West Hollywood’s Top Holiday & New Year’s Eve Events for 2023
Naughty or nice, here's your festive, fabulous guide to celebrating the holiday season in the heart of Los Angeles.
The sun may shine year round in West Hollywood, but we’re not immune to a little holiday magic. And as one of LA’s hottest nightlife scenes, we’re always up for a good party. From ugly sweater parties to killer New Year’s Eve celebrations, here’s how to get in the holiday spirit in West Hollywood this year.
Holly Jolly Holiday Bar Pop-Up
E.P. & L.P.’s new second-story restaurant, Bombo, has been transformed into a winter wonderland for the season, complete with glowing candy canes, string of rainbow lights and tinsel dripping from the ceiling. Delight in festive bites and creative holiday cocktails served in kitschy cups (think snowmen and gingerbread houses). A $23 single ticket gets you a 90-minute reservation (including a welcome cocktail or mocktail), and group tables for two to four guests are also available.
Holiday Movies at Melrose Rooftop Theatre
Just upstairs from E.P. & L.P., sink into Melrose Rooftop Theatre’s cushy bean-bag chairs for a month of holiday movies, ranging from feel-good favorites like Elf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Home Alone to offbeat classics like Die Hard, Gremlins and Bad Santa.
Fleurs et Sel Holiday Cookie Pop-Up
Local baker Lara Adekoya will bring her uber-popular home bakery, Fleurs et Sel, to 1 Hotel this month for a special holiday pop-up. Lara’s cookies have gained a cult following, so keep your eyes peeled and get there fast! New flavors will be released weekly, and you can buy them at the hotel’s lobby restaurant, 1 Kitchen. A portion of sales will benefit the Los Angeles Midnight Mission, and you’ll also be giving back to the local community by supporting a Black-owned business.
Holiday in Candy Land Fairytale
December 2–3, 2023
Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046
Presented by the City of West Hollywood, this family-friendly holiday extravaganza features whimsical theatrical performances, photos with Santa, face painting and glitter tattoos, and an array of sweet treats for every visitor. There are two shows on each day (morning and afternoon), and the December 2 program will be presented in Russian. Tickets are $55, and children under 2 get in free.
So Fresh, So Clean Holiday Party
This event—also the official birthday party for LA’s DJ R-Tistic—is a sexier spin on your typical holiday party. If you’re not familiar, DJ R-Tistic’s high-energy sets and next-level crowd-reading skills have landed him plum gigs DJing celeb events ranging from Stevie Wonder’s birthday to Issa Rae’s wedding. Hit the dance floor and grind to hip-hop and R&B classics all night, courtesy of DJ R-Tistic and friends. 21+, cocktail attire.
Winter Wonderland at West Hollywood Park
December 16, 2023
The City of West Hollywood’s second-annual Winter Wonderland will see West Hollywood Park transformed into a winter playground with 20 tons of snow on the Great Lawn! This year, frolic in two snow zones—one for children under 5 and one for ages 6 and up. Other event festivities include crafts, hot cocoa and snacks, performances by community groups and a DJ spinning holiday tunes.
In the event of rain, the event will move to the gym inside the West Hollywood Park Aquatic and Recreation Center (adjacent to the park grounds).
Free Pup Photos with Santa at 1 Hotel
Brought to you by the Saturday Dog Club, this event promises a “howling good time” in famously dog-friendly West Hollywood. Bring your furry friend to the fabulous 1 Hotel for a custom festive photo sesh, and enjoy a complimentary Tito’s cocktail while you’re there.
Ugly Sweater Middle Eastern Party by Hump
Iconic gay club Micky’s hosts a Middle Eastern Night every month, but this is the one night of the year when wooly sweaters are the hottest fashion statement—quite literally. Don your ugliest and work up a sweat to the Middle Eastern house grooves of C:3, and stick around for a belly dance show by Sababa Dance crew and other special surprises. Free before 10:30 p.m., then $5 cover.
New Year’s Eve Parties
WeHo NYE Festival
December 31, 2023
For one magical night, both floors of E.P. & L.P. will transform into a New Year’s Eve celebration for the ages. There will be live performances, an open bar, champagne toast, balloon drop and surprises guests to keep things interesting (as they always are at this restaurant and rooftop bar).
Bootsy Bellows Official New Year’s Eve Party
Born from the creativity of actor David Arquette and the H.Wood Group, Bootsy Bellows’ retro-fabulous vibes have drawn A-List guests including Drake, Selena Gomez and Kylie Jenner. Go full 1960s go-go glam at this NYE party, which features holiday tipples, a five-hour premium open bar and DJs spinning dance-worthy jams from many genres.
Eden LA: New Year’s Eve Queer Party
Eden, a queer lifestyle entertainment brand, puts on parties around the world for the lesbian, queer, non-binary and trans community. This event at Santa Monica Boulevard’s Stache promises to be LA’s largest New Year’s Eve party for queer womxn + friends. 21+.
NYE 2024 at Skybar Los Angeles
Presented by Orlove and featuring headliner DJ Eric Sharp, this rooftop party at the ever-buzzy Skybar features a four-hour premium open bar and a midnight countdown (with confetti cannons!) and Champagne toast. Skybar will be entirely tented and heated for the occasion, and a special dance floor covering the Mondrian’s rooftop pool means you’ll have plenty of space to show off your most impressive dance moves.
Dr. Jeri’s Annual Charity Concert & Party to Cure Parkinson’s Disease
December 31, 2023
Looking for a New Year’s Eve party with a purpose? Head to The Roxy Theatre, where cult R&B legend Swamp Dogg and comedian-actress Jenny Zigrino will host a charity concert and party to benefit Parkinson’s disease research. General admission is $55 and VIP tickets are $95.
Peppermint Club NYE ’24
A spiritual cousin of Bootsy Bellows, this stylish music venue is another throwback to the swinging ’60s. On New Year’s Eve, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to tear up the dance floor as DJs spin hip-hop, house, Top 40 and more into the wee hours. With a five-hour premium open bar, complimentary Champagne toast and party favors, this party promises the celebrity treatment at a venue that counts Kourtney Kardashian and Jessica Alba among its A-List clientele.
Crawl ‘Til the Ball Falls
December 31, 2023
Need yet another reason to visit the Sunset Strip on NYE? Some of the best bars on the Strip, including The Den on Sunset, the Naughty Pig, Saddle Ranch Chop House, State Social House and Trocadero will be offering drink deals all night as part of the Crawl ‘Til the Ball Falls event. Buy your tickets in advance ($20), then get your wristband at The Den.
New Year’s Eve 2024 at Harriet’s
High above the 1 Hotel West Hollywood, Harriet’s Rooftop combines great drinks, stellar views and swanky vibes with its lush foliage and low-key fancy ambiance. So New Year’s Eve is especially magical here, as decked-out partygoers sip Champagne and cocktails from the premium open bar and dance to party jams as the clock strikes midnight (and well after).
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