Holiday Time in Northeast Los Angeles
December feels like the quickest month of the year. It seems like only yesterday that the kiddie pool was deflated and the Halloween decorations were put away. (Oh wait, that was yesterday…)
December in Highland Park kicks off this weekend in all the fury of the holidays with book signings, tree lightings, parades, and more, more, more!
Saturday, December 5th:
Nationally renowned author Robert Spector will be a discussing and signing his newest book, The Mom & Pop Store: How the Unsung Heroes of the American Economy Are Surviving and Thriving, at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, 5702 York Blvd from Noon to 2PM. Galco’s is the one of the few Mom & Pop shops Spector singled out for his new book. And yes, there will be ice-cold soda pop available for tasting. Also a good opportunity to see and stock up on the Holiday Beers that Mr. Nese is selling this year.
At the same time on Saturday, in Downtown’s Fashion District, it will be the 2009 edition of the UNIQUE LA Holiday Show. Located on the top floor of the California Market Center at 110 East 9th Street, this is LA’s largest craft market featuring many Highland Park -based artists among the 300+ participants. Admission is $10, and the event happens both Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. (Last year, Fred Eric’s cooking, Intelligentsia Coffee, and free Pabts Blue Ribbon was enough reason to go.)
When the sun sets Saturday, there will be two special “Light” events. The first event is the 1st Annual Lincoln Heights Christmas Parade Tree Lighting Ceremony (parade next week, tree lighting this week). The tree lighting happens around 5 p.m. at Mirabal Mortuary, 2814 North Broadway. There will be food, drinks, parade royalty, parade marshals, as well as Santa Claus!
The other event, just up the Arroyo at Heritage Square is the 15th Annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration. Imagine a neighborhood lit entirely without the aid of incandescent light! At this event, Heritage Square is transported back to 1890 with lamp flame, dancing, and tasty holiday treats. The celebration happens Saturday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 Adults / $10 Children. Reservations are a must! Call 323-225-2700 ext. 224.
Sunday, December 6th:
The 65th Annual Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade marches down Figueroa Street from Avenue 60 to Avenue 50 at 1pm. The Winterfest Carnival, concert, and awards ceremony follows at Sycamore Grove Park. This year there is a super-secret-surprise Grand Marshal (Read: They don’t know who yet.) There was talk about Ozomatli, but I’d be happy to see some of our local heroes such as John Nese the Galco’s Soda Pop King, or Carol The Cleaning Lady, or maybe a half-graffitied float, half-buffed float with ALZA and the LA City graffiti abatement guy sharing the honor. Whatever the situation, it is always fun. Even when it poured cats & dogs five years ago and half the entries canceled (including the one I was in); it was a memorable, albeit soggy time.
While our parade is happening, down the historic W Line of the Los Angeles Railway, in Downtown Los Angeles, is The Los Angeles Conservancy’s screening of It’s A Wonderful Life made by Lincoln Height’s most famous son, Frank Capra. His Christmas masterpiece will be shown at 2pm on Sunday, at the Million Dollar Theater, 307 South Broadway. Admission is $10 Adults / $5 Kids. (I really need to clone myself this weekend.)
And if that isn’t enough to put you in the holiday spirit, rain is predicted for Monday. Yes, RAIN!