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Costuming for the Winter Holidays

for Los Angeles (and beyond) 2002

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.)

bulletThe Romance of Dance though the ages
bulletStreet Fairs, Museums and Celebrations
bulletAmusement Park Makeovers as Winter Wonderlands
bulletShop 'till  you drop - pre and post
bulletOther Sources for Holiday news and events

The Romance of Dance though the Ages

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

bulletAttire of the 19th century suggested
bulletScottish Rite Hall in Pasadena
bulletNovember 30, 2002

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 century.
An elegant 5-course dinner, served European style. A Victorian-flavored party, beautifully costumed (and beautiful) people, and wonderful music."


Info: .  $60. Sunday, December 8, 2002.  Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The dances begin at 4:30 p.m. and run until 11:30 p.m.  Tickets in advance only.

Victorian era evening costume required.

Christmas Cotillion

Dinner and dance from the American Civil War Society at the Scottish Rite Hall in Pasadena. Buffet dinner, dancing and door prizes.

bulletInfo: 909-445-9841. E-mail, $30, tickets in advance
bulletScottish Rite Hall in Pasadena. 4pm  - 10pm

Civil war or Victorian costume required

New Year's Eve Big Band Bash

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.

bulletInfo: .  $60 includes the champagne toast, $85 for reserved seating hors d'oeuvre And dessert buffet. January 1, 2003
bulletVeterans Memorial Building, Culver City

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.

bulletInfo: e-mail Sheila Cocco or call (909) 683-2725.  $80 tickets at Ana's Florist, 1735 Spruce St., Riverside, (909) 682-5525.  January 3-4, 2003
bullet6:30 & 8:30 pm

Victorian attire encouraged, but not requred.


Museums, Street Fairs and Celebrations

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.

bulletInfo:  Event is free to all. 
bulletSpecial event is only December 8th from 1 to 5PM.
bulletHoliday tours are hourly Wed-Sunday, 1 to 4PM.  Closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1. 

More Homestead Museum events at

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.

bulletDecember 7-8, after 4 pm.
bulletTicket prices are $17 for members and $20.00 for nonmembers.

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.

bulletAnniversary flotilla at the Queen Mary
bulletDecember 7th
bulletInfo: (562) 435-3511
bulletMarina del Rey Boat Parade, the 2nd larges boat parade on the west coast
bulletDecember 14th, Burton Chance Part and Fisherman's village
bulletInfo: (562) 570-5333
bulletParade of 1000 Lights
bulletDecember 14, Shoreline Village, Long Beach
bulletInfo: (562) 435-4093
bulletNaples Boat Parade
bulletDecember 21, Canals in Naples Island, Long Beach
bulletInfo: (562) 570-5333

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.

bulletInfo: 818) 243-6488, (888) 527-2757.
bulletNovember 13-December 31 

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.)

bulletLos Angeles Almanac list a lot of family friendly activities for December  including parades, tree lightings, street fairs and  museum days.


Amusement Park Makeovers as Winter Wonderlands

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.

bulletInfo:  Runs  though January 6th only.  Included with regular admission.




Shop 'till  you drop - pre and post

Stats Floral

bulletThe famous after-Christmas sale for Costumers looking for shinny bits!
bulletCheck out the whole story <here>.


bulletBuilding your own historic costume for the holiday?  Want something beyond the patterns you can find in the fabric stores?
bulletThis store in San Gabriel specializes in historical patterns (and books).
bulletAlso carry a number of hard to find costume accessories including hoop skirts, gloves, spats, top hats, corsets and boning.
bulletTheir web site ( ) has a few examples of their patterns, but they have many more in store.
bullet8960 E. Huntington Dr., San Gabriel, 626-614-9400 (Located behind the North Woods Inn in Clearman's Village - Huntington Drive and Rosemead Blvd.)
bulletSpecial sale: 20% - Sunday December 15, 2002.  In store purchases only.


Other Sources for Holiday news and events

Use search engines for events around Los Angeles. Note: no search engines have everything, so dig for info.

bulletCheck out  
bulletLos Angeles Almanac list a lot of family friendly activities for December  including street fairs and  museum days.
bulletWant to check out more costuming around this site:
bulletCostume Links
bulletGeneral Events


If a search engine brought you to this page, you may want to prowl the rest of the Alley Cat Scratch site.  Most of it is about  costumes and resources for them... so if you like dress-up,  come play with da Cat.

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