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What You're Doing This Week: Dec. 9

Chill At Queen Mary
(credit: Katie Bodell)

With the holidays rapidly approaching, there are plenty of events to keep you busy in the month of December that will get you in the spirit of the season. This week offers everything from holiday festivities to a fun focus on art, acting and music. And if the Nutcracker is your thing, we've got just the right event for you.

standing room only variety
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Monday, December 9

Standing Room Only: Variety Hour
Vitello's Jazz & Supper Club
4349 Tujunga Ave.
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 769-0905

This Monday, see the acclaimed Broadway cabaret group, Standing Room Only. After garnering audience acclaim and playing to sold out venues, the show makes its move to one of L.A.'s highest regarded showrooms. Head to Vitello's in the evening for a night of good food, drinks and songs. Hosted by Broadway stars Kate Pazakis and Michael-Leon Wooley, this live music is inexpensive and will leave you wanting more when it's over. Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance via as well.

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Tuesday, December 10

Adventures In Color
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6000

If you're looking for an interesting event this week, head to the LA County Museum of Art for a one night exploration of the cultural and artistic importance of color photography. Sylvie Pénichon will discuss the current state of fine art photography as well as tips on identification, care, and preservation guidelines for photography collectors. In addition, Ms. Pénichon will be available for book signings after the event, which begins at 7:30pm in Brown Auditorium.

Fillmore Train
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Wednesday, December 11

Ride The Fillmore Holiday Trains
Fillmore & Western Railway Company
364 Main Street
Fillmore, CA 93015
(805) 524-2546

This Wednesday, take a mid week day trip to Fillmore and hop aboard the North Pole Express towards Santa's Village at the Fillmore & Western Railway Company. Each Wednesday-Sunday night through Christmas, you can ride a decked out vintage train, listen to carols, visit with Santa and his elves, enjoy tasty treats, and much more. The historic trains of Fillmore & Western and located in historic downtown Fillmore and the passenger coach cars as well as dining cars date back to the 1930's and 1940's giving your ride on the train a truly authentic and historical feel. So, venture back in time this Wednesday as you visit Fillmore.

holiday party
(credit: Clay Banks Studio)

Thursday, December 12

Rain Nightclub
12215 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 755-9596

For an exciting look at some of LA's best up and coming talent, head to the Rain Nightclub to enjoy CBSI, one of Los Angeles' leading acting schools, and their aptly named 2013 holiday showcase, "HOLIDAY." The evening will feature festive live performances, filmed pieces, and fantastic food and drinks.

Chill at queen mary
(credit: Katie Bodell)

Friday, December 13

Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 342-0738

The deep freeze has taken over the Queen Mary this holiday season. A giant dome, which was one home to the legendary Spruce Gooce, has been frozen over and transformed into a huge igloo making way for The Ice Kingdom - an astounding and inspiring exhibit with over the top ice creations which are as high as a 2.5 story building. In addition to the great Ice Kingdom, CHILL also offers ice skating outdoors, tubing across cool frosty snow, and great shopping at the holiday village. 2 million tons of ice have been transformed into a 9 degree colorful winter wonderland making CHILL the perfect holiday event for a date night or family outing.

Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
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Saturday, December 14

Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
Marina Del Rey
4750 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 670-7130

Saturday offers up something special this week. Marina Del Rey's annual boat parade kicks off with a grand fireworks show followed by a two hour parade of spectacular lights on water. Boats are adorned with lights competing to be the best year after year. And this year is no different. Thousands who live in the Marina and thousands that dont come to see the annual boat parade and get into the holiday spirit. Aside from the boats with spectacular holiday lights floating through the marina, don't forget to check out the floating Christmas tree which is on a raft out in the middle of the marina. You can view the parade from anywhere in the marina, although Burton Chace Park is one of the most popular spots where you can enjoy live music, and commentary from the announcers. Head to Whisky RED's after the parade for 50% off drink specials. 6-8pm.

Pelican Hill kids tea dessert children girls
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Sunday, December 15

Nutcracker Tea Holiday Party
Pelican Hill Resort
22701 Pelican Hill Rd.
Newport Coast, CA 92657
(949) 467-6800

For a holiday activity that kicks the fancy up a notch, make a reservation at Pelican Hill Resort's Nutcracker Tea Holiday Party. Families will enjoy a performance of the Nutcracker ballet and holiday tea in the resort's elegant ballroom from noon to 3:30pm. With tea sandwiches, pastries, scones, and more being served, it's sure to be a great day!

Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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