I missed Christmas-themed events at the Grove and Beverly Center mall in Beverly Hills, too but caught some at the Burbank Mall and in Glendale at the Galleria and especially at the Americana where I saw characters dressed as gingerbread men, toy soldiers etc.
The usually Christmas light display at Griffith Park was cancelled due to water main work by the LA DWP. Many families came expecting to see the lights and were very disappointed. Funny, that night CBS showed an episode of the "Big Bang Theory" that mentioned them doing their annual drive to see the ligths at Griffith Park. This probably sent more people out to see the lights but the episode was funny- lol. They also shut down the William Mulhulland Fountain (my fav) for months of repairs (Booo-ooo!) .
There were also no Christmas Eve or Christmas Day service as many Ecclesians seem to be heading out of town to be with family. So, I did the same as my Mom and family were in town. We sang Christmas carols as we drove down to spend Christmas in Rialto with my cousin and her triplet girls. They had insisted that their mom bake and icing sugar cookies and ginger bread men so I was set in the sweets department. We also saw lots of Christmas lights on display to and 'fro while on the road so my light appetite was filled, too : )
What was my Christmas gift this year? The blessings of being together as a family after as much as 30 years.
Then it was off to see more cousins at the Ice Kingdom's Winter Chill Exhibit at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Long Beach was even colder than L.A. and breezy but we still donned the provided insular parkas and went into the near sub-zero temps of the Chill exhibit. Outside were ice skating rink and Victorian-era dressed professional singers caroling around the mock Christmas city or on various stages. Santa's workshop was closed and his sleigh empty but the places selling hot chocolate, candy and danish were packed.
Inside the exhibit was a large icy slide for sled and inner tube sliding and dolphin ice scluptures along with an ice sculpture miniture of the Queen Mary herself. The other halls were filled with ice sclupture of every variety including, snow princess and fairy tale castle, teddy bears, santa in a wreath, with a candy cane, wrapped gift boxes with bows...
And the piece the resistance, an ice sculpted wall and stained glass window of a church leads you into a life-sized Nativity scene complete with a sculpted crystal-looking donkey, cow, sheep, lamb, shepherd, angels, Joseph, Mary, straw and manger and of course ... Baby Jesus!
Not to be left out, there were ice sculptures of a Star of Davis and the menorrah for Hannukah and a red, black and yellow iced Kwanza scupture too.