Try the Ugly Sweater Run or ice skating in downtown
Grab your ugly Christmas Sweater and sneakers and join the Ugly Sweater Run. It encourages owners of that tacky and ubiquitous holiday statement piece — be it Bill Cosby-style, battery-operated or homemade with glue and felt — to wear their prized possession for the annual 5K event. The 3.1-mile course includes holiday-themed stations, Christmas music, photo booths, hot chocolate, cider and beer. Participants are asked to bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots. It’s at L.A. Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., Chinatown on Sat., Dec. 21, beginning at 11 a.m. Cost is $44 to $50, kids 8 and under free. Register online at theuglysweaterrun.com.
Break out your ice skates and head downtown
Christmas Day is one of those rare times when the city goes eerily quiet. Everyone is shut away celebrating, and those who aren’t into the rite of celebrating the ancient birth have few options besides movie theaters and dim sum. Pershing Square has an option for Angelenos longing for colder climates or just in need of somewhere to drive to enjoy this day with no traffic. Downtown on Ice, the largest outdoor ice-skating rink in Los Angeles, is open from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday. Thanks to an under-rink Freon compressor, the ice will stay frozen and safe for skating through Jan. 20 (it’s also open on New Year’s Day; hours vary, so check the website). Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., downtown; Wed., Dec. 25, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. through Jan. 20; $8 general admission, $2 skate rental. (213) 624-4289, pershingsquareicerink.com.
If you’re in the mood for some HOLIDAY humor
Bob’s Holiday Office Party, 8:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until December 22 @ Pico Playhouse
7:00 p.m. every Sun. until December 22. A comedy in its 18th year, written by Joe Keyes and Rob Elk, about Bob, an insurance salesman in Iowa.