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2011 Holiday Guide: Events, Parties, Toy Drives & Cocktails

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Special events, parties, shopping discounts, charity benefits and more almost every day of the month. The best part? No eggnog or family drama.

 

Dec. 1-31
’Teas The Season Charitable Afternoon Tea Service @ Boxwood Café by Gordon Ramsay

This holiday season enjoy afternoon tea service at Boxwood Café by Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood benefitting Los Angeles-based non-profit organization A Place Called Home. The festive seasonal menu includes, but is not limited to, an assortment of afternoon tea pastries (vanilla macaron with burnt marshmallow, chiffon cake with Snow White icing, winter spiced financier), a selection of miniature tea sandwiches, freshly baked, traditional British scones, and a selection of loose leaf teas and herbal infusions. The holiday afternoon tea served is offered from 2:30-4:30 p.m. daily and is $28/person, while the champagne afternoon tea is $40/person. 15% of all proceeds will be donated to A Place Called Home, which raises funds for undeserved individuals to take ownership of the direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. For reservations, please call 310.358.7788 or visit www.thelondonwesthollywood.com.

 

Dec. 1-30
Holiday Toy Drive @ Viper Room

Bring an unwrapped toy  and receive a complimentary drink. www.viperroom.com

 

Dec. 1-19
Toys For Tots Drive @ Mark Mahoney’s Shamrock Social Club

 Mark Mahoney's Shamrock Social Club is holding our 10th Annual Toys For Tots Drive in partnership with the West Hollywood Sheriffs Station. Now through Dec. 19, you may drop off an unwrapped gift to Shamrock Social Club (9026 Sunset Blvd.) to benefit local families. Gifts can be dropped off seven days a week between the hours of 1 – 10 p.m.  Please feel free to contact us at 310.271.9664 if you have any questions. www.shamrocktattoo.com

 

Dec. 7, 14 & 21
Desert Nights Acoustic Shows @ The Standard, Hollywood

Desert Nights is a weekly gathering at The Standard, Hollywood. Every Wednesday, three acoustic musical acts perform a set in the Cactus Lounge. The vibe is warm and intimate, evoking an impromptu jam in a musician’s living room. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7: Lesands, Ry Cuming and Matt Ellis. Dec. 14: Leftover Cuties, Johnny Ruby and Justine Bennett. Dec. 21: Adrienne Pierce, Leslie Lowe and Ari Shine. www.standardhotels.com/hollywood

 

Dec. 7, 14 & 21
WineDown Wednesdays @ RH at Andaz

DJs from the Playlist Generation, $7 select wines by the glass and select cocktails and a $7 dining menu. 7-9 p.m. www.andazwesthollywood.com

 

Dec. 8
Jim Morrison's 68th Birthday Anniversary Celebration @ Rock & Reilly's

The legendary location of the former London Fog night club where The Doors got their start, Rock and Reilly's celebrates Jim Morrison's 68th birthday with a night of music and festivities paying homage to his rock and roll legacy. Arrive early for happy hour from 4-7 p.m. www.rnrpub.com

 

Dec. 8
Holiday Open House @ Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Enjoy complimentary coffee tastings and brewing demonstrations with discounts on items being sampled and demonstrated. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (8833 Sunset Blvd. location.) www.peets.com


Dec. 9, 16 & 23
Camp Freddy & Friends @ The Roxy

All-star group Camp Freddy unleash their annual Friday night residency during December at The Roxy Theatre. With a rotating lineup that features living legends such as Dave Navarro, Matt Sorum, Billy Morrizon, Donovan Leitch, Chris Chaney and more, you never know who is going to pop-in at this superstar celeb jam session. www.theroxyonsunset.com

 

Dec. 10
Toy Drive & Trunk Show @ Code C

Code C will host a toy drive benefitting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Bring an unwrapped toy and receive a 20% discount on new collections. (List of recommended toys.) The event also includes a trunk show from Louis Verdad, Gia Jewelry and Habitual, and holiday drinks and snacks. 3–7 p.m. www.codecusa.com

 

Dec. 10-21
“Angels & Demons” Art Exhibit @ The Sunset

The Art Addiction brings the "Angels & Demons" exhibit to The Sunset Strip, 8590 Sunset Boulevard. The exhibit opens up an art dialog between world renowned artists in Los Angeles, Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. It will feature: Tamara Semenova, Stuart Kusher, Sasha Krivtsov, Boris Gudanaev, Azat Mamedinov, Gregory Pototsky. The opening reception is scheduled for Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. and will feature music by Purple Melon and complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres. www.theartaddiction.com

 

Dec. 12
Christmas Party @ The Viper Room

Club With No Name and Swing House present The Viper Room Christmas party featuring So And So, Some Hear Explosions and Jared Nichols. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. www.viperroom.com

 

Dec. 14-25
Twelve Days of Christmas @ Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood

Each night from 5 p.m. until close, Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood will feature a different dessert from around the world. Desserts include: linzer torte with hazelnuts and raspberry jam (Austria), baklava with phyllo and walnuts (Greece), Penettone, a sweetbread with candied fruits and raisins (Italy), Buche de Noel (France), gourmet fruit cake (England), eggnog custard gingerbread cookies (Canada), sweet tamales with mangoes and dulce de leche (Mexico), rice pudding with currants, raisins and cinnamon (Denmark), candy cane soufflé (Switzerland), snowman baked meringue (Belgium), and apple pie (United States). Desserts are priced at $10/each and can be enjoyed at Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood. www.thelondonwesthollywood.com

 

Dec. 15
"Snowed In" Party @ The Den

With snow on the patio and a warm fireplace inside, you’ll never want to leave this holiday party. Revelers can indulge in holiday cocktails, a visit from Santa, elves, “Christmas karaoke” and DJs. Get “snowed in” 9 p.m. until close. www.thedenofhollywood.com

 

Dec. 18
Gary Hoey “Ho Ho Hoey Rockin’ Holiday Show” @ House of Blues

A night of rockin’ holiday hits with Gary Hoey and Golden State. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27 in advance, $29.50 day of show. www.hob.com

 

Dec. 19
Hip Hop Holladaze & Toy Drive @ Whisky A Go-Go

The Whisky has partnered with Union Rescue Mission to host a toy drive on Dec. 19. Drop off unwrapped toy donations and receive half-price entrance to the night’s Hip Hop Holladaze show with The Zzyzzx. ($5 entry instead of $10.) http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/?p=1516

 

Dec. 19-24
Charitable Giving Benefitting AIDS Project LA @ Peet’s Coffee & Tea

This year Peet’s Coffee & Tea has selected AIDS Project LA as their holiday donation recipient. Peet’s will accept donations for AIDS Project LA the week prior to Christmas, and to get everyone in the giving spirit, Peet’s will serve free drip coffee and tea on Christmas Eve. (8833 Sunset Blvd.) www.peets.com

 

Dec. 21
Skanukkah @ Whisky A Go-Go

A festive Ska/Hannukkah celebration. All ages. Doors open at 7 p.m. Visit www.whiskyagogo.com for band announcements and ticket info.

 

Dec. 24 & 25
A Very Merry Jewish Christmas @ The Comedy Store

The Comedy Store tradition of laughter and Chinese food on Christmas makes its return to our Original Room. Join Jewish and Gentile comics alike as we celebrate Christmas in the traditional Comedy Store way. Each ticket includes a veggie roll, white rice, chicken or veggie entree and a fortune cookie. Tickets to this ages 21 and older show are $15. Doors open at 9 p.m.  http://hollywood.thecomedystore.com/show.cfm?id=120195

 

Dec. 25
Three-Course Christmas Menu @ Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood

Enjoy a festive three-course meal that includes, but is not limited to roasted chestnut soup, black winter truffle risotto, roasted organic turkey with chestnut stuffing, buttered poached lobster, Liberty Farms duck breast, Christmas pudding, eggnog crème brûlé and  Bûche de Noel. The three-course Christmas Menu is offered from 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. and is $95/person. www.thelondonwesthollywood.com
 


Dec. 25
Holiday Meal @ Cabo Cantina

Cabo Cantina celebrates the holidays with a Christmas Day all-you-can-eat holiday meal with turkey and all the sides for only $6.95. Enjoy our famous two-for-one drink prices during happy hour from 4–8 p.m. and again from 10 p.m.-midnight. Open normal business hours on Christmas Eve (12 p.m.–1:30 a.m.), and 12 p.m.-midnight on Christmas Day. We will also offer bottomless mimosas and bloody marys for only $9.95 a person until 3 p.m. all weekend long! www.TheCaboCantina.com

 

Dec. 29
Crazy Glue XXX-mas with Fishbone & Aggrolites @ Key Club

Post-Christmas party featuring influential L.A. bands Fishbone and the Aggrolites. Tickets are $18 in advance and $23 day of show. Ages 18 and older. www.keyclub.com

 


SHOPPING/GIFTS/SPA

Relax, Release & Let Go @ OleHenriksen Face/Body Spa
OleHenriksen is randomly selecting complimentary spa services for 100 people who have lost their job. To be eligible, send your story (500 words or less) about how losing your employment has affected your life, the changes you had to make and how a OleHenriksen Face/Body Spa service could brighten your day. Submissions must be received by Saturday, Dec. 24 at 6:00 p.m. via email to OHSpaDay@olehenriksen.com. Randomly selected winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 via email and/or telephone. All guests must confirm their appointment by Friday, Jan. 13 at 8:00 p.m. Please include your first and last name, date of birth, address, phone number, email and service preference with your submission. www.olehenriksen.com

 

Six Month Pass @ Key Club
A perfect gift for the concertgoer in your life. This six month pass is valid for the cardholder plus one guest at Key Club shows from Jan. 1, 2012 – June 30, 2012. Cards are available for $125 and can be purchased at the Key Club box office. For more information, visit http://www.keyclub.com/event/78599/

 

Discounts Up To 60% Off @ Miriam Claudette
Everything in the store is on sale up to 60% off regular prices. Merchandise is in all price ranges from fun vintage costume to fine jewelry. 8590 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 10. http://thesunsetstrip.com/shopping/miriam-claudette

 

In-Store Shopping Specials @ SoundCheck Hollywood
Stock up on albums and merch for the music lover in your life and save. Receive $10 cash back to spend at a later date with every $50 in-store purchase through Dec. 24. The $10 cash back coupon will be redeemable Dec. 26-31. www.soundcheckhollywood.com

 

15% Gift Card Bonus @ Rosa Mexicano
From Dec. 1-31, receive a 15% bonus on gift card purchases of $100 or more (i.e. you pay $100 and receive a gift card worth $115, purchase for $150 and receive a gift card worth $172.50, etc.) A minimum purchase of $100 is required to receive the bonus. Gift cards are valid for future purchases only and cannot be combined with other offers or applied as payment for catering events. For more information and to order, visit www.rosamexicano.com/giftcards. 

 

Toy Drive & Trunk Show @ Code C
Code C will host a toy drive benefitting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on Dec. 10. Bring an unwrapped toy and receive a 20% discount on new collections. The event also includes a trunk show. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. www.codecusa.com

 

Complimentary Gift With Purchase @ Hustler Hollywood
For the month of December, receive a free gift with a purchase of $69 or more. www.hustlerhollywood.com

 

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