January Events in and around the Neighborhood

ICE at Santa Monica: Nov. 1, 2014 – Jan. 19, 2015
The largest rink in the area with 8000 sq ft of real ice and a second 400 sq ft rink is for kids 8 and under.

Downtown on Ice: Thru Jan. 19, 2015
LA doesn’t typically seem like much of a winter wonderland, until, that is, you create an ice skating rink right in the midst of Downtown skyscrapers and LA icons. Come glide and pretend there’s snow on the ground at Pershing Square’s outdoor holiday skating rink-one of the biggest in the city. Throughout the season, the square will play host to a plethora of free events, including a Snoopy skating showcase, a singles skate and a polar bear event, to name a few.

Rose Parade: Jan. 1

Rose Bowl Game: Jan. 1
Oregon and Florida state to play in college football playoff semifinal at the rose bowl game presented by Northwestern Mutual

New Year’s Day at the Aquarium: Jan. 1
Spend New Year’s Day with a huge aquatic family – there are over 11,000 animals at the Aquarium waiting to gobble up their dinners. You can watch them feed and then you and your family can chow down yourself – no muss, no fuss, no cooking, no cleaning! So tuck into turkey and all the fixings, right up through the pumpkin pie.

Restaurant Week: Jan. 1- Feb. 1
dineL.A.’s Restaurant Week is back! From Jan. 19 to Feb. 1, enjoy a prix fixe lunch or dinner at more than 300 participating restaurants throughout Los Angeles. Don’t miss out on 14 days of culinary heaven, whether you’re discovering a new restaurant or returning to an old favorite.

People’s Choice Awards 2015: Jan. 7
People’s Choice Awards celebrates fan favorites in movies, music and television and is the only major awards show where real people – not industry insiders – determine the nominees and winners, setting it apart from other awards shows.

Annual Golden Dragon Parade: Jan. 19
This celebration of Chinese New Year has taken place in LA for over 100 years. Colourful floats, firecrackers and marching bands parade through Chinatown making for a popular family day out. The lion and dragon dancers are a highlight of this festival, which attracts celebrity grand marshals each year, who have included Bruce Lee, Lindsay Wagner and Playboy King Hugh Hefner.

CIRQUE: Jan. 17- Feb. 23
Cirque du Soleil’s latest show Totem runs in Santa Monica from Jan. 17-Feb. 23. Tracing the journey of the human species from its “original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly.” Borrowing ideas from science and myth, the show illustrates-through acrobatic and visual language-the evolution of a species.

Los Angeles Times Travel Show: Jan. 18- Jan. 19
Los Angeles Times Travel Show is at the L.A. Convention Center on Jan. 18-19. In addition to travel information, tips and deals, the 16th annual event features speakers Alyssa Milano, Adam Richman (author of America the Edible), Henry Rollins and Arthur Frommer. There are also presentations on international sports events, cooking demonstrations, major music fests and useful travel technology.

Downtown Culver City Third Wednesdays: Jan. 21
Anyone who’s been paying attention to the local food scene is well aware of the explosion of Culver City as a foodie destination. With the downtown area well scrubbed from streetscape improvements, locals and visitors alike can experience the area’s resurgence first hand by checking out the city’s Third Wednesdays, where about two dozen businesses get together to provide art work, music, food and other entertainment.

NHL Stadium Series: Jan. 25
Button up your parka, slip on a pair of gloves and wrap that scarf for hockey at… Dodger Stadium? The Kings and the Ducks take to the – thankfully – temporary ice at Chavez Ravine for one of the NHL’s outdoor Stadium Series games. The icing on the cake? A pre-game and first intermission performance by KISS. Only Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons carry over from the original lineup; we humbly suggest having Vin Scully fill in.

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