December Entertainment Event Calendar

Published: Monday, November 16th, 2015


Submissions to the Actors Reporter Event Calendar are received from around the world. On-going events, film festivals, competitions, dinner theatre, small theatre, concerts, contests, vacation destinations, and much more:




Rain Room


Through 1 March 2016 – The Rain Room at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. LACMA is no stranger to popular, headline-grabbing exhibitions, but the Miracle Mile museum is entering a new territory of “Mona Lisa”-like mania with the arrival of “Rain Room.” The wet wonder from art collective Random International is quite literally a massive room filled with water raining from the ceiling—the twist being you stay dry while the room downpours around you. Los Angeles, California





Through December 20th: Smoke and Mirrors
The Odyssey Theatre, 2055 South Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025; (310) 477-2055 # 2
Smoke and Mirrors Magic



nutcracker rouge


Through 17th January – Nutcracker Rouge is a decadently sumptuous baroque burlesque production, including opera, circus, ballet, gorgeous design, and fine music at Minetta Lane Theatre, New York.
Nutcracker Rouge



1st December – 17th Annual World Communication Awards. Wembley Stadium, London. The World Communication Awards (WCA) have shown themselves to be the undisputed blue chip mark of success in the global telecom industry. World Communication Awards





2nd-6th December – The Original Santa Fe Film Festival. The Santa Fe Film Festival celebrates all facets of cinematic arts, locally, regionally, and globally. Our annual event honors those working both behind the scenes & on screen to bring the best of film creation, production, & showings to the public. Santa Fe Film Festival





2nd-6th December – 2015 marks the 15th anniversary of ‘Canada’s coolest film festival’ and ‘Whistler’s Best Arts & Cultural Event’. Whistler Film Festival



game awards


3rd December – The Game Awards. How Do You Play? Join the biggest names in entertainment to celebrate the best video games of 2015, plus get a sneak preview of what’s next. Produced by Geoff Keighley, The Game Awards highlights the cultural significance of video games with awards, world premieres, musical performances and other surprises. The Game Awards



holiday shows


5th-27th – The Nutcracker: Relive your childhood theater going experiences this Christmas with Uncle Drosselmeyer, Clara and her beloved Nutcracker at the LA Ballet. The timeless show will travel all over LA, from Glendale to Northridge, from Westwood and Hollywood to Redondo Beach over the holiday season, performing their classic pirouettes and Mouse King battles for all LA County to see. The Nutcracker





5th December – 31st Annual IDA Documentary Awards. The annual IDA Documentary Awards celebrates the best nonfiction films, programs and filmmakers of the year at the world’s most prestigious event dedicated solely to the documentary genre. IDA Documentary Awards



Cristmas Carol


5th-23rd – A Christmas Carol. Staging Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is becoming a tradition for A Noise Within, with is year being the fourth year the theater company has presented the classic tale. A Christmas Carol





9th-16th December – The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the leading film festival in the region. Since its inception in 2004, DIFF has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region. Dubai Film Fest



9th December – SAG Awards nominations announced.
SAG Awards



10th December – Golden Globe nominations announced.
Golden Globes Noms 2015



SFF deadline


12th December – The first of the deadlines to submit a film into the 17th annual Sarasota Film Festival. The next Regular Deadline is January 2nd, 2016. The late deadline is January 9th. Get your film in now while entry fees are lower. Head over to Sarasota Film Festival to submit your films!



14th December – This year’s Skirball Hanukkah Family Festival highlights two major themes of the holiday—light and freedom (luz y libertad) — through the lens of Latin American culture. Enjoy live performances (including Pasatono Orquesta and Mariachi Guadalajara), storytelling, art making, and a host of other family-friendly activities. Skirball



Now-through 14th December – Shakespeare in the Shed. Angel City Brewery has adapted Shakespeare for a beer drinker’s attention span. The Arts District’s shed space is playing host to stripped down versions of Shakespeare plays. Performances are free. Angel City Brewery



16th December – Chabad of Malibu hosts a menorah lighting ceremony at Point Dume Plaza, where you can make your own menorah, take photos in their photo booth, enjoy story telling, music, face painting and latkes. Jewish Malibu



16th December – The Chabad of Beverly Hills & Two Rodeo will host Beverly Hills’ annual Menorah Lighting Event on Via Rodeo. See the lighting of a 9-foot tall Menorah, hear live music, nosh on Hanukkah food and much more. Love Beverly Hills



Star Wars


17th December – Watch all six Star Wars movies and see The Force Awakens early at El Capitan. Tickets include a reserved seat, Star Wars lanyard, souvenir ticket and a collectible BB-8 button. That commemorative ticket isn’t just for show: You can use it again for one complimentary admission to Star Wars: The Force Awakens during its run at El Cap. El Capitan Theatre



21st December – Join Chabad of the Valley as they celebrate their 13th annual Hanukkah concert at CityWalk. This year they will host a massive menorah lighting and show filled with spectacular music and fun for the whole family. City Walk Hollywood



Now- through 24th December – It’s about time GCM extended its hours, and to celebrate, LA’s oldest public market will be home to game night every Thursday from 6pm to 9pm. Select eateries will be open through the night. Grand Central Market



Events throughout December:

Places to Volunteer:


midnight mission


Midnight Mission – Downtown’s Midnight Mission is one of the best-run organizations of its kind, offering counseling, education, training and job placement to the city’s homeless population, as well as food, shelter, personal hygiene and medical care. Along with regular meal services and food donation drives, the Mission holds special Thanksgiving and Christmas events. If you’d like to help during a special event, start with some regular volunteer hours—the Mission’s website has a form you can fill out to help match you with the right service. Note: Because it’s an all-male facility, Midnight Mission asks that female volunteers come with a companion (male or female).
Midnight Mission


union station


Union Station Homeless Services, San Gabriel Valley’s largest social services agency, offers year-round community meal programs and other services for the area’s homeless population, including emergency shelter, community shower programs, children’s education and recreational activity and adult classes in parenting, money management and nutrition. USHS has also hosted Dinner in the Park for over four decades; deemed the biggest potluck in the nation by the LA Times, the volunteer-run dinner helps provide warm holiday meals to more than 7,000 low income, homeless and senior citizens. For details and volunteer information, check online; and if you’re interested in donating goods, take a look at USHS’ most-wanted list(green beans are in high demand).
Union Station Homeless Services


Where to see Christmas lights in Los Angeles:


LA Downtown


Christmas Tree Lane: This grand, mile-long driveway of cedars in Altadena becomes blanketed in lights each holiday as it transforms into Christmas Tree Lane. Take a majestic cruise down the hill after it lights up the second Saturday in December
Upper Hastings Ranch: Each block of the Pasadena neighborhood decorates according to a different theme; one street might be lined with light-up candy canes while another is flanked by an army of inflatable Santas. After an official lighting in early December, you can cruise around the twinkling foothill community until the new year.


Balian House: Each Christmas busloads of visitors flock to the house to see thousands of lights elegantly draped across its corner plot. The destination has its fair share of campy elements—oversized, wooden nativity animals and the near-constant strobe of light-up toy vendors—but that first gasp-worthy glimpse as you turn off of Allen Avenue makes the house a must-visit. There’s plenty of street parking along the residential streets (be courteous) and Christmas Tree Lane is only a few blocks away.


Venice Canals: Free of the boardwalk’s grunge and Abbot Kinney’s pretense, the Venice canals are an idyllic slice of LA living made all the more charming by the Christmas lights that line its bridges each year. Leave your car a few blocks away to avoid the narrow, one-way Dell Avenue, and take a stroll through the shimmering neighborhood. For a more offbeat holiday, make sure to come out for the canals’ long-running and gleefully irreverent boat parade (date TBA).


Candy Cane Lane: We all like showing off to our neighbors, but the homeowners behind Candy Cane Lane take it to the extreme. For over 60 years, these eight blocks—centered around Lubao and Oxnard Streets in Woodland Hills—have been blanketed in lights. The displays light up starting the second Saturday in December and last through the end of the year.


LA Zoo Lights: After going dark in 2009, holiday lights return to Griffith Park — this time at the LA Zoo. Whereas the old DWP Holiday Lights brought motorists careening through the park’s windy roads, the zoo’s fest will find visitors trekking through the front half of the festively illuminated grounds on foot. Though most of the animals will be asleep, you will be able to see reindeer and sit for a photo with Santa. Standout displays include elephant statues animated with projection mapping, a twinkly light tunnel and “ZOOray for Hollywood,” a festive interpretation of LA landmarks.


Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade


Marina Del Rey Boat Parade: Feel as though you’ve escaped to a small-town fishing village with the 52nd anniversary of the Marina Del Rey Boat Parade. Bring a blanket and gather around Fisherman’s Village or the Burton Chace Park to watch as the 70 boats glide through the marina with holiday lights and decorations in competition. Categories include Best Theme, Best Animation, Best Band, Best Lights and more. The festivities begin at 5:55pm with fireworks, and the boat parade starts at 6pm, rain or shine.
Where to ice skate:
Downtown on Ice: 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. Look out for special events throughout the season, like a Snoopy meet-and-greet, singles nights and skating showcases.


ICE at Santa Monica: Located just minutes from the Pacific Ocean, ICE in downtown Santa Monica is a full-service outdoor rink. Watch broomball games, take up skating lessons or host a party at the rink and get your own private cabana. No need to pack snacks, there’s a concession stand on site, serving hot cocoa and kid-friendly bites. Check the website for operating hours at other times.


OC chill


OC Chill: If you’re in Orange County and dreaming of a white Christmas, OC Chill at the Irvine Spectrum Center is your answer. Located in Giant Wheel Court by Nordstrom and Macy’s, this tented rink offers the perfect time out from shopping. Check the website for the full schedule and details.



Where to shop:
Eastside Handmade: Hosted by Shopclass in Highland Park, the annual outdoor mart features a number of local artists and designers, spotlighting unique home accessories, jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography, paper goods and more.


unique market


California Made: A Holiday Market: Expect festive stationary kits, calligraphy items, stamps, crafts, handmade fabrics and felt jewelry. Located within the Spring Arts Tower, the holiday bash will also include DIY gift-wrapping, free giveaways, discounted pricing, champagne, coffee and seasonal bites.
Unique USA LA Holiday Market: The 8th annual Unique USA holiday market features clothes, accessories and art pieces from a number of quality handmade brands. Check out local products and meet designers and artists showcasing their work. Unique USA


This year, opt to create memories instead of giving a materialistic gift, with these fun unique gift ideas that are sure to please.


A day of horseback riding:
Sunset Ranch Hollywood


A season pass to the movies: Egyptian Theatre



On-going Events:


The Texas Theatre

The Texas Theatre


Welcome to the site of the Texas Theatre, the historic and newly-renovated movie theatre in Dallas, Texas. Visit the site for event and movie showtime
231 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75208 / (214) 948-1546
The Texas Theatre



On-going: Broadway World
A theatre resource featuring news, message boards, video previews, show information, photos and biographies. is the The #1 Web Site for Broadway, Theatre, and Live Entertainment Around the World!

broadway world
Broadway World



On-going: Think Hollywood in California is the only place with fun events?
Hollywood Florida
Check out Visit Hollywood Florida to stay current on South Florida’s ever-changing entertainment, events and Hollywood’s unique style and local flavor.



On-going: Things are heating up in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Las Vegas, Nevada


Pool parties, comedians, DJs, concerts, UFC 160 and more! Start your summer early.
You can book your entire trip – hotel, flight and shows – at the one and only



On-Going: Tommy Guns Garage Dinner Theatre

Tommy Guns Garage
2114 South Wabash, Chicago, Illinois



Metropolitan Room

Metropolitan Room


On-going: Metropolitan Room – Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Cabaret
The World Capital of Cabaret.
34 West 22nd Street, NYC
Metropolitan Room – It’s where the action is!
This Flatiron “class act” aims to revive the “golden age of cabaret” as “up-and-coming stars” and “renowned performers” alike take the stage in an “intimate” room with “great acoustics”; run with “professionalism” by a “gracious staff”, it’s “worth every penny” for a “sophisticated” night out. – ZAGAT 2014
FOR RESERVATIONS: 212.206.0440



Billings Studio Theatre

Billings Studio Theatre


The Billings Studio Theatre, Billings, Montana
Welcome to Billings Studio Theatre. Box Office Summer Hours Tuesday – Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm.
1500 Rimrock Rd, Billings, MT 59102 / (406) 248-1141
The Billings Studio Theatre



Florida Theatre

Florida Theatre


The Florida Theatre
Located in downtown Jacksonville; listing of coming concerts and plays.
128 E Forsyth St, Jacksonville, FL 32205 / (904) 355-5661
Florida Theatre



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