5 Exciting Things To Do & Eat From December 15th-19th

Holiday pies, sushi collabs, and yes, even more winter markets.

It’s the final weekend before Christmas, so if you want to get out there and explore the city a bit before 2022, now’s the time to do it. There are a plethora of winter markets for all your gift-buying needs, some high-end sushi collaborations, and even holiday pie pop-ups so you can be the real hero on December 25th.

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The Events

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The Queer Mercado

Taking place on Saturday, December 18th at The Hilda L. Solis Learning Academy, The Queer Mercado is the first of its kind in East LA. The market/festival runs from 10am-4pm and will feature drag performances, live dancing, various food stalls, local art, and other queer-owned vendors. Entry is free.

This popular cafe and bakery in Frogtown just released its holiday menu that’s now available for pre-orders through December 22nd. The options include everything from assorted cookie boxes to brioche dinner rolls to double crust apple lattice pie. Pick-up is from December 22nd-24th and all ordering is done here.

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Treasure Party: Holiday Edition

Paper Please Shop in Chinatown is throwing a Treasure Party: Holiday Edition this Friday, December 17th from 4-8pm. Participating vendors include Angry Egret, Pearl River Deli, Steep LA, and more. There will also be complimentary holiday treats and drinks, as well as a free massage card with every gift wrap purchase.

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Japanese in Manhattan Beach

    Perfect for
  • Impressing Out of Towners
  • Special Occasions
  • Unique Dining Experience

If that end-of-year bonus has you looking to celebrate in a big way, head to Sushi I-niba. From December 31st to January 2nd, the tremendous Manhattan Beach sushi bar is collaborating with Sushi Kaneyoshi for a one-of-a-kind, exclusive omakase experience. Seating is at 7pm each night and will cost $500 per person. Reservations can be made here starting Wednesday, December 15th, but considering there are only 10 seats a night, they’re probably going to go fast.

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The TransLatin@ Holiday Party

Nonprofit organization Translatin@ Coalition is hosting its annual holiday party this Thursday, December 16th from 6-8pm in Koreatown. The event will include food, games, live performances, gifts, a raffle, and more.