The Bloc's Free ‘Sparkle DTLA' Twinkling Nightly

Enjoy a bulb-based show, with synchronized tunes, at the shopping center. Plus? Look for festive pop-ups throughout the run.

What to Know

  • Nightly through Dec. 27, 2019
  • 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m.
  • Interactive pop-ups on the schedule, including DIY custom ornaments on Dec. 14

As you're unboxing your holiday decorations, and untangling various bulb-laden strings, pay a kind thought to all of those Southern California destinations that take the time to hang thousands and thousands of lights, all to delight visitors for free.

It's a mammoth undertaking, one that requires a chunk of time and a talented team, and if those lights are part of a nightly show, one that runs four times, each and every evening, for over a month?

Every bulb must be bright and ready to go, a feature we at-home light-hangers don't always choose to follow.

The Bloc in downtown Los Angeles has just launched its inaugural Sparkle DTLA, a light show that will indeed run a few times each evening for the next few weeks.

The times?

The first one starts at 6 p.m., the final one blinks-twinkles on at 9 p.m., and there are shows at 7 and 8 p.m., too. Just be sure to time your visit, if you'd like to see the "16 million hues of lights" that fill the short and showstopping program.

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Adding to the cheer in the air? Merry music will play as those bulbs do their thing, adding a satisfying element of synchronization to the show.

Adding further fun to the proceedings? A number of special pop-ups will festoon Sparkle DTLA's run, including workshops devoted to card-making and the DIY-ing of customized ornaments.

If you're keen to take part in such a sparkly seminar, just check the schedule, to make sure you time your visit.

Craving some more light-based kapow in your holiday season, beyond your own admirable home-based display?

Spots around Southern California are going the dazzling distance, including The Bloc and its brand-new Sparkle DTLA.

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