Through March: Enjoy a scenic chairlift ride followed by a thrilling downhill sled ride.
November 24 – December 31: Inside the kitchen, much more is going on than pouring and mixing it’s science at work!
Weekends and second Tuesdays: Eureka! Learn how to pan for gold, just like the 49ers did during the California gold rush, at an outdoor re-creation of a miner’s panning station.
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 16-17: The Southern California Dance Theatre’s Nutcracker ballet is an annual tradition that can’t be missed by anyone who wants to get into the holiday spirit.
December 2-31: A grinchy-green “Grinchmas” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration fit for The Grinch.
December 17: All Zoo event featuring festive decorations, international stations, crafts, animals and entertainment.
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.
Weekends, November 18 – December 17: A winter-themed arts and crafts faire offering a variety of activities for kids including Santa visits, art activities, strolling carolers, magicians, puppet shows and children’s playhouse, plus lights, decorations and real snow!
December 16 – 24: The 35th anniversary of Southern California’s most popular production of “The Nutcracker.” The Long Beach Ballet will once again present its trade-mark flying sleigh, amazing pyrotechnics, magical theatrical effects, full symphony orchestra and guest appearances by world-class ballet stars.
Third weekends: Free model train rides are offered by Orange County Model Engineers.
Selected dates November 25 – December 23: Celebrate Christmas with a one-hour ride aboard a vintage train.
Sundays: MOLAA’s Target Free Sundays offer visitors the opportunity to learn about Latin American culture through art workshops, live performances, and gallery tours.
November 24 – January 1: Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music, twinkling lights, and nightly snow fall in Heartlake City.
Weekends: In a hands-on, simulated dig, kids experience the ancient Near East, learning methods for excavating a site and the importance of preserving archaeological artifacts.
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.”
Daily: See an Oscar statuette, visit the Dolby Lounge and other celebrity hot-spots, and see images from previous Academy Awards ceremonies.
Sundays: Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers a dockside experience for young fisherman.
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.
Saturday and Sunday: Try your luck at finding the gold in the custom-designed Mission trough. They’ll supply the pan and the “gold” kids roll up their sleeves and pan their way to riches.
December 7-17: In this special holiday production The Young Americans will take you on a ride to a magical place.
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.
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.
Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!
December 17-18: Resounding brass and organ, angelic children’s voices, and the splendid singers of the Pacific Chorale bring seasonal classics and popular favorites to life in one of Orange County’s best-loved holiday traditions.
Third Sundays: In these free drop-in workshops families will work together to create artwork inspired by Museum exhibitions.
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 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 17: The family-friendly event also provides free art workshops for kids, a children’s play area, and a special appearance by Santa Claus.
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.
December 16-17: See top-notch dancers from South Bay Ballet perform the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.”
Sundays: Kids (8+) can spend the day at Fashion Camp learning to sew! Campers will complete a project of their choice in one day – perfect for the beginner or returning student!
December 17: The 12th annual festival will present full-length and short animated, live action and documentary films from around the world, for toddlers to teens.
Weekends: The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a two-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay.
November 26 – December 26: Grand Park will be magically lit for the holidays, with a 45-foot tree as the centerpiece.
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 17-18: During the last weekend before Christmas, take a train ride to the Loose Caboose Garden Center and Gift Emporium for those great last minute Christmas gifts.
December 9-23: Bring kids to Roger’s Gardens and take a professional photos with Santa Claus.
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.
Through March: Southern California’s largest and oldest snow tubing park, Snowdrift offers tubing fun on snow tubes that are specially designed with belly straps and handles.
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.
December – Mid-March: For the closest snow tubing in Southern California head to the North Pole Tubing Park at Mountain High’s North Resort!
December 17 -January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE in Downtown LA.
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.
December 17: Join a Grand Chanukah Festival with a balloon Menorah Lighting, live music, latkes, crafts, fresh donuts, and more.
December 16 and 17: Bring family and friends to an affordable show featuring seasoned dancers and local kids.
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.
December 9-17: Help bring cheer to kids undergoing medical treatments by dropping off new, unwrapped toys or gifts at the Orange County Ronald McDonald House.
December 12-23: These daily activities will help to channel your young child’s anticipation into simple activities that celebrate the holiday.
Third Sundays: Guides will point out the common plants, animals and birds and discuss history, endangered species, ecology and restoration.
November 19 – January 1: The park is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of colorful lights, carolers performing classic yuletide favorites and personalized meet-and-greets with Santa and his helpers.
Sundays: Tour the facility, including the loop trail and marine life.
December 16-17: Journey to Candyland with the traditional Christmas tale with California Dance Academy.
Sundays: Make the drive to Gentle Barn for a presentation and tour. See how the barn was started and what a regular day is for them. Then head off for a tour and meet some animals that were saved.
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.
Saturday and Sunday: Join an hour-long tour that features fascinating stories about how the pier has changed over 100 years, the apartments over the Merry Go-Round, hidden nooks and crannies and more!
December 17: Each year Old World Village plays host to the International Celebration of Christmas, a celebration that brings together a diverse group of churches, singers and dancers for a celebration that highlights the true meaning of the holiday season.
December 2-31: Kids (6-12) enjoy special winter break activities at the Mission, including panning for gold, adobe brick making and arrowhead necklace making.
December 10 and 17: Bring the whole clan and enjoy holiday favorites.
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 17: Join a park naturalist on a one hour family nature walk at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park.
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.
November 11 – December 31: This season celebrate the weekend at Irvine Spectrum Center with live Holiday Entertainment on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the holiday season.
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.
Third Sundays: Hands-on art-making program offered by Laguna Art Museum on a drop-in basis on the third Sunday of every month. Kids and their families create a piece of art, inspired by one of the current exhibits.
December 16-17 and December 22 – January 7: Snow is coming to Los Angeles this winter, so bundle up and investigate the science behind weather, snow play, and tubing at Winter Wonderfest.
November 5, 18-19, December 2-3, 16-17, 19-21, 29-31: CMA’s Educators conduct tours of the Point Fermin Tidepools.
Sunday: Don’t miss the shark’s favorite time of day – feeding time! Learn about these often-misunderstood creatures while watching them eat a meal. S
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.
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 16-17: Get that last minute gift shopping done at the merchandise table and bake sale while the kids play in real snow, drink hot chocolate, and enjoy winter themed crafts and games.
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.
December 17: For one day only Fathom Events, BY Experience and Path Live bring the timeless holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” performed and captured live from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, to select Regal Theaters nationwide.
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!
Sundays: Kids (4-9) join Mrs. Lund for story time and crafts.
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.
Third Sundays: Walt’s Barn is a living showcase of Walt’s passion for railroading. Operated by the non-profit Carolwood Foundation, Walt’s Barn is filled with trains of all scales, many of which were donated to the Foundation by his animators and friends that shared his hobby.
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.
Daily: Parents and toddlers join Sky Zone for a fun time just for them. Get access to the toddler court and foam pit!
December 11-17: Join the ACTS Drama group for a free performance of this holiday classic.
December 9-10 and 16-17: Join a magical holiday event at Rawhide Ranch, a 40-acre working ranch and camp nestled in the hills of Bonsall.
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 17-18: Join Dance Discovery Foundation in this Annual Holiday Tradition and Experience the Magic of the Nutcracker.
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.
June 18 – January 7: Experience the next level of toys and games at this new exhibition opening on Father’s Day. Through more than 100 historic objects from the Autry’s collections, Play! explores the role of toys and games across cultures and over time.
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 17: The Rinks – Anaheim ICE presents their annual holiday ice skating show.
December 9-17: Join Snow White, Rose Red, a polar bear, and seven magical elves face off against the Ice Queen in a classic tale of good versus evil.
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.
December 17: Join the Irvine Spectrum to celebrate Hanukkah with music and festive traditions at the annual Menorah Lighting, hosted by the Chabad of Irvine.
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 17: Usher in the season with the Long Beach Youth Chorus’ debut holiday concert! Celebrating the musical talent among young people from diverse backgrounds, the LBYC will feature seasonal favorites at this first-annual performance.
December 3, 10 and 17: You’re invited to celebrate the holiday season at SOCO and The OC Mix with free, family-friendly days filled with photos with Santa, a festive photo booth, dancers from Festival Ballet Theatre, live music, and holiday activities.
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.
December 10-31: Join the park ranger for a one-mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park.
December 17: Family Science Sundays feature free activities for kids (2-10). Each month, explore a different educational theme.
December 16-17: Enjoy the classic play, which follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars.
December 16-17: Santa Claus is coming to town! Families can take free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy free face painting, and a puppet show.