Happy Winter Solstice….which starts today, by the way.

Though, Hanukkah, started on the 20th, the celebration conitnues (whichever way you want to spell it.) with a FREE Chanukah festival which happens at Westfield Century City Mall.

WestfieldHanukkahThis event offers live ice menorah carving, face painting, kosher treats and festive music. Organized by Chabad of Century City, this FREE event runs from 5:00 pm -7:30 pm.

The festival takes place at Westfield Plaza, near Brooks Brothers, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-3898. See Westfield website.


Tonight, Sing! Sing! Sichristmascarolsng! presents traditional “Candlelight Carols” at the Victorian Mansion on Main Street in Santa Monica.

Embrace the sound of the season at this beautiful Victorian setting for  Popular and traditional carols for the whole family. Discover the stories behind the songs. Souvenir song sheets provided and light refreshments included.

The program starts at 7:30 pm with entertaining, informative introductions by Howard Lewis. Musicians include, Judy Wolman, Piano Chris Conner, Bass, Dick Weller, Drums, Ron Kalina, Harmonica soloist and the talented singers of Sing! Sing! Sing!

Victorian Mansion (home to the Sunday Santa Monica Farmers Market) is located 2XMASTree640 Main St., (at Ocean Park Blvd.) Santa Monica, CA 90405 
$20 Adults, $10 Children – Free parking For more info:  Judy Wolman, accompanist &  founder at    
(310) 990-2405


hanukkahAnother Hanukkah celebration will help a great cause with the event entitled “Light Up Hanukkah.” This party benefits Jewish Heart for Africa – who use sustainable Israeli solar technology to light up African schools, clinics, and villages- and local food bank, Tomchei Shabbos.

Featuring live music by world music legends Naked Rhythm. Delicious Hanukkah dishes for those who arrive early!  All profits go to charity.

This WILL sell out as space is limited. $18 Pre-Sale!  $25 Door $20 w/ Two Items of Food for Hungry. The event takes place from 8:00 pm till 11:00 pm at 8771 W Pico Blvd., LA. For more info see Jewlicious.

nutcracker2One more chance to see The Long Beach Ballet Company’s version of The Nutcracker at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium tonight at 7:30 pm. 

SantaTickets run from $24.00 to $85.00 Kids and Seniors start at $21.00; 300 E Green St., Pasadena, CA  91101; 1 block South of Colorado Blvd. 2 blocks East of Arroyo Pkwy. 800-745-3000; Buy Tix.