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Belmont Shore’s Annual Christmas Parade

December 2: The Belmont Shore Christmas Parade takes place on East 2nd Street from Livingston Ave. to Bayshore Ave. and returns to Livingston Ave.

Tree Lighting Festivities in Fountain Valley

December 1: Enjoy pictures with Santa, games, live entertainment, story time, crafts, a spectacular fireworks show, and much more! Food will be available for purchase to support local youth organizations.

Breakfast with Santa in La Habra

December 1-2: He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re coming to breakfast! Get your fill of holiday cheer and yummy treats as you make an ornament for your tree and pose for photos with jolly Santa Claus himself.

Science of Gingerbread (at OC & LA)

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!

Winter in the Grove

December 1: Starting this year, the best of Winterfest and Christmas Tree Lighting holiday celebrations are coming together into one exciting new event – Winter in the Grove!

Pan for Gold at the Autry

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.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios

Select dates, December 1-30: A grinchy-green “Grinchmas” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration fit for The Grinch.

Candy Caneland and Craft Faire in Buena Park

December 1: An annual holiday carnival with games and Santa, plus holiday craft and food booths.

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 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.

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.

Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach

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!

North Pole Express Train in Fillmore

Select dates November 24th – December 26th: Celebrate Christmas with a one-hour ride aboard a vintage train. Enjoy cookies, chocolate milk and singing elves while you head to the North Pole!

Holidays at Legoland

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.

Christmas at Mission San Juan Capistrano

December 1: This festive event features snow play, carolers, choirs, “merry-achi” music, visits with Father Christmas, cookie decorating for kids, handcrafted gifts and seasonal delicacies.

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

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.

The Nutcracker by Ballet Etudes in Huntington Beach

December 1-2 and 8-9: The classic production, performed by the students of the non-profit youth ballet company.

Operation Santa Paws 2018

December 1-21: 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 22nd to animals in need.

Tanaka Farms Christmas Trees

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.

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.

Home Depot Kids’ Clinics

Select Saturdays: Free craft workshops for kids (5-12, with adult); projects range from toolboxes to frames.

Winter Drop-in Crafts in Newport Beach

December 1: Keep little hands busy with fun winter themed crafts for kids 3-8.

Panning for Gold, Adobe Brick Making and Arrowhead Necklace Craft at the Mission

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.

Outdoor Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center

November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Outdoor Ice Skating at Pershing Square

November 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).

Tamale Festival in Indio

December 1-2: Try all kinds of tasty tamales to start the holiday season, plus a carnival, parade, live music and entertainment, a car show and Kiddie Land activities.

The Nutcracker by the Los Angeles Ballet

Select dates, December 1-24: An L.A. tradition, “The Nutcracker” is the perfect holiday event for children, family and friends to celebrate the season.

Winter Market in Fullerton

December 1: Enjoy live holiday entertainment, free pictures with Santa, holiday shopping at vendor and food booths, kids activities, and more!

Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside

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.

Holiday Celebration at The Autry

December 1: Get into the holiday spirit with hot chocolate, cider, treats, live music, and a visit from Santa Claus!

Family Night at Holiday Skate Center

Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!

Fishing with Santa at Whittier Narrows

December 1: Annual derbies provide an opportunity for kids (2-15) to enjoy fishing while competing for prizes and trophie

Tree Trimming Party in Huntington Beach

December 1: Join Huntington Beach Library’s annual tree decorating party.Kids also make an ornament and visit Santa during the event!

Holiday Lamplight Celebration in Los Angeles

December 1-2: This annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration immerses you in the spirit of the season! Experience as the past becomes the present among the glow of our Victorian homes.

Merry-Achi Christmas at Cerritos Performing Arts Center

December 1 and 2: Merry-Achi Christmas returns with a colorful and traditional Mexican holiday celebration full of seasonal songs, dance, and festive merriment.

The Nutcracker at the Music Center

December 1-2: Delight in the storybook holiday fairytale that captures the spirit of the season through the magic of a child’s imagination.

Flower Arranging: Holiday Wreaths and Garlands in San Marino

December 1: Deck the halls this holiday season with your own handcrafted wreath and garland, made with fresh evergreen branches, bright berries, and richly-hued flowers.

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.

Winter Wonderland at the Plaza in Los Alamitos

December 1: Take part in a community event at the St. Isidore Historical Plaza, featuring a snow play area, activities, Santa’s Village, a tree lighting ceremony, refreshments and entertainment.

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.

Bank of America Patrons Receive Free Admission to Museums

December 1-2: Bank of America is helping its customers become “cultured” through their program “Museums on Us,” giving bank cardholders free admission to cultural venues in Southern California.

LA International Children’s Film Festival

December 1 and 2: The 14th annual festival will present full-length and short animated, live action and documentary films from around the world, for toddlers to teens.

BARK Therapy Dogs at Artesia Library

First Saturday: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. Noon. Free. Artesia Library.

BARK Therapy Dogs Read in Los Alamitos – Rossmoor Library

First Saturday: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. 11 a.m. Free. Rossmoor Library.

Beach Cleanup at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro

First Saturdays: Families can clear the shore of beach debris and help collect and categorize what is found on Cabrillo Beach.

Breakfast and Brunch with Santa in Lake Forest

December 1: Join Santa for a home-style cooked breakfast and brunch. There will be holiday melodies, cookie decorating, and storytime with Santa.

Holiday Afloat Boat Parade at the USS Iowa

December 1: Watch the Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat boat parade sitting on the historic wood decks of Battleship IOWA.

Festival of Trees in Yorba Linda

December 1: Free event for the entire family! Enjoy photos with Santa, a kids’ area, games and crafts, vendors and entertainment, plus delicious food trucks.

Lil’ Dickens Carolers at Roger’s Garden’s in Corona Del Mar

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.

Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

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.

Piecemakers Christmas Village Event in Costa Mesa

December 1: A whimsical holiday event in a quaint village setting, the fair features over 70 artists with the finest in hand crafted treasures, antiques and collectibles, plus kids’ activities, stage entertainment and great food booths.

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

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.

Redwood Grove Hike in Carbon Canyon Regional Park

December 1: Join OC Parks’ trained staff on an easy 1.1-mile hike to the park’s Coastal Redwood grove.

Chili Holiday Celebration in La Mirada

December 1: Santa will spread holiday cheer as guests enjoy live entertainment, crafts and games. Free chili, hot dogs, warm drinks and cookies will be served.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags

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.

A Civil War Christmas in Wilmington

December 2-3: This annual Holiday Celebration should not be missed — it’s become a holiday tradition for thousands! The Banning Museum and the Drum Barracks Museum sponsor free horse-drawn carriage rides between the two sites, which are each decorated for true holiday delight.

Ugly Sweater Workshop at Fashion Camp in Tustin

Select dates, December 1-15: Kids (8+) can learn to hand sew a one-of-a-kind ugly holiday sweater for the season. All materials included!

Christmas Tree Lighting in Laguna Niguel

December 1: Join the City of Laguna Niguel for a Christmas party to light the community tree in this magical ceremony! Crafts, sweets, and whimsical treats will be available in the land of snowflakes, candy canes, and sugar plum fairies.

Winter Break Crafts at the Mission San Juan Capistrano

Select dates, December 1-30: Kids enjoy special winter break activities at the Mission, including panning for gold, adobe brick making and arrowhead necklace making.

The Nutcracker in Rancho Cucamonga

December 1-9: Critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet brings The Nutcracker to life with dazzling sets, beautiful costumes and more than 80 dancers on stage.

Holiday Entertainment at the Irvine Spectrum

November 2 – December 29: Celebrate the weekend at Irvine Spectrum Center with live holiday entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the season.

Pirates Take Christmas

November 30 – December 25: Looking to add some fun and excitement to your holiday season? Celebrate Christmas with Pirates Dinner Adventure’s Christmas spectacular, Pirates Take Christmas.’

Celebrating Nature at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

December 1: Join Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary for a guided geology walk, lemonade and cookies!

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.

Saturday Science at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey

Every Saturday: Join the CMSC every week for Saturday Science! The CMSC offers fun and educational science activities and demonstrations

The Nutcracker for Kids in Newport Beach

December 1: A holiday program the whole family will enjoy, “The Nutcracker” for kids is a shortened, narrated version of the holiday classic presented by Festival Ballet Theatre.

Creation Station at Rancho Los Cerritos

December 1: Kids can drop in for an afternoon of fun! Create unique seasonal crafts and participate in engaging rancho-themed activities.

Beach Front Cinema in Huntington Beach

October 20, October 26, November 30, and December 1: Beach Front Cinema is the perfect activity for the whole family. Watch top box office rated movies on the beautiful sandy beaches, under the stars.

Train to Santa’s Workshop at Orange Empire Railway Museum

November 29 – December 2, 6-9 and 13-16: Embark on a magical train ride and visit with Santa Claus himself at his North Pole workshop.

Muzeo Express, Holiday Model Trains at Muzeo

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.

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

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.)

25th annual Holiday Sonata in Whittier

December 1: Celebrate the season with horse drawn carriages and a double decker bus that carries visitors though the district.

It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show in Fullerton

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.

The Nutcracker at The Broad Stage

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.

Skating by the Sea in San Diego

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.

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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.

Winter Reading Challenge at Placentia Library

December 1-31: How many books do you think you can read this winter? For each eligible item you checkout or download from the Placentia or Anaheim Libraries, they will give you a drawing ticket for a chance to win one of four fabulous prizes!

Snow Los Angeles at Elysian Park

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.

Christmas in the Air in Temecula

December 2-3: Enjoy this holiday favorite as Southwest Women’s Chorus presents Christmas In The Air! Enjoy some familiar tunes, fun new ones, and beautiful classical pieces as well.

Outdoor Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets in Long Beach

November 16 – January 6: Sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings, enjoy a REAL Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets this Holiday season!

Outdoor Ice Skating in LA

November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.

Muzeo Express Celebration in Anaheim

Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.

Cub Scouts Day at Storymakery in Irvine

December 1: Join this fun workshop where scouts will design their own characters, build stories, and engage in fun self-expression activities.

Walk with a Naturalist

Every Saturday: Take a hike with O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon.

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.

SnowFest and Tree Lighting Ceremony in Norwalk

December 1: Bring the entire family as the City of Norwalk transforms the City Hall Lawn into a Snow Fest California filled with snow slides, a snow play area, game booths, a holiday train ride, craft tents, face painting, and more!

Little Explorers at Descanso Gardens

September 1 – March 2: Explore Descanso Gardens from the ground up with your children (2-5). Little Explorers will encourage kids to use their senses to discover the natural world through hands-on activities.

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory

Select dates, December 1-24: Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters.

Pomona Harvest Festival Art and Craft Show

December 1-2: Santa’s helpers take note! With strolling performers, contests, crafting demonstrations, and an interactive Kidzone, it’s a yuletide celebration for all ages!

Tree Lighting at Irvine Spectrum

November 23 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 74-foot tree will come to life each night with a choreographed light show every 30 minutes.

Winter Celebration in Calabasas

December 1: Join the Leonis Adobe Museum for the annual family-friendly Winter Celebration featuring holiday arts and crafts, live music, and more.

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.

Ralph Breaks the Internet at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

December 1-16: In Ralph Breaks the Internet, video-game bad guy Ralph and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush.

Los Angeles Youth Ballet The Nutcracker

December 1-2: Los Angeles Ballet stays true to the traditions of the holiday story with some surprises! This production is set in 1912 Los Angeles.

Fiesta Navideña in Long Beach

December 1: Celebrate the holidays at MOLAA and immerse yourself in classic Mexican Christmas traditions! Enjoy a live performance, participate in activities and art workshops, savor traditional Mexican holiday snacks like tamales, champurrado and more.

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

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.

Photos with Santa at The Shops at Montebello

December 1-24: Come see Santa at the Holiday Photo Booth. Reserve a fast past and skip the line!

42nd Street the Musical in Santa Monica

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?

The Smells of Winter at Kidspace

December 1-2: Especially designed for little learners age 5 and under! Enjoy the smells of winter by exploring sensory bins filled with yummy seasonal scents such as evergreen, gingerbread, and peppermint.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

November 17 – January 6: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center

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.

Nature Hike at Caspers Wilderness Park

Select dates, December 1-30: Join the park ranger for a one-mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park.

Wicked at the Pantages

November 28 – January 27, 2019: The Broadway sensation hits the stage at a time before Dorothy found her way to the land of Oz.

Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Stores

Saturdays: Kids (3+) make fun seasonal crafts.

Saturday Sing-a-long at Southern California Children’s Museum

Saturdays: 100% interactive music time! Children learn rhymes of all kinds, sing silly songs, and are encouraged to wiggle and move.

Sugar Plum Express Holiday Village & Tree Train

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.

Reflections of the Face of Lincoln in Redlands

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.

PlayClub Activities in Buena Park

Saturdays: Families can enjoy this free activities program, PlayClub! Each PlayClub event will be a different fun activity that families can enjoy with their kids!

Temecula on Ice Ice Skating Rink in Old Town Temecula

December 1 – January 9: Temecula on Ice returns! This state-of-the-art ice rink includes rental skates, the Bobby skating aid and its own radio station!

Elf The Musical in Long Beach

November 30-December 9: Buddy is Coming to MTW! Based on the cherished 2003 hit film starring Will Ferrell, Elf the Musical is the story of Buddy the elf.

The Nutcracker Presented by Bob Baker Marionette Theater

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.

Winter Glow in Grand Park LA

December 1-25: Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a new month-long, immersive nighttime art experience that will take over Grand Park in celebration of the holidays.

Magical Lantern Art Festival at LA County Arboretum

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!

Aquarium Holidays

Weekends, December 1-23: Aquarium Holidays features special holiday dcor, a display of gingerbread houses, snow fall in the Great Hall, and the Aquarium’s costumed characters in their holiday outfits.

Queen Mary Christmas in Long Beach

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.

Westside Ballet’s The Nutcracker in Santa Monica

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.

Photos with Santa at Brea Mall

December 1 – 24: Come visit Brea mall and take holiday photos with Santa! Reserve a fast pass online and skip the Line.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Canoga Park

November 16-January 6: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Westfield Topanga.

Chinese Lantern Festival at Pomona Fairplex

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!

Santa Photos at Irvine Spectrum Center

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.

All About Santa in Santa Monica

Select dates, December 1-15: It’s holiday time at the North Pole and everyone is in a tizzy- Santa has disappeared!

Holidayfest in Pasadena

December 1: Join Holidayfest in Pasadena for horse & carriage rides, live music, photos with Santa,holiday characters, carolers, holiday crafts for kids, a themed scavenger hunt, giveaways and much more!

Winterfest in Santa Anita

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!

Victorian Christmas at the Banning Museum

December 1 and 2: Kick off the holiday season in grand style at the Banning Museum’s Victorian Christmas Celebration with entertainment, tours, refreshments, crafts, a blacksmith, a horse-drawn trolley ride, local food and craft vendors, and a raffle!

Breakfast with Santa in La Habra

December 1-2: He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re coming to breakfast! Get your fill of holiday cheer and yummy treats as you make an ornament for your tree and pose for photos with jolly Santa Claus himself.

Science of Gingerbread (at OC & LA)

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!

Pan for Gold at the Autry

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.

Holiday Parade and Pier Lighting in Huntington Beach

December 2: The Light a Light of Love holiday parade is an annual tradition that features a children’s parade filled with community spirit and love. In addition to the children’s parade, activities include entertainment at Pier Plaza, a Taste of Main Street, and a snowflake lighting ceremony at the pier.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios

Select dates, December 1-30: 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 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.

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.

Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach

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!

North Pole Express Train in Fillmore

Select dates November 24th – December 26th: Celebrate Christmas with a one-hour ride aboard a vintage train. Enjoy cookies, chocolate milk and singing elves while you head to the North Pole!

Holidays at Legoland

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.

Southern California Children’s Chorus Holiday Concert

December 2: Enjoy the Southern California Children’s Chorus as they perform their Christmas concert.

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

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.

The Nutcracker by Ballet Etudes in Huntington Beach

December 1-2 and 8-9: The classic production, performed by the students of the non-profit youth ballet company.

Operation Santa Paws 2018

December 1-21: 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 22nd to animals in need.

Tanaka Farms Christmas Trees

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.

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.

Panning for Gold, Adobe Brick Making and Arrowhead Necklace Craft at the Mission

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.

Outdoor Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center

November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Outdoor Ice Skating at Pershing Square

November 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).

Tamale Festival in Indio

December 1-2: Try all kinds of tasty tamales to start the holiday season, plus a carnival, parade, live music and entertainment, a car show and Kiddie Land activities.

The Nutcracker by the Los Angeles Ballet

Select dates, December 1-24: 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 23 – January 6: Your family will be swept away by more than 3.6 million+ brilliant lights transforming Riverside’s historic hotel into magic.

Tuba Christmas in LA

December 2: Hear traditional Christmas songs played by seasoned tuba players of all ages, arriving from throughout the Southland for this annual event.

Family Night at Holiday Skate Center

Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!

CicLAvia in Los Angeles

December 2: Get ready for CicLAvia’s annual Heart of LA Route on Sunday, December 2nd as CicLAvia returns to Chinatown, DTLA, and Boyle Heights!

Hanukkah Celebration at Farmers Market LA

December 2: Celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of a giant Lego menorah, music and arts and crafts!

Menorah Lighting in Newport Beach

December 2: Celebrate Chanukah at Fashion Island with singing and festive traditions!

Holiday Lamplight Celebration in Los Angeles

December 1-2: This annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration immerses you in the spirit of the season! Experience as the past becomes the present among the glow of our Victorian homes.

Merry-Achi Christmas at Cerritos Performing Arts Center

December 1 and 2: Merry-Achi Christmas returns with a colorful and traditional Mexican holiday celebration full of seasonal songs, dance, and festive merriment.

The Nutcracker at the Music Center

December 1-2: Delight in the storybook holiday fairytale that captures the spirit of the season through the magic of a child’s imagination.

Corona del Mar Christmas Walk

December 2: A special event filled with holiday festivities for family, friends, residents and visitors looking for a spectacular way to ring in the holiday season.

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.

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 Hanukah at Pretend City

December 2-10: Celebrate Hanukah at Pretend City. Your child will love these rich and diverse activities about the Hanukah miracle and the importance of many of the traditions of the holiday.

Chanukah Storytime and Menorah Lighting in Huntington Beach

December 2 and 4: Join the Hebrew Academy for Chanukah Storytime and a Menorah Lighting!

Bank of America Patrons Receive Free Admission to Museums

December 1-2: Bank of America is helping its customers become “cultured” through their program “Museums on Us,” giving bank cardholders free admission to cultural venues in Southern California.

Sewing Sundays at Fashion Camp OC

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!

LA International Children’s Film Festival

December 1 and 2: The 14th annual festival will present full-length and short animated, live action and documentary films from around the world, for toddlers to teens.

Tree Lighting and Candlelight Choir in Orange

December 2: Join an evening of holiday cheer and family fun! Sing traditional carols of the season with the Orange Community Master Chorale led by musical director Michael Short. Local non-profit groups will provide delicious food and youth activities.

Over and Under the Snow at the Norton Simon Museum

December 2 and 16: Explore the path over the snow where a young girl and her father ski, and discover the secret kingdom under the snow where beavers gnaw and bullfrogs snooze. Look at Van Gogh’s Winter (The Vicarage Garden under Snow), and draw what you might find underneath the snowy garden!

Lil’ Dickens Carolers at Roger’s Garden’s in Corona Del Mar

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.

Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

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.

Santa Visits Lil Devils in Long Beach

December 2: Bring family, friends, kids and pets for a visit and picture with Santa at Lil Devils Boutique!

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

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.

Tree Lighting and Candlelight Choir

December 2: Gather in Plaza Square for an evening of Holiday Cheer, live music, and family fun. The Orange Master Chorale presents music of the season. Plus, acitivities and treats.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags

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.

Community Day at Back Bay Science

Sundays: Tour the facility, including the loop trail and marine life.

A Civil War Christmas in Wilmington

December 2-3: This annual Holiday Celebration should not be missed — it’s become a holiday tradition for thousands! The Banning Museum and the Drum Barracks Museum sponsor free horse-drawn carriage rides between the two sites, which are each decorated for true holiday delight.

Santa and the Polar Express in Lomita

December 2: Visit with Santa and enjoy a special reading of The Polar Express at the Lomita Railroad Museum.

Gentle Barn Open to the Public in Santa Clarita

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.

Sensitive Santa at the Westminser Mall

December 3: For children needing more time and those with special needs, Westminster Mall set aside a special time with Santa.

Snow Wonderland in Anaheim

December 2: Get into the holiday spirit and play in the snow! The Anaheim Marketplace will have over 25 tons of snow for families to play in.

Winter Break Crafts at the Mission San Juan Capistrano

Select dates, December 1-30: Kids enjoy special winter break activities at the Mission, including panning for gold, adobe brick making and arrowhead necklace making.

Family Christmas Concerts at Nixon Library

Select dates, December 2-30: At the Nixon Library, concerts are held all year-round on Sundays, and are free and open to the public. Bring the whole clan and enjoy holiday favorites.

Feeling the Holiday Spirit Concert in Long Beach

December 2: The Southern California Brass Consortium presents an evening of new works and holiday classics.

Santa’s Breakfast at Parker’s Lighthouse in Long Beach

December 2: Santa arrives by yacht and will be available to talk and take pictures with kids. The Long Beach community can help support the patients by attending Santa’s Breakfast with the proceeds benefitting Miller Children Hospital, specifically the Child Life Department.

The Nutcracker in Rancho Cucamonga

December 1-9: Critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet brings The Nutcracker to life with dazzling sets, beautiful costumes and more than 80 dancers on stage.

Pirates Take Christmas

November 30 – December 25: Looking to add some fun and excitement to your holiday season? Celebrate Christmas with Pirates Dinner Adventure’s Christmas spectacular, Pirates Take Christmas.’

Winter Solstice Festival at Bowers Kidseum

December 2: Start off the festive month of December by celebrating with some international holiday traditions. Enjoy face painting, art projects, a special sweet treat and exciting performances.

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.

Train to Santa’s Workshop at Orange Empire Railway Museum

November 29 – December 2, 6-9 and 13-16: Embark on a magical train ride and visit with Santa Claus himself at his North Pole workshop.

Muzeo Express, Holiday Model Trains at Muzeo

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.

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

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.)

The Holiday GEM in Garden Grove

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.

It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show in Fullerton

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.

The Nutcracker at The Broad Stage

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.

Skating by the Sea in San Diego

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.

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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.

Winter Reading Challenge at Placentia Library

December 1-31: How many books do you think you can read this winter? For each eligible item you checkout or download from the Placentia or Anaheim Libraries, they will give you a drawing ticket for a chance to win one of four fabulous prizes!

Snow Los Angeles at Elysian Park

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.

Winter Wonderland at the Irvine Civic Center

December 2: Celebrate winter as “snow” falls over the Irvine Civic Center and the community gathers for games, crafts, entertainment, food, and a tree-lighting ceremony.

Christmas in the Air in Temecula

December 1-2: Enjoy this holiday favorite as Southwest Women’s Chorus presents Christmas In The Air! Enjoy some familiar tunes, fun new ones, and beautiful classical pieces as well.

Outdoor Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets in Long Beach

November 16 – January 6: Sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings, enjoy a REAL Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets this Holiday season!

Outdoor Ice Skating in LA

November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.

Caring Santa at Brea Mall

November 19 and December 3: Caring Santa provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families.

Caring Santa at Shops at Mission Viejo

December 2: Kids with special needs join a special time, before the mall opens, to meet Santa.

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.

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory

Select dates, December 1-24: Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters.

Pomona Harvest Festival Art and Craft Show

December 1-2: Santa’s helpers take note! With strolling performers, contests, crafting demonstrations, and an interactive Kidzone, it’s a yuletide celebration for all ages!

Tree Lighting at Irvine Spectrum

November 23 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 74-foot tree will come to life each 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.

Ralph Breaks the Internet at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

December 1-16: In Ralph Breaks the Internet, video-game bad guy Ralph and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush.

Los Angeles Youth Ballet The Nutcracker

December 1-2: Los Angeles Ballet stays true to the traditions of the holiday story with some surprises! This production is set in 1912 Los Angeles.

Oz! in Hollywood

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.

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

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.

Photos with Santa at The Shops at Montebello

December 1-24: Come see Santa at the Holiday Photo Booth. Reserve a fast past and skip the line!

Pet Photos with Santa at The Shops of Montebello

December 2 and 9: Join The Shops at Montebello for Pet Photos with Santa!

Caring Santa at the Del Amo Fashion Center

December 2: Caring Santa provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families.

42nd Street the Musical in Santa Monica

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?

The Smells of Winter at Kidspace

December 1-2: Especially designed for little learners age 5 and under! Enjoy the smells of winter by exploring sensory bins filled with yummy seasonal scents such as evergreen, gingerbread, and peppermint.

A Faery Hunt Adventure in Brentwood

September 9, October 7, November 4 and December 2: Join the faery folk on this magical musical adventure. On this magical adventure you’ll meet faeries and funny creatures; maybe even Faery Royalty.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

November 17 – January 6: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center

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.

Nature Hike at Caspers Wilderness Park

Select dates, December 1-30: Join the park ranger for a one-mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park.

Wicked at the Pantages

November 28 – January 27, 2019: The Broadway sensation hits the stage at a time before Dorothy found her way to the land of Oz.

Jane Austen’s Emma, The Musical in Anaheim

November 23-December 23: Jane Austen’s enduring love story is brought to life as a romantic-comedy musical.

Sugar Plum Express Holiday Village & Tree Train

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.

Reflections of the Face of Lincoln in Redlands

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.

Temecula on Ice Ice Skating Rink in Old Town Temecula

December 1 – January 9: Temecula on Ice returns! This state-of-the-art ice rink includes rental skates, the Bobby skating aid and its own radio station!

Hanukkah Family Festival at Skirball

December 2: This celebration of the ancient Jewish festival of light explores the themes of justice, courage, and persistence at the core of the Hanukkah story and the current exhibition Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Story Pirates Greatest Hits! in La Mirada

December 2: The Story Pirates aren’t your typical swashbuckling sailors. They’re searching for a different kind of treasure: kids’ wildest, most imaginative stories.

Elf The Musical in Long Beach

November 30-December 9: Buddy is Coming to MTW! Based on the cherished 2003 hit film starring Will Ferrell, Elf the Musical is the story of Buddy the elf.

The Nutcracker Presented by Bob Baker Marionette Theater

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.

Winter Glow in Grand Park LA

December 1-25: Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a new month-long, immersive nighttime art experience that will take over Grand Park in celebration of the holidays.

Magical Lantern Art Festival at LA County Arboretum

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!

Prep Kitchen Kid’s Cooking Classes

Select dates, October 21-December 2: Join a parents and kids cooking class with Prep Kitchen Essentials! Pre-registration required.

Aquarium Holidays

Weekends, December 1-23: Aquarium Holidays features special holiday dcor, a display of gingerbread houses, snow fall in the Great Hall, and the Aquarium’s costumed characters in their holiday outfits.

Queen Mary Christmas in Long Beach

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.

Westside Ballet’s The Nutcracker in Santa Monica

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.

Photos with Santa at Brea Mall

December 1 – 24: Come visit Brea mall and take holiday photos with Santa! Reserve a fast pass online and skip the Line.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Canoga Park

November 16-January 6: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Westfield Topanga.

Chinese Lantern Festival at Pomona Fairplex

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!

Victorian Christmas at the Bembridge House in Long Beach

Tuesdays and Saturdays, December 2-22: Rediscover the magic of an olde-tyme Christmas. Experience a family-friendly celebration focused on holiday traditions in this lovingly decorated historic house.

Santa Photos at Irvine Spectrum Center

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.

National Children’s Chorus Winter Showcase in LA

December 2: Don’t miss this joyous culmination of the season as the full NCC family comes together! This acclaimed showcase highlights the talents and achievements of ensembles in both the Junior and Senior Divisions.

All About Santa in Santa Monica

Select dates, December 1-15: It’s holiday time at the North Pole and everyone is in a tizzy- Santa has disappeared!

Winterfest in Santa Anita

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!

A Faery Hunt’s a Mermaid’s Tail in Los Angeles

December 2: In this interactive Faery Hunt,Auntie Angelica takes the audience on a gentle adventure to help Mermaid LiBan back to the ocean to find her tail!

Victorian Christmas at the Banning Museum

December 1 and 2: Kick off the holiday season in grand style at the Banning Museum’s Victorian Christmas Celebration with entertainment, tours, refreshments, crafts, a blacksmith, a horse-drawn trolley ride, local food and craft vendors, and a raffle!

Chanukah Extravaganza Menorah Lighting

December 2: Enjoy live music, hot latkes, donuts, Chanukah gelt, grand raffle, crafts and more. All are welcome.

Science of Gingerbread (at OC & LA)

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!

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 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.

Holidays at Legoland

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.

Operation Santa Paws 2018

December 1-21: 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 22nd to animals in need.

Tanaka Farms Christmas Trees

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.

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.

Outdoor Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center

November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Outdoor Ice Skating at Pershing Square

November 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).

Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside

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.

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 Hanukah at Pretend City

December 2-10: Celebrate Hanukah at Pretend City. Your child will love these rich and diverse activities about the Hanukah miracle and the importance of many of the traditions of the holiday.

Tree Lighting Ceremony and Community Sing in Westminster

December 3: Join Westminster for this annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. There will be a tree lighting, caroling, restocking “food closets” for the needy, and of course…a visit from Santa Claus himself!

Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

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.

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

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.

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.

Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downey

December 3: Join a tree lighting ceremony with entertainment, a snow play area, arts & crafts and photos with Santa.

Sensitive Santa at the Westminser Mall

December 3: For children needing more time and those with special needs, Westminster Mall set aside a special time with Santa.

Pirates Take Christmas

November 30 – December 25: Looking to add some fun and excitement to your holiday season? Celebrate Christmas with Pirates Dinner Adventure’s Christmas spectacular, Pirates Take Christmas.’

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.

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

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.)

Skating by the Sea in San Diego

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.

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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.

Winter Reading Challenge at Placentia Library

December 1-31: How many books do you think you can read this winter? For each eligible item you checkout or download from the Placentia or Anaheim Libraries, they will give you a drawing ticket for a chance to win one of four fabulous prizes!

Outdoor Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets in Long Beach

November 16 – January 6: Sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings, enjoy a REAL Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets this Holiday season!

Outdoor Ice Skating in LA

November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.

Muzeo Express Celebration in Anaheim

Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.

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.

Tree Lighting at Irvine Spectrum

November 23 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 74-foot tree will come to life each 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.

Ralph Breaks the Internet at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

December 1-16: In Ralph Breaks the Internet, video-game bad guy Ralph and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush.

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

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.

Photos with Santa at The Shops at Montebello

December 1-24: Come see Santa at the Holiday Photo Booth. Reserve a fast past and skip the line!

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

November 17 – January 6: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center

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.

Reflections of the Face of Lincoln in Redlands

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.

Temecula on Ice Ice Skating Rink in Old Town Temecula

December 1 – January 9: Temecula on Ice returns! This state-of-the-art ice rink includes rental skates, the Bobby skating aid and its own radio station!

Elf The Musical in Long Beach

November 30-December 9: Buddy is Coming to MTW! Based on the cherished 2003 hit film starring Will Ferrell, Elf the Musical is the story of Buddy the elf.

Winter Glow in Grand Park LA

December 1-25: Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a new month-long, immersive nighttime art experience that will take over Grand Park in celebration of the holidays.

Magical Lantern Art Festival at LA County Arboretum

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!

Queen Mary Christmas in Long Beach

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.

Ronald McDonald House Long Beach Toy Drive

December 3-12: Help bring cheer to kids undergoing medical treatments by dropping off new, unwrapped toys or gifts at the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House.

Photos with Santa at Brea Mall

December 1 – 24: Come visit Brea mall and take holiday photos with Santa! Reserve a fast pass online and skip the Line.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Canoga Park

November 16-January 6: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Westfield Topanga.

Santa Photos at Irvine Spectrum Center

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.

Cypress Holiday Sing and Tree Lighting

December 4: Cypress Recreation sponsors this community event featuring a tree lighting, school performances, train rides, visits with Santa, refreshments and more.

Science of Gingerbread (at OC & LA)

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!

Pan for Gold at the Autry

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.

Surf City Nights in Huntington Beach

Tuesdays: This special street fair takes place along a closed-off section of Main Street and includes a farmer’s market, bounce house, street performers and more.

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 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.

Holidays at Legoland

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.

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

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.

Operation Santa Paws 2018

December 1-21: 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 22nd to animals in need.

Tanaka Farms Christmas Trees

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.

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.

Curiosity Carts at San Juan Capistrano Mission

Tuesday and Thursday: Each educational cart offers learning for students and visitors interested in seeing items up close.

Outdoor Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center

November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Outdoor Ice Skating at Pershing Square

November 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).

Free Family Night at Kidspace in Pasadena

December 4: Celebrate the winter solstice traditions from around the world at Kidspace. Participate in winter ice experiments, make and learn how to play dreidel, participate in Las Posadas, and more!

Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside

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.

Kids Skate at Holiday Skate Center

Saturdays: Kids can skate to kid’s music, and play games. Recommended for kids 10 years and under, with a parent.

Little Naturalists Story Time in Newport Beach

December 4 and 14: Little Naturalist programs are outdoor experiential education classes designed for 3 – 5 year olds and their adult guardians. Read a story and enjoy a fun activity to enrich physical and cognitive skills.

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 Hanukah at Pretend City

December 2-10: Celebrate Hanukah at Pretend City. Your child will love these rich and diverse activities about the Hanukah miracle and the importance of many of the traditions of the holiday.

Chanukah Storytime and Menorah Lighting in Huntington Beach

December 2 and 4: Join the Hebrew Academy for Chanukah Storytime and a Menorah Lighting!

BARK Therapy Dogs in Bellflower

First Tuesday: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. 6 p.m. Free. Brakenseik Library.

Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

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.

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

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.

Pirates Take Christmas

November 30 – December 25: Looking to add some fun and excitement to your holiday season? Celebrate Christmas with Pirates Dinner Adventure’s Christmas spectacular, Pirates Take Christmas.’

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!

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

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.)

Skating by the Sea in San Diego

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.

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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.

Winter Reading Challenge at Placentia Library

December 1-31: How many books do you think you can read this winter? For each eligible item you checkout or download from the Placentia or Anaheim Libraries, they will give you a drawing ticket for a chance to win one of four fabulous prizes!

Outdoor Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets in Long Beach

November 16 – January 6: Sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings, enjoy a REAL Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets this Holiday season!

Outdoor Ice Skating in LA

November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.

Muzeo Express Celebration in Anaheim

Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.

Family Storytime in Lakewood

Tuesdays: Join the library for stories, fingerplays, rhymes, flannel board, art activities and fun at a special evening family storytime for younger children (4-7) and their families.

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.

Tree Lighting at Irvine Spectrum

November 23 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 74-foot tree will come to life each 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.

Ralph Breaks the Internet at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

December 1-16: In Ralph Breaks the Internet, video-game bad guy Ralph and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush.

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

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.

Photos with Santa at The Shops at Montebello

December 1-24: Come see Santa at the Holiday Photo Booth. Reserve a fast past and skip the line!

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

November 17 – January 6: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center

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.

Tiny Tot Tuesday’s at the El Capitan Theatre

Every Tuesday: Visit the magical El Capitan Theatre with your tiny tot to enjoy a first showing of the day.

Wicked at the Pantages

November 28 – January 27, 2019: The Broadway sensation hits the stage at a time before Dorothy found her way to the land of Oz.

Messy Mondays at Southern California Children’s Museum

Mondays: Get messy using a variety of wacky crafting materials! Drop by, let loose, and create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Reflections of the Face of Lincoln in Redlands

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.

Temecula on Ice Ice Skating Rink in Old Town Temecula

December 1 – January 9: Temecula on Ice returns! This state-of-the-art ice rink includes rental skates, the Bobby skating aid and its own radio station!

Elf The Musical in Long Beach

November 30-December 9: Buddy is Coming to MTW! Based on the cherished 2003 hit film starring Will Ferrell, Elf the Musical is the story of Buddy the elf.

Winter Glow in Grand Park LA

December 1-25: Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a new month-long, immersive nighttime art experience that will take over Grand Park in celebration of the holidays.

Magical Lantern Art Festival at LA County Arboretum

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!

Queen Mary Christmas in Long Beach

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.

Ronald McDonald House Long Beach Toy Drive

December 3-12: Help bring cheer to kids undergoing medical treatments by dropping off new, unwrapped toys or gifts at the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House.

Photos with Santa at Brea Mall

December 1 – 24: Come visit Brea mall and take holiday photos with Santa! Reserve a fast pass online and skip the Line.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Canoga Park

November 16-January 6: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Westfield Topanga.

Victorian Christmas at the Bembridge House in Long Beach

Tuesdays and Saturdays, December 2-22: Rediscover the magic of an olde-tyme Christmas. Experience a family-friendly celebration focused on holiday traditions in this lovingly decorated historic house.

Santa Photos at Irvine Spectrum Center

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.

Science of Gingerbread (at OC & LA)

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!

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 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.

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.

Holidays at Legoland

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.

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

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.

Operation Santa Paws 2018

December 1-21: 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 22nd to animals in need.

Tanaka Farms Christmas Trees

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.

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.

Outdoor Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center

November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Outdoor Ice Skating at Pershing Square

November 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).

Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside

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.

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 Hanukah at Pretend City

December 2-10: Celebrate Hanukah at Pretend City. Your child will love these rich and diverse activities about the Hanukah miracle and the importance of many of the traditions of the holiday.

Snow White in Laguna

December 5: Join actors (6-13) from Creative Kids Playhouse for this performance of Snow White.

Lil’ Dickens Carolers at Roger’s Garden’s in Corona Del Mar

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.

Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

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.

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

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.

BARK Therapy Dogs Read in Dana Point – Dana Point Library

First Wednesday: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. 3 p.m. Free.

Tamale Festival and Las Posadas in Placentia

December 5: The Placentia Tamale Festival and Las Posadas is a family-friendly day of free fun for all!

Pirates Take Christmas

November 30 – December 25: Looking to add some fun and excitement to your holiday season? Celebrate Christmas with Pirates Dinner Adventure’s Christmas spectacular, Pirates Take Christmas.’

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.

Muzeo Express, Holiday Model Trains at Muzeo

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.

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

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.)

Skating by the Sea in San Diego

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.

Santa Visits at Pretend City

December 5: Go to Pretend City for visits with Santa. Join us as we meet jolly ol Saint Nick, tell him our holiday wishes, and sit on his lap for a photo!

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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.

Winter Reading Challenge at Placentia Library

December 1-31: How many books do you think you can read this winter? For each eligible item you checkout or download from the Placentia or Anaheim Libraries, they will give you a drawing ticket for a chance to win one of four fabulous prizes!

Success with Resistant, Unmotivated, and Disruptive Kids in Fullerton

December 5: Parents and teachers can joing Dr. Charles Fay from the 40-year-old Love and Logic Institute to learn how to build cooperative relationships with resistant kids and tips for dealing with youth who argue, manipulate and constantly try to control others

Outdoor Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets in Long Beach

November 16 – January 6: Sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings, enjoy a REAL Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets this Holiday season!

Outdoor Ice Skating in LA

November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.

Muzeo Express Celebration in Anaheim

Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.

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.

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory

Select dates, December 1-24: Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters.

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

December 5-30: This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences.

Tree Lighting at Irvine Spectrum

November 23 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 74-foot tree will come to life each 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.

Ralph Breaks the Internet at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

December 1-16: In Ralph Breaks the Internet, video-game bad guy Ralph and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush.

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

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.

Photos with Santa at The Shops at Montebello

December 1-24: Come see Santa at the Holiday Photo Booth. Reserve a fast past and skip the line!

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

November 17 – January 6: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center

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.

Wicked at the Pantages

November 28 – January 27, 2019: The Broadway sensation hits the stage at a time before Dorothy found her way to the land of Oz.

Jane Austen’s Emma, The Musical in Anaheim

November 23-December 23: Jane Austen’s enduring love story is brought to life as a romantic-comedy musical.

Reflections of the Face of Lincoln in Redlands

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.

Temecula on Ice Ice Skating Rink in Old Town Temecula

December 1 – January 9: Temecula on Ice returns! This state-of-the-art ice rink includes rental skates, the Bobby skating aid and its own radio station!

Elf The Musical in Long Beach

November 30-December 9: Buddy is Coming to MTW! Based on the cherished 2003 hit film starring Will Ferrell, Elf the Musical is the story of Buddy the elf.

Winter Glow in Grand Park LA

December 1-25: Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a new month-long, immersive nighttime art experience that will take over Grand Park in celebration of the holidays.

Magical Lantern Art Festival at LA County Arboretum

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!

Queen Mary Christmas in Long Beach

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.

Ronald McDonald House Long Beach Toy Drive

December 3-12: Help bring cheer to kids undergoing medical treatments by dropping off new, unwrapped toys or gifts at the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House.

Photos with Santa at Brea Mall

December 1 – 24: Come visit Brea mall and take holiday photos with Santa! Reserve a fast pass online and skip the Line.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Canoga Park

November 16-January 6: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Westfield Topanga.

Santa Photos at Irvine Spectrum Center

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.

Science of Gingerbread (at OC & LA)

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!

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 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.

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.

Holidays at Legoland

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.

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

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.

Operation Santa Paws 2018

December 1-21: 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 22nd to animals in need.

Tanaka Farms Christmas Trees

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.

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.

Kids’ Activities at the Downtown Fullerton Market

Thursdays: The Fullerton Market is the place to come and enjoy fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, handcrafted artisan products, live music and entertainment, plus crafts and activities at the Kids’ Korner and food vendors.

Curiosity Carts at San Juan Capistrano Mission

Tuesday and Thursday: Each educational cart offers learning for students and visitors interested in seeing items up close.

The Magic of Christmas Starring The Young Americans in La Mirada

December 6-16: La Mirada Theatre is transformed into a winter wonderland and features fun-for-the-whole-family musical numbers, from hip-hopping penguins, dancing Santas, and The Nutcracker Suite, to Toyland, The Polar Express and more.

Outdoor Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center

November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Outdoor Ice Skating at Pershing Square

November 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).

Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside

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.

Up Up and Away Kids Consignment Sale

December 6-9: Families can save money and make money at the same time. Consignors earn top dollar for their items while buyers save a ton of money purchasing name brand, new and nearly new items.

A Christmas with Scrooge in Irvine

Select dates, December 6-29: 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 Hanukah at Pretend City

December 2-10: Celebrate Hanukah at Pretend City. Your child will love these rich and diverse activities about the Hanukah miracle and the importance of many of the traditions of the holiday.

Lil’ Dickens Carolers at Roger’s Garden’s in Corona Del Mar

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.

Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

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.

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

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.

Pirates Take Christmas

November 30 – December 25: Looking to add some fun and excitement to your holiday season? Celebrate Christmas with Pirates Dinner Adventure’s Christmas spectacular, Pirates Take Christmas.’

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.

Train to Santa’s Workshop at Orange Empire Railway Museum

November 29 – December 2, 6-9 and 13-16: Embark on a magical train ride and visit with Santa Claus himself at his North Pole workshop.

Muzeo Express, Holiday Model Trains at Muzeo

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.

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

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.)

The Holiday GEM in Garden Grove

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.

Skating by the Sea in San Diego

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.

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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.

Christmas Tree Lightning Ceremony in Stanton

December 6: Join the City of Stanton for a tree lighting with entertainment. Plus, photos with Santa. Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m. Stanton Central Park.

Tchaikovsky Fantasy at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

December 6-8: A dazzling reimagining of the traditional Tchaikovsky classic, Duke Ellington’s interpretation of The Nutcracker will jazz up your holiday!

Winter Reading Challenge at Placentia Library

December 1-31: How many books do you think you can read this winter? For each eligible item you checkout or download from the Placentia or Anaheim Libraries, they will give you a drawing ticket for a chance to win one of four fabulous prizes!

Outdoor Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets in Long Beach

November 16 – January 6: Sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings, enjoy a REAL Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets this Holiday season!

Outdoor Ice Skating in LA

November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.

Winter Sale at Valley Kids Consignment in San Fernando Valley

December 6: Check out items for newborns to juniors, including toys, strollers, books, ride on toys, furniture, clothes, Pack N Plays, backpacks, shoes, maternity, and more.

Muzeo Express Celebration in Anaheim

Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.

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.

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory

Select dates, December 1-24: Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters.

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

December 5-30: This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences.

Tree Lighting at Irvine Spectrum

November 23 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 74-foot tree will come to life each 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.

Ralph Breaks the Internet at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

December 1-16: In Ralph Breaks the Internet, video-game bad guy Ralph and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush.

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

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.

The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker in Redondo Beach

December 6-9: Following the idea of the original, it’s Christmas Eve and the Johnsons are having a grand party. The Christmas gifts are shared and young Kara receives a Nutcracker filled with hot chocolate, her favorite.

Photos with Santa at The Shops at Montebello

December 1-24: Come see Santa at the Holiday Photo Booth. Reserve a fast past and skip the line!

Christmas Blvd. 2018 in Fullerton

December 6-9: Christmas BLVD is a popular, family-oriented Christmas experience filled with holiday festivities, food and fun!

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

November 17 – January 6: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center

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.

Wicked at the Pantages

November 28 – January 27, 2019: The Broadway sensation hits the stage at a time before Dorothy found her way to the land of Oz.

Jane Austen’s Emma, The Musical in Anaheim

November 23-December 23: Jane Austen’s enduring love story is brought to life as a romantic-comedy musical.

Reflections of the Face of Lincoln in Redlands

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.

Temecula on Ice Ice Skating Rink in Old Town Temecula

December 1 – January 9: Temecula on Ice returns! This state-of-the-art ice rink includes rental skates, the Bobby skating aid and its own radio station!

Elf The Musical in Long Beach

November 30-December 9: Buddy is Coming to MTW! Based on the cherished 2003 hit film starring Will Ferrell, Elf the Musical is the story of Buddy the elf.

Winter Glow in Grand Park LA

December 1-25: Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a new month-long, immersive nighttime art experience that will take over Grand Park in celebration of the holidays.

Magical Lantern Art Festival at LA County Arboretum

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!

Queen Mary Christmas in Long Beach

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.

Ronald McDonald House Long Beach Toy Drive

December 3-12: Help bring cheer to kids undergoing medical treatments by dropping off new, unwrapped toys or gifts at the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House.

Photos with Santa at Brea Mall

December 1 – 24: Come visit Brea mall and take holiday photos with Santa! Reserve a fast pass online and skip the Line.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Canoga Park

November 16-January 6: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Westfield Topanga.

Chinese Lantern Festival at Pomona Fairplex

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!

The Spooky Adventures of Hansel and Gretel

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.

Skating Under the Stars in Irvine

Thursdays, November 8 – January 3: Visit the Irvine Spectrum for Themed Thursdays while skating under the stars at the outdoor rink! Enjoy entertainment and giveaways. Plus, come dressed in the weekly theme.

Santa Photos at Irvine Spectrum Center

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.

Winterfest in Santa Anita

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!

Science of Gingerbread (at OC & LA)

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!

Seal Beach Christmas and Holiday Parade

December 7: Holiday parade along Main Street includes a visit from Santa.

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 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.

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

Select dates November 24th – December 26th: Celebrate Christmas with a one-hour ride aboard a vintage train. Enjoy cookies, chocolate milk and singing elves while you head to the North Pole!

Free Shark Lagoon Nights at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Fridays, September 7 – December 28: Get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators during free Shark Lagoon Nights.

Holidays at Legoland

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.

Operation Santa Paws 2018

December 1-21: 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 22nd to animals in need.

Tanaka Farms Christmas Trees

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.

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.

The Magic of Christmas Starring The Young Americans in La Mirada

December 6-16: La Mirada Theatre is transformed into a winter wonderland and features fun-for-the-whole-family musical numbers, from hip-hopping penguins, dancing Santas, and The Nutcracker Suite, to Toyland, The Polar Express and more.

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!

Friday Knight Tournaments at Academic Chess

Fridays: Friday Knight Tournaments give students a chance to flex their mental muscles and see if their queen is the meanest queen in town!

Outdoor Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center

November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Outdoor Ice Skating at Pershing Square

November 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).

A Christmas Carol in Long Beach

December 7-23: For nearly 170 years, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future have reminded us that even the most miserly can find redemption in kindness and generosity toward others.

Christmas Tree Lighting in Mission Viejo

December 7: Ring in the holiday cheer with a festive Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Co-hosted by Mariners Mission Viejo, the evening will include free children’s activities and holiday caroling.

Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside

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.

Up Up and Away Kids Consignment Sale

December 6-9: Families can save money and make money at the same time. Consignors earn top dollar for their items while buyers save a ton of money purchasing name brand, new and nearly new items.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Bellflower

December 7: Join in the festivities as the City of Bellflower lights their holiday tree. Santa Claus will arrive during the event and meet with children one-on-one to take their holiday wishes.

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!

Free AAA Car Seat Safety Class in Irvine

December 7: Join the Auto Club for a free class on the proper use of car seats, including how to select the right seat for your child and tips on car seat installation.

Candlelight Walks at Heritage HIll

December 7: Experience the historic park in a unique, once-a-year opportunity during Heritage Hill’s Candlelight Tours. More than 1,000 luminarias will light the park’s pathways as strolling carolers and musicians fill the air with music.

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.

Christmas Melodrama and Ice Cream Social at OCC

December 7-9 and 14-16: The Orange Coast College Drama Department presents an old fashioned Christmas melodrama and ice cream social.

A Christmas with Scrooge in Irvine

Select dates, December 6-29: 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 Hanukah at Pretend City

December 2-10: Celebrate Hanukah at Pretend City. Your child will love these rich and diverse activities about the Hanukah miracle and the importance of many of the traditions of the holiday.

Boone Children’s Gallery Storytimes at LACMA

Friday: LACMA staff reads folk tales and age-appropriate books on art and culture.

Holly Jolly Light Tour in Mission Viejo

December 7-8: Enjoy a VIP reception and tour the Home Lighting Contest displays aboard deluxe transportation.

Lil’ Dickens Carolers at Roger’s Garden’s in Corona Del Mar

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.

Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

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.

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

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.

Teen Movies and Anime at Garden Grove Main Library

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 (grades 7-12).

First Fridays in Bixby Knolls in Long Beach

First Fridays: A family-friendly monthly event that supports local artists and musicians by providing them with an outlet to showcase their work. Enjoy fun activities, crafts and food with participating Bixby Knolls businesses through extended operating hours. Friday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Atlantic Ave from Bixby Road to San Antonio Drive.

Christmas Tree Lighting in Tustin

December 7: Kick off the holiday season at this free event with holiday carols, stage entertainment, and the traditional tree lighting.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags

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.

Breakfast with Santa in Newport Beach

December 7: Join a fun breakfast with Santa, plus crafts and photos.

Holiday Tree Lighting in Lakewood

December 7: Join the city of Lakewood for a Tree Lighting with carolers and entertainment. Plus, refreshments for purchase.

Yuletide Cinemaland in LA

December 16: After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man (Will Ferrell) raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

Holiday Entertainment at the Irvine Spectrum

November 2 – December 29: Celebrate the weekend at Irvine Spectrum Center with live holiday entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the season.

Pirates Take Christmas

November 30 – December 25: Looking to add some fun and excitement to your holiday season? Celebrate Christmas with Pirates Dinner Adventure’s Christmas spectacular, Pirates Take Christmas.’

Christmas Prince of Peace Pageant in Long Beach

December 7-9: The Prince of Peace Pageant is a candlelit outdoor walk sponsored by six churches with displays telling the story of Christmas, complete with actors and live animals.

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.

Minecraft Night for Kids in Irvine

Friday and Saturday: Parents drop off the kids and enjoy a night out on their own. Three hours of awesome games on the custom server and game maps with favorite BrainStorm instructors.

Parents Night Out at BounceU Orange

Every other Friday: Parents’ drop off the kids (4+) for a night of activities, games, pizza, snacks, drinks, a movie and whole lot of bouncing fun.

Train to Santa’s Workshop at Orange Empire Railway Museum

November 29 – December 2, 6-9 and 13-16: Embark on a magical train ride and visit with Santa Claus himself at his North Pole workshop.

Muzeo Express, Holiday Model Trains at Muzeo

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.

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

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.)

The Holiday GEM in Garden Grove

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.

It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show in Fullerton

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.

Skating by the Sea in San Diego

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.

Fashionable Fundays at Fashion Camp

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

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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.

Tchaikovsky Fantasy at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

December 6-8: A dazzling reimagining of the traditional Tchaikovsky classic, Duke Ellington’s interpretation of The Nutcracker will jazz up your holiday!

La Virgen de Guadalupe in Los Angeles

December 7-8: A 15-year Los Angeles tradition, the city’s largest theatrical holiday production stars renowned opera singer Suzanna Guzman, plus 100 actors, singers and dancers, including children and seniors from the community.

Winter Reading Challenge at Placentia Library

December 1-31: How many books do you think you can read this winter? For each eligible item you checkout or download from the Placentia or Anaheim Libraries, they will give you a drawing ticket for a chance to win one of four fabulous prizes!

Snow Los Angeles at Elysian Park

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.

Nights of a 1000 Lights at Sherman Library and Gardens

December 7-8: The Annual Nights of 1000 Lights celebration will features a dazzling display of lights, live music, a visit from Santa, photo booth, comlimentary hot chocolate, ‘smores station, crafts and more.

Outdoor Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets in Long Beach

November 16 – January 6: Sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings, enjoy a REAL Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets this Holiday season!

Outdoor Ice Skating in LA

November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.

Muzeo Express Celebration in Anaheim

Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.

Tree of Life and Holiday Open House at Woodlawn Cemetery

December 7: Features performances by the John Adams Middle School Choir, a holiday movie, light refreshments and photos with Santa Claus. Personalize and decorate ornaments in honor of Loved Ones who have passed away and place them on the 11-foot Tree of Life.

Tree Lighting and Toy Drive in Buena Park

December 7: Enjoy live performances, tree lighting and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus Snoopy, knights and pirates.

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.

Aladdin in Long Beach

Select dates, December 7-16: Based on the Disney movie, this play tells a story about a “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character.

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory

Select dates, December 1-24: Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters.

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

December 5-30: This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences.

Tree Lighting at Irvine Spectrum

November 23 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 74-foot tree will come to life each night with a choreographed light show every 30 minutes.

Boat Parade of Lights in Dana Point Harbor

December 7, 8, 14 and 15: Celebrate the holiday season at the spectacular 44th annual Boat Parade of Lights at Dana Point Harbor! Enjoy the holiday extravaganza featuring carolers, trick ropers, games, crafts, free photos with Santa, and the boat parade.

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.

Ralph Breaks the Internet at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

December 1-16: In Ralph Breaks the Internet, video-game bad guy Ralph and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush.

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

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.

The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker in Redondo Beach

December 6-9: Following the idea of the original, it’s Christmas Eve and the Johnsons are having a grand party. The Christmas gifts are shared and young Kara receives a Nutcracker filled with hot chocolate, her favorite.

Photos with Santa at The Shops at Montebello

December 1-24: Come see Santa at the Holiday Photo Booth. Reserve a fast past and skip the line!

Christmas Blvd. 2018 in Fullerton

December 6-9: Christmas BLVD is a popular, family-oriented Christmas experience filled with holiday festivities, food and fun!

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

November 17 – January 6: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center

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.

Wicked at the Pantages

November 28 – January 27, 2019: The Broadway sensation hits the stage at a time before Dorothy found her way to the land of Oz.

Free Day at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

First Thursdays: The Huntington opens its doors to all for free! Reservations are required.

LeAnn Rimes Holiday Concert in Cerritos

December 7: Join Grammy award winning Country singer LeAnn Rimes for a holiday concert in Cerritos.

Jane Austen’s Emma, The Musical in Anaheim

November 23-December 23: Jane Austen’s enduring love story is brought to life as a romantic-comedy musical.

A Charlie Brown Christmas in Anaheim

December 7-23: Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new stage adaptation! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season.

Fun Foodie Friday at Southern California Children’s Museum

Fridays: Kids (2+) make edible art using fruits and other foods donated by Trader Joe’s. Create a tasty masterpiece that looks and tastes good.

Evening Campfire at the Nature Center in Irvine

December 7: Spend an evening with friends and family singing songs, storytelling and making s’mores.

Reflections of the Face of Lincoln in Redlands

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.

Temecula on Ice Ice Skating Rink in Old Town Temecula

December 1 – January 9: Temecula on Ice returns! This state-of-the-art ice rink includes rental skates, the Bobby skating aid and its own radio station!

Elf The Musical in Long Beach

November 30-December 9: Buddy is Coming to MTW! Based on the cherished 2003 hit film starring Will Ferrell, Elf the Musical is the story of Buddy the elf.

The Nutcracker Presented by Bob Baker Marionette Theater

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.

Winter Glow in Grand Park LA

December 1-25: Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a new month-long, immersive nighttime art experience that will take over Grand Park in celebration of the holidays.

Magical Lantern Art Festival at LA County Arboretum

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!

Queen Mary Christmas in Long Beach

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.

Ronald McDonald House Long Beach Toy Drive

December 3-12: Help bring cheer to kids undergoing medical treatments by dropping off new, unwrapped toys or gifts at the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House.

Photos with Santa at Brea Mall

December 1 – 24: Come visit Brea mall and take holiday photos with Santa! Reserve a fast pass online and skip the Line.

‘Tis the Season Holiday Party in Pasadena

December 7: Celebrate winter with a memorable princess story time from Lythgoe Family Panto in celebration of their holiday production, The Wonderful Winter of Oz’! Enjoy unique crafts, hands-on activities, and get some holiday shopping done at the That’s Darling! boutique.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Canoga Park

November 16-January 6: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Westfield Topanga.

Chinese Lantern Festival at Pomona Fairplex

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!

Victorian Christmas at the Bembridge House in Long Beach

Tuesdays and Saturdays, December 2-22: Rediscover the magic of an olde-tyme Christmas. Experience a family-friendly celebration focused on holiday traditions in this lovingly decorated historic house.

Santa Photos at Irvine Spectrum Center

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.

Winterfest in Santa Anita

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!

Star Wars Night and Toy Drive in Lakewood

December 7: Come visit Kidz Town indoor playground for Star Wars night and toy drive! Meet the characters, Santa, and enjoy food and drinks.

Naples Boat Parade in Long Beach

December 8: Twinkling Christmas lights decorate the small boats that cruise the canals of Naples, while larger boats sail through the bay.

Science of Gingerbread (at OC & LA)

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!

Pan for Gold at the Autry

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.

Huntington Harbor Cruise of Lights

December 8-9: In it’s 56th year, the narrated cruise sails through the waterways of Huntington Harbour to see the holiday lighted homes and holiday decorations.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios

Select dates, December 1-30: A grinchy-green “Grinchmas” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration fit for The Grinch.

Breakfast with Santa in Westminster

December 8: Gather the family to have breakfast with Santa, includes breakfast, crafts, a visit from Santa Claus and a small stocking for each child. Adults are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture these holiday memories.

Nutcracker for Kids in Costa Mesa

December 8: Visions of sugarplums will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet performed in a condensed 45-minute version created just for kids ages 5-11.

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 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.

Kid’s Wild Night Out at the San Diego Zoo

Saturdays: Join the Zoo for a wild night out with Dr. Zoolittle and animal friends. Hang for a few hours, and meet some amazing animals, create cool Zoo crafts, play games, enjoy a snack, and much more.

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.

Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach

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!

North Pole Express Train in Fillmore

Select dates November 24th – December 26th: Celebrate Christmas with a one-hour ride aboard a vintage train. Enjoy cookies, chocolate milk and singing elves while you head to the North Pole!

Holiday Treats for the Aquarium’s Animals

December 8-9: In celebration of the holiday season, Santa Diver will be delivering an ocean of gifts to the Aquarium of the Pacific for its animals, including penguins, sea otters, seals, sea lions, lorikeets, and fish.

Holidays at Legoland

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.

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

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.

The Nutcracker by Ballet Etudes in Huntington Beach

December 1-2 and 8-9: The classic production, performed by the students of the non-profit youth ballet company.

Operation Santa Paws 2018

December 1-21: 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 22nd to animals in need.

Tanaka Farms Christmas Trees

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.

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.

Home Depot Kids’ Clinics

Select Saturdays: Free craft workshops for kids (5-12, with adult); projects range from toolboxes to frames.

Panning for Gold, Adobe Brick Making and Arrowhead Necklace Craft at the Mission

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.

Colors of Christmas in Cerritos

December 8: The lively annual tradition returns with an all-star lineup that includes Grammy winner Peabo Bryson, Grammy nominee Taylor Dayne and Grammy winners Jon Secada and Deniece Williams, delivering holiday tunes and seasonal cheer.

The Magic of Christmas Starring The Young Americans in La Mirada

December 6-16: La Mirada Theatre is transformed into a winter wonderland and features fun-for-the-whole-family musical numbers, from hip-hopping penguins, dancing Santas, and The Nutcracker Suite, to Toyland, The Polar Express and more.

Dickens Day Celebration in Carson

December 8: The highlight will be Mr. Charles Dickens himself entertaining guests in the Museums Heritage Theater retelling A Christmas Carol and becoming Scrooge, while randomly using his audience as cast members.

Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo

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

Outdoor Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center

November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Outdoor Ice Skating at Pershing Square

November 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).

A Christmas Carol in Long Beach

December 7-23: For nearly 170 years, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future have reminded us that even the most miserly can find redemption in kindness and generosity toward others.

The Nutcracker in Glendale

December 8-9: A timeless Tchaikovsky ballet, featuring young performers (5-18) in principal and supporting roles along with adults.

The Nutcracker by the Los Angeles Ballet

Select dates, December 1-24: 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 23 – January 6: Your family will be swept away by more than 3.6 million+ brilliant lights transforming Riverside’s historic hotel into magic.

Long Beach Daisy Avenue Tree Lighting and Parade

December 8: See the brightest street in Long Beach light up, plus the Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade! Bring blankets and chairs.

Family Night at Holiday Skate Center

Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!

Up Up and Away Kids Consignment Sale

December 6-9: Families can save money and make money at the same time. Consignors earn top dollar for their items while buyers save a ton of money purchasing name brand, new and nearly new items.

Christmas Parade in Whittier

December 8: Enjoy this year’s theme “Christmas Around the World” as marching bands, vintage automobiles, local dignitaries, floats, equestrians, civic groups, dance troupes, drill teams, marching bands and Santa Claus himself roll through historic Uptown Whittier.

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.

Christmas Melodrama and Ice Cream Social at OCC

December 7-9 and 14-16: The Orange Coast College Drama Department presents an old fashioned Christmas melodrama and ice cream social.

Nutcracker Holiday Village and Tree Lighting in Anaheim

December 8: Ring in the holidays with a tree lighting celebration and free pictures with Santa!

A Christmas with Scrooge in Irvine

Select dates, December 6-29: 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 Hanukah at Pretend City

December 2-10: Celebrate Hanukah at Pretend City. Your child will love these rich and diverse activities about the Hanukah miracle and the importance of many of the traditions of the holiday.

BARK Therapy Dogs Read in Lakewood

Second Saturday: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. 11 a.m. Free.

Free Nature Tour at the Fullerton Arboretum

Second and Fourth Saturday: Meet a nature guide at the Nature Center for a wonderful free tour through the garden.

Holly Jolly Light Tour in Mission Viejo

December 7-8: Enjoy a VIP reception and tour the Home Lighting Contest displays aboard deluxe transportation.

Lil’ Dickens Carolers at Roger’s Garden’s in Corona Del Mar

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.

Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

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.

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

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.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags

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.

Artful Weaving at the Norton Simon Museum

December 8: View works from the exhibition Once upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and Dido and create your own woven artwork using cardboard looms and yarn.

Gingerbread Houses at Art To Grow On

December 8-9: Bring the entire family and learn how to frost, design and decorate your very own gingerbread house or gingerbread man!

Cookies with Santa in Signal Hill

December 8: Join Santa and Ms. Claus for story time and milk and cookies. Wear your favorite holiday pajamas. Bring your camera to take holiday pictures with Santa! Pre-registration is required.

Ugly Sweater Workshop at Fashion Camp in Tustin

Select dates, December 1-15: Kids (8+) can learn to hand sew a one-of-a-kind ugly holiday sweater for the season. All materials included!

Surfing Santa and Live Concert at the Redondo Beach Pier

December 8: Surfing Santa makes his annual appearance along with a holiday concert and Surfing Santa photo ops.

December Events at ESMoA

Select dates, December 8-15: Enjoy a variety of fun, free events at the El Segundo Museum of Art this month! Activities include artist led craft days, a Christmas parade, a video art screening, a kids engineering club, and more!

Winter Break Crafts at the Mission San Juan Capistrano

Select dates, December 1-30: Kids enjoy special winter break activities at the Mission, including panning for gold, adobe brick making and arrowhead necklace making.

Winter Fantasy by Impact Dance Center in Long Beach

December 8-9: Features beginning level dancers and special guests that includes a variety of dance performances, plus their annual Nutcracker production, “Kingdom of the Sweets.”

Yuletide Cinemaland in LA

December 16: After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man (Will Ferrell) raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

The Nutcracker in Rancho Cucamonga

December 1-9: Critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet brings The Nutcracker to life with dazzling sets, beautiful costumes and more than 80 dancers on stage.

Holiday Entertainment at the Irvine Spectrum

November 2 – December 29: Celebrate the weekend at Irvine Spectrum Center with live holiday entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the season.

Pirates Take Christmas

November 30 – December 25: Looking to add some fun and excitement to your holiday season? Celebrate Christmas with Pirates Dinner Adventure’s Christmas spectacular, Pirates Take Christmas.’

Christmas Prince of Peace Pageant in Long Beach

December 7-9: The Prince of Peace Pageant is a candlelit outdoor walk sponsored by six churches with displays telling the story of Christmas, complete with actors and live animals.

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.

Saturday Science at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey

Every Saturday: Join the CMSC every week for Saturday Science! The CMSC offers fun and educational science activities and demonstrations

Downtown Long Beach Beach Clean-up

Second Saturday: Join a beach clean. They have clean-up supplies, but encourage participating persons to bring their own water bottle and plastic bags to cut down on added trash.

Train to Santa’s Workshop at Orange Empire Railway Museum

November 29 – December 2, 6-9 and 13-16: Embark on a magical train ride and visit with Santa Claus himself at his North Pole workshop.

Muzeo Express, Holiday Model Trains at Muzeo

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.

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

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.)

The Holiday GEM in Garden Grove

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.

It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show in Fullerton

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.

Holiday Merriment at the Homestead Museum

December 8-9: How did Christmas in Los Angeles change from the days of the Mexican ranchos through the 1920s? See for yourself as you tour our decorated historic houses. Make crafts, enjoy music, visit with Santa Claus, and more!

Skating by the Sea in San Diego

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.

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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.

BARK Therapy Dogs Read in Long Beach – El Dorado Library

Second Saturday: Calm and friendly certified therapy dogs are waiting to hear stories read by young volunteers. Drop in!

Free 1K Kids’ Penguin Waddle in Pomona

December 8: Dress up as your favorite holiday character for this free kids’ 1K fun run through the Pomona Fairplex.

Tchaikovsky Fantasy at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

December 6-8: A dazzling reimagining of the traditional Tchaikovsky classic, Duke Ellington’s interpretation of The Nutcracker will jazz up your holiday!

La Virgen de Guadalupe in Los Angeles

December 7-8: A 15-year Los Angeles tradition, the city’s largest theatrical holiday production stars renowned opera singer Suzanna Guzman, plus 100 actors, singers and dancers, including children and seniors from the community.

Winter Reading Challenge at Placentia Library

December 1-31: How many books do you think you can read this winter? For each eligible item you checkout or download from the Placentia or Anaheim Libraries, they will give you a drawing ticket for a chance to win one of four fabulous prizes!

Snow Los Angeles at Elysian Park

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.

Nights of a 1000 Lights at Sherman Library and Gardens

December 7-8: The Annual Nights of 1000 Lights celebration will features a dazzling display of lights, live music, a visit from Santa, photo booth, comlimentary hot chocolate, ‘smores station, crafts and more.

The Little Mermaid Jr. in Long Beach

December 8-9: Join Children’s Theatre of Long Beach for their Junior Main Stage production of The Little Mermaid Jr.

Outdoor Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets in Long Beach

November 16 – January 6: Sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings, enjoy a REAL Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets this Holiday season!

Outdoor Ice Skating in LA

November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.

Heavenly Harmony Concert in Long Beach

December 8: A holiday favorite! Martin Haselbck and Musica Angelica ring in the festive season with trumpets, oboes, strings, and voices.

The Nutcracker Ballet in Fullerton

December 8-9: American Pacific Ballet Company’s Nutcracker will charm young and old alike this holiday season.

Muzeo Express Celebration in Anaheim

Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.

The Gift Holiday Musical in Laguna Niguel

December 8-9: South Coast Conservatory presents its holiday musical “The Gift”. This winter musical event combines a winter musical and winter showcases in a fun and entertaining way.

Wells Fargo History Museum Saturday Openings in Los Angeles

March 10, June 9, September 8 and December 8: Explore the interactive exhibits while also enjoying fun trivia, snacks and prizes.

Walk with a Naturalist

Every Saturday: Take a hike with O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon.

Story Pirates Live at The Wallis

December 8, March 9 and May 11: The Story Pirates adapt kids’ tales into a musical sketch comedy show (ages 5+). Be sure to visit The Wallis’ website to submit your child’s stories for their three themed shows this season!

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.

Koo Koo Kanga Roo in Los Angeles

December 8: It’s the ultimate pop star party for kids and families! Come sing and dance along to catchy songs.

Aladdin in Long Beach

Select dates, December 7-16: Based on the Disney movie, this play tells a story about a “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character.

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory

Select dates, December 1-24: Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters.

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

December 5-30: This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences.

Tree Lighting at Irvine Spectrum

November 23 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 74-foot tree will come to life each night with a choreographed light show every 30 minutes.

Boat Parade of Lights in Dana Point Harbor

December 7, 8, 14 and 15: Celebrate the holiday season at the spectacular 44th annual Boat Parade of Lights at Dana Point Harbor! Enjoy the holiday extravaganza featuring carolers, trick ropers, games, crafts, free photos with Santa, and the boat parade.

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.

Ralph Breaks the Internet at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

December 1-16: In Ralph Breaks the Internet, video-game bad guy Ralph and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush.

Nutcracker for Kids in Costa Mesa

December 8: Visions of sugarplums and beautiful ballerinas will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet, performed in a condensed version created just for kids (5-11).

The Nutcracker at the Dolby Theater

December 8-9: Los Angeles Ballet’s The Nutcracker is LA’s ultimate family holiday tradition, perfect for celebrating the season. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, this original production takes place in 1912 Los Angeles.

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

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.

The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker in Redondo Beach

December 6-9: Following the idea of the original, it’s Christmas Eve and the Johnsons are having a grand party. The Christmas gifts are shared and young Kara receives a Nutcracker filled with hot chocolate, her favorite.

Photos with Santa at The Shops at Montebello

December 1-24: Come see Santa at the Holiday Photo Booth. Reserve a fast past and skip the line!

42nd Street the Musical in Santa Monica

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?

“Unusual Animals” Author Visit at Kidspace

December 8: Kids are invited to the Storyteller Studio to meet Heather Jones, author of the award winning picture book “Unusual Animals”. Share drawings of unusual animals and their unique characteristics and get a copy of the book autographed.

Holiday Magic at the Mariners Library

December 8: Ring in the holiday season with family fun and magic. Join the library in the Vincent Jorgensen Room for an amazing magic show for all ages with Mark Gibson!

Christmas Blvd. 2018 in Fullerton

December 6-9: Christmas BLVD is a popular, family-oriented Christmas experience filled with holiday festivities, food and fun!

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

November 17 – January 6: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center

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.

King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade in Redondo Beach

December 8: Get ready for a California Christmas with a holiday boat parade. Stroll the harbor, boardwalk, and pier shops and view the Holiday Harbor Lights.

Greene and Greene Neighborhood Walking Tour in Pasadena

Saturdays, April 28 – December 8: Enjoy a guided walking tour around the historic Arroyo Terrace neighborhood, home to nine Greene & Greene homes as well as other notable architects.

Wicked at the Pantages

November 28 – January 27, 2019: The Broadway sensation hits the stage at a time before Dorothy found her way to the land of Oz.

Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Stores

Saturdays: Kids (3+) make fun seasonal crafts.

Jane Austen’s Emma, The Musical in Anaheim

November 23-December 23: Jane Austen’s enduring love story is brought to life as a romantic-comedy musical.

A Charlie Brown Christmas in Anaheim

December 7-23: Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new stage adaptation! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season.

Saturday Sing-a-long at Southern California Children’s Museum

Saturdays: 100% interactive music time! Children learn rhymes of all kinds, sing silly songs, and are encouraged to wiggle and move.

Little Elves Workshop in Stanton

December 8: Attention, Santa’s little helpers (ages 5-12)! Come down to Stanton Central Park to enjoy crafts, music, games, and more.

Sugar Plum Express Holiday Village & Tree Train

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.

A Faery Hunt Enchanted Adventure in Encinos

November 17 and December 8: Join the faery folk on this magical musical adventure. On this magical adventure you’ll meet faeries and funny creatures; maybe even Faery Royalty.

Holiday Kid Drop Parent Shop in La Habra

December 8: Parents, get your holiday shopping done while your kids (4-12) enjoy a day making holiday gifts, decorating holiday goodies, playing games and watching a holiday movie. Breakfast and lunch included.

Reflections of the Face of Lincoln in Redlands

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.

PlayClub Activities in Buena Park

Saturdays: Families can enjoy this free activities program, PlayClub! Each PlayClub event will be a different fun activity that families can enjoy with their kids!

Temecula on Ice Ice Skating Rink in Old Town Temecula

December 1 – January 9: Temecula on Ice returns! This state-of-the-art ice rink includes rental skates, the Bobby skating aid and its own radio station!

Evening of Celebration Holiday Skating Show at The Rinks – Yorba Linda

December 8: Join The Rinks Yorba Linda ICE for the “Evening of Celebration Holiday Skating Exhibition Show.” Saturday, 6 p.m. Free admission.

Holiday Ice Skating Show at The Rinks – Westminster ICE

December 8: The Rinks – Westminster ICE presents their annual holiday ice skating show.

Festival Ballet Theatre Presents The Nutcracker and Nutcracker Tea Party

December 8-24: Create holiday memories for your family by sharing the magic of The Nutcracker. Festival Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly production of the cherished holiday classic is perfect for all ages. Plus, enjoy a pre-show Nutcracker Tea Party!

Elf The Musical in Long Beach

November 30-December 9: Buddy is Coming to MTW! Based on the cherished 2003 hit film starring Will Ferrell, Elf the Musical is the story of Buddy the elf.

The Nutcracker Presented by Bob Baker Marionette Theater

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.

Winter Glow in Grand Park LA

December 1-25: Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a new month-long, immersive nighttime art experience that will take over Grand Park in celebration of the holidays.

Magical Lantern Art Festival at LA County Arboretum

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!

Duplo Lego Day at Aliso Viejo Library

December 8: Join Aliso Viejo Library for duplo Lego fun! All ages are welcome to the Children’s Reading Nook to create, build and play with Duplo Legos.

Aquarium Holidays

Weekends, December 1-23: Aquarium Holidays features special holiday dcor, a display of gingerbread houses, snow fall in the Great Hall, and the Aquarium’s costumed characters in their holiday outfits.

Queen Mary Christmas in Long Beach

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.

Ronald McDonald House Long Beach Toy Drive

December 3-12: Help bring cheer to kids undergoing medical treatments by dropping off new, unwrapped toys or gifts at the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House.

Photos with Santa at Brea Mall

December 1 – 24: Come visit Brea mall and take holiday photos with Santa! Reserve a fast pass online and skip the Line.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Canoga Park

November 16-January 6: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Westfield Topanga.

Chinese Lantern Festival at Pomona Fairplex

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!

Breakfast with Santa at CPK in Irvine

December 8: Join California Pizza Kitchen at Irvine Spectrum for Breakfast with Santa!

Victorian Christmas at the Bembridge House in Long Beach

Tuesdays and Saturdays, December 2-22: Rediscover the magic of an olde-tyme Christmas. Experience a family-friendly celebration focused on holiday traditions in this lovingly decorated historic house.

Santa Photos at Irvine Spectrum Center

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.

Broadway Princess Holiday Party

December 8 and 9: Brush off your tiara and unleash your inner princess with Broadway’s original Cinderella, Belle, and Jasmineas they celebrate the season in this hit concert, direct from NYC!

All About Santa in Santa Monica

Select dates, December 1-15: It’s holiday time at the North Pole and everyone is in a tizzy- Santa has disappeared!

Winterfest in Santa Anita

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!

A Faery Hunt’s the King of the Fairies in Encino

December 8: Go on a gentle, musical quest through the forest to help the faeries find the true King of Fairyland!

Science of Gingerbread (at OC & LA)

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!

Pan for Gold at the Autry

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.

Huntington Harbor Cruise of Lights

December 8-9: In it’s 56th year, the narrated cruise sails through the waterways of Huntington Harbour to see the holiday lighted homes and holiday decorations.

Old Time Christmas Festival at Rancho Los Cerritos

December 9: Discover traditions of a Victorian Christmas! Make historic crafts, enjoy holiday music from a live brass band and carolers, strike the pinatas, and more.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios

Select dates, December 1-30: 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 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.

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.

Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach

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!

North Pole Express Train in Fillmore

Select dates November 24th – December 26th: Celebrate Christmas with a one-hour ride aboard a vintage train. Enjoy cookies, chocolate milk and singing elves while you head to the North Pole!

Holiday Treats for the Aquarium’s Animals

December 8-9: In celebration of the holiday season, Santa Diver will be delivering an ocean of gifts to the Aquarium of the Pacific for its animals, including penguins, sea otters, seals, sea lions, lorikeets, and fish.

Holidays at Legoland

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.

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

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.

The Nutcracker by Ballet Etudes in Huntington Beach

December 1-2 and 8-9: The classic production, performed by the students of the non-profit youth ballet company.

Operation Santa Paws 2018

December 1-21: 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 22nd to animals in need.

Tanaka Farms Christmas Trees

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.

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.

Panning for Gold, Adobe Brick Making and Arrowhead Necklace Craft at the Mission

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.

The Magic of Christmas Starring The Young Americans in La Mirada

December 6-16: La Mirada Theatre is transformed into a winter wonderland and features fun-for-the-whole-family musical numbers, from hip-hopping penguins, dancing Santas, and The Nutcracker Suite, to Toyland, The Polar Express and more.

Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo

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

Outdoor Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center

November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Outdoor Ice Skating at Pershing Square

November 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).

A Christmas Carol in Long Beach

December 7-23: For nearly 170 years, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future have reminded us that even the most miserly can find redemption in kindness and generosity toward others.

The Nutcracker in Glendale

December 8-9: A timeless Tchaikovsky ballet, featuring young performers (5-18) in principal and supporting roles along with adults.

The Nutcracker by the Los Angeles Ballet

Select dates, December 1-24: 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 23 – January 6: Your family will be swept away by more than 3.6 million+ brilliant lights transforming Riverside’s historic hotel into magic.

Family Night at Holiday Skate Center

Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!

Up Up and Away Kids Consignment Sale

December 6-9: Families can save money and make money at the same time. Consignors earn top dollar for their items while buyers save a ton of money purchasing name brand, new and nearly new items.

Weiner Dog Races at Old World

April 8 – December 9: Monthly, watch short-legged but swift Dachshunds race, like nothing you’ve seen before!

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.

Christmas Melodrama and Ice Cream Social at OCC

December 7-9 and 14-16: The Orange Coast College Drama Department presents an old fashioned Christmas melodrama and ice cream social.

A Christmas with Scrooge in Irvine

Select dates, December 6-29: 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 Hanukah at Pretend City

December 2-10: Celebrate Hanukah at Pretend City. Your child will love these rich and diverse activities about the Hanukah miracle and the importance of many of the traditions of the holiday.

Sewing Sundays at Fashion Camp OC

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!

Lil’ Dickens Carolers at Roger’s Garden’s in Corona Del Mar

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.

Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

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.

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

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.

Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks

December 9: Join thousands of autism supporters and families affected by autism for the annual Orange County Autism Walk.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags

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.

Community Day at Back Bay Science

Sundays: Tour the facility, including the loop trail and marine life.

The Nutcracker in Placentia

December 9: Art of Dance and Ballet Academy presents its holiday show, The Nutcracker!

Gingerbread Houses at Art To Grow On

December 8-9: Bring the entire family and learn how to frost, design and decorate your very own gingerbread house or gingerbread man!

Gentle Barn Open to the Public in Santa Clarita

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.

Posada Navideña at the Anaheim Marketplace

December 9: Enjoy carolers singing throughout the Marketplace ending at a Nativity set with a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph. Live festive music will surround La Placita. Activities for kids will include face painting, jumpers, and more!

December Events at ESMoA

Select dates, December 8-15: Enjoy a variety of fun, free events at the El Segundo Museum of Art this month! Activities include artist led craft days, a Christmas parade, a video art screening, a kids engineering club, and more!

Winter Break Crafts at the Mission San Juan Capistrano

Select dates, December 1-30: Kids enjoy special winter break activities at the Mission, including panning for gold, adobe brick making and arrowhead necklace making.

Family Christmas Concerts at Nixon Library

Select dates, December 2-30: At the Nixon Library, concerts are held all year-round on Sundays, and are free and open to the public. Bring the whole clan and enjoy holiday favorites.

Winter Fantasy by Impact Dance Center in Long Beach

December 8-9: Features beginning level dancers and special guests that includes a variety of dance performances, plus their annual Nutcracker production, “Kingdom of the Sweets.”

Yuletide Cinemaland in LA

December 16: After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man (Will Ferrell) raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

The Nutcracker in Rancho Cucamonga

December 1-9: Critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet brings The Nutcracker to life with dazzling sets, beautiful costumes and more than 80 dancers on stage.

Queen Anne Cottage Holiday Tours at the Arboretum

December 9: Stroll down memory lane and view treasures and furnishings normally seen only through the windows of the charming Victorian-era cottage at LA County Arboretum.

Winter Solstice Walk to Barbara’s Lake in Laguna

December 9: Come and enjoy the winter solstice on an easy, 2.5-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain.

Pirates Take Christmas

November 30 – December 25: Looking to add some fun and excitement to your holiday season? Celebrate Christmas with Pirates Dinner Adventure’s Christmas spectacular, Pirates Take Christmas.’

A Christmas Story on Catalina Island

December 9: Join the Catalina Museum for a special performance and a screening of A Christmas Story in the Avalon Casino Theatre.

Christmas Prince of Peace Pageant in Long Beach

December 7-9: The Prince of Peace Pageant is a candlelit outdoor walk sponsored by six churches with displays telling the story of Christmas, complete with actors and live animals.

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.

Train to Santa’s Workshop at Orange Empire Railway Museum

November 29 – December 2, 6-9 and 13-16: Embark on a magical train ride and visit with Santa Claus himself at his North Pole workshop.

Muzeo Express, Holiday Model Trains at Muzeo

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.

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

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.)

The Holiday GEM in Garden Grove

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.

It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show in Fullerton

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.

Holiday Merriment at the Homestead Museum

December 8-9: How did Christmas in Los Angeles change from the days of the Mexican ranchos through the 1920s? See for yourself as you tour our decorated historic houses. Make crafts, enjoy music, visit with Santa Claus, and more!

Skating by the Sea in San Diego

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.

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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.

Winter Reading Challenge at Placentia Library

December 1-31: How many books do you think you can read this winter? For each eligible item you checkout or download from the Placentia or Anaheim Libraries, they will give you a drawing ticket for a chance to win one of four fabulous prizes!

Snow Los Angeles at Elysian Park

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.

The Little Mermaid Jr. in Long Beach

December 8-9: Join Children’s Theatre of Long Beach for their Junior Main Stage production of The Little Mermaid Jr.

Free Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen at The Wallis

Second Sundays: Dancers and families of all ages can enjoy free dance lessons with three-time Emmy Award-winner Debbie Allen and Friends every second Sunday on the Promenade Terrace.

A Christmas Carol Live at Calvary Chapel of the Harbour

December 9-11, 13-14 and 16: Join the ACTS Drama group for a free performance of this holiday classic.

Outdoor Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets in Long Beach

November 16 – January 6: Sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings, enjoy a REAL Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets this Holiday season!

Outdoor Ice Skating in LA

November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.

The Nutcracker Ballet in Fullerton

December 8-9: American Pacific Ballet Company’s Nutcracker will charm young and old alike this holiday season.

Santa Cares at South Bay Galleria

December 9: Santa Cares is an opportunity for children with special needs and their families to enjoy a photo session with Santa.

Muzeo Express Celebration in Anaheim

Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.

The Gift Holiday Musical in Laguna Niguel

December 8-9: South Coast Conservatory presents its holiday musical “The Gift”. This winter musical event combines a winter musical and winter showcases in a fun and entertaining way.

Ballet Etudes at Huntington Beach Central Library

December 9-12: Ballet Etudes performs at the Huntington Beach Central Library.

Reading in the Redwoods at Environmental Nature Center

Monthly: Hike out to the Redwoods to enjoy a classic nature themed book under the canopy of our tallest trees while your family relaxes together on a blanket or towel.

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 Symphony Christmas Concert in Cerritos

December 9: Los Angeles Symphony and Los Angeles Chorus present a holiday concert showcasing classic Opera arias, Korean art songs, Christmas music, and more!

Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair in Irvine

December 9: Help animals find homes at the 12th annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair.

Aladdin in Long Beach

Select dates, December 7-16: Based on the Disney movie, this play tells a story about a “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character.

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory

Select dates, December 1-24: Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters.

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

December 5-30: This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences.

Tree Lighting at Irvine Spectrum

November 23 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 74-foot tree will come to life each 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.

Ralph Breaks the Internet at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

December 1-16: In Ralph Breaks the Internet, video-game bad guy Ralph and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush.

Handel’s Messiah at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

December 9: A beloved holiday tradition, Handel’s celebrated oratorio with its blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and spectacular “Hallelujah!” chorus provides a moment during the busy season to experience reflection, renewal and joy.

The Nutcracker at the Dolby Theater

December 8-9: Los Angeles Ballet’s The Nutcracker is LA’s ultimate family holiday tradition, perfect for celebrating the season. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, this original production takes place in 1912 Los Angeles.

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

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.

The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker in Redondo Beach

December 6-9: Following the idea of the original, it’s Christmas Eve and the Johnsons are having a grand party. The Christmas gifts are shared and young Kara receives a Nutcracker filled with hot chocolate, her favorite.

Annual Long Beach Youth Chorus Holiday Concert

December 9: Usher in the season with the Long Beach Youth Chorus’ holiday concert! Celebrating the musical talent among young people from diverse backgrounds in a mutually supportive environment.

Photos with Santa at The Shops at Montebello

December 1-24: Come see Santa at the Holiday Photo Booth. Reserve a fast past and skip the line!

Pet Photos with Santa at The Shops of Montebello

December 2 and 9: Join The Shops at Montebello for Pet Photos with Santa!

42nd Street the Musical in Santa Monica

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?

Christmas Blvd. 2018 in Fullerton

December 6-9: Christmas BLVD is a popular, family-oriented Christmas experience filled with holiday festivities, food and fun!

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

November 17 – January 6: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center

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.

Nature Hike at Caspers Wilderness Park

Select dates, December 1-30: Join the park ranger for a one-mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park.

Wicked at the Pantages

November 28 – January 27, 2019: The Broadway sensation hits the stage at a time before Dorothy found her way to the land of Oz.

Jane Austen’s Emma, The Musical in Anaheim

November 23-December 23: Jane Austen’s enduring love story is brought to life as a romantic-comedy musical.

A Charlie Brown Christmas in Anaheim

December 7-23: Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new stage adaptation! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season.

Sugar Plum Express Holiday Village & Tree Train

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.

Reflections of the Face of Lincoln in Redlands

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.

Temecula on Ice Ice Skating Rink in Old Town Temecula

December 1 – January 9: Temecula on Ice returns! This state-of-the-art ice rink includes rental skates, the Bobby skating aid and its own radio station!

Sunday Circle for Children with Disabilities

Select Sundays: Join Friendship Circle for a fun-filled Sunday Circle! Come together for a variety of entertainment, recreation and enrichment activities for children with special needs.

Koo Koo Kangaroo at House of Blues

December 9: It’s the ultimate pop star party for kids and families! Come sing and dance along to catchy songs.

Festival Ballet Theatre Presents The Nutcracker and Nutcracker Tea Party

December 8-24: Create holiday memories for your family by sharing the magic of The Nutcracker. Festival Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly production of the cherished holiday classic is perfect for all ages. Plus, enjoy a pre-show Nutcracker Tea Party!

Elf The Musical in Long Beach

November 30-December 9: Buddy is Coming to MTW! Based on the cherished 2003 hit film starring Will Ferrell, Elf the Musical is the story of Buddy the elf.

The Nutcracker Presented by Bob Baker Marionette Theater

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.

Winter Glow in Grand Park LA

December 1-25: Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a new month-long, immersive nighttime art experience that will take over Grand Park in celebration of the holidays.

Myths & Monsters Workshop at the Hammer Museum

December 9: Reconnect with some classic childhood myths to find out why and how stories shape perceptions of ourselves and the world. Then rewrite your myths for a modern era.

Magical Lantern Art Festival at LA County Arboretum

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!

Aquarium Holidays

Weekends, December 1-23: Aquarium Holidays features special holiday dcor, a display of gingerbread houses, snow fall in the Great Hall, and the Aquarium’s costumed characters in their holiday outfits.

Queen Mary Christmas in Long Beach

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.

Ronald McDonald House Long Beach Toy Drive

December 3-12: Help bring cheer to kids undergoing medical treatments by dropping off new, unwrapped toys or gifts at the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House.

Photos with Santa at Brea Mall

December 1 – 24: Come visit Brea mall and take holiday photos with Santa! Reserve a fast pass online and skip the Line.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Canoga Park

November 16-January 6: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Westfield Topanga.

Chinese Lantern Festival at Pomona Fairplex

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!

The Spooky Adventures of Hansel and Gretel

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.

Santa Photos at Irvine Spectrum Center

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.

Broadway Princess Holiday Party

December 8 and 9: Brush off your tiara and unleash your inner princess with Broadway’s original Cinderella, Belle, and Jasmineas they celebrate the season in this hit concert, direct from NYC!

All About Santa in Santa Monica

Select dates, December 1-15: It’s holiday time at the North Pole and everyone is in a tizzy- Santa has disappeared!

Winterfest in Santa Anita

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!

Hanukkah Festival at Zimmer Children’s Museum in LA

December 9: It’s the eighth day of Hanukkah, so visit the Zimmer for the annual Hanukkah Festival! Make a Dreidel, add a paper flame to the giant collaborative menorah, enjoy Hanukah themed story time, and more!

Science of Gingerbread (at OC & LA)

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!

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 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.

Holidays at Legoland

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.

Operation Santa Paws 2018

December 1-21: 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 22nd to animals in need.

Tanaka Farms Christmas Trees

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.

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.

Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo

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

Outdoor Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center

November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Outdoor Ice Skating at Pershing Square

November 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).

Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside

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.

Christmas Fantasia at Segerstrom

December 10: Kick off your holiday season in style! Enjoy favorite carols and breathtaking masterpieces performed by Vanguard University’s 200-member choirs and orchestra.

A Christmas with Scrooge in Irvine

Select dates, December 6-29: 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 Hanukah at Pretend City

December 2-10: Celebrate Hanukah at Pretend City. Your child will love these rich and diverse activities about the Hanukah miracle and the importance of many of the traditions of the holiday.

Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

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.

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

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.

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 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.

Trolley Tour of Lights in Long Beach

December 10-28: 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.

Pirates Take Christmas

November 30 – December 25: Looking to add some fun and excitement to your holiday season? Celebrate Christmas with Pirates Dinner Adventure’s Christmas spectacular, Pirates Take Christmas.’

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.

BARK Therapy Dogs Read in Buena Park

Second Monday: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. Monday, 6:30 p.m. Free.

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

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.)

Skating by the Sea in San Diego

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.

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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.

Winter Reading Challenge at Placentia Library

December 1-31: How many books do you think you can read this winter? For each eligible item you checkout or download from the Placentia or Anaheim Libraries, they will give you a drawing ticket for a chance to win one of four fabulous prizes!

A Christmas Carol Live at Calvary Chapel of the Harbour

December 9-11, 13-14 and 16: Join the ACTS Drama group for a free performance of this holiday classic.

Outdoor Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets in Long Beach

November 16 – January 6: Sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings, enjoy a REAL Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets this Holiday season!

Outdoor Ice Skating in LA

November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.

Muzeo Express Celebration in Anaheim

Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.

Ballet Etudes at Huntington Beach Central Library

December 9-12: Ballet Etudes performs at the Huntington Beach Central Library.

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.

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

December 5-30: This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences.

Tree Lighting at Irvine Spectrum

November 23 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 74-foot tree will come to life each 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.

Ralph Breaks the Internet at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

December 1-16: In Ralph Breaks the Internet, video-game bad guy Ralph and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush.

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

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.

Photos with Santa at The Shops at Montebello

December 1-24: Come see Santa at the Holiday Photo Booth. Reserve a fast past and skip the line!

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

November 17 – January 6: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center

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.

Reflections of the Face of Lincoln in Redlands

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.

Temecula on Ice Ice Skating Rink in Old Town Temecula

December 1 – January 9: Temecula on Ice returns! This state-of-the-art ice rink includes rental skates, the Bobby skating aid and its own radio station!

Winter Glow in Grand Park LA

December 1-25: Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a new month-long, immersive nighttime art experience that will take over Grand Park in celebration of the holidays.

Magical Lantern Art Festival at LA County Arboretum

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!

Queen Mary Christmas in Long Beach

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.

Ronald McDonald House Long Beach Toy Drive

December 3-12: Help bring cheer to kids undergoing medical treatments by dropping off new, unwrapped toys or gifts at the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House.

Photos with Santa at Brea Mall

December 1 – 24: Come visit Brea mall and take holiday photos with Santa! Reserve a fast pass online and skip the Line.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Canoga Park

November 16-January 6: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Westfield Topanga.

Santa Photos at Irvine Spectrum Center

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.

Make Holiday Felt Ornaments at La Habra Library

December 10: Join this fun event and make holiday felt ornaments. Learn basic hand sewing skills and create a fall leaf magnet out of felt.

Science of Gingerbread (at OC & LA)

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!

Surf City Nights in Huntington Beach

Tuesdays: This special street fair takes place along a closed-off section of Main Street and includes a farmer’s market, bounce house, street performers and more.

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 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.

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.

Holidays at Legoland

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.

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

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.

Operation Santa Paws 2018

December 1-21: 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 22nd to animals in need.

Tanaka Farms Christmas Trees

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.

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.

Curiosity Carts at San Juan Capistrano Mission

Tuesday and Thursday: Each educational cart offers learning for students and visitors interested in seeing items up close.

Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo

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

Outdoor Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center

November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Outdoor Ice Skating at Pershing Square

November 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).

Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside

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.

Kids Skate at Holiday Skate Center

Saturdays: Kids can skate to kid’s music, and play games. Recommended for kids 10 years and under, with a parent.

A Christmas with Scrooge in Irvine

Select dates, December 6-29: 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.

Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

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.

Cocoa with Santa at Rancho Los Cerritos

December 11, 14 and 15: Enjoy delicious cocoa and treats, make holiday crafts, enjoy stories, and meet Santa himself.

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

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.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags

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.

Trolley Tour of Lights in Long Beach

December 10-28: 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.

Pirates Take Christmas

November 30 – December 25: Looking to add some fun and excitement to your holiday season? Celebrate Christmas with Pirates Dinner Adventure’s Christmas spectacular, Pirates Take Christmas.’

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!

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

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.)

Skating by the Sea in San Diego

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.

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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.

Winter Reading Challenge at Placentia Library

December 1-31: How many books do you think you can read this winter? For each eligible item you checkout or download from the Placentia or Anaheim Libraries, they will give you a drawing ticket for a chance to win one of four fabulous prizes!

A Christmas Carol Live at Calvary Chapel of the Harbour

December 9-11, 13-14 and 16: Join the ACTS Drama group for a free performance of this holiday classic.

Outdoor Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets in Long Beach

November 16 – January 6: Sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings, enjoy a REAL Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets this Holiday season!

Outdoor Ice Skating in LA

November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.

Muzeo Express Celebration in Anaheim

Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.

Ballet Etudes at Huntington Beach Central Library

December 9-12: Ballet Etudes performs at the Huntington Beach Central Library.

Family Storytime in Lakewood

Tuesdays: Join the library for stories, fingerplays, rhymes, flannel board, art activities and fun at a special evening family storytime for younger children (4-7) and their families.

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.

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory

Select dates, December 1-24: Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters.

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

December 5-30: This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences.

Tree Lighting at Irvine Spectrum

November 23 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 74-foot tree will come to life each 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.

Ralph Breaks the Internet at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

December 1-16: In Ralph Breaks the Internet, video-game bad guy Ralph and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush.

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

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.

Photos with Santa at The Shops at Montebello

December 1-24: Come see Santa at the Holiday Photo Booth. Reserve a fast past and skip the line!

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

November 17 – January 6: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center

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.

Tiny Tot Tuesday’s at the El Capitan Theatre

Every Tuesday: Visit the magical El Capitan Theatre with your tiny tot to enjoy a first showing of the day.

Wicked at the Pantages

November 28 – January 27, 2019: The Broadway sensation hits the stage at a time before Dorothy found her way to the land of Oz.

Messy Mondays at Southern California Children’s Museum

Mondays: Get messy using a variety of wacky crafting materials! Drop by, let loose, and create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Reflections of the Face of Lincoln in Redlands

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.

Temecula on Ice Ice Skating Rink in Old Town Temecula

December 1 – January 9: Temecula on Ice returns! This state-of-the-art ice rink includes rental skates, the Bobby skating aid and its own radio station!

Winter Glow in Grand Park LA

December 1-25: Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a new month-long, immersive nighttime art experience that will take over Grand Park in celebration of the holidays.

Magical Lantern Art Festival at LA County Arboretum

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!

Queen Mary Christmas in Long Beach

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.

Ronald McDonald House Long Beach Toy Drive

December 3-12: Help bring cheer to kids undergoing medical treatments by dropping off new, unwrapped toys or gifts at the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House.

Photos with Santa at Brea Mall

December 1 – 24: Come visit Brea mall and take holiday photos with Santa! Reserve a fast pass online and skip the Line.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Canoga Park

November 16-January 6: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Westfield Topanga.

Victorian Christmas at the Bembridge House in Long Beach

Tuesdays and Saturdays, December 2-22: Rediscover the magic of an olde-tyme Christmas. Experience a family-friendly celebration focused on holiday traditions in this lovingly decorated historic house.

Santa Photos at Irvine Spectrum Center

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.

Science of Gingerbread (at OC & LA)

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!

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 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.

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.

Holidays at Legoland

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.

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

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.

Operation Santa Paws 2018

December 1-21: 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 22nd to animals in need.

Tanaka Farms Christmas Trees

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.

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.

The Magic of Christmas Starring The Young Americans in La Mirada

December 6-16: La Mirada Theatre is transformed into a winter wonderland and features fun-for-the-whole-family musical numbers, from hip-hopping penguins, dancing Santas, and The Nutcracker Suite, to Toyland, The Polar Express and more.

Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo

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

Outdoor Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center

November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Outdoor Ice Skating at Pershing Square

November 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).

Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside

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.

A Christmas with Scrooge in Irvine

Select dates, December 6-29: 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.

Lil’ Dickens Carolers at Roger’s Garden’s in Corona Del Mar

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.

Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

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.

Fiesta Navidad at Segerstrom

December 12: The Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos returns with music and dance, this colorful celebration of Mexican holiday traditions is perfect for the whole family.

A Ranch Christmas at Rancho Los Alamitos

December 12-14: Celebrate the holiday and enjoy an evening visit to Rancho Los Alamitos. Come and relish the beautifully decorated ranch house and complimentary holiday refreshments.

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

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.

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.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags

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.

BARK Therapy Dogs Read in Norwalk – Norwalk Library

Second Wednesday: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free.

Trolley Tour of Lights in Long Beach

December 10-28: 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.

Pirates Take Christmas

November 30 – December 25: Looking to add some fun and excitement to your holiday season? Celebrate Christmas with Pirates Dinner Adventure’s Christmas spectacular, Pirates Take Christmas.’

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.

Muzeo Express, Holiday Model Trains at Muzeo

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.

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

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.)

Skating by the Sea in San Diego

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.

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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.

Lego Club at Huntington Beach Central Library

July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14 and December 12: Kids (6+) are welcome to participate in Lego fun!

Winter Reading Challenge at Placentia Library

December 1-31: How many books do you think you can read this winter? For each eligible item you checkout or download from the Placentia or Anaheim Libraries, they will give you a drawing ticket for a chance to win one of four fabulous prizes!

Outdoor Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets in Long Beach

November 16 – January 6: Sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings, enjoy a REAL Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets this Holiday season!

Outdoor Ice Skating in LA

November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.

Muzeo Express Celebration in Anaheim

Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.

Santa Story Time at La Habra Library

December 12: Bring your little ones down to meet Santa in person. Bring cameras!

Ballet Etudes at Huntington Beach Central Library

December 9-12: Ballet Etudes performs at the Huntington Beach Central Library.

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.

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory

Select dates, December 1-24: Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters.

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

December 5-30: This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences.

Tree Lighting at Irvine Spectrum

November 23 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 74-foot tree will come to life each 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.

Ralph Breaks the Internet at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

December 1-16: In Ralph Breaks the Internet, video-game bad guy Ralph and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush.

Wonderful Winter Crafts in Balboa

December 12: Kids (ages 3-8) welcome the winter holiday season with sparkly crafty fun.

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

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.

Photos with Santa at The Shops at Montebello

December 1-24: Come see Santa at the Holiday Photo Booth. Reserve a fast past and skip the line!

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

November 17 – January 6: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center

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.

Wicked at the Pantages

November 28 – January 27, 2019: The Broadway sensation hits the stage at a time before Dorothy found her way to the land of Oz.

Reflections of the Face of Lincoln in Redlands

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.

Temecula on Ice Ice Skating Rink in Old Town Temecula

December 1 – January 9: Temecula on Ice returns! This state-of-the-art ice rink includes rental skates, the Bobby skating aid and its own radio station!

Winter Glow in Grand Park LA

December 1-25: Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a new month-long, immersive nighttime art experience that will take over Grand Park in celebration of the holidays.

Magical Lantern Art Festival at LA County Arboretum

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!

Queen Mary Christmas in Long Beach

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.

Ronald McDonald House Long Beach Toy Drive

December 3-12: Help bring cheer to kids undergoing medical treatments by dropping off new, unwrapped toys or gifts at the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House.

Photos with Santa at Brea Mall

December 1 – 24: Come visit Brea mall and take holiday photos with Santa! Reserve a fast pass online and skip the Line.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Canoga Park

November 16-January 6: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Westfield Topanga.

The Spooky Adventures of Hansel and Gretel

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.

Santa Photos at Irvine Spectrum Center

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.

Science of Gingerbread (at OC & LA)

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!

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 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.

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.

Holidays at Legoland

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.

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

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.

The Nutcracker in Mission Viejo

December 13-16: Students from the Laguna Dance Theater perform with professional guest artists in this annual production of “The Nutcracker.”

Operation Santa Paws 2018

December 1-21: 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 22nd to animals in need.

Tanaka Farms Christmas Trees

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.

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.

Kids’ Activities at the Downtown Fullerton Market

Thursdays: The Fullerton Market is the place to come and enjoy fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, handcrafted artisan products, live music and entertainment, plus crafts and activities at the Kids’ Korner and food vendors.

Curiosity Carts at San Juan Capistrano Mission

Tuesday and Thursday: Each educational cart offers learning for students and visitors interested in seeing items up close.

The Magic of Christmas Starring The Young Americans in La Mirada

December 6-16: La Mirada Theatre is transformed into a winter wonderland and features fun-for-the-whole-family musical numbers, from hip-hopping penguins, dancing Santas, and The Nutcracker Suite, to Toyland, The Polar Express and more.

Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo

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

Outdoor Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center

November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Outdoor Ice Skating at Pershing Square

November 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).

A Christmas Carol in Long Beach

December 7-23: For nearly 170 years, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future have reminded us that even the most miserly can find redemption in kindness and generosity toward others.

Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside

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.

A Christmas with Scrooge in Irvine

Select dates, December 6-29: 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.

Lil’ Dickens Carolers at Roger’s Garden’s in Corona Del Mar

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.

Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

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.

A Ranch Christmas at Rancho Los Alamitos

December 12-14: Celebrate the holiday and enjoy an evening visit to Rancho Los Alamitos. Come and relish the beautifully decorated ranch house and complimentary holiday refreshments.

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

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.

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.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags

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.

Someone Special and Me Gingerbread House Decorating in Irvine

December 13: For the tiny chefs (3-6), with the help of a parent, to learn how to decorate a Gingerbread house using icing, candy and sprinkles.

Trolley Tour of Lights in Long Beach

December 10-28: 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.

December Events at ESMoA

Select dates, December 8-15: Enjoy a variety of fun, free events at the El Segundo Museum of Art this month! Activities include artist led craft days, a Christmas parade, a video art screening, a kids engineering club, and more!

Outdoor Ice Skating in Downtown Burbank

December 13 – January 6: Downtown Burbank’s most festive holiday tradition will return for outdoor ice skating, fundraising events, and special performances at The Rink in Downtown Burbank.

Geminid Meteor Shower

December 13: Tonight is likely the peak night of the 2018 Geminid meteor shower, though under the light of the full moon. The Geminids are considered to be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year, with the possibility of sighting around 120 meteors per hour at its peak!

Pirates Take Christmas

November 30 – December 25: Looking to add some fun and excitement to your holiday season? Celebrate Christmas with Pirates Dinner Adventure’s Christmas spectacular, Pirates Take Christmas.’

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.

BARK Therapy Dogs Read in San Juan Capistrano – San Juan Capistrano Library

Various Thursdays: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs.

Train to Santa’s Workshop at Orange Empire Railway Museum

November 29 – December 2, 6-9 and 13-16: Embark on a magical train ride and visit with Santa Claus himself at his North Pole workshop.

Muzeo Express, Holiday Model Trains at Muzeo

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.

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

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.)

The Holiday GEM in Garden Grove

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.

Skating by the Sea in San Diego

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.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Temecula

December 13 – January 6: Start practicing those double axels, Temecula On Ice returns for the holiday season!

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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.

Winter Reading Challenge at Placentia Library

December 1-31: How many books do you think you can read this winter? For each eligible item you checkout or download from the Placentia or Anaheim Libraries, they will give you a drawing ticket for a chance to win one of four fabulous prizes!

A Christmas Carol Live at Calvary Chapel of the Harbour

December 9-11, 13-14 and 16: Join the ACTS Drama group for a free performance of this holiday classic.

Outdoor Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets in Long Beach

November 16 – January 6: Sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings, enjoy a REAL Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets this Holiday season!

Outdoor Ice Skating in LA

November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.

Muzeo Express Celebration in Anaheim

Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.

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.

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory

Select dates, December 1-24: Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters.

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

December 5-30: This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences.

Tree Lighting at Irvine Spectrum

November 23 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 74-foot tree will come to life each 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.

Ralph Breaks the Internet at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

December 1-16: In Ralph Breaks the Internet, video-game bad guy Ralph and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush.

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

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.

Photos with Santa at The Shops at Montebello

December 1-24: Come see Santa at the Holiday Photo Booth. Reserve a fast past and skip the line!

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

November 17 – January 6: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center

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.

Wicked at the Pantages

November 28 – January 27, 2019: The Broadway sensation hits the stage at a time before Dorothy found her way to the land of Oz.

Jane Austen’s Emma, The Musical in Anaheim

November 23-December 23: Jane Austen’s enduring love story is brought to life as a romantic-comedy musical.

A Charlie Brown Christmas in Anaheim

December 7-23: Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new stage adaptation! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season.

Reflections of the Face of Lincoln in Redlands

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.

Temecula on Ice Ice Skating Rink in Old Town Temecula

December 1 – January 9: Temecula on Ice returns! This state-of-the-art ice rink includes rental skates, the Bobby skating aid and its own radio station!

The Rink in Downtown Burbank

December 13 – January 6: Downtown Burbank’s most festive holiday tradition will return for outdoor ice skating, fundraising events, and special performances at The Rink in Downtown Burbank.

Nat Geo Live Into the Arctic Kingdom at The Broad Stage

December 13-14: Returning for its eighth season, Nat Geo Live offers four exciting programs with journeys into the worlds of mammals, the High Arctic, mountain climbing and sea creatures. The second program delves Into the Arctic Kingdom.

Journey to Christmas in Placentia

December 13-22: Journey to Christmas is sure to become a new holiday tradition to share with your loved ones. Travel from heartwarming modern day family gatherings back to the very first Christmas.

The Nutcracker Presented by Bob Baker Marionette Theater

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.

Winter Glow in Grand Park LA

December 1-25: Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a new month-long, immersive nighttime art experience that will take over Grand Park in celebration of the holidays.

Magical Lantern Art Festival at LA County Arboretum

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!

Queen Mary Christmas in Long Beach

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.

Photos with Santa at Brea Mall

December 1 – 24: Come visit Brea mall and take holiday photos with Santa! Reserve a fast pass online and skip the Line.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Canoga Park

November 16-January 6: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Westfield Topanga.

Chinese Lantern Festival at Pomona Fairplex

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!

Skating Under the Stars in Irvine

Thursdays, November 8 – January 3: Visit the Irvine Spectrum for Themed Thursdays while skating under the stars at the outdoor rink! Enjoy entertainment and giveaways. Plus, come dressed in the weekly theme.

Santa Photos at Irvine Spectrum Center

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.

Winterfest in Santa Anita

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!

Inuit Inuksuk Sculptures at Zimmer Children’s Museum in LA

December 13: Join the Culture Club and make a paper rock sculpture inspired by the Inuit Inuksuk!

Science of Gingerbread (at OC & LA)

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!

Grinchmas at Universal Studios

Select dates, December 1-30: 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 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.

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

Select dates November 24th – December 26th: Celebrate Christmas with a one-hour ride aboard a vintage train. Enjoy cookies, chocolate milk and singing elves while you head to the North Pole!

Free Shark Lagoon Nights at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Fridays, September 7 – December 28: Get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators during free Shark Lagoon Nights.

Holidays at Legoland

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.

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

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.

The Nutcracker in Mission Viejo

December 13-16: Students from the Laguna Dance Theater perform with professional guest artists in this annual production of “The Nutcracker.”

Operation Santa Paws 2018

December 1-21: 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 22nd to animals in need.

Tanaka Farms Christmas Trees

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.

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.

The Ultimate Nutcracker Experience in Irvine

December 14-16: 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 ballet.

The Magic of Christmas Starring The Young Americans in La Mirada

December 6-16: La Mirada Theatre is transformed into a winter wonderland and features fun-for-the-whole-family musical numbers, from hip-hopping penguins, dancing Santas, and The Nutcracker Suite, to Toyland, The Polar Express and more.

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!

Friday Knight Tournaments at Academic Chess

Fridays: Friday Knight Tournaments give students a chance to flex their mental muscles and see if their queen is the meanest queen in town!

Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo

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

Outdoor Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center

November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Outdoor Ice Skating at Pershing Square

November 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).

A Christmas Carol in Long Beach

December 7-23: For nearly 170 years, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future have reminded us that even the most miserly can find redemption in kindness and generosity toward others.

Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside

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.

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 in Tustin

December 14 and 21: Kids (8+) join Fashionable Funday and create and design presents for friends and family during Santa’s Workshop. No experience necessary and materials included!

Little Naturalists Story Time in Newport Beach

December 4 and 14: Little Naturalist programs are outdoor experiential education classes designed for 3 – 5 year olds and their adult guardians. Read a story and enjoy a fun activity to enrich physical and cognitive skills.

Great Russian Nutcracker at the Wiltern

December 14-15: Celebrate the holiday season with the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Featuring brand new over-the-top production and world class Russian artists.

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.

Christmas Melodrama and Ice Cream Social at OCC

December 7-9 and 14-16: The Orange Coast College Drama Department presents an old fashioned Christmas melodrama and ice cream social.

A Christmas with Scrooge in Irvine

Select dates, December 6-29: 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.

Boone Children’s Gallery Storytimes at LACMA

Friday: LACMA staff reads folk tales and age-appropriate books on art and culture.

Lil’ Dickens Carolers at Roger’s Garden’s in Corona Del Mar

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.

Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

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.

Cocoa with Santa at Rancho Los Cerritos

December 11, 14 and 15: Enjoy delicious cocoa and treats, make holiday crafts, enjoy stories, and meet Santa himself.

A Ranch Christmas at Rancho Los Alamitos

December 12-14: Celebrate the holiday and enjoy an evening visit to Rancho Los Alamitos. Come and relish the beautifully decorated ranch house and complimentary holiday refreshments.

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

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.

Teen Movies and Anime at Garden Grove Main Library

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 (grades 7-12).

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.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags

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.

December Events at ESMoA

Select dates, December 8-15: Enjoy a variety of fun, free events at the El Segundo Museum of Art this month! Activities include artist led craft days, a Christmas parade, a video art screening, a kids engineering club, and more!

Outdoor Ice Skating in Downtown Burbank

December 13 – January 6: Downtown Burbank’s most festive holiday tradition will return for outdoor ice skating, fundraising events, and special performances at The Rink in Downtown Burbank.

Yuletide Cinemaland in LA

December 16: After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man (Will Ferrell) raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

Holiday Entertainment at the Irvine Spectrum

November 2 – December 29: Celebrate the weekend at Irvine Spectrum Center with live holiday entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the season.

Pirates Take Christmas

November 30 – December 25: Looking to add some fun and excitement to your holiday season? Celebrate Christmas with Pirates Dinner Adventure’s Christmas spectacular, Pirates Take Christmas.’

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.

Minecraft Night for Kids in Irvine

Friday and Saturday: Parents drop off the kids and enjoy a night out on their own. Three hours of awesome games on the custom server and game maps with favorite BrainStorm instructors.

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.

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.

Train to Santa’s Workshop at Orange Empire Railway Museum

November 29 – December 2, 6-9 and 13-16: Embark on a magical train ride and visit with Santa Claus himself at his North Pole workshop.

American Ballet Theatre The Nutcracker at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Select dates, December 14-23: 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 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.

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

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.)

The Holiday GEM in Garden Grove

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.

It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show in Fullerton

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.

Skating by the Sea in San Diego

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.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Temecula

December 13 – January 6: Start practicing those double axels, Temecula On Ice returns for the holiday season!

Fashionable Fundays at Fashion Camp

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

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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.

Winter Reading Challenge at Placentia Library

December 1-31: How many books do you think you can read this winter? For each eligible item you checkout or download from the Placentia or Anaheim Libraries, they will give you a drawing ticket for a chance to win one of four fabulous prizes!

Snow Los Angeles at Elysian Park

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.

A Christmas Carol Live at Calvary Chapel of the Harbour

December 9-11, 13-14 and 16: Join the ACTS Drama group for a free performance of this holiday classic.

Outdoor Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets in Long Beach

November 16 – January 6: Sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings, enjoy a REAL Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets this Holiday season!

Outdoor Ice Skating in LA

November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.

A Rawhide Country Christmas at Rawhide Ranch in Bonsall

December 14-16: Join a magical holiday event at Rawhide Ranch, a 40-acre working ranch and camp nestled in the hills of Bonsall.

Muzeo Express Celebration in Anaheim

Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.

My Gym’s 17th Annual Cocoa with Santa Party

December 14: Bring the kids to enjoy My Gym’s 17th Annual Cocoa with Santa Party!

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.

Aladdin in Long Beach

Select dates, December 7-16: Based on the Disney movie, this play tells a story about a “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character.

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory

Select dates, December 1-24: Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters.

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

December 5-30: This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences.

Tree Lighting at Irvine Spectrum

November 23 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 74-foot tree will come to life each night with a choreographed light show every 30 minutes.

Boat Parade of Lights in Dana Point Harbor

December 7, 8, 14 and 15: Celebrate the holiday season at the spectacular 44th annual Boat Parade of Lights at Dana Point Harbor! Enjoy the holiday extravaganza featuring carolers, trick ropers, games, crafts, free photos with Santa, and the boat parade.

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.

Ralph Breaks the Internet at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

December 1-16: In Ralph Breaks the Internet, video-game bad guy Ralph and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush.

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

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.

Christmas with Jackie Evancho at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

December 14-15: Come celebrate the most wonderful time of the year as teenage superstar Jackie Evancho performs some of the most memorable classics of the season, including hits from her holiday album “Someday at Christmas,” and more.

Photos with Santa at The Shops at Montebello

December 1-24: Come see Santa at the Holiday Photo Booth. Reserve a fast past and skip the line!

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

November 17 – January 6: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center

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.

The Nutcracker at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

December 14-23: Treat the whole family to this holiday tradition as the American Ballet Theatre returns its critically acclaimed production.

Wicked at the Pantages

November 28 – January 27, 2019: The Broadway sensation hits the stage at a time before Dorothy found her way to the land of Oz.

Jane Austen’s Emma, The Musical in Anaheim

November 23-December 23: Jane Austen’s enduring love story is brought to life as a romantic-comedy musical.

A Charlie Brown Christmas in Anaheim

December 7-23: Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new stage adaptation! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season.

Fun Foodie Friday at Southern California Children’s Museum

Fridays: Kids (2+) make edible art using fruits and other foods donated by Trader Joe’s. Create a tasty masterpiece that looks and tastes good.

Parents Night Out at Firestorm Freerunning & Acrobatics

Second Fridays: Drop your kids off and enjoy a night out! Kids will enjoy a pizza party dinner with a drink, parkour training, ninja warrior obstacle courses, games, legos and nerf, trampoline and foam pit, a movie, and more!

Reflections of the Face of Lincoln in Redlands

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.

Temecula on Ice Ice Skating Rink in Old Town Temecula

December 1 – January 9: Temecula on Ice returns! This state-of-the-art ice rink includes rental skates, the Bobby skating aid and its own radio station!

The Rink in Downtown Burbank

December 13 – January 6: Downtown Burbank’s most festive holiday tradition will return for outdoor ice skating, fundraising events, and special performances at The Rink in Downtown Burbank.

Nat Geo Live Into the Arctic Kingdom at The Broad Stage

December 13-14: Returning for its eighth season, Nat Geo Live offers four exciting programs with journeys into the worlds of mammals, the High Arctic, mountain climbing and sea creatures. The second program delves Into the Arctic Kingdom.

Festival Ballet Theatre Presents The Nutcracker and Nutcracker Tea Party

December 8-24: Create holiday memories for your family by sharing the magic of The Nutcracker. Festival Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly production of the cherished holiday classic is perfect for all ages. Plus, enjoy a pre-show Nutcracker Tea Party!

Journey to Christmas in Placentia

December 13-22: Journey to Christmas is sure to become a new holiday tradition to share with your loved ones. Travel from heartwarming modern day family gatherings back to the very first Christmas.

The Nutcracker Presented by Bob Baker Marionette Theater

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.

Winter Glow in Grand Park LA

December 1-25: Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a new month-long, immersive nighttime art experience that will take over Grand Park in celebration of the holidays.

Magical Lantern Art Festival at LA County Arboretum

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!

Christmas Light Walk at Sherman Library and Gardens

December 14-22: Stroll through the Gardens and enjoy unique holiday light displays and festive decorations. Enjoy hot chocolate bar, and a make your own ‘smores packet, while Christmas music will be plays all around.

Queen Mary Christmas in Long Beach

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.

Photos with Santa at Brea Mall

December 1 – 24: Come visit Brea mall and take holiday photos with Santa! Reserve a fast pass online and skip the Line.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Canoga Park

November 16-January 6: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Westfield Topanga.

Chinese Lantern Festival at Pomona Fairplex

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!

Victorian Christmas at the Bembridge House in Long Beach

Tuesdays and Saturdays, December 2-22: Rediscover the magic of an olde-tyme Christmas. Experience a family-friendly celebration focused on holiday traditions in this lovingly decorated historic house.

Santa Photos at Irvine Spectrum Center

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.

Winterfest in Santa Anita

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!

Ocean in Art Gyotaku at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

December 15: Create one-of-a-kind gifts as you practice the art of Gyotaku fish printing. Fee includes paint and paper – please bring fabric or clothes to print on during this studio workshop.

Science of Gingerbread (at OC & LA)

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!

Pan for Gold at the Autry

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.

Breakfast With Santa In Seal Beach

December 15: Enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa, holiday crafts, and a photo opportunity.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios

Select dates, December 1-30: A grinchy-green “Grinchmas” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration fit for The Grinch.

Snow Day with the Critters at Santa Ana Zoo

December 15-16: All-Zoo celebration featuring stations focusing on winter and snow. Watch animals receive icy treats, listen to festive music, enjoy the winter decorations, play educational games, create cool crafts and listen to delightful winter stories.

Star Party at Griffith Observatory

December 15: Look through a large variety of professional and home-built telescopes to view the sun, planets, the moon and deep sky objects like double-stars, star clusters, and nebulae.

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 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.

Kid’s Wild Night Out at the San Diego Zoo

Saturdays: Join the Zoo for a wild night out with Dr. Zoolittle and animal friends. Hang for a few hours, and meet some amazing animals, create cool Zoo crafts, play games, enjoy a snack, and much more.

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.

Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach

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!

Long Beach Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

December 15-16 and 21-23: The 36th 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.

Free Train Rides at Fairview Park

Third weekends: Free model train rides are offered by Orange County Model Engineers.

North Pole Express Train in Fillmore

Select dates November 24th – December 26th: Celebrate Christmas with a one-hour ride aboard a vintage train. Enjoy cookies, chocolate milk and singing elves while you head to the North Pole!

Holidays at Legoland

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.

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

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.

The Nouveau Chamber Ballet’s Nutcracker in Fullerton

December 15 and 16: Enjoy The Nouveau Chamber Ballet’s Nutcracker, a timeless classic for all ages.

The Nutcracker in Mission Viejo

December 13-16: Students from the Laguna Dance Theater perform with professional guest artists in this annual production of “The Nutcracker.”

Operation Santa Paws 2018

December 1-21: 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 22nd to animals in need.

Tanaka Farms Christmas Trees

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.

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.

Home Depot Kids’ Clinics

Select Saturdays: Free craft workshops for kids (5-12, with adult); projects range from toolboxes to frames.

The Ultimate Nutcracker Experience in Irvine

December 14-16: 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 ballet.

Panning for Gold, Adobe Brick Making and Arrowhead Necklace Craft at the Mission

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.

The Magic of Christmas Starring The Young Americans in La Mirada

December 6-16: La Mirada Theatre is transformed into a winter wonderland and features fun-for-the-whole-family musical numbers, from hip-hopping penguins, dancing Santas, and The Nutcracker Suite, to Toyland, The Polar Express and more.

Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo

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

Outdoor Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center

November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Outdoor Ice Skating at Pershing Square

November 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).

A Christmas Carol in Long Beach

December 7-23: For nearly 170 years, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future have reminded us that even the most miserly can find redemption in kindness and generosity toward others.

The Nutcracker by the Los Angeles Ballet

Select dates, December 1-24: 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 23 – January 6: Your family will be swept away by more than 3.6 million+ brilliant lights transforming Riverside’s historic hotel into magic.

Family Night at Holiday Skate Center

Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!

Breakfast with Santa in Huntington Beach

December 15: Put on your best holiday gear and bring the family to enjoy festivities including a pancake breakfast, bounce house, holiday music, arts and crafts and a picture with Santa.

Great Russian Nutcracker at the Wiltern

December 14-15: Celebrate the holiday season with the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Featuring brand new over-the-top production and world class Russian artists.

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.

Winter in Willmore at Drake Park

December 15: Enjoy sledding and snow play, holiday lights, treats, crafts and pictures with Santa! Families can also decorate their very own gingerbread houses.

Christmas Melodrama and Ice Cream Social at OCC

December 7-9 and 14-16: The Orange Coast College Drama Department presents an old fashioned Christmas melodrama and ice cream social.

A Christmas with Scrooge in Irvine

Select dates, December 6-29: 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.

Parade of 1,000 Lights in Long Beach

December 15: Watch dozens of yachts decked out with holiday lights cruise along the coast.

The Nutcracker in Torrance

December 15-16: See top-notch dancers from South Bay Ballet perform the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.”

30Minute Beach Cleanup in Long Beach

Third Saturdays: Free parking, bags, gloves, door prizes and refreshments provided. Bring hat, sunscreen and comfy shoes. 10-10:30 a.m. End of Granada Avenue in Belmont Shore.

Beach Cleanup in Seal Beach

Third Saturdays: Rain or shine monthly beach clean-up. Please bring a reusable water bottle, sunscreen and closed-toed shoes; there is free parking, bags, gloves, community service certificates and hand sanitizer. 9 a.m. – noon.

All Ages Astronomy Club in Downey

Third Saturdays: The Columbia Astronomers welcome aspiring astronomers of all ages to join the monthly astronomy club meetings.

Lil’ Dickens Carolers at Roger’s Garden’s in Corona Del Mar

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.

Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

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.

Cocoa with Santa at Rancho Los Cerritos

December 11, 14 and 15: Enjoy delicious cocoa and treats, make holiday crafts, enjoy stories, and meet Santa himself.

Holiday Candlelight Concert with the Pasadena Symphony

December 15: Greet the holiday season in the All Saints Church with a concert.

Strong Studios Presents The Nutcracker in Huntington Beach

December 15: Bring family and friends to an affordable show featuring seasoned dancers and local kids.

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

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.

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.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags

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.

The Nutcracker in Agoura Hills

December 15-16: Journey to Candyland with the traditional Christmas tale with California Dance Academy.

Tuba Christmas in Costa Mesa

December 15: Hear traditional Christmas songs played by seasoned tuba players of all ages.

Ugly Sweater Workshop at Fashion Camp in Tustin

Select dates, December 1-15: Kids (8+) can learn to hand sew a one-of-a-kind ugly holiday sweater for the season. All materials included!

Trolley Tour of Lights in Long Beach

December 10-28: 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.

December Events at ESMoA

Select dates, December 8-15: Enjoy a variety of fun, free events at the El Segundo Museum of Art this month! Activities include artist led craft days, a Christmas parade, a video art screening, a kids engineering club, and more!

Winter Break Crafts at the Mission San Juan Capistrano

Select dates, December 1-30: Kids enjoy special winter break activities at the Mission, including panning for gold, adobe brick making and arrowhead necklace making.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Downtown Burbank

December 13 – January 6: Downtown Burbank’s most festive holiday tradition will return for outdoor ice skating, fundraising events, and special performances at The Rink in Downtown Burbank.

Holiday Ice Skating Show at The Rinks – Lakewood ICE

December 15: Go to The Rinks – Lakewood ICE for their 8th annual holiday show, “Christmas Recital.”

Yuletide Cinemaland in LA

December 16: After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man (Will Ferrell) raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

Holiday Entertainment at the Irvine Spectrum

November 2 – December 29: Celebrate the weekend at Irvine Spectrum Center with live holiday entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the season.

Pirates Take Christmas

November 30 – December 25: Looking to add some fun and excitement to your holiday season? Celebrate Christmas with Pirates Dinner Adventure’s Christmas spectacular, Pirates Take Christmas.’

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.

Saturday Science at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey

Every Saturday: Join the CMSC every week for Saturday Science! The CMSC offers fun and educational science activities and demonstrations

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.

Train to Santa’s Workshop at Orange Empire Railway Museum

November 29 – December 2, 6-9 and 13-16: Embark on a magical train ride and visit with Santa Claus himself at his North Pole workshop.

American Ballet Theatre The Nutcracker at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Select dates, December 14-23: 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 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.

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

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.)

Vans Skatepark Holiday Skate Clinics

December 15 and 22: Vans Skatepark in Orange, a 40,000-square-foot facility, offers two Holiday Clinics on Saturday, December 8 and 15. Instruction is offered for beginner to advanced street skateboarders, ages 6-16. Pizza lunch is included.

The Holiday GEM in Garden Grove

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.

It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show in Fullerton

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.

Skating by the Sea in San Diego

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.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Temecula

December 13 – January 6: Start practicing those double axels, Temecula On Ice returns for the holiday season!

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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.

Winter Reading Challenge at Placentia Library

December 1-31: How many books do you think you can read this winter? For each eligible item you checkout or download from the Placentia or Anaheim Libraries, they will give you a drawing ticket for a chance to win one of four fabulous prizes!

Snow Los Angeles at Elysian Park

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.

Children’s Holiday Party in Bellflower

December 15: Join the city of Bellflower for a holiday party with crafts, activities, refreshments and a visit with Santa.

Children’s Workshop: Terrific Terrariums

December 15: Kids (7+) take a tour of the Teaching Greenhouse and learn how to design, build, and care for your own miniature ecosystema terrarium filled with amazing air plants. All materials provided.

Medieval Yule Festival at Bowers Kidseum in Santa Ana

December 15: Enjoy Winter Solstice medieval style at Kidseum! Be merry and partake in traditional Yule festivities including music and games!

Outdoor Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets in Long Beach

November 16 – January 6: Sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings, enjoy a REAL Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets this Holiday season!

Outdoor Ice Skating in LA

November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.

A Rawhide Country Christmas at Rawhide Ranch in Bonsall

December 14-16: Join a magical holiday event at Rawhide Ranch, a 40-acre working ranch and camp nestled in the hills of Bonsall.

Kids Night Out at Alpert JCC in Long Beach

December 15: Kids (grades K-8) join Alpert JCC for a night of fun including dinner, movie, crafts and games, while their parents enjoy a night out or holiday shopping.

Muzeo Express Celebration in Anaheim

Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.

Family Accessibility Night at Columbia Memorial Space Center

December 15: Columbia Memorial Space Center (CMSC) hosts this event specifically geared to the differently-abled community, with specialized STEM activities to help create awareness about different disabilities.

South Coast Ballet Theater Presents The Nutcracker in Laguna Niguel

December 15-16: Join the Dance Discovery Foundation for this annual holiday tradition and experience the magic of The Nutcracker.

Trombone Christmas at Anaheim GardenWalk

December 15: Head to Anaheim GardenWalk for the annual Trombone Christmas! Hundreds of Trombone players from teens to professionals will be performing Christmas music.

Walk with a Naturalist

Every Saturday: Take a hike with O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon.

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.

Aladdin in Long Beach

Select dates, December 7-16: Based on the Disney movie, this play tells a story about a “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character.

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory

Select dates, December 1-24: Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters.

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

December 5-30: This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences.

Tree Lighting at Irvine Spectrum

November 23 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 74-foot tree will come to life each night with a choreographed light show every 30 minutes.

Boat Parade of Lights in Dana Point Harbor

December 7, 8, 14 and 15: Celebrate the holiday season at the spectacular 44th annual Boat Parade of Lights at Dana Point Harbor! Enjoy the holiday extravaganza featuring carolers, trick ropers, games, crafts, free photos with Santa, and the boat parade.

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.

Ralph Breaks the Internet at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

December 1-16: In Ralph Breaks the Internet, video-game bad guy Ralph and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush.

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

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.

Christmas with Jackie Evancho at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

December 14-15: Come celebrate the most wonderful time of the year as teenage superstar Jackie Evancho performs some of the most memorable classics of the season, including hits from her holiday album “Someday at Christmas,” and more.

Photos with Santa at The Shops at Montebello

December 1-24: Come see Santa at the Holiday Photo Booth. Reserve a fast past and skip the line!

42nd Street the Musical in Santa Monica

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?

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

November 17 – January 6: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center

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.

Annie Jr. in Irvine

December 15-16: Join the cast of Creative Kids Playhouse (CKP) for this production of Annie Junior!

The Nutcracker at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

December 14-23: Treat the whole family to this holiday tradition as the American Ballet Theatre returns its critically acclaimed production.

Wicked at the Pantages

November 28 – January 27, 2019: The Broadway sensation hits the stage at a time before Dorothy found her way to the land of Oz.

Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Stores

Saturdays: Kids (3+) make fun seasonal crafts.

Christmas With the Nelsons in Cerritos

December 15: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Nelson’s sons Matthew and Gunnar Nelson deliver hits and seasonal classics in this fun, multi-media live concert.

Jane Austen’s Emma, The Musical in Anaheim

November 23-December 23: Jane Austen’s enduring love story is brought to life as a romantic-comedy musical.

A Charlie Brown Christmas in Anaheim

December 7-23: Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new stage adaptation! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season.

Saturday Sing-a-long at Southern California Children’s Museum

Saturdays: 100% interactive music time! Children learn rhymes of all kinds, sing silly songs, and are encouraged to wiggle and move.

Sugar Plum Express Holiday Village & Tree Train

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.

Reflections of the Face of Lincoln in Redlands

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.

PlayClub Activities in Buena Park

Saturdays: Families can enjoy this free activities program, PlayClub! Each PlayClub event will be a different fun activity that families can enjoy with their kids!

Temecula on Ice Ice Skating Rink in Old Town Temecula

December 1 – January 9: Temecula on Ice returns! This state-of-the-art ice rink includes rental skates, the Bobby skating aid and its own radio station!

The Rink in Downtown Burbank

December 13 – January 6: Downtown Burbank’s most festive holiday tradition will return for outdoor ice skating, fundraising events, and special performances at The Rink in Downtown Burbank.

Holidays at the D.D. Johnston-Hargitt House Museum in Norwalk

December 15: Everyone is invited to the Museum for a jolly time filled with holiday entertainment and refreshments!