Sunday, December 21, 2014

December's drinks and lifestyle billboards making L.A.'s skies festive...

With Christmas Day rapidly approaching I thought I'd share some holiday-themed billboards early this month, along with the usual eclectic assortment of drinks and lifestyle billboards gracing L.A.'s skyline.

Festive billboards
Santas taking appointments The Grove billboard
First up there's still time to see Santa and let him know exactly what you want for Christmas if you swing by The Grove shopping centre (obviously what you get depends on how naughty or nice you've been this year).
Grinchmas 2014 Universal Studios billboard
Meanwhile over at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park it's Grinchmas-time, a chance for your family and friends to get in the festive mood with Dr. Seuss' green-furred Grinch.
Disneyland Just got merrier Lightning McQueen billboard
From one theme park to another and Disneyland 'Just got merrier' at this time of year, courtesy of an ear-muff wearing Lightning McQueen and the other Cars.
Lucy Lawless Sleeping Beauty Pasadena Playhouse billboard
Also what would the holiday season be without a musical, or pantomime, to take the family to. Obviously the Pasadena Playhouse is capitalising on the popularity of Disney's Maleficent movie this year, with Lucy Lawless playing the horned magical nemesis of Sleeping Beauty.
Western Union holiday money app billboard
If you can't find the perfect present this year, you know that money is always an acceptable alternative and Western Union was advertising its app to help you send your loved ones money fast this holiday season.
Dont worry Santa we got this Container Store billboard
Plus if it's extra storage solutions you need to hide away all those gifts and store all those toys your lucky kids will receive, then The Container Store wants to assure us and Santa that they have this season sorted.

If you like these holiday-themed outdoor ads, be sure to also check out these festive billboards from December 2013 and Christmas billboards from December 2012.

Food and drinks billboards
Whole Foods Values matter billboard
For Thanksgiving and Christmas I always like to invest the extra money and treat us to a dinner made with produce and a turkey from Whole Foods, it may cost a bunch more, but it tastes great (plus it gives you a nice feeling to think the food is organically and fairly sourced from farmers).
better to give than receive In theory Patron Tequila billboard
At this time of year there's always lots of alcoholic drinks companies vying for your attention in the city skies, hoping that their offering will make for the perfect gift, like Patron Tequila.

If you like this ad, be sure to check out more Patron Tequila billboards from seasons past.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label rare gift billboard
And Johnny Walker is another brand hoping their Blue Label bottle will make for a rare gift for the whisky drinker in your life.
Ciroc Vodka Step into the circle billboard
Whilst Ciroc Vodka is always in the skies at this party season time of year when your circle of friends and family are celebrating the Holidays and seeing in the New Year in style.
Peace Love Rum Chata billboard
And I absolutely adore the retro festive feel of this Rum Chata billboard with this couple toasting the season with their favourite tipple.
Giant Jessica Alba Zico Coconut Water billboard
Meanwhile Zico Coconut Water is obviously planting the seeds of those healthy New Year's resolutions with this giant billboard featuring Jessica Alba on the side of the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood.
Coconut Water just got juicy Zico billboard
And you can tell the company is now wholly owned by Coca-Cola as here come the product extensions to milk as much money from this drinks brand as possible, with a new orange juice and coconut water blend.
This or That Pills or Juice billboard
And another Juice company wants to encourage Los Angelenos to drink healthy, rather than popping vitamins and pill supplements.
138 Water Elana Belle swimsuit model billboard
Whereas other brands use health or social benefit for this drinks, 138 Water chooses sex to sell their premium bottled water.
DJ Colleen Shannon 138 Water billboard
Busty girls in skimpy swimsuits seem to have very little to do with the qualities of the water, but that hasn't stopped 138 Water from using them as their brand ambassadors.

Charity and cause-related billboards
Leonardo DiCaprio please visit my website billboard
One of the more simple, but intriguing billboards I've spied in recent times was this billboard encouraging Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio to visit their website. Turns out it's a big PR initiative to get attention for a Russian guy's recycling project in his home town, be sure to visit Like From Leo to see the full story.
Live Give LA Children's Hospital billboard
And speaking of trying to do some good, if you want to feel good about yourself and spread a little joy this holiday season, maybe you should consider donating to a charity like the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Autos billboards
LA Auto Show 2014 billboard
At the end of November it was time for the annual L.A. Auto Show and their billboards still lingered at the start of the month, like this one above a Christmas tree lot along Highland Avenue.

Travel and tourism billboards
GBDC Palms Las Vegas dayclub billboard
And finally, I couldn't help but include this GBDC Las Vegas day club billboard which has been around for a while. I love the vibrant colours, but this female model looks about as real as the candy-theme of this ad creative.

And there you have a little taste of some of the festive billboards lining the city streets of L.A. this December. It's funny, but as soon as the Christmas and Boxing Day festivities are over, these holiday-themed ads immediately become very dated.

Fortunately there are other TV, movie and fashion billboards to keep the skies relevant, so stay tuned for some examples of those in the days to come.

Wishing you a very jolly holiday...

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