Free Things to Do in December!

Posted Tuesday, December 5th, 2017


Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone…leaving us with the hottest new toys (goodbye, Hatchimalsand with a serious dent in our wallets. But! Here at Kidsguide you know we’ve got you covered with the ultimate list of free things to do in December!
Yes, you heard us right – FREE. Enjoy! 😉




Menorah Lighting in Newport Beach
December 12: Join the OC’s largest Menorah Lighting Ceremony with singing and festive traditions. Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. Free. Atrium Garden Courtyard.


Winter Craft-o-Rama in Balboa
December 13: Kids (K-4th grade) welcome the winter holiday season with sparkly crafty fun. Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free.


Here Comes Santa Claus in Orange
December 13: Kids of all ages can meet the big guy himself and tell him their wishes. Parents may bring cameras to take a picture of their child with Santa. Monday, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. El Modena Branch Library.


Christmas Blvd. 2017 in Fullerton
December 14-17: EvFree Church invites you to celebrate the season joining them at Christmas BLVD, a family-oriented holiday experience for all generations. There will be food trucks, a climbing wall, fresh cotton candy and kettle corn being made, sledding hills made of real snow, a horse-drawn carriage, a train, inflatables and carnival rides, and more. Free admission and parking. Food and tickets for select activities will be available for purchase. Many attractions and activities will be free of charge! Thursday-Sunday, 4-9 p.m. EvFree Church of Fullerton.


Free Holiday Movie Screening on the USS Iowa
December 15: Bundle up and join a free evening of fun! Enjoy the holidays with a Holiday Movie under the Guns Presentation of Frozen. Screened outdoors in front of the historic ship. Friday, 6 p.m. Free. Limited seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring light jackets, blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed.


Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops
December 16: Kids (3+) make a My Winter Headband. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. No reservations necessary. Carson, (310) 537-4778; Fountain Valley, (714) 963-8255; and Laguna Hills, (949) 462-9353.


Parade of 1,000 Lights in Long Beach
December 16: Watch dozens of yachts decked out with holiday lights cruise along the coast. With the best viewing points at Shoreline Village, the parade will wind from Shoreline Marina to Rainbow Harbor past Pine Avenue Pier and alongside the Queen Mary. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Free.


Star Party at Griffith Observatory
December 16: Look through a large variety of professional and home-built telescopes to view the sun, planets, the moon and deep sky objects like double-stars, star clusters, and nebulae. The observatorys Zeiss 12-inch refractor and computer controlled 11-inch lawn telescopes are set up throughout the event. Saturday, 2-9:45 p.m. Free.


Trombone Christmas at Anaheim GardenWalk
December 16: Head to Anaheim GardenWalk as over 400 trombone players are expected to congregate to break the current Guinness World Record of 369 trombone players in a single concert. The event will also feature the Billy Beez mascot, a holiday photo booth, and performances by local school groups. Saturday, 1-2 p.m. Free.


Winter in Willmore at Drake Park
December 16: Enjoy sledding and snow play, holiday lights, treats, crafts and pictures with Santa! Families can also decorate their very own gingerbread houses. Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. Free.


Holiday Festival at the Muckenthaler
December 17: The Muckenthaler’s annual Holiday Festival features home and gallery tours, performances, an arts and crafts fair and delicious food vendors. The family-friendly event also provides free art workshops for kids, a children’s play area, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. Free.


LA International Children’s Film Festival
December 17: The 13th annual festival will present full-length and short animated, live action and documentary films from around the world, for toddlers to teens. Filmmakers and actors will be present for question and answer sessions after each screening. Sunday,10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free.


Hanukkah Celebration at Farmers Market LA 
December 17: Celebrate Hannukah with the lighting of a giant menorah, music and arts and crafts and more! Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Free.


First Annual Long Beach Youth Chorus Holiday Concert
December 17: Usher in the season with the Long Beach Youth Chorus’ debut holiday concert! Celebrating the musical talent among young people from diverse backgrounds in a mutually supportive environment, the LBYC will feature seasonal favorites at this first-annual performance. Come show some love and support for the city’s newest arts organization! Sunday, 6:30 p.m. Grace First Presbyterian Church. Free.


Chanukah Storytime at Huntington Beach Central Library
December 18: Join a Chanukah story time presented by the Hebrew Academy. Monday, 7 p.m. Free to attend. Tabby Theater.


Winter Crafts in Newport Beach
December 19: Kids (3-8) can drop in for some cool winter crafting fun. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. First come, first served, limited by room capacity. Tuesday, 4-5 p.m. Free.


Anaheim Ducks Holiday Toy Drive Skate at The Rinks Anaheim ICE
December 20: Join The Rinks Anaheim ICE for their annual Holiday Toy Drive Skate Night. Donate new, unwrapped, toys, books, and games and skate for free as well as be entered to win Anaheim Ducks raffle prizes. The Street Team will be hosting ornament decorating for kids and guests will also have the opportunity to skate alongside Wild Wing and the Power Players. Wednesday, 7-9 p.m. Free with new, unwrapped toy, books, and/or games. Call for details.


Christmas Festivities at Farmers Market LA
December 20-24: The Original Farmers Market is decked out in Yuletide finery to welcome the season. Celebrate the holidays with music, arts and crafts, variety shows, Dickensian carolers and more. Daily. Free.


Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops
December 23: Kids (3+) make a Ugly Sweater Ornament. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. No reservations necessary. Carson, (310) 537-4778; Fountain Valley, (714) 963-8255; and Laguna Hills, (949) 462-9353.


58th Annual Free LA County Holiday Celebration
December 24: Bring the whole family to Los Angeles’ biggest, Emmy Award-winning holiday show. Choirs, music ensembles and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of L.A. celebrate the season during this free three-hour extravaganza, a decades-old tradition, beloved by Angelenos. The entire three hours will also be broadcast live on local public television. Sunday, 3-6 p.m. Free; no reservations or tickets to the show; first come, first seated. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at The Music Center.


Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops
December 30: Kids (3+) make a My Resolution Craft. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. No reservations necessary. Carson, (310) 537-4778; Fountain Valley, (714) 963-8255; and Laguna Hills, (949) 462-9353.


Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve in Long Beach
December 31: Downtown Long Beach welcomes the new year in style with a family-friendly event on the waterfront, and a DTLB street party on Pine Ave. Sunday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Free.


First Night 2018 in Fullerton
December 31: Stop by Downtown Fullerton to ring in the New Year! The City of Fullerton celebrates the 26th anniversary of the annual “First Night Fullerton.” Enjoy kids activities, rides, live entertainment, food vendors, roaming entertainment and a fireworks show at midnight. Sunday, 7 p.m. – midnight. Admission is free; rides and activities, minimal fee. Downtown Fullerton.


NYELA New Year’s Eve LA at Grand Park
December 31: For the fourth year, Grand Park + The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. will be the go-to central gathering place in Los Angeles where Angelenos ring in the New Year. Includes music, dancing, large-scale art installations and a unique only-in-Los Angeles New Year’s countdown, featuring 3-D digital video mapping on the side of the iconic City Hall with an integrated light show. Sunday, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Free.



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