Weekly Editor’s Picks: Tree lighting, Silent Night Skate Party, Mac and Cheese Smackdown

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Weekly Editor’s Picks: Tree lighting, Silent Night Skate Party, Mac and Cheese Smackdown

A Christmas tree sits on a dock in the snow at White Bear Lake in Minnesota on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

A Christmas tree sits on a dock in the snow at White Bear Lake in Minnesota on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

A Christmas tree sits on a dock in the snow at White Bear Lake in Minnesota on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

A Christmas tree sits on a dock in the snow at White Bear Lake in Minnesota on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

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Monday 11/28

L.A County Christmas Tree Lighting @ Music Center Plaza

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, holiday tunes, rampant holiday sales and the closest chance Los Angeles has at seeing that a true winter is upon us. The city will hold its own tree lighting with music provided by the Antelope Valley Master Chorale and the Brass Pacifica ensemble. Hot chocolate is also provided for all who attend.

Free

5 p.m.

135 Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tuesday 11/29

“Moonrise Kingdom” Screening @ ArcLight Hollywood

The story of young love on an island unfolds in this film by Wes Anderson. Ironically, the young protagonists, who are only 12 years old, are sometimes more mature than the adults they interact with. However, things get complicated when a storm heads towards the island, to which the adults try to track down the pre-teen lovers.

$15.75

8:15 p.m.

6360 W. Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90028

Wednesday 11/30

Bitch Sesh: A Real Housewives Breakdown @ Largo at the Coronet

Hosted by former Saturday Night Live cast member Casey Wilson and comedian Danielle Schneider, the two women dissect the latest drama of the Real Housewives series. This podcast recording will be a special holiday version with a visit by Santa to the reality-show smack talk session.

$30

8:30 p.m.

366 N. La Cienega Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90048

Thursday 12/1

Silent Night Skate Party @ Pershing Square

While it never gets cold enough for bodies of water to freeze over during the winter, L.A. has a solution for those wishing to ice skate outdoors. This party puts a different spin on the pastime by having all skaters listen to music through a pair of headphones instead of blasting tunes over a sound system.

$9 admission; $4 skate rental

7 p.m.

532 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Friday 12/2

Enchanted Forest of Light @ Descanso Gardens

This is not quite a walk in a winter wonderland, but this lighted walk through a one-mile portion of Descanso Gardens offers a colorful view of the botanical gardens at night. Entrance times vary based on the tickets, starting every half-hour after 5 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the garden’s website.

$28

5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

1418 Descanso Dr.

La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

Saturday 12/3

The Animal Museum Grand Opening

What started as a website in 2012 will now have its own physical presence as a museum dedicated to animals. The museum boasts its unique collection of exhibits as it’s the only museum in the area specifically about the animal kingdom. Some exhibits include a look at the cat lady stereotype and the history of the animal protection movement in America.

$45

5:30 p.m.

421 Coylton St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Sunday 12/4

Mac & Cheese Smackdown @ Bank of America Plaza

There really is a celebration for anything imaginable, such as this macaroni and cheese festival. A handful of restaurants serve up their best spin on the dish in the hopes of walking away with the title of the crowd’s favorite.

$30

12 p.m.

333 Hope St.

Los Angeles, CA 90071