By Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary-Treasurer L.A. County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and Cherri Senders, President Labor 411

Despite a November election that has left the country bitterly divided, the 2016 holiday season is no occasion for bitterness. As we near the end of another successful year in the ongoing fight for better wages, hours and benefits, our dedicated L.A. workers have reason for celebration. Highlights from 2016 include United Food and Commercial Workers agreeing on a new contract that protects more than 50,000 grocery workers, the creation of the Los Angeles Reentry Workforce Collaborative, the passage of the affordable housing and local jobs ballot measure Proposition JJJ, and citywide participation in the Day of Disruption in support of union rights and a higher minimum wage for workers across a spectrum of industries. Whatever the season, we can count on L.A’s unions to stay hawkish for positive change throughout the city and nationally.

There is nothing quite like the holidays in Southern California.  As our notoriously warm weather cools native Angelenos and visitors alike can look forward to a whole host of seasonal festivities.  Whether it’s a visit to the zoo or a night out at the ballet, there’s plenty of ways to get in the holiday spirit this year all while supporting good local jobs.

The following events are proudly staffed by union employees who are paid fair wages and treated ethically. 

Zoo Lights and Reindeer Romp at the Los Angeles Zoo

When: now - January 8, 2017

Where:  5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

What: Stroll through a dazzling wonderland of lights before visiting with Santa and his reindeer at the Reindeer Village. Make Antler arts and crafts with the little ones, participate in ice carvings, and enjoy holiday sing-alongs and more. 

Union: SEIU, AFSCME

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Holiday Sing-Along at Walt Disney Concert Hall

When: December 17, 2016

Where: 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles CA 90012

What: Gather your friends and family to sing holiday favorites with the LA Philharmonic alongside the hall’s massive pipe organ and choir. 

Union:  IATSE, AFM

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Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood

When: now - January 1, 2017

Where: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

What: Visit Who-ville at Universal Studios, where you can snap a picture with the Grinch, enjoy story time with Cindy Lou Who, decorate ornaments, and snag a peak of the real Who-ville set on the back lot. 

Union: UNITE HERE, IBT

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The Nutcracker at UCLA

When: December 16-18

Where: Royce Hall, 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095

What:  Presented by the award winning Los Angeles Ballet, The Nutcracker is a holiday must see here in L.A. and the perfect way to usher in the season. 

Union: UNITE HERE, AFT, SMWIA-SMART

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Holidays at Disneyland Parks

When:  now - January 8

Where: 1313 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim CA 92808

What: The Happiest Place on Earth is transformed into a winter wonderland for the holidays.  Enjoy the festive décor, a Christmas Fantasy Parade complete with Santa and his sleigh, along with seasonal rides and attractions. 

Union: IBT, UFCW, UNITE HERE, IAMAW

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