During the holidays, Los Angeles dresses up and sparkles to herald in the season. Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is especially glittery this time of year. I went to one of their Holiday Lighting celebrations to see it in all its splendor.
It was a rainy evening, which is rare in Southern California. It didn’t matter, though. The rain made it sparkle even more.
Rodeo Drive is the premier shopping mecca of Los Angeles. High-end shops line the”Golden Triangle” directly across from the palatial Beverly Wilshire hotel. It’s spectacularly lit for the holidays and is a glamorous venue to wander around in if you’re in a shopping mood.
Gucci, Chanel, Bvlgari, Burberry, Cartier, Dior, and Valentino are just a few of the establishments where celebrities and the affluent get together to shop and be seen.
For a full directory of Rodeo Drive businesses, click here.
We were treated to the “Taste of the Village” with samples of the area’s most decadent treats. Sprinkles Cupcakes, Bouchon Bakery, Teuscher Chocolates, Beverly Hills Beignet, and Coral Tree Caféwere were on hand in tents to pass out treats.
Mary Hart, the former host of Entertainment Tonight, hosted the entertainment that evening which included holiday songs performed by Broadway and TV star Megan Hilty.
You may remember her as “Ivy” in the TV series Smash. (which I miss dearly) It was pouring by the time the show started, but we all sat under our umbrellas literally “soaking up” the performance and the fireworks display.
My umbrella was an epic fail and fell apart as soon as I opened it. I looked ridiculous walking around Rodeo Drive with it flopping on the sides. By the time I got back home that night, I was wet through and through and craving a hot holiday toddy.
The holiday lighting celebration and show also kicked off the community initiative called Rodeo Gives Back. Guests brought coats that were given to the Salvation Army and the organizers made a donation to The Maple Counseling Center.
The center provides low-cost mental health services to those in need and trains counselors and interns. $10,000 was also donated in Megan Hilty’s name to a cancer center after her performance.
Rodeo Drive Holiday Activities
Two Rodeo Drive is a must-see LA holiday event with entertainment, food, and carolers.
Many iconic Beverly Hills hotels dress up for the holidays during the entire month of December. Stop in for a seasonal cocktail and to view the decorations. They include:
- Beverly Wilshire
- The Beverly Hilton
- Viceroy L’Ermitage
- The Peninsula
- Hotel Four Seasons at Beverly Hills
I loved my holiday-inspired” champagne at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. It had a spicy cinnamon stick in it.
If you’re in Beverly Hills during the holidays, make sure to shop Rodeo Drive and enjoy the magic.