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Holidays In Glendale

A woman gives a Christmas present to a young girl

The holiday season is a bit different everywhere you travel across the country. Sure, there are similarities — lights, an emphasis on Christmas cheer, and a probable appearance by Santa Claus or two — but each community seems to be able to put their own spin on the month of December in a way that stands out. The same is true of Southern California, and residents of the apartments in downtown Glendale know full well that Christmas here is a bit unlike Christmas anywhere else. What can those in the city expect of the holidays this year? Like any other, there will be more than a fair share of fun and excitement. Here are some highlights to add to your list of things to see and do.

Counting Down The Days With Joy

Like many places in the nation, the holiday countdown usually starts right after Thanksgiving has ended. Black Friday and the following weekend are a prime time to get some shopping done, and if you’re keen on getting out there and scoring some deals, you might want to head to the Glendale Galleria to check out what’s available. There are plenty of stores (old classics and new additions) to sift through and hours have been adjusted to accommodate the rush, so you’ll have plenty of time to get out there and mix it up in search of the perfect gifts. While you’re there you might also want to get some photos with Santa Claus, who will be set up in the Lower Level Macy’s Court through December 24th. While you won’t require a reservation to see the big guy, it is the best way to avoid the crowds and get to Santa on your time:

“Don’t miss the easiest way to visit Santa—just reserve your time and skip the line! Save $5 on photos when you book between Monday and Wednesday (through December 9th).”

Another continual event that will be taking place is the 20th Anniversary Bai Holiday Ice Rink going on at Pershing Square. Holiday ice skating in Pershing Square has been a tradition for years, and this year will be a treat to celebrate twenty years of the activity:

“Join us as we break the ice to kick-off the holiday season and celebrate 20 years of ice skating in Pershing Square by inviting residents and visitors to a day of free ice skating and festivities.”

Those festivities start with a quite literal ice-breaking as a large ice sculpture is shattered and the fun begins. The ceremony includes a performance from Disney’s Aladdin and other shows from the LA Ice Theater, California Gold Synchronized Skaters, and many others. Public skating and rentals will occur throughout the day from 12:00PM to 9:30PM.

The kick-off isn’t the only even that’s being held while the Ice Rink is up. There will also be events going on throughout the latter part of November and Through December that you can check out here. DJs will be coming through on “select Thursdays” to add some pumping beats to the ice skating fun. A Silent Skate Party will be going down on November 30th, and there will even be a chance to “Learn To Curl” on December 17th.

Those less-inclined to try on a pair of skates and more interested in checking out a Holiday Bazaar will be well at home at the French Holiday Bazaar over at the International School Of Los Angeles in Burbank. This event, held on December 1st, will feature some 30 vendors and artists, peddling toys & games, trendy fashions, jewelry, home decor, linens, gourmet gift baskets, and more. It’s free to attend, so if you’re interested in trekking over there you’re likely to find something that interests you. To stay abreast of changes leading up to the event, make sure to follow the Facebook Page and see what folks are saying.

For a unique opportunity that the kids can engage in, you might want to take a peek at the Inspirational Rock Painting event at Critters:

“Sign up your child for a fun, inspirational and creative way to express their thoughts. It will be a few hours of instruction and socializing with other children in our lovely community. All materials and instructions will be included in the registration fee.”

So, you’ll get to immerse your child in a bit of culture, let them commune with other kids in a creative setting, and, in general have a blast making unique works of art. The holidays are a great time to express cheer and imagination, and this event provides what might well shape up to be an amazing outlet for doing so.

Staying in line with the kid friendly theme, you might also want to check out Baby Bea’s Gingerbread House Decorating Event, going down at the Baby Bea’s Bakeshop in Beverly Hills. This event, naturally, provides an opportunity to decorate pre-assembled gingerbread houses with “unlimited icing, candies, and sprinkles.” You can let your imagination run wild and go for broke as you create the house of your dreams. Just be sure to secure your tickets in advance as they go fast.

Finally, if you’re looking to inject a little style into the Christmas season, why not try a giant Christmas party? If you’re willing to take a jaunt over to Hollywood, you’ve got two fabulous options coming up on December 31st: The NYElectric West Hollywood Hotel Rooftop Party, and New Year’s Eve 2018 @ Howl At The Moon Hollywood.

NYElectric West Hollywood bills itself as the “swankiest New Year’s dance party that Hollywood has ever seen,” while NYE @ Howl At The Moon similarly eyes the title of “best New Year’s Eve party to date.” Both will feature what you might expect from a hip New Year’s celebration, including open bars, music, plenty of dancing, and loads of fun to be had. Be sure to snag your tickets and pick out your most dashing threads for these awesome parties, then head on down with a date and toast to the new year.

Experience The Holidays From The Apartments In Downtown Glendale

Places like Altana provide the best spot to revel in the holiday excitement. Located in one of Glendale’s most pristine neighborhood, this community puts the gems of the Los Angeles area well within reach, with plenty of eating, shopping, and amusement to be had. Numerous floorplans allow residents to find the living space that works best for their situation, from studios all the way up to three-bedroom units. With all star features and building amenities thrown into the mix, you’ve got the formula for top-quality living right in the heart of one of America’s most desirable communities. Check it out, and prepare to make your move today.