November 10 & 23-25: Enjoy ocean-related walking activities and an informative slide show presentation at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
November 23 – January 6: Join in on the annual Science of Gingerbread competition by designing and building your very own delectable creation for a chance to win some awesome prizes!
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.
September 16 – November 25: Have a one-of-a-kind experience in the only Spider Pavilion in the U.S. Get a glimpse of the private lives of spiders in the open-air pavilion that is designed as a safe space to get up close to these amazing arachnids.
November 17- January 5: SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration includes Rudolph’s Christmastown, Santa’s Christmas Village, a 40-foot tall tree, holiday-themed animal shows and a new live nativity show.
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 17 – December 16: Winter Fantasy features 175 artists and makers, three stages of live music and entertainment, thousands of lights and decorations, glassblowing and art demos and so much more!
November 17 – January 1: Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music, twinkling lights, and nightly tree lighting of the park’s Christmas tree decked with spectacular lights and LEGO ornaments.
November 3 – December 29: Visit The Old Globe for Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas! A wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book.
Through late November: Working apple orchards in Oak Glen, a mountain town halfway between Riverside and Palm Springs, open their doors to the public. Some offer U-pick apples.
November 23 – December 16: Pick out your own Christmas tree, including Noble Fir, Grand Fir and Douglas Fir. All are guaranteed to last until Christmas or Tanaka Farms will replace it free of charge.
November 1 – January 15: Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice to the beachside community with ICE.
Daily: Movies at discounted prices.
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.
November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.
November 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).
November 25: Fun family shopping with over 100 vendors displaying their handmade goods, plus kids’ arts and crafts, food trucks and music.
November 23 – January 6: Your family will be swept away by more than 3.6 million+ brilliant lights transforming Riverside’s historic hotel into magic.
Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!
September 16 – November 30: Can you locate the bird houses inhabited by parrots, owls, blue birds and hawks to collect their clues and find the missing pumpkin patch?
November 25: The Hollywood Christmas Parade celebrates with Santa, marching bands, celebrities and more.
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!
November 23-25: Make YMCA part of your family tradition for Turkey Day! Strengthen your family’s resiliency in team building activities, appreciation for nature in one of the staff led hiking programs and creativity in Graham Cracker House Creations.
November 23-25: 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.
November 23-25: 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!
Select dates, November 9 – December 22: Enjoy shopping this holiday season by listening to a quartet of Strolling Christmas Carolers as they perform throughout Roger’s Gardens and the Farmhouse.
Select dates, November 2-December 23: Ride to the top of Sugarpine Chair Lift #1 for a zip downhill at the Mt. Baldy Tubing Park.
November 16 – January 6: With the flick of a switch, the zoo is set aglow with breathtaking displays. Take a self-guided 60- to 90-minute stroll though a large area of the Zoo filled with animal-themed displays, dynamic lights and projections, and seasonal magic.
November 17 – December 30: 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.
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.
November 25: Join the city’s tree lighting ceremony that takes place during the city Tamale Festival. Sunday, 5:30 p.m.
Daily: A monthly calendar of family-friendly hikes, walks, tours and more at parks in the Orange County Parks system.
November 17- January 20: 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 26 – December 21: Active, full-time fire and law enforcement personnel, including EMTs, may receive complimentary admission for themselves and 1 guest (maximum of 2 complimentary admissions will be issued.)
November 23 – December 16: Ring in the holidays at The GEM Theatre as you journey into the magical world of Christmas Fantasy Land, where you’ll discover that anything is possible as long as you believe.
November 23 – December 22: 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 24- December 2: Westside Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is a Los Angeles tradition dating all the way back to 1973 the longest running Nutcracker production in Los Angeles.
November 22 – 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.
November 18 – January 6: Enchanted Forest of Light is an interactive, nighttime experience unlike anything else in Los Angeles, featuring a one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens.
November 16 – 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.
November 16 – January 6: Sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings, enjoy a REAL Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets this Holiday season!
November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.
November 25: Join the City of La Habra’s Tamale Festial with churro-eating contests, as well as best tamale contests, entertainment, food, craft vendors and the City’s Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony.
Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Los Angeles library system.
November 13-25: Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start.
Select dates, November 16-18 & 23-25: This musical set in the early 1960s, features small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll.
November 23 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 74-foot tree will come to life each 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.
Select dates, November 4 – December 2: When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog Toto are whisked away to the magical land of Oz.
November 25: Crafty Kids Sunday features free craft activities in the Muth Interpretive Center’s Discovery Classroom.
Select days, November – January: Joy is in Season at the Knott’s Merry Farm Holiday Festival. Guests of all ages can embrace the joy of Christmas at Knott’s Merry Farm, with classic shows like the Holiday Ice Show featuring Snoopy, the Peanuts Gang and a cast of world class ice skaters, the nightly tree lighting ceremony and The Christmas Carol.
Select dates, November 10- December 15: Aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer goes to the big city and lands her first big job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. But just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle. Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star?
November 17 – January 6: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.
March 24 – January 6, 2019: A new chapter of ancient Egyptian history will be unearthed to the world with the debut of KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, an exclusive exhibition celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of his tomb.
November 24-25: Join Clara as she dreams of faraway lands, snow-covered landscapes, and a most memorable Mouse King. Los Angeles Ballet stays true to the traditions of the holiday story with some surprises!
November 23-December 23: Jane Austen’s enduring love story is brought to life as a romantic-comedy musical.
Weekends, November 24 – December 23: Take a three-hour train adventure to our Holiday Village (at Loose Caboose)! Santa will be onboard to visit everyone.
Through December 29: Audiences of all ages can delight in a little theme park-style magic at the Shrine with Reflections of the Face of Lincoln, an immersive presentation featuring special effects, multi-media elements, and spectacular animatronics in a moving portrait of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era.
November 1-30: Kids can participate in a variety of activities depending on the special event. Activities this month focus on gratitude, family and the importance of being thankful for the many blessings in our lives.
November 24 – December 30: Allow over 100 handcrafted puppets to take you on an adventure through the wizardry of strings and into the enchanted world of the fantastic Nutcracker.
October 26-January 6: A fantasy of light transforms the Arboretum into an evening wonderland. Magnificent lantern art depicting exotic animals, shimmering flowers, whimsical pandas, soaring dragons and more!
Select dates, October 21-December 2: Join a parents and kids cooking class with Prep Kitchen Essentials! Pre-registration required.
November 23 – January 6: Queen Mary Christmas will transport you to a magical Christmas of yesteryear aboard the legendary ship, as you stroll the beautiful decks surrounded by dazzling light displays, musical performances, sweet treats, family activities and more.
November 24 – December 2: For over 45 years, audiences have thrilled by Westside Ballet’s lavish productions of The Nutcracker. From the moment the lights dim, you’ll be transported with Clara to a magical world filled with a Christmas tree that grows to the ceiling, menacing mice, and a dashing prince who takes her through the land of the dancing snowflakes.
November 16-January 6: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Westfield Topanga.
November 15 – January 6: Experience an incredible, authentic and amazing larger than life handcrafted lanterns, live entertainment and food. Over 1,000 lanterns, live kung fu/chinese martial arts performances, free kung fu coaching on stage, dinosaur rides, and more!
November 17 – December 15: Enjoy this classic filled with holiday magic, as the spooky adventures of Hansel and Gretel come to the operatic stage with 12-foot-tall creatures, fantastical sets and elaborate special effects.
November 23 – December 24: Santa Claus is coming to Irvine! Decked out in his best red suit, Santa will be at his Crystal Cove beach-inspired surf shack to hear your wishes and take photos with kids of all ages.
Select dates, November 23-December 23: Join Winterfest this holiday season for an ice rink, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Christmas tree lot, live entertainment, ginger bread making, holiday wreath making, giant inflatables, rides, carolers and more!
November 25: The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season!