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Events on December 18th, 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo

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

Messiah Sing-Along at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

December 18: After 37 years, the annual Messiah Sing-Along is more popular than ever!

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.

Tis the Season in Costa Mesa

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park

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.

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.

North Pole Tubing Park at Mountain High

December – Mid-March: For the closest snow tubing in Southern California head to the North Pole Tubing Park at Mountain High’s North Resort!

Snow Valley Snow Play

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

Outdoor Ice Skating LA Kings Holiday Ice at Nokia Plaza

December 17 -January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE in Downtown LA.

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.

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.

Kids’ Club at Bella Terra

Mondays: Kids can take a break from shopping and join in a morning of craft tables, princesses, super heroes, music, petting zoos and more in the Bella Terra Amphitheater! Monday, 10:30 a.m. Free.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags

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.

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.

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.

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.

Flashback Skate Night at Holiday Skate

Tuesdays: Skate and groove to music hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s. All ages are welcome!

Public Skate Mondays with Long Beach Junior Roller Derby

Mondays: Join Long Beach Junior Roller Derby for a night of family skating, open to all ages and abilities!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

Chanukah Storytime at Huntington Beach Central Library

December 18: Join a Chanukah storytime presented by the Hebrew Academy.

South Coast Ballet Theater Presents The Nutcracker in Laguna Niguel

December 17-18: Join Dance Discovery Foundation in this Annual Holiday Tradition and Experience the Magic of the Nutcracker.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.