Los Angeles Greater Area
LA’s faux snow wizard
He was just another struggling magician until he pitched Rick Caruso on using one of his illusions to turn The Grove into a giant snow globe. Now his company’s enchanting effects are in demand from Universal LA to Radio City Music Hall. What’s his secret?
It’s a true holiday mercatino experience, overflowing with superb Italian culinary gifts including gift baskets, custom boxes and gorgeous, fluffy panettone and pandoro cakes. Tasting bites will have you heading to an Eataly restaurant for the perfect finale. Buon Natale!
Gift ideas by LA makers
When it comes to buying local for the holidays, Los Angeles makes it easy. It’s filled with intriguing hometown artisans and exceptional gift experiences to share. Here are just a few ideas to get you started. Explore your own neighborhood shops – hometown giving inspirations are all around you.
LA’s beloved Bob Baker Marionettes are celebrating their new home in Highland Park with the 2019 production of its generations-long December tradition, “Holiday on Strings.” Check the BBMT calendar for dates, then join the Wizard of Fantasy for a stardust spectacular.
The San Francisco Bay Area
Want to get away?
Looking to put some miles between you and your extended family this holiday season? Here are 25 fairly affordable flights out of SFO leaving in December and January. Miami for $200 sounds extremely tempting …
With its “cosmopolitan nonchalance,” North Beach’s Washington Square Park has long enchanted tourists and locals alike. The Chron’s architecture critic is happy to report that a 6-month, $3 million upgrade made subtle, significant improvements—but mostly left the neighborhood jewel the same as before.
Après ski times fifty
Sure, there’s awesome skiing, boarding, and sledding. But how about a barrel-aged cocktail, a CBD facial, slurp-worthy ramen, or a snowmobile tour? One writer ventures off the well-groomed trail to offer up 50 things to do in Tahoe in the winter. You know, besides the obvious.
For starters, swap that Golden Gate Bridge snow globe out for an aluminum replica of locals-favorite landmark Sutro Tower. Next, check out this list of inspired (read: not cliched) holiday gifts for the hardcore Bay Area–lover in your life. Happy shopping!