This week, we’re doing the holidays at Heritage Square, Union Station, Hollywood and DTLA. We also check out a new brew pub and make a stop at the Rose Bowl for tea.
24th Annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration
Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St., will host its annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration at 4 and 8 p.m., Dec. 1-2.
“It’s Christmas Eve in 1918 and Alma Whitaker is missing. Bertram & Bloom, Private Inquiry Agents are on the case and hope to have the case wrapped up before Christmas morning,” organizers said. “Wander from one historic home to another where costumed docents will engage with stories and interactive customs of the era.”
Guests can enjoy a festive wine and cheese reception, including desserts.
Tour prices are $45 for adults and $15 for children older than 6.
The program is not suitable for children under 6 years old. As an evening tour, guests need to be aware of dimly lit conditions, walking on uneven surfaces, up and down steps and long periods of standing.
Tickets can be purchased at https://2018holiday
If you prefer “The Nightmare Before Christmas” over “Frosty the Snowman,” then the Seasons Screamings pop-up market is the place to do your holiday shopping. The market will be up one day only, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 1, at Sweet Hollywood, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., suite 201.
Vendors have such names as Poltergeists & Paramours, Haunted Holidays by Garvin Unlimited, Rags to Witches, Angel of Deaths Creations, Spooky Baby (Baby Cali Style), Lively Ghosts and The Grim Wreather.
You can also check out the Terrifying Treats Candy Bar Art Show, where local artists will design the wrappers and flavors of candy bars for you to admire, buy and taste.
There will be an appearance by Cassandra Peterson (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark) from noon to 2 p.m., photo-ops with Krampus and Danielle Bradford cosplaying as Elvira Claus.
Admission is free.
Union Station Holiday Festival and Market
Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., will host its second annual Holiday Festival and Market from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 1.
The event features some of L.A.’s top artists and artisans, including the vintage mobile boutique Bohemian Kitten, creative clock maker, Clock in Books and graphic arts purveyor, Printgonzales.
There will be live entertainment, including the vintage sounds of The Beverly Belles, food trucks and a craft beer garden.
For the children, there will be “A Little Elves Workshop,” a Christmas wish list station and a special performance from The Bob Baker Marionette Theater.
Also at the station…
Speaking of Union Station, the Harvey House restaurant, long vacant, has been reborn as a brew pub and bar.
The room, designed by Mary Colter and built in 1939, now houses the Imperial Western Beer Company and The Steamliner bar. The room has been refurbished, but it retains its Art Deco, Spanish Colonial and Navajo character.
We were there recently for brunch. The food was reasonably priced — $10 for fish tacos, $10 for bananas foster French toast, $12 for a fried chicken sandwich — and quite tasty. I tried their Decaff Fordie beer, described as malty, light, seasonable. It has a pleasant coffee aftertaste.
The pub is open from noon to 2 a.m. on Saturdays, noon to 11 p.m. on Sundays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; 11 a.m. to midnight Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday.
The Streamliner is a much smaller, more intimate lounge. It retains many of its Streamline Moderne details, like its curved walls, amber bubble glass and the original wainscot panels that were uncovered in the restoration process.
It’s open daily from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, is hosting its fifth annual Holiday Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 1-2.
The market will include such vendors as Bad Pickle Tees, Billy Kheel, Birch & Bone, Brown Bag Books, DTLA Gift Shop, Ink + Smog Editions, Los Angeles County Store, MADE by DWC, M. Greenwood Jams and YA Living.
Many of the regular market vendors will offer seasonal specials, such as tamales from Chiles Secos, butternut winter clam chowder at Prawn, raclette at DTLA Cheese and reindeer tracks sundaes at McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams.
The Devan Shah Tea Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 1, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 2, at the Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr.
“The Devan Shah Tea Festival — Los Angeles is now one of the nation’s largest tea festivals, bringing together tea enthusiasts and experts for two days of sharing top quality tea and in-depth discussions and presentations on teas from every origin,” says devanshahteafest.com. “In the spirit of tea lover extraordinaire Devan Shah, we invite all to share our enjoyment.”
Tickets are $20 and include a merchandise bag with a tasting cup. See www.devanshahteafest.com for details and tickets.