winter Wonderland Outdoor Skating Ring
Ok... not actually costumes, but Californians and ice skating wear is a costume for Angelenos... and is loads of fun. More than ice skating. Includes holiday-themed concerts and refreshments.
More 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 season. 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.
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