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Events on December 15th, 2017

A listing of awesome activities for kids, teens and families throughout Southern California. If you would like to submit an event for possible inclusion, email your information here. Want these events delivered to your inbox every week, for free? Sign up for the Buzzz!

Fire and Law Tribute Days Recognition Days at Knott’s Berry Farm

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.)

Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Cube Orange County

November 24 – December 31: Inside the kitchen, much more is going on than pouring and mixing it’s science at work!

Huntington Harbor Cruise of Lights

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.

Musical Chanukah Shabbat Dinner at the Alpert JCC

December 15: Join community synagogues for a musical extravaganza along with Shabbat blessings and a Chanukah celebration.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios

December 2-31: A grinchy-green “Grinchmas” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration fit for The Grinch.

Annual Christmas Train in Orange

December 1-23: Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus.

SeaWorld’s Holiday Celebration

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.

A Christmas Carol in Costa Mesa

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.

North Pole Express Train in Fillmore

Selected dates November 25 – December 23: Celebrate Christmas with a one-hour ride aboard a vintage train.

Free Shark Lagoon Nights at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Fridays, September 8 – December 29: Get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators during free Shark Lagoon Nights.

Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights at Legoland

November 24 – January 1: Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music, twinkling lights, and nightly snow fall in Heartlake City.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas in San Diego

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.

The Nutcracker in Mission Viejo

December 14-17: Students from the Laguna Dance Theater perform with professional guest artists in this annual production of “The Nutcracker.”

Parade of Lights in Dana Point Harbor

December 8-9 and 15-16: The annual boat parade of light sails into the harbor.

Dolby Theatre Guided Tours

Daily: See an Oscar statuette, visit the Dolby Lounge and other celebrity hot-spots, and see images from previous Academy Awards ceremonies.

Operation Santa Paws 2017

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.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Santa Monica

November 1 – January 15: Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice to the beachside community with ICE.

Movie Deals and Theater Child Care

Daily: Movies at discounted prices.

Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade and Holiday Cruises

December 1-12 and December 18 – December 31: Hoiday cruises are offered nightly on the nights of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

The Ultimate Nutcracker Experience in Irvine

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.

The Young Americans Present The Magic of Christmas in La Mirada

December 7-17: In this special holiday production The Young Americans will take you on a ride to a magical place.

Date Night by Frogg’s Bounce House

Fridays: Every Friday night is Date Night with Frogg’s Bounce House. Drop the kids off and enjoy a night out!

Academic Chess Friday Knights

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!

Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo

December 8 – January 1: The San Diego Zoo’s annual winter celebration is filled with holiday cheer!

A Christmas Carol in Long Beach

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.

The Nutcracker by the Los Angeles Ballet

December 9-31: An L.A. tradition, “The Nutcracker” is the perfect holiday event for children, family and friends to celebrate the season.

Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside

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.

Kids Night Out at Los Alamitos Youth Center

Third Fridays: Kids (5-11 and 12-14) enjoy a scavenger hunt, karaoke, dance, arts and crafts, games, sports, contests and more.

Rides on the Great Park Balloon and Carousel in Irvine

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.

Kids Night Out In Cypress

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.

American Girl Welcomes Santa in LA

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!

Santa’s Workshops with Fashion Camp

December 13, 15, and 17: Kids (7+) join Fashionable Friday and create and design their own Santa’s Workshop!

CHILL Ice Adventure Park at the Queen Mary in Long Beach

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.

Great Russian Nutcracker at the Wiltern

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.

A Christmas Carol in Pasadena

December 2-23: Join everybody’s favorite holiday humbug, Ebenezer Scrooge, on a fantastical journey that celebrates the spirit of the season.

Macy’s Letters To Santa

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.

Christmas Melodrama and Ice Cream Social at OCC

December 8-10 and 15-17: The Orange Coast College Drama Department presents an old fashioned Christmas melodrama and ice cream social.

A Christmas with Scrooge in Irvine

December 2-30: Join the Musical Theatre Village for a production of this Christmas classic.

North Pole Pack at Golf N’ Stuff

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.

Hooray for Chanukah at Pretend City

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.

Boone Children’s Gallery Storytimes at LACMA

Monday and Friday: Join Los Angeles Museum of Art in The Boone Children’s Gallery, located in the Hammer Building.

Grand Park Lights Up the Holidays

November 26 – December 26: Grand Park will be magically lit for the holidays, with a 45-foot tree as the centerpiece.

Military Recognition Days at Knott’s Berry Farm

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.

The Nutcracker at the Irvine Barclay Theater

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.

Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles

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.

The Nutcracker Ballet in Temecula

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!

Family Art Night at the Norton Simon Museum

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.

Alpine Slide and Snow Play

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.

Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

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.

Snow Valley Snow Play

Through March: Enjoy a scenic chairlift ride followed by a thrilling downhill sled ride.

Cocoa with Santa at Rancho Los Cerritos

December 12, 15 and 16: Enjoy delicious cocoa and treats, make holiday crafts, enjoy stories, and meet Santa himself.

Viewing of the Newport Beach Boat Parade at Newport Sea Base

December 13-17: Join the Sea Base on their lawn for a view of the 110th annual Newport Beach Boat Parade.

Big Bear Snow Play

Mid-November through Easter: Day and night “glow” tubing at Big Bear Snow Play.

CHOC Toy Drive at Pretend City

November 24 – December 23: Help spread holiday cheer to patients at CHOC Childrens Hospital!

L.A. Zoo Lights and Reindeer Romp at the Los Angeles Zoo

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.

Teen Club in Garden Grove

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+).

Christmas Countdown at Pretend City

December 12-23: These daily activities will help to channel your young child’s anticipation into simple activities that celebrate the holiday.

Home School Days at Pretend City

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.

Holiday Cookie Exchange with Lil’ Chefs

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.

Trolley Tour of Lights in Long Beach

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.

Holiday Festivities at Universal CityWalk

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.

Holiday TV Shows Schedule

November 4 – December 26: Enjoy classic and new holiday TV shows with the family. Check your local listings for time changes.

Orange County Libraries Daily Story Times and Events

Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Orange County library system.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Downtown Burbank

December 14 – January 7: Steps away from hundreds of shops and restaurants decked out for the holiday season.

The Nutcracker in Rancho Cucamonga

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.

Winter Zoobilation at Santa Ana Zoo

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.

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.

Pirates Take Christmas

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.

Orange County Parks Daily Activities

Daily: A monthly calendar of family-friendly hikes, walks, tours and more at parks in the Orange County Parks system.

Free Shark Lagoon Nights at the Aquarium of the Pacific

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.

Cosmic Bounce at Bounce U Orange

Every other Friday: They turn off the lights, crank up the music with special-effects lighting, so families can have their disco bouncing fun.

Big Air Cosmic Nights

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.

Help Feed the Sea Stars at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Tuesday and Friday: Families help staff members feed the sea stars in the touch tanks.

Snoopy House in Costa Mesa

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.

Moonlit Marshmallows in Irvine

September 8, October 6, November 17, December 15: Make a warm and gooey s’more by the campfire

Train to Santa’s Workshop in Perris

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.

Disney On Ice Follow Your Heart in Anaheim

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.

American Ballet Theatre The Nutcracker at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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.

Muzeo Express, Holiday Model Trains at Muzeo

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.

THe Holiday Gem in Garden Grove

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!

It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show in Fullerton

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.

Skating by the Sea in San Diego

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.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Temecula

December 8 – January 2: Start practicing those double axels and salchows, as Temecula On Ice returns for the holiday season!

Dinner with Santa at Descanso Gardens

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.

Heritage House Christmas Tour at Fullerton Arboretum

December 15-16: Enjoy a family-friendly evening in the garden while strolling the luminaria lined pathways.

Fashionable Fridays at Fashion Camp

Fridays: Kids (7+) join Fashion Camp every Friday for a fun sewing workshop.

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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.

Dodgers Stadium Tour in Los Angeles

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.

Snow Los Angeles at Elysian Park and San Diego

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.

Toddler Time at Sky Zone in Westminster

Daily: Parents and toddlers join Sky Zone for a fun time just for them. Get access to the toddler court and foam pit!

Glow Nights at Sky Zone in Westminster

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!

A Christmas Carol at Calvary Chapel of the Harbour

December 11-17: Join the ACTS Drama group for a free performance of this holiday classic.

Valley Kids Consignment in San Fernando Valley

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.

Cocoa Party with Santa at My Gym Long Beach

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.

The Secret Garden The Musical in Anaheim

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.

The Heart of Robin Hood at The Wallis

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.

Los Angeles Libraries Daily Story Times and Events

Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Los Angeles library system.

Titanic in Photographs: The Exhibition at The Queen Mary

Through July 2018: Take a journey back in time, through the eyes of passengers who were on the Titanic.

Los Angeles Zoo Lights

November 17 – January 7: Immerse yourself into an atmosphere of wonder and light, visit with Santa Claus and enjoy a steamy hot chocolate!

Reindeer Romp Holiday Celebration at the L.A. Zoo

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.

Sugar Plum Fairy at South Coast Repertory

December 3-24: The Madwoman in the Volvo is back and Scrooge isn’t the only one bitter about the holidays!

Wonder of Dinosaurs in Redondo Beach

Daily: Educational robotic and static dinosaur displays, plus dino-themed activities including inflatable obstacles, Ride-a-T-Rex, fossil panning, maze, and more!

Aladdin and His Winter Wish at the Laguna Playhouse

December 7-31: American Panto returns for the third year to Laguna Playhouse in Aladdin and His Winter Wish.

Tree Lighting at Irvine Spectrum

November 24 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 50-foot tree will come to life at night with a choreographed light show every 30 minutes.

A Whistling White House Wonderland at Nixon Library

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.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

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.

Outdoor Ice Skating Rink in Tustin

November 27 – January 15: Bring your family and friends this holiday season to experience the new District Freeze Ice Rink.

Cookies and Milk with Santa at the Irvine Spectrum

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.

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

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.

The Broadway Princess Party at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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.

Miracle On 34th Street Live at Pasadena Playhouse

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.

Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose at the Pasadena Playhouse

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.

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Marina Park Family Fun Night

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.

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.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

Through January 7: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.

Holiday’s Around the World in Costa Mesa

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.