Thanks to my friend SB for walking around Downtown Los Angeles (otherwise known as DTLA) with me today. It’s no secret I love downtown and I especially love it at Christmas… otherwise know as “The Holidays.” As anybody who knows me is aware, I embrace all religions and follow none. But I was brought up with Christmas, so that’s the way it is!
The above photo advertises El Dia de Los Muertos which is celebrated at Grand Park with installations honoring the dead, a Mexican tradition. The N.Y.E.L.A. poster is for the New Years Eve party hosted at Grand Park. At right is the reflection of the fountain.
A reflection in a window of the fountain with Christmas decoration on the left half. I always love Christmas with palm trees! After being too hot, today the temperature was around 70F (21C), my perfect temperature!
We walked over to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. This was the window of the gift shop. We assumed the colorful tubes represent the pipes of the organ in the hall. And you can see the reflection of City Hall peeking up behind the pipes.
Decorations in the window of the gift shop with reflections of clouds and palm trees. How Southern California is this?
The exterior of the Broad Museum mirroring a reflection of the building next to it.
We walked over to California Plaza to look at the decorations. The Angels Flight train was coming up the track.
City Hall in the background.
Christmas trees reflected in the pool at California Plaza.
Christmas tree and wreath inside the building with reflections from outside.
Another tree inside lobby of a building with reflections from outside. Obviously I’m obsessed with reflections!
Decorations inside the lobby, yes, with more reflections!
Next we moved on to Grand Central Market. Loved this neon ad for Frontier Whiskey!
One Bunker Hill didn’t disappoint with their decorations. But the coffee bar was closed for the weekend.
A very decent tree at the US Bank Building, the “real” tallest building in LA.
We then transported ourselves over to the Biltmore Hotel. We had lunch there at Smeraldi’s. We each ordered the mushroom bisque.
Absolute heaven. And we split the prawn sandwich. Equally as good. Just enough food. Would do that again for sure!
I adore the Biltmore. I could live there!
Now this is what I call a Christmas tree. The photo really doesn’t do it justice. Sorry.
Christmas in LA cannot be complete without a visit to the skating rink at Pershing Square. The little kids have “penguins” to hold on to. It’s great to see them fall and get up again and still enjoy themselves. A lesson there for all of us!
Pacific Mutual always has some good decorations. I love all the 1920s buildings in downtown but this one is special to me as when I did my LA Conservancy training this was the building I had to present in order to become a docent. It’s hard for me to believe now but I was so nervous I almost decided to quit the program before I had to give my talk. Glad I didn’t!
After this we visited the brand new Wilshire Grand Hotel. We took the elevator up to the lobby on the 70th floor. I had a bad vertigo attack looking out of the windows as there are no railings to hold on to. Why not??? In any case it was horribly hazy from all the fires so I could not have taken any photos anyway. But it would certainly be an impressive view on a clear day. Some other time, for sure!