L.A. Eats: The Best Holiday Cocktails Around Town

Whether you’re planning a festive social event, romantic holiday celebration, or a fun night out with friends, what could be more tempting than a delicious holiday cocktail? Savor seasonal flavors and get into the holiday spirit at these awesome Southern California establishments.

Miracle @ The Ordinarie

Location: Long Beach

The Ordinarie at Long Beach is a cool olde-worlde seaside tavern at all times of the year, serving hearty comfort food and a range of thirst-quenching drinks. From November 26th to December 30th, however, the bar takes on a veritable Christmassy ambiance thanks to the Miracle pop-up cocktail bar. Open Tuesday through Sunday from noon until midnight, sample holiday cocktails galore, including Jingle Bells Nog, SanTaRex, On Dasher, and Christmapolitan. If you prefer your festive drinks warm, sip on a Bad Santa. The holiday kitsch and vibrant atmosphere really make for a fun night out.

Big Bar @ Alcove Café and Bakery

Location: Los Angeles

Open year-round Sunday to Thursday between 9am and 10pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9am until 11pm, the cozy and nostalgic Big Bar @ Alcove Café and Bakery always has great seasonal offerings. Warm up with an Irish coffee or hot toddy cocktail, try eggnog with added strawberry flavor, or sample warm apple cider with a tequila kick. It’s one of the best places for a romantic holiday cocktail with that special someone.

Bar Bohemien

Location: Culver City

Located in Citizen Public Market in Culver City, Bar Bohemian exudes a luxury vibe and has a choice of cozy indoor bar seating or seats on the rooftop overlooking the streets below. The bar opens daily at 3pm. For the holidays, try the Winter Solstice, a tantalizing mix of vodka, spiced pear liqueur, pear juice, lemon, and soda.

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Location: Santa Monica

Head down to Santa Monica Beach for a night of festive revelry at Loews Hotel. The Cocktails, Live Music, and Holiday Magic event is scheduled for December 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th, featuring holiday entertainment and festive cocktails. The Chocolate Hot Buttered Rum and Sticky Pudding Old Fashioned are sure to get you in the holiday mood. If you can’t make the special holiday events, check out Cocktails and All That Jazz instead. Held each Thursday evening during the holiday season, it features laid-back cocktails and live jazz music by the beach.

Polo Lounge @ The Beverly Hills Hotel

Location: Beverly Hills

From Thanksgiving through to January 10th, Polo Lounge has an exciting holiday cocktail menu created by expert mixologists. There are several decadent signature cocktails as well as traditional favorites. You can also feel festive with a glass of spice-laden mulled wine, all in a swanky setting.

The Green Room

Location: Burbank

Fun can always be had at Castaways reservation-only cocktail bar. This weekend through January 2, you can expect to find a true Winter Wonderland upon entry. The bar will be decked out in stylish holiday decor with delicious drinks fit for the occasion. Cozy up by the bar’s outdoor fireplace and enjoy a bevy of beverages from Grinch inspired to everything in between.

El Granjero Cantina

Location: Los Angeles

For a relaxing holiday cocktail to break up hours of holiday shopping, pop into the casual El Granjero Cantina at the Original Farmers Market in LA’s Fairfax neighborhood. The Mrs. Claus‘ Martini blends tequila with pumpkin spice syrup and coffee liqueur, while the tangy Tis the Season Margarita offers a festive twist on the popular Mexican cocktail.

Lanea

Location: Santa Monica

Nibble on tacos in Santa Monica’s laid-back Lanea and treat yourself to a shot or two of tequila. As well as their usual range of cocktails, order a Mistletoe Mule for more holiday cheer. With a sprig of mistletoe on top, the cocktail is made from vodka, mezcal, lime, and ginger.

Oak & Iron

Location: Thousand Oaks

While Thousand Oak’s favorite local hangout has not yet unveiled its winter cocktail menu, we can surely expect nothing but the best. This bar set the bar for tasty fall drinks and we know the winter selection will be just as enjoyable. For fantastic holiday cocktails in Conejo Valley, look no further than Oak & Iron.

Blitzen’s @ Here and Now

Location: Los Angeles

Located in downtown LA’s cool Arts District, Here and Now offers a trip back down memory lane all year round. Throughout December, however, Blitzen’s pop-up adds a whimsical holiday-themed twist. Make your way through the fake snow outdoors to step inside and admire the numerous Christmas and Hannukah decorations. Pop-out the back for a seasonal selfie on the sled and enjoy the diverse events and entertainment. When it comes to cocktails, drinks like the Baby It’s Cold Outside and the Get Blitzen’d disappoint.

 

Casa Vega

Location: Sherman Oaks

The famed Casa Vega will be pulling out all the stops to celebrate the holiday season this year. Think tons of tinsel, reindeer, and more. For appropriate holiday ‘spirits’, you can make your pick between a Mexican coffee, snowball margarita, or hot chocolate in a fun Santa mug.

 

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Out & About: New Year’s 2022 Events Around Town

We may be just getting into the December holiday season but NYE is not too far away! Find the perfect spot around town at one of these New Year’s 2022 events. We have you covered whether you live in Los Angeles itself, the Westside, San Fernando Valley, or Conejo Valley.

Los Angeles

Gatsby’s Penthouse Tickets

The most upscale NYE party in Los Angeles will be held at the penthouse of L.A.’s tallest skyscraper. Enjoy the Gatsby’s Penthouse celebration for a truly memorable evening.

When: 9:00PM – 2:00AM

Cost: $89.00 – $3,000.00

 

AVALON presents NYE2022 Markus Schulz

For those who really want to party with one of the biggest trance DJs, join Markus Schulz at AVALON for a high-energy New Year’s event.

When: 9:00PM – 6:00AM

Cost: $90.00 – $160.00

 

 

New Year’s Eve with Pink Martini

If you’re looking for one of the classiest, high-society events, then join Pink Martini and the little orchestra.

When: 7:00PM – 2:30AM

Cost: $69.00 – $164.00

Westside

New Year’s Eve 2022 @ SLS Hotel Beverly Hills

Enjoy an extravagant formal event at the SLS Beverly Hills Hotel. Cocktails, dancing, and a midnight balloon drop will ring in the new year in style.

When: 9:00PM – 2:00AM

Cost: $108.00 – $1,063.00

 

SHOREbar NYE ’22

For a more relaxed, cozy experience, join the SHOREbar for a charming, seaside night with hand-crafted cocktails and live DJs.

When: 9:00PM – 2:00AM

Cost: $80.00 – $3,000.00

 

New Year’s Eve by the Sea Celebration

The luxurious Hotel Casa del Mar is available for a New Year’s celebration like no other. Tickets include a three-course dinner, three premium drinks, complimentary parking, and party favors.

When: 9:00PM – 1:00AM

Cost: $175.00 – $5,000.00

 

San Fernando Valley

New Year’s Eve near Yosemite

If you want to enjoy some peace and serenity for the New Year, then a 3-day trip to Yosemite from Encino may be just the thing. Enjoy the winter park, beautiful winery, as well as skiing or snowmobiling.

When: Dec 31, 8:00PM – Jan 3, 3:00AM

Cost: $479.00

 

Universal CityWalk New Year’s Eve Celebration

Universal Studios offers a special New Year’s Eve experience that you’ll never forget. Enjoy the park’s nighttime transformation and a midnight fireworks display.

When: 9:00PM – 12:30AM

Cost: $99.00 – $134.00

 

Keep it Local New Year’s Eve Karaoke Extravaganza

For a local Sherman Oaks affair, enjoy the Keep it Local karaoke party at the Oaks Tavern. General Admission is free, but tables can be reserved as well.

When: 8:00PM – 2:00AM

Cost: Free – $72.00

 

Conejo Valley

New Year’s Eve at the Reagan Library

If you’d like to celebrate the New Year in stately style, then you need to do so at the Reagan Library. Ring in the New Year under the wings of Air Force One, with a gourmet dinner, and a champagne toast at midnight.

When: 8:00PM – 1:00AM

Cost: $165.00 – $195.00

 

Sound New Year’s Eve: Nicole Moudaber

If you’d be more interested in partying with the new age style of radio personality and DJ Nicole Moudaber, then head over to DICE for one of the best nights out.

When: 10:00PM – 2:00AM

Cost: $62.15

 

Broadway at the Seaside 2 NYE Dinner Show

For those who’d like their evening to end a little earlier so they can enjoy midnight privately, the Poinsettia Pavilion offers a Broadway show and a lovely catered dinner.

When: 6:00PM – 10:00PM

Cost: $125.00 – $899.00

Home Tips: Elegant Holiday Entryway Ideas

Once you’ve decorated the main areas inside your home, it’s time to turn your attention to the entrance area. A holiday entryway not only fills you with festive cheer each time to return home but also provides a jolly seasonal welcome to any visitors. Elegant and eye-catching, these holiday décor ideas are great for any entrance.

Gorgeous Wreaths for Your Holiday Entryway

Sprucing up your entryway for the holidays need not be difficult. Simply choose some stylish wreaths and hang them on your front door. Choose colors that match your interior décor for blended sophistication, or opt for shimmering whites and silvers for a sleek winter wonderland feel. A cool alternative is to hang a tied bunch of bushy branches and berries on your door for something different from the norm.

Bauble Lanterns for Your Holiday Entryway

Simple yet effective, fill shabby chic wooden lanterns with baubles for colorful festive décor as soon as you step foot inside. Use baubles to match your color scheme for your holiday entryway, or include every shade of the rainbow for a fun festive effect. Group two or three lanterns of different heights together, and tie a sprig of fragrant pine to the top of each with a festive bow.

Festive Chalkboard for Your Holiday Entryway

Customize your holiday welcome message with a large chalkboard on an elegant stand. If space allows, you can stand your chalkboard inside your entryway as a fun holiday entryway idea. Alternatively, display your seasonal message just outside. Keep it simple or accessorize the board with garlands, lights, or small holiday ornaments.

Mini Christmas Tree for Your Entryway

Christmas trees aren’t only for large areas … add a small festive tree to the entrance for plenty of holiday ambiance. With a small tree, you can choose where to position it for maximum impact, whether it’s on the floor, on a window ledge, or on a shelf. You could even hang a mini artificial tree upside down from the ceiling, rather like a Christmas chandelier, for a striking visual effect. If you already have a larger plant in your entrance, forego an extra tree and decorate the plant with small twinkling lights and tiny baubles.

Seasonal Rocking Chair for Your Holiday Entryway

This idea works best if you have a spacious entryway or a large porch. Decorate a rustic rocking chair with a wreath and plush throws and pillows in seasonal colors. Wrap boxes in a vibrant paper, top with glittery bows and have a small pile of gifts next to the chair for an even cozier scene.

Snowflake Planter for Your Entryway

Add a touch of elegant DIY winter beauty to your home. Simply fill a couple of white or metal planters with large pale pebbles, glue different sized and shaped white and silver snowflakes onto white sticks of varying heights and arrange them in the planters. Pale blue, pastel-toned, and glittery snowflakes also work well. Finish off by tying a large glitzy bow around each planter and placing them in your entryway.

Wall Displays for Your Holiday Entryway

Use the wall space to display holiday décor in your entryway. Hang stockings stuffed with faux greenery and berries. You can also display a chic holiday sign, or use string lights to highlight existing year-round ornamentation. Oversized bows, jingling bells, lanterns, tartan scarves, and Christmas countdown calendars all add festive touches to your entryway walls.

From New Reddit Features to Square’s Name Change and More! | Tech News

Get your weekly dose of tech news from this week’s blog. We are breaking down all of the major headlines regarding everything tech from the past week. From New Reddit Features to Square’s Name Change and more, read on for our tech news round-up of the week. 

TikTok Launches Creator Next for Expanded Money Making Options for Creators

This week TikTok announced the launch of Creator Next, their new hub for all of the platform’s monetization tools. The company announced the change via their newsroom, explaining that along with Creator Next, a new tipping feature will also be added. TikTok’s shift to incentivizing creators is a push to retain their biggest stars who may otherwise move to more profitable platforms. The company had recently begun testing a tipping feature in October, with the tool now being available to all creators who are eligible. Requirements for earning tips on TikTok include being in good standing, over 18, and having 100,000 followers or more.

CA Gets First Autonomous Delivery Service Courtesy of Nuro and 7-Eleven

You may have already begun to see a new kid on the block of autonomous vehicles. This past week Nurp kicked off a new service in California in partnership with 7-Eleven. Nuro, a leader in autonomous delivery vehicles will be delivering convenience store goods to consumers. Currently, driverless vehicles have been limited to one store in Mountain View. Likewise, in an effort to expand, some vehicles have also begun road tests around L.A. The L.A. vehicles are currently only surveying routes and are not available for delivery. There is no word yet on when Nuro’s service will expand to all of SoCal.

Square to be Rebranded as Block in New Name Change

In the era of name changes and Founder departures, Twitter-owned Square is getting a new look. The company announced this week they will be rebranding as Block. The news follows the announcement that Twitter Founder and CEO Jack Dorsey would be stepping down from the company. While Dorsey will remain CEO of Block (for now), the tech founder stated “the change makes it clear the company is more than a payment processing service.” The company hopes that the change will aid them in helping to increase access to the platform for all.

Reddit Adds New Real-Time Features to Platform

This past week Reddit launched new real-time features for the platform. The update will now allow upvotes, downvotes, and comments to increase or decrease as they occur. The company hopes that the change will provide more accuracy for users on the platform. In addition, Reddit will also show the number of people reading a post when five or more people are viewing it at the same time. Likewise, the feature will also show users a typing indicator when two or more users are typing a comment. The features have already begun rolling out and will be available on the newer Reddit design. 

 

US Manufacturing Boosted by Global Chip Shortage

While the recent chip shortage as a result of the pandemic has limited product availability, it is now working to help boost US manufacturing. The ongoing shortage has led to a new spotlight being shined on what products are manufactured in the U.S. Additionally, the shortage has bolstered the U.S. Governments push to decrease reliance on foreign entities for consumer products. U.S.-based companies like Intel are now hoping to not only increase production but also government funding in order to address the shortfall. The company joins a growing list of other U.S. manufacturers who are stepping to the plate to accelerate the production of necessary products like chipmakers. Whether or not the US manufacturing boost will aid the chip shortage overall is yet to be determined.

Bang and Olufson Team with Verizon to Create smart Android TV Soundbars

If you happen to be a fan of Bang and Olufson AND Android devices, you are in luck. This week Verizon announced they will be partnering with Bang & Olufsen to create a customized version of Android TV called “Stream TV.” Along with supporting Dolby Atmos, the Streambar will also include built-in streaming. The features will be similar to that of Roku Streambar and include the capability to play video content in 4K and HDR. In addition, the soundbar will also support Chromecast for wireless streaming from any phone, tablet, or computer. 

Weekend Events: December 3-5, 2021

With the first weekend of December here, we have your pick of the best holiday and winter events around town. From L.A. to the Westside and SFV to Conejo Valley we have you covered with the best December events this weekend.

LOS ANGELES DECEMBER EVENTS

Yuletide Cinemaland

When: Dec 4-Dec 26, 2021

Where: Heritage Square | Montecito Heights

What: If you want old-fashioned vibes this holiday season, you’ll enjoy the outdoor screenings being offered at Heritage Square. Enjoy Victorian home tours, piano sing-alongs, and more while you sip hot cocoa and mulled wine. The month-long event will feature a range of screenings from Elf, to Home Alone, A Christmas Carol, and more.

Los Angeles Comic Con

When: Dec 3-Dec 5, 2021

Where: South Park

What: Comic book fans unite as it’s time for this year’s Los Angeles Comic-Con event. The local annual convention heads to DTLA for one amazing three-day expo. Don’t miss must-see panels and screenings with celeb appearances from the likes of Zachary Levi, Tom Welling, and more!

She & Him

When: Dec 3-Dec 4, 2021

Where: Downtown Historic Core

What: What better way to kick off your holiday season than with She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. Listen to breezy pop renditions under a cool night sky and just the right amount of December-approved tunes.

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES DECEMBER EVENTS

 

Ever Present

When: December 4, 2021

What: The Getty | West Los Angeles

Where: The Getty is bringing the experience of Fluxus scores to life this Saturday only. As you roam the grounds of the museum, you’ll find musicians, dancers, and artists interpreting the 1963 publication An Anthology of Chance Operations. As it is an avant-garde afternoon, be prepared for the unexpected. 

Angel City Chorale Holiday ConcerT

When: December 4-5, 2021

Where: Royce Hall | Westwood

What: We’ve gone full festive with our December events and there is no turning back. Break out your bestHoliday garb and head to Royce Hall for Christmas and Hanukkah classics. The 160-member Angel City Chorale will be singing a range of familiar festive tunes from classical to pop, world, contemporary, and gospel. 

Skating by the Sea

When: December 4-December 31, 2021

Where: Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates

What: This takes skating and sites to new heights. The rink at the RPV Civic Center offers you the chance to skate around atop a bluff overlooking the ocean at this Rancho Palos Verdes rink. Stop by on the weekend and plan ahead for themed nights throughout the month.



SAN FERNANDO VALLEY DECEMBER EVENTS

Movies on the Roof

When: December 3-18, 2021

Where: Sherman Oaks

What: More holiday film series? Yes, please. Enjoy a series of holiday screenings alfresco at Westfield Fashion Malls’ holiday film event. Every Friday and Saturday of December you can catch flicks like Bad Santa and Batman Returns with ticket sales going towards a good cause.

Sensory Friendly Event

When: December 5, 2021

Where: Westfield Fashion Square | Sherman Oaks

What: Take part in this Saturday’s Sensory-Friendly Santa Experience. The entire community is invited to this sensory-friendly event in partnership with Autism Speaks.

 

Tujunga Village Holiday Street Faire

When: December 4, 2021

Where: Moorpark Street | Studio City

What: Holiday fun is heading to Tujunga this weekend. The community-hosted annual faire will feature a night of festivities that the entire family will enjoy! 


CONEJO VALLEY DECEMBER EVENTS

 

Malibu Foundation Holiday Fest & Market in Agoura

When: December 3, 2021

Where: Cornell School Road | Malibu

What: Find delight at the Malibu Foundations Holiday Fest and Market. Enjoy holiday lights, live music, and more at the German-inspired holiday fest. The market will also include snow, train rides, local vendors, and more!

 

Oxnard Christmas Parade

When: December 4, 2021

Where: 500 South C Street, Oxnard

What: Oxnard will be kicking off the holidays early with this weekend’s holiday parade. Come out and enjoy marching bands, local school groups, and special floats at the annual Christmas Parade!

 

Chanukah Family Festival at Janss Marketplace

When: December 5, 2021

Where: Janss Marketplace | Thousand Oaks

What: Celebrate the Festival of Lights at Janss Marketplace this Sunday! The Thousand Oaks shop is hosting its Chanukah Family Festival with a plethora of fun and food. Enjoy delicious bites like jelly doughnuts and hot latkes while you sip on cocoa and listen to the DJ spinning sounds.

LA Eats of the Week: November 29-December 3

Switch up your weekly dining routine with our round-up of the best places to dine around town. From L.A. to the Westside and SFV to Conejo Valley, we have you covered with the new and delicious spots to try. Enjoy a range of cuisine options with this week’s blog of L.A. Eats!

LOS ANGELES

Bicyclette

Location: 9575 W Pico Blvd | Los Angeles

Enjoy French classics in this intimate space from the cuisine-creative minds of République. The wood-lined space offers up delicacies from beef bourguignon to duck comfit making for a fantastic meal!

Melanie Wine Bar

Location: 8310 W 3rd St | Los Angeles

If you are a fan of Sushi Note, you’ll love David Gibbs newest spot Melanie Wine Bar. The friendly neighborhood bar provides a delicious wine-friendly menu that’s easy to fall in love with. Likewise, enjoy an extensive set of vintage and mostly Old World picks by the glass.

Horses

Location: 7617 Sunset Blvd | Los Angeles

At this California-American restaurant, you’ll find tasteful artwork accompanied by timeless food in an equally timeless setting. Likewise, the James Beard-nominated Chef Liz Johnson brings an elegant touch to the menu, at Horses. Enchant your tastebuds with bites like pork rillettes, caesar salad, veal sweetbreads, and roasted Cornish game hen with dandelion Panzanella.


WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES

Berbere

Location: 510 Santa Monica Blvd | Santa Monica

Santa Monica has no shortage of fantastic dining spots. This is ever more true with the newest spot on the block, Berbere. The new plant-based Ethiopian restaurant offers all-day hours and delicious menu options. Enjoy options like the tofu scramble breakfast sandwich for breakfast or crispy tacos with Ethiopian flavors for lunch.

Belles Beach House

Location: 24 Windward Ave | Venice

From the mind of SaMo’s most popular restaurant Elephante comes a new trendy spot, Belles Beach House. The Hawai’ian-inspired and Tiki-clad Venice hangout provides a Japanese-inspired menu and breezy beach vibes. From karaage chicken nuggets to sushi platters and cheeseburgers, there’s plenty to be enjoyed!

Tatel Beverly Hills

Location: 453 N Canon Dr | Beverly Hills

The highly anticipated Brazilian restaurant Tatel, backed by stars like Christian Ronaldo has finally opened in Beverly Hills. Immerse yourself in midcentury modern-inspired decor coupled alongside classy dishes like Jamon Iberico, pan con Lechon, and paella. Likewise, if you visit on the right night, you will also be treated to Impromptu dancing, well-garnished cocktails, and live music!


SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

Gasolina Cafe

Location: 21150 Ventura Blvd | Woodland Hills
For some of LA’s best Spanish food, look no further than Sandra Cordero’s Gasolina. The Woodland Hills cafe offers up all-day dishes like pan tomate, tortilla española, and weekend paellas that are worth the traffic on the 101.

Tel Aviv Glatt Kosher Grill

Location: 17201 Ventura Blvd | Encino

When it comes to the Valley’s best Israeli food, tel Aviv Glatt Kosher Grill has it all. The Encino spot offer sabich, schnitzel, challah, shawarma and so much more!

Apey Kade Restaurant

Location: 19662 Ventura Blvd | Tarzana

If you haven’t tried Sri Lankan food, you are certainly missing out. Luckily you can change that with the wide breadth of options Apey Kade in Tarzana. Likewise, the food is fantastic and worth a visit with dishes from raw kale salads to rice to hearty soups and stews.

 

CONEJO VALLEY

Dong Ting Spring

Location: 520 N Ventu Park Rd Ste. 150 | Newbury Park

For authentic Hunanese food, make your way over to Dong Ting Spring, the second location of Dong Ting Chun. Likewise, the restaurant offers a large menu of choices from braised pork belly with preserved vegetables and lamb in golden soup. 

Maru kitchen

Location: 2728 Townsgate Rd | Westlake Village

At Maru Kitchen, you’ll find delicious Korean food with a westernized twist. Invigorate your taste buds with combinations like the lightly spicy kimchi gumbo served with purple rice. For a unique twist on gnocchi, you might also love the chewy ddeok in cream sauce and ragu. Additionally, Maru Kitchen also offers traditional Korean bites for the non-adventurous type. 

Decker Kitchen

Location: 4661 Lakeview Canyon Rd | Westlake Village

Westlake Village’s neighborhood restaurant Decker Kitchen serves up New American cuisine in a quaint setting. Indulge in their freshly baked sourdough bread topped with feta mousse and heirloom tomatoes using locally sourced ingredients. Likewise for something heartier, the 24-hour brined and marinated pork chops are with a try. 

Out & About: The Best Holiday Light Displays Around Town

With the holiday season finally here, there is one thing we can all look forward to enjoying. Holiday Light Displays! In SoCal from botanical gardens to drive-throughs and residential streets, we take the crown on a truly lit holiday. Read on below for the best holiday light displays happening throughout LA and beyond!

Marina del Rey Boat Parade | December 11, 2021

If you have ever wondered what the festive spirit looks like on a boat, wonder no more. The annual Marina del Rey Boat parade returns this year for a cheery fete at sea. Bundle up and bring the entire family as you watch a range of boats small and grande showcase their best holiday decor. Just make sure you pencil in the date because MDR’s boat parade is for one night only!

South Coast Botanic GLOW | Until January 17, 2022

The illuminated wonder of South Coast Botanic Garden’s holiday display returns to light up your festive season. Walk through the Palos Verdes Peninsula garden, set to a genre-spanning mix of music for an evening like no other. For this year’s event, you’ll find additional lit areas like the lavender garden, koi pond, Fuschia garden, and lower meadow. 

L.A. Zoo Lights | Until January 9, 2022

Journey on foot through the twinkly lights at the L.A. Zoo where wild resident-inspired displays await. The whimsical projections and mosaic-like multicolors of the giraffes, elephants, and more are sure to bring joy to all. Get into the holiday spirit as you pursue past a multitude of shimmering lights, twinkly tunnels, and Chinese lanterns galore.

Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza

Yes, there is a Sleepy Hallow and no it has nothing to do with the Tim Burton classic film. The seaside neighborhood in Torrance invites you to cruise down Robert Road for a truly delightful holiday display. With home after home showcasing their very best holiday light displays, you’ll feel immersed in the festive atmosphere. Kicking off in early December, the display runs in the evening through New Year’s Day with walkable areas for those not keen on driving bumper to bumper.

Hikari: A Festival of Lights at Tanaka Farms | Until December 30, 2021

If you happen to be a fan of Tanaka Farms pumpkin patch, you’ll love their holiday set-up equally. The Irvine fields are open to vehicles for a joyful after-dark wagon ride and walk-through of their holiday light displays. Festive lanterns will guide you along the way where you’ll see holiday-themed scarecrows, tractors, and trees. Enjoy a wagon ride or make your way to the holiday market for fun that the entire family can enjoy!

Candy Cane Lane

Woodland Hills Candy Cane Lane has been celebrating the holiday season for over 60 years. The appropriately named Valley neighborhood offers a joyful holiday light displays that is bound to make for a merry evening. Make your way down the eight blocks centered around Lubao Avenue and Oxnard Street for just the right amount of holiday cheer.

Home Tips: The Best Winter Plants for Your Garden

If you want an attractive garden all throughout the year, having plants that bloom in different seasons is ideal. Whether you prefer vibrant blossoms, lush foliage, or edible plants, enjoy scenic splendor all year round when you include some of these eight beautiful winter plants in your landscaping.

Winter Jasmine

Fast-growing with a potentially large spread and height, winter jasmine is hardy enough to survive during the colder months. Yellow flowers add bursts of color to any garden without the overpowering sweet scent that you may expect from other jasmine species.

Red Emu Bush

During the summer, the red emu bush displays dull green leaves. In the winter, however, the foliage takes on striking hues of purple-gray, accompanied by bright red flowers. Perfect for dry conditions, the red emu bush makes for a handsome feature plant or can be used to create a pretty hedgerow. As an added incentive for bird lovers, the blossoms of winter plants like this are known for attracting hummingbirds.

Pansies

Pansies sport flowers of diverse shades, creating plenty of low-lying colors around your garden over the winter. Easy to grow from seed, pansies can survive minor frosts as a great winter plant. As well as looking great, pansy flowers are edible too.

Swiss Chard

If you want to incorporate tasty vegetables in your garden, swiss chard is a terrific option for wintertime. The large green leaves grow on reddish-pink stems, creating quite a visual statement. Make sure to plant swiss chard in sunlight for the best results. Other vegetable plants that grow well over the winter include cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and broccoli.

Sweet Alyssum

Sweet alyssum thrives in colder conditions; in hot weather, the plant falls dormant. An ideal plant for border edges, sweet alyssum also looks beautiful when planted in pots. The small white and pale purple flowers look attractive next to bolder blooms too.

Snapdragons

Available in various colors and with an interesting appearance caused by distinct flowers and a tower-like shape, some varieties of snapdragon also have a gentle delicate fragrance. Snapdragons can survive frost, thus keeping your garden colorful throughout the winter months.

Yuletide Camellia

With a Christmassy name, it’s likely no surprise that the evergreen shrub of yuletide camellia is a great winter plants choice. The leaves are dark green and shiny and the red flowers feature a beautifully contrasting bright yellow stamen. The plant needs little water, making it good for dry conditions, and you only need to fertilize the plant once each year.

Marigolds

Sometimes also known as calendula, marigolds typically produce flowers all throughout the year, though in Southern California the flowers are generally larger over the winter. The flowers are in eye-catching tones of deep orange and vibrant yellow, with petals darkening towards the outer edges. Marigold flowers and leaves are edible, and the plant has also long been celebrated for having healing properties.

From Michael Strahan in Space to Macy’s NFT’s and More | Tech News

Before you dig into your Thanksgiving feast, take a bite out of this week’s leading tech stories. From Michael Strahan in Space to Macy’s NFT’s and more, we have you covered. Read on for the top technology news headlines from around the world this week!

Canadian Investment Firm Purchases $2.5 Million of Virtual Land

From Michael Strahan in Space to Macy’s NFT’s and More

A digital plot of land has been sold for $2.5 million in cryptocurrency to a Canadian investment firm. The company, Tokens.com secured the buy on Decentraland, a blockchain-based metaverse as the largest of its kind thus far. The land, which is digital is a “116 parcel estate in the heart of the Fashion Street district within Decentraland”. According to Tokens.com, the company will use the digital space for virtual fashion shows and expand e-commerce with fashion brands. The news comes after Facebook announced its plan to invest $50 million in creating its own metaverse. 

Spotify Says Goodbye to Auto Shuffle because Adele Said So

If you’ve never been a fan of auto-shuffle on Spotify, Adele is right there with you. Thanks to the Grammy-winning artists, Spotify has stopped shuffling albums by default. Prior to the change, Spotify’s system was set up to shuffle artists’ album songs by default resulting in random play order. As part of releasing her album on the platform, Adele had requested that the company remove the feature so that listeners could enjoy artists’ albums, like a story, as intended to. 

Apple’s Wallet Drivers License feature Will Now Roll Out Next Year

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For those counting down the days until you can leave home with only your digital wallet in tow, you will have to wait a little longer. The tech giants’ digital driver’s license feature was expected to begin rolling out in select states later this year. Announced at this year’s WWDC 2021, Apple’s Drivers License will launch in early 2022. “The addition of driver’s licenses and state IDs to Apple Wallet is an important step in our vision of replacing the physical wallet with a secure and easy-to-use mobile wallet,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet, in a statement at the time.

Michael Strahan to Blast Off on the Blue Origin as its Next Celebrity Passenger

Good Morning America co-anchor and former NFL player Michael Strahan will be the next guest aboard Blue Origin. The host will be an honorary guest on the New Shepard rocket alongside Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of the first American in space, Alan Shepard. In addition to Strahan and Shepard, NS-19 will also have four paying customers on board. This will include Dylan Taylor, CEO of Voyager Space Holdings and founder of nonprofit Space for Humanity; investor Evan Dick; and Bess Ventures founder Lane Bess and Cameron Bess. The first New Shepard flight with a full manifest of six commercial astronauts will launch in West Texas on Dec. 9 at 7 a.m. PT.

Macy’s to Auction off Thanksgiving Day Parade NFT’s

If you love the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, you’ll love their new items up for purchase. In honor of the 95th year of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the retailer is auctioning off 10 one-of-a-kinds NFTs. The NFT’s for sale each reference a parade balloon from decades past spanning all the way back to the 1920s. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, with the auction set to end on November 30. Along with the NFT’s, Macy’s will also be giving away 9,500 parade-themed pieces of a varying rarity on a first-come-first-serve basis on Thanksgiving Day.