Why Even The Biggest Grinch Will Fall In Love With Fa La Land, the New LA Christmas Popup

My husband hates pop-ups.  He hates taking pictures.  He hates being IN pictures.  So what was he doing at the latest LA Christmas pop-up?  My brother bought us all tickets knowing I would love it and not realizing hubby might hate it.  Haha so it was to my great surprise and delight to see my pop-up grinch of a husband actually enjoy himself for once – AND put on a Christmas sweater for pics to boot! (mind blown)

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This was all of course thanks to the incredibly joyful staff at Fala Land who had magical grinch-defying powers and contagious Christmas cheer.  They were so high on life (and maybe drunk on too many Red Bulls ?) that you couldn’t help but smile in unison and laugh at their silly antics.  Only they could make communicating the rules of the pop-up seem fun, not boring…similar to how Jet Blue airlines creatively makes their announcements onboard humorous rather than bland.  And only they could chant “put on that sweater, put on that sweater” in such a convincing way as to actually make my husband listen to me and put on the ugly Christmas sweater I brought for him to wear.  And for that I am forever grateful!

Have you heard of Fa La Land?  It’s a holiday-themed pop-up where you can get your Santa pics AND enough fodder to fill your Instagram feed for the next month! Each room was highly stylized and every corner bursted with vibrant colors and classic Christmas scenes.  And like all pop-ups, each room had fun interactive elements.

Winter Wonderland? Check. Here you got to meet and chat with Mrs. Claus, write a letter to Santa and mail it and walk through the naughty or nice door of your choice.

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Elf on the shelf and a spinning wheel to determine which list you should write your name on? Check.

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Psychedelic Christmas tree forest where you have to search for the hiding elf? Check.

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Ball Pit?  Check

Supersized, candy swing? Check.

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And the most spectacular santa pic? Check!

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For more info. on this fantastically festive popup, and to buy tickets, click here!

Fa La Land is located at the ROW DTLA 787 S. Alameda StreetLos Angeles, CA 90021 in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

Fa La Land is open 6 days a week, closed Mondays.
Tuesday: 11am-8:30 pm
Wednesday: 11am-8:30 pm
Thursday: 11am- 8:30pm
Friday: 11am-9:30 pm
Saturday: 10am-9:30 pm
Sunday: 10am-8:30 pm

For more on popups and the 8 elements you’re likely to find at any, click here for my popular pop-up round-up!

Koziar’s Christmas Village What To Know Before You Go

Nothing puts me in the Christmas spirit more than walking through a winter wonderland.  I just love holiday decor, Christmas music and all the sparkly lights so seeing a Christmas village is always high on my holiday bucket list.  So how could I not see what Display World Magazine has dubbed, the “best outdoor Christmas Display IN THE WORLD.”  I know… what an amazing title, huh?  Here’s the initial view of Koziar’s Christmas Village that you get upon driving up.

Our jaws dropped!  It was so extensive, so elaborate, so mind-blowing that even our car full of jaded New Yorkers were impressed!

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What a happy place it was!

So the story goes that what originally started as a decorated house and dairy farm soon became a sensation when Mr. Koziar’s Christmas display grew year-by-year into a massive holiday spectacle.  Now you can see everything from a giant train display to a lit-up lake!  There were so many delightful sights along the trail including this supersized Santa!

Every turn showcased such a charming display of nostalgic Christmas tales, characters and scenes.

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Cute costumed characters greeted us, and as we winded down each trail we enjoyed a game of “I Spy” with fun – to -find items like the Snoopy cast, a land of santas, Grinch storybook pages, more!  Check out this adorable, vintage tea party scene found when we peeked into a playhouse!  Who else loved Raggedy Ann and Andy as a child?

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About a 2.5 hour drive from downtown, Manhattan, this destination was totally worth it!  But know before you go.

Here are our top tips for your next trip to Koziar’s Christmas Village:

BRING

  • cash! The cash line is 3 x faster than the regular line.  And trust me, you want to minimize your time waiting around in the cold outdoors
  • warm weather accessories.  Do NOT forget that scarf, mittens, hat and/or earmuffs.  Consider bringing an extra blanket especially if you have kids with strollers.  There are few indoor stops along the way, many of which have lines to get in so bundle up to really be able to enjoy the night out.
  • tissues.  We saw many people sniffling without access to tissues.  Bring your own.

KNOW

  • There’s one main bathroom near the entrance and porta potties scattered throughout.  Go before you go..
  • It will take you around 1-1.5hours to get through the place depending on how long you take at each shop along the way, how many photos you stop to take etc.
  • Avoid Saturdays because I hear the traffic into the place alone could take you up to 45 minutes per mile.
  • Get there before it opens to avoid wasting time in lines.
  • Thanksgiving thru January 1st:
    Mon. – Fri. 6 – 9 pm | Sat. 5 – 9:30 pm | Sun. 5 – 9 pm
    Open EVERY night to Jan. 1st
  • You can take a picture with Santa here..just have to find him in one of the miniature houses.
  • BUY the cookie!  OMG these chocolate chip cookies (which are warmed up for you) are SO good and only a dollar I think?
  • 3 & Under – FREE |  4 to 10 – $10.00
    11 to 64 – $12.00 | Seniors (65+) – $11.00 and guess what… Parking is FREE.  I know… you NY-ers just fainted on me…
  • To navigate the parking lot and remember where you left your car, drop a pin on your phone or text someone in your party directions
  • If you are using a camera, know which settings to use during the night.
  • Work out a plan if a member of your party becomes separated.
  • 782 Christmas Village RdBernville, PA 19506-8810 (It’s near Lancaster PA where we toured through and sightsaw the next day)

Have you been to a Christmas village before? If so, where and would you recommend it?

Gift Guide For the Major Minifashionista On Your Nice List

Have a major minifashionista on your nice list??  What do you get for the girly girl who loves fashion and has an eye for style?  If you’re wondering that this holiday season, you’ve come to the right spot!  ‘Cuz boy do I have great ideas for you!  Here is my gift guide for those good girls on your list!

NM Kids Boutique

This online boutique and IG shop is one of my secret go-tos for kids’ designer dupes and couture – like fashions.  And now it can be your favorite shop for all the latest trends too!  You’ll be delighted to know that they have everything from sunglasses, to swimsuits and sandals.  Here are a couple outfits that I styled using items straight from their store.  Which one do you like most?

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If you follow us on Instagram, you know we own and have styled the red sunnies and pink dress below.  Can you believe the dress tag actually says, Gucci?  And it’s only $29.99.  What a steal! Such great quality too!

Kidpik is the perfect gift that keeps on giving!  With monthly subscriptions based on the child’s style preferences, your opinionated minifashionista will receive a head-to-toe, mix-&-match, fully coordinated outfit based on the style survey she answers! Pick the 4, 6, or 12 week frequency option and only keep items you love (returns / exchanges are free and easy).  See here for more details!

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Bixbee – Why have a boring backpack when you can have a Bixbee backpack?  For the girl who enjoys standing out and being the envy of all, these backpacks are to die for!  I don’t know about your minifashionista but mine is obsessed with PINK so I’ve rounded up the most dazzling options for your pink-loving diva!

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See what I mean?  Darling details, right?  Glitter!  Unicorns!  3D detailing with wings, ears and horns that pop up out?? YES!!  And for those that already have a school backpack still in good shape, get them an upgraded duffle bag for all their dance, sport and slumber party needs!  Or get one to store all of the many doll clothes that I’m sure your fashionista has collected.  Check out these adorable options!

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The best part is that not only are these stand out designer bags, they are durable, reliable and ergonomic too.  Their patented, horizontal backpacks for instance are designed to carry weight (as recommended by experts) at the waist level.  Check out the site for sizing options ranging for those fit for a toddler all the way up to high school.  Additionally, you can feel good about purchasing from this brand because for every backpack sold, they donate a backpack filled with school supplies to a child in need!!

Shop Kids Shoes If you’re like most moms, you hardly have time to leisurely shop through actual stores and who wants to do that with baby in tow anyways?  It’s much easier and way more efficient to quickly do your search online.  That’s why I turn to Shop Kids Shoes for shoe needs.  They feature lots of name brands and I always fall in love with more than I intended to shop for!  Here are some of my current favorites.  Which one do you love??

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And for the girl who goes gaga for glitter, see the below options!! 

Follow us on Instagram and you’ll see more kids shoes from this site styled from brands like Katy Perry, Michael Kors, Sam Edelman, and Badgley Mischka!

 

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I don’t know about your child, but mine is crazy for rainbow everything.  And she LOVES this dress up rainbow bear! The set comes with plush stuffing, a heart locket, a birth certificate, a fashion outfit, and lots of accessories to customize and build their own bear at home!  What a fun activity for girls 3 and over to add stuffing, write their wish and close it in the special heart locket that fits inside the fashionable, furry friend!  Girls have so much fun dressing this bear-y cute gift and even get to fill out an official birth certificate for it!  Remember Cabbage Patch dolls and the birth certificate craze?  yea.. this is the more cuddly and cute version! Click below to buy!

Hairdorables

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For your crafty or artsy fashionista, check out these fabulous finds!

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Klutz has the best assortment of activities for that girly girl on your gift list ranging from sewing crafts for all ages, to artsy books like the fingerprint fabulous one shown here where you can add sparkles to your thumbprint artwork, to lookbooks where you can live our your fashion designer dreams!  I seriously love them all!  And the mini-me inside me wants them for me, er, I mean Juliet! Parents always need a rainy day activity so stocking up on these always makes sense.  Plus they make for great silent travel items that don’t bother other passengers.  See the full assortment and purchase here!

What great finds, right?  And they’re all $100 and under!  There should be a lot to choose from and they’ve been kid-tested by a real major minifashionista.  You can’t go wrong with any of these fab finds!

 

Full Disclosure:

We received product to review during the research phase of this post.  As always, all opinions expressed are our own.

 

 

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