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Christmas at the Grove


farmers market

It’s been a while since I posted anything to my blog or caught up with my blogging friends. It’s been one thing after another… mostly good but some not so great… the way life goes.

I’ve missed everybody.

So we reboot.

Last Saturday I enjoyed the Christmas lights and entertainment at The Grove with some friends. We ate dinner at Canter’s Deli on Fairfax. Canter’s has been serving food since 1931. Been decades since I was there last. I was surprised at how reasonable the prices are. My friends were all ordering the senior meal so I had to go along. I had half a small tuna sandwich, small cup of soup, small potato salad. I was stuffed. But the senior meal? I am a senior?

The Grove is an upscale shopping center behind the Original Farmers Market, a tourist destination for lunch when you are on the Los Angeles City Tour. The Farmers Market is very low key, down home. The Grove is the opposite.

The Grove

But this night we were here to enjoy the Christmas spirit, lights and fellow Angelenos. I subscribe to no particular organized religion but I still enjoy Christmas and prefer to call it that rather than “the holidays.”

the grove

Farmers Market stalls lit up for Christmas

I had been to The Grove a few days earlier with a friend visiting from England but at night all lit up it was spectacular.

the grove

The Farmers Market originated in the mid 1930s during the depression. A dozen farmers showed up with produce in the back of their pickup trucks to sell to people. I think this display between the Market and The Grove is an homage to that event.

The Grove

Okay, so now we are walking into The Grove which opened in 2002.

The Grove

And I am feeling the Christmas spirit. I love it!


I HATE crowds but although it was crowded it was not at all uncomfortable. I was enjoying being with my friends and other people out to enjoy the evening.

grove-121016-017-c-500px The Grove

And Santa Claus was ready to receive visitors.

The Grove

And all was right with the world. I need to take my inner child to places like this to escape reality. It’s important. Having fun is a necessary part of a balanced life.

The Grove

I am grateful for my friends and being able to take part in events like this. These moments are precious.

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

25 thoughts on “Christmas at the Grove

  1. That’s a perfect place to hang-out these days and do some shopping too!

    Have a good year-end and New Year!


  2. Beautiful, magical! Love the light captures!


  3. This brings back memories of trips from the Valley to the Farmers’ Market, with the bewildering assortment of food, the chance to eat upstairs (stairs!) and look about, the multicolored popcorn coatings, the stall where one could get a pin with one’s name done up in bended metal, and the Guatemalan shop where my mother bought a favorite skirt. Thanks!


    • Thanks for your comment. I am partial to the Farmers Market rather than the Grove. I prefer the low key old time feel of the Market vs the glitz and glamour of the Grove.


  4. Everything is so festive. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photo, Roslyn!


  5. Great shots and this place is waaaaaaaaaaaay better than Rockefeller Center, here in NYC.


  6. Lovely!


  7. I have enjoyed reading your post and the photos on this post are great. Thanks for sharing. Brick


  8. Very nice images, I really like like those x-mas lights.


  9. It’s just happen I spent part of the morning, and some of the afternoon there, however miss the lights! 🙂


  10. Beautiful place, nice pictures and merry Christmas!


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