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.
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!
December 7: Holiday parade along Main Street includes a visit from Santa.
December 1-23: Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus.
November 17- January 5: SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration includes Rudolph’s Christmastown, Santa’s Christmas Village, a 40-foot tall tree, holiday-themed animal shows and a new live nativity show.
November 24 – December 24: Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this cherished Dickens classic and all your favorite characters.
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!
Fridays, September 7 – December 28: Get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators during free Shark Lagoon Nights.
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.
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.
November 23 – December 16: Pick out your own Christmas tree, including Noble Fir, Grand Fir and Douglas Fir. All are guaranteed to last until Christmas or Tanaka Farms will replace it free of charge.
November 1 – January 15: Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice to the beachside community with ICE.
Daily: Movies at discounted prices.
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.
Fridays: Every Friday night is Date Night with Frogg’s Bounce House. Drop the kids off and enjoy a night out!
Fridays: Friday Knight Tournaments give students a chance to flex their mental muscles and see if their queen is the meanest queen in town!
November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.
November 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
December 2-23: Join everybody’s favorite holiday humbug, Ebenezer Scrooge, on a fantastical journey that celebrates the spirit of the season.
December 7-9 and 14-16: The Orange Coast College Drama Department presents an old fashioned Christmas melodrama and ice cream social.
Select dates, December 6-29: Join the Musical Theatre Village for a production of this Christmas classic.
December 1-31: With Golf N’ Stuff’s “North Pole Fun Pack,” the kids can enjoy two full hours unlimited use of: go-karts, bumper boats, Disk’O Thrill ride and kiddie train.
December 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.
Friday: LACMA staff reads folk tales and age-appropriate books on art and culture.
December 7-8: Enjoy a VIP reception and tour the Home Lighting Contest displays aboard deluxe transportation.
Select dates, November 9 – December 22: Enjoy shopping this holiday season by listening to a quartet of Strolling Christmas Carolers as they perform throughout Roger’s Gardens and the Farmhouse.
Select dates, November 2-December 23: Ride to the top of Sugarpine Chair Lift #1 for a zip downhill at the Mt. Baldy Tubing Park.
November 16 – January 6: With the flick of a switch, the zoo is set aglow with breathtaking displays. Take a self-guided 60- to 90-minute stroll though a large area of the Zoo filled with animal-themed displays, dynamic lights and projections, and seasonal magic.
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: 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.
December 7: Kick off the holiday season at this free event with holiday carols, stage entertainment, and the traditional tree lighting.
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 7: Join a fun breakfast with Santa, plus crafts and photos.
December 7: Join the city of Lakewood for a Tree Lighting with carolers and entertainment. Plus, refreshments for purchase.
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.
November 2 – December 29: Celebrate the weekend at Irvine Spectrum Center with live holiday entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the season.
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.’
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.
Daily: A monthly calendar of family-friendly hikes, walks, tours and more at parks in the Orange County Parks system.
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.
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.
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.
November 17- January 20: The annual exhibition, Muzeo Express, celebrates the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands on activities, sure to be a holiday favorite for children and enthusiasts alike.
November 26 – December 21: Active, full-time fire and law enforcement personnel, including EMTs, may receive complimentary admission for themselves and 1 guest (maximum of 2 complimentary admissions will be issued.)
November 23 – December 16: Ring in the holidays at The GEM Theatre as you journey into the magical world of Christmas Fantasy Land, where you’ll discover that anything is possible as long as you believe.
November 23 – December 22: The beloved American Classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
November 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.
Fridays: Kids (7+) join Fashion Camp every Friday for a fun sewing workshop.
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.
December 6-8: A dazzling reimagining of the traditional Tchaikovsky classic, Duke Ellington’s interpretation of The Nutcracker will jazz up your holiday!
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.
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!
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.
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.
November 16 – January 6: Sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings, enjoy a REAL Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets this Holiday season!
November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.
Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.
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.
December 7: Enjoy live performances, tree lighting and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus Snoopy, knights and pirates.
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Los Angeles library system.
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.
Select dates, December 1-24: Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters.
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.
November 23 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 74-foot tree will come to life each night with a choreographed light show every 30 minutes.
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.
November 20 – January 7: Vintage model trains will fill the Nixon Library once again as the centerpiece of “A Whistling White House Wonderland,” a holiday celebration.
December 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.
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.
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.
December 1-24: Come see Santa at the Holiday Photo Booth. Reserve a fast past and skip the line!
December 6-9: Christmas BLVD is a popular, family-oriented Christmas experience filled with holiday festivities, food and fun!
November 17 – January 6: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.
March 24 – January 6, 2019: A new chapter of ancient Egyptian history will be unearthed to the world with the debut of KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, an exclusive exhibition celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of his tomb.
November 28 – January 27, 2019: The Broadway sensation hits the stage at a time before Dorothy found her way to the land of Oz.
First Thursdays: The Huntington opens its doors to all for free! Reservations are required.
December 7: Join Grammy award winning Country singer LeAnn Rimes for a holiday concert in Cerritos.
November 23-December 23: Jane Austen’s enduring love story is brought to life as a romantic-comedy musical.
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.
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.
December 7: Spend an evening with friends and family singing songs, storytelling and making s’mores.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
December 1 – 24: Come visit Brea mall and take holiday photos with Santa! Reserve a fast pass online and skip the Line.
December 7: The winter season is all about family – friendly holiday fun! Celebrate with your little ones with a memorable story time featuring Glinda the Good Witch, courtesy of Lythgoe Family Panto in celebration of their holiday production, ‘The Wonderful Winter of Oz’!
November 16-January 6: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Westfield Topanga.
November 15 – January 6: Experience an incredible, authentic and amazing larger than life handcrafted lanterns, live entertainment and food. Over 1,000 lanterns, live kung fu/chinese martial arts performances, free kung fu coaching on stage, dinosaur rides, and more!
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.
November 23 – December 24: Santa Claus is coming to Irvine! Decked out in his best red suit, Santa will be at his Crystal Cove beach-inspired surf shack to hear your wishes and take photos with kids of all ages.
Select dates, November 23-December 23: Join Winterfest this holiday season for an ice rink, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Christmas tree lot, live entertainment, ginger bread making, holiday wreath making, giant inflatables, rides, carolers and more!
December 7: Come visit Kidz Town indoor playground for Star Wars night and toy drive! Meet the characters, Santa, and enjoy food and drinks.
Select dates, through January 6: Holiday Time in PaleyLand features continuous daily screenings of beloved classic holiday TV programs from the Paley Archive. Families can also enjoy special holiday activities like arts and crafts, dreidel games, and hot cocoa!
December 1-24: Join Lido Marina Village for a jam packed month filled with holiday fun! Come take photos with Santa, enjoy carolers and hot chocolate, make a gingerbread house, and much more.