November 27 – December 15 and January 8-31: Active, full-time fire and law enforcement personnel, including EMTs, may receive free admission for themselves and one guest (maximum of two complimentary admissions will be issued.)
November 24 – December 31: Inside the kitchen, much more is going on than pouring and mixing it’s science at work!
December 15-18 and 21-23: In it’s 55th year, the narrated cruise sails through the waterways of Huntington Harbour to see the holiday lighted homes and holiday decorations.
December 15: Join community synagogues for a musical extravaganza along with Shabbat blessings and a Chanukah celebration.
December 2-31: A grinchy-green “Grinchmas” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration fit for The Grinch.
December 1-23: Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus.
November 18- January 6: SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration includes Rudolph’s Christmastown, Santa’s Christmas Village, and more than a million and a half holiday lights throughout the park.
November 24 – December 24: Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this cherished Dickens classic and all your favorite characters.
Selected dates November 25 – December 23: Celebrate Christmas with a one-hour ride aboard a vintage train.
Fridays, September 8 – December 29: Get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators during free Shark Lagoon Nights.
November 24 – January 1: Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music, twinkling lights, and nightly snow fall in Heartlake City.
November 5 – December 26: Visit The Old Globe for Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas! A wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book.
December 14-17: Students from the Laguna Dance Theater perform with professional guest artists in this annual production of “The Nutcracker.”
December 8-9 and 15-16: The annual boat parade of light sails into the harbor.
Daily: See an Oscar statuette, visit the Dolby Lounge and other celebrity hot-spots, and see images from previous Academy Awards ceremonies.
December 1-16: An annual collection of pet toys, shelter supplies and treats that are delivered to shelter and rescue dogs and cats. Deliveries will be made on December 16th to animals in need.
November 1 – January 15: Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice to the beachside community with ICE.
Daily: Movies at discounted prices.
December 1-12 and December 18 – December 31: Hoiday cruises are offered nightly on the nights of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.
December 15-17: From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with dancing snowflakes, a dashing prince, and Tchaikovsky’s majestic score based on one of the world’s most beloved ballets.
December 7-17: In this special holiday production The Young Americans will take you on a ride to a magical place.
Fridays: Every Friday night is Date Night with Frogg’s Bounce House. Drop the kids off and enjoy a night out!
Fridays: This fun tournament is open to all K-6th graders and includes three hours of chess, pizza and juice, plus trophies for the top four players in each age group!
December 8 – January 1: The San Diego Zoo’s annual winter celebration is filled with holiday cheer!
December 9-23: This year the Long Beach Playhouse brings Dickens’ story to life in a quick-paced, highly theatrical re-telling of the classic tale.
December 9-31: An L.A. tradition, “The Nutcracker” is the perfect holiday event for children, family and friends to celebrate the season.
November 25 – January 7: Your family will be swept away by more than 3.6 million+ brilliant lights transforming Riverside’s historic hotel into magic.
Third Fridays: Kids (5-11 and 12-14) enjoy a scavenger hunt, karaoke, dance, arts and crafts, games, sports, contests and more.
Thursday – Sunday: The Great Park’s tethered, 118-foot-high, helium-filled balloon allows passengers to soar 400 feet in the air for a birds eye view. The carousel reaches a speed of 4.5 mph.
Third Fridays: Kids (5-12), get ready for a fun night out with friends. This program will have kids busy the whole night through with games, crafts, a movie, dinner and dessert.
December 3, 8, 10, and 15: Share a holiday experience that includes a jolly “ho-ho-ho!” Santa is coming to the store. The perfect photo opportunity!
December 13, 15, and 17: Kids (7+) join Fashionable Friday and create and design their own Santa’s Workshop!
December 13 – January 7: Embark on an International Christmas Expedition at the all-new CHILL, featuring the United States’ first-ever Ice Adventure Park and a touching tribute to cultural traditions from around the world.
December 15-16: Direct from Russia to Los Angeles, the classic Great Russian Nutcracker will entertain the whole family, with nearly 40 classically trained dancers.
December 2-23: Join everybody’s favorite holiday humbug, Ebenezer Scrooge, on a fantastical journey that celebrates the spirit of the season.
November 7 – December 24: Kids can create and decorate a letter to Santa, print it out and drop it off at a Santa Mailbox at a Macy’s department store.
December 8-10 and 15-17: The Orange Coast College Drama Department presents an old fashioned Christmas melodrama and ice cream social.
December 2-30: Join the Musical Theatre Village for a production of this Christmas classic.
December 1-31: With Golf N’ Stuff’s “North Pole Fun Pack,” the kids can enjoy two full hours unlimited use of: go-karts, bumper boats, Disk ‘O Thrill ride and kiddie train.
December 12-20: Celebrate Chanukah at Pretend City. Your child will love these rich and diverse activities about the Chanukah miracle and the importance of many of the traditions of the holiday.
Monday and Friday: Join Los Angeles Museum of Art in The Boone Children’s Gallery, located in the Hammer Building.
November 26 – December 26: Grand Park will be magically lit for the holidays, with a 45-foot tree as the centerpiece.
November 1-18 and November 28 – December 16: Knott’s Berry Farm continues its tradition of honoring the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military, both past and present, with free admission during its annual Military Tribute Days.
December 9-24: Festival Ballet Theatre’s breathtaking family-friendly production features superb colorful scenery and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition sparkle like new.
Friday – Sunday: Visit a large-scale permanent craft marketplace in classic World War II-era waterside warehouses, plus creation stations, printmaking workshops, daily demonstrations, live music, special events and food trucks.
December 15-23: If you could imagine a little girl named Clara, a magical Nutcracker doll, a mysterious magician Drosselmayer, toss in an evil Rat Queen, fearless soldiers, beautiful snowflakes, a breath-taking Sugar Plum fairy and enough sparkling costumes that would make Liberace weep with envy you are dreaming of the Nutcracker ballet!
December 15: View Aert van der Neer’s Winter Scene with Figures Playing Kolf and discuss how the people in this picture spent a winter’s day as the sun begins to set.
November – March: Head to the hills! It’s prime tubing time at the Big Bear Snow Play. Then, take a chairlift ride to the top of the Alpine Slide.
Thanksgiving weekend – end of snow season: Ride to the top of Sugarpine Chair Lift #1 for a zip downhill at the Mt. Baldy Tubing Park.
Through March: Enjoy a scenic chairlift ride followed by a thrilling downhill sled ride.
December 12, 15 and 16: Enjoy delicious cocoa and treats, make holiday crafts, enjoy stories, and meet Santa himself.
December 13-17: Join the Sea Base on their lawn for a view of the 110th annual Newport Beach Boat Parade.
Mid-November through Easter: Day and night “glow” tubing at Big Bear Snow Play.
November 24 – December 23: Help spread holiday cheer to patients at CHOC Childrens Hospital!
November 17 – January 7: With the flick of a switch, the zoo is set aglow with breathtaking displays. Guests enjoy LED lights by the thousands, giant illuminated snowflakes, a disco ball forest, glittering twinkle tunnels, stunning 3-D animated projections and more.
Fridays: Binge-watch anime during Teen Anime Club every first and third Friday, and see popular and not-so-popular films during Teen Flicks every second and fourth Friday (ages 13+).
December 12-23: These daily activities will help to channel your young child’s anticipation into simple activities that celebrate the holiday.
Third Fridays: Pretend City offers home school students a special day on the third Friday of every month.A field trip to Pretend City offers students a learning experience through hands-on educational play.
December 15: What better way for kids to prepare for the holidays then by learning how to bake some incredible sweet treats, with extras to send home in a decorated box.
December 5-28: Board a classic cable-car trolley for a waterfront tour that will showcase the best light displays around Long Beach. Each tour includes hot cocoa and a sugar cookie, a souvenir Santa hat and candy cane, holiday music and light narration.
Through January 7: Get in the spirit with all-new holiday experiences at Universal Studios Hollywood. Celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where Hogsmeade is transformed with wondrous spirit.
November 4 – December 26: Enjoy classic and new holiday TV shows with the family. Check your local listings for time changes.
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Orange County library system.
December 14 – January 7: Steps away from hundreds of shops and restaurants decked out for the holiday season.
December 15-17: Critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet brings The Nutcracker to life with dazzling sets, beautiful costumes and more than 80 dancers on stage.
December 1-31: The Santa Ana Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland called “Winter Zoobilation” with snow, lights and special holiday decorations for all to enjoy.
December 15: Bundle up and join a free evening of fun! Enjoy the holidays with a Holiday Movie under the Guns Presentation of Frozen.
November 28 – December 25: In the spirit of the holidays, join Pirate Adventure’s Pirates Take Christmas” for a night of fun and adventure, as they bring a holiday twist to the high seas.
Daily: A monthly calendar of family-friendly hikes, walks, tours and more at parks in the Orange County Parks system.
Fridays, September 8 – December 29: Get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators at the Aquarium of the Pacific during its free Shark Lagoon Nights.
Every other Friday: They turn off the lights, crank up the music with special-effects lighting, so families can have their disco bouncing fun.
Friday and Saturday: The lights go down, the music’s pumped up, and out come the lasers and glow lights. The full park is open to jump, climb, dance, and dodge after dark.
Tuesday and Friday: Families help staff members feed the sea stars in the touch tanks.
December 14-23: Since 1966, The Snoopy House features holiday scenes and music for nightly viewing. Santa will visit nightly from 7-9 p.m.
September 8, October 6, November 17, December 15: Make a warm and gooey s’more by the campfire
December 1-3, 8-10 and 15-17: Embark on a magical train ride and visit with Santa Claus himself at his North Pole workshop.
December 14 – January 7: Follow your heart straight to adventure with Disney On Ice! The ice skating extravaganza features the beloved stories and characters from the smash hit animated movies Finding Dory and Inside Out for the first time in a live production.
December 7-17: An irresistible Southern California tradition returns as American Ballet Theatre and Segerstrom Center for the Arts present Alexei Ratmansky’s sumptuous production of The Nutcracker.
November 18 – January 7: The annual exhibition, Muzeo Express, celebrates the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands on activities, sure to be a holiday favorite for children and enthusiasts alike.
November 24 – December 17: Be a part of a new tradition and ring in the holidays at The Gem Theatre with a fun for the whole family holiday review!
November 24 – December 17: The beloved American Classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
November 23 – January 1: Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado for the 13th year. The spectacular ice rink is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features stunning views of the Pacific and Coronado beach.
December 8 – January 2: Start practicing those double axels and salchows, as Temecula On Ice returns for the holiday season!
December 10-11, 17-18: Share a jolly evening with the Man in Red! The dinner includes a buffet and fun activities for the youngsters.
December 15-16: Enjoy a family-friendly evening in the garden while strolling the luminaria lined pathways.
Fridays: Kids (7+) join Fashion Camp every Friday for a fun sewing workshop.
November 19 – January 7: Two theatrical lighting houses have created 12 unique, large-scale lighting experiences that illuminate a mile-long walk through Descanso Gardens.
Ongoing: This behind-the-scenes tour lets fans visit some of the most restricted and non-public areas and view the Stadium from a whole new perspective.
November 17 – December 30: Snow Los Angeles is a stunning 9-acre winter wonderland, with over 10,000 square feet of downhill snow tubing lanes, plus a magical blizzard every hour and a giant snowman forest light show.
Daily: Parents and toddlers join Sky Zone for a fun time just for them. Get access to the toddler court and foam pit!
Fridays and Saturdays: All ages Glow Night Includes front of the line admission to all activities, unlimited admission to the Game Zone that includes over 20 digital games, GLOW Dunk contests and GLOW Bull Riding Contests!
December 11-17: Join the ACTS Drama group for a free performance of this holiday classic.
November 30 – January 28: Check out items for newborns to juniors, including toys, strollers, books, ride on toys, furniture, clothes, Pack N Plays, backpacks, shoes, maternity, and more.
December 15: Kids 13 and younger and their family join My Gym for a Cocoa Party with Santa with pictures, cocoa and cookies, cookie decorating, snow sled rides, face painting, games, puppet shows, and more.
November 24 – December 23: Based on the popular children’s book of the same name, The Secret Garden is filled with amazing music, elegant choreography, and a heartwarming story of forgiveness and renewal.
November 28 – December 17: Forget everything you ever knew about Robin Hood. The classic tale goes rogue in this bold new twist on the world’s most infamous outlaw.
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Los Angeles library system.
Through July 2018: Take a journey back in time, through the eyes of passengers who were on the Titanic.
November 17 – January 7: Immerse yourself into an atmosphere of wonder and light, visit with Santa Claus and enjoy a steamy hot chocolate!
November 17 – January 7: Join the Los Angeles Zoo for some holiday fun and the oppertunity to see real reindeer. Guests are invited to make the most of the season with a full day of adventure filled with holiday crafts and more.
December 3-24: The Madwoman in the Volvo is back and Scrooge isn’t the only one bitter about the holidays!
Daily: Educational robotic and static dinosaur displays, plus dino-themed activities including inflatable obstacles, Ride-a-T-Rex, fossil panning, maze, and more!
December 7-31: American Panto returns for the third year to Laguna Playhouse in Aladdin and His Winter Wish.
November 24 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 50-foot tree will come to life at night with a choreographed light show every 30 minutes.
November 20 – January 7: Vintage model trains will fill the Nixon Library once again as the centerpiece of “A Whistling White House Wonderland,” a holiday celebration.
December 15 – January 28: In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.
November 27 – January 15: Bring your family and friends this holiday season to experience the new District Freeze Ice Rink.
Fridays, December 1-22: Decked out in his best red suit, Santa will be waiting to hear your wishes and take photos with kids of all ages. Enjoy complimentary cookies and milk, courtesy of Corner Bakery, while supplies last.
November 18 – January 7: Enjoy “Merry Christmas, Snoopy!” on Ice, “It’s the Merriest Christmas Show Ever, Charlie Brown” holiday show, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and O. Henry’s “A Gift of the Magi” at the Bird Cage, a crafts fair, carolers, holiday decorations, and nightly snow in Ghost Town.
December 14-16: The princesses are throwing a ball, and you’re invited! Where else might a little mermaid get to duet with a beautiful bookworm? Get your ball gown out of the closet and dust off that tiara for our Broadway Princess Party.
December 14-23: Watch what happens as this classic story finds new life on stage in a live performance of the original 1940s radio broadcast, complete with a live foley artist and a twinkle of holiday cheer.
December 14-24: Enjoy an updated version of the classic tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, featuring family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing, contemporary music and more.
December 13-17: Join over a million viewers to watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along Newport Harbor in the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.
December 14-17: EvFree Church invites you to celebrate the season joining them at Christmas BLVD, a family-oriented holiday experience for all generations.
Through January 7: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.
December 7-10 and 12-17: Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Holidays Around the World festival will turn the new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza into an international cultural crossroads.