December 8: Twinkling Christmas lights decorate the small boats that cruise the canals of Naples, while larger boats sail through the bay.
November 23 – January 6: Join in on the annual Science of Gingerbread competition by designing and building your very own delectable creation for a chance to win some awesome prizes!
Weekends and second Tuesdays: Eureka! Learn how to pan for gold, just like the 49ers did during the California gold rush, at an outdoor re-creation of a miner’s panning station.
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.
Select dates, December 1-30: A grinchy-green “Grinchmas” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration fit for The Grinch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 24 – December 24: Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this cherished Dickens classic and all your favorite characters.
Weekends, November 17 – December 16: Winter Fantasy features 175 artists and makers, three stages of live music and entertainment, thousands of lights and decorations, glassblowing and art demos and so much more!
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!
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.
November 17 – January 1: Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music, twinkling lights, and nightly tree lighting of the park’s Christmas tree decked with spectacular lights and LEGO ornaments.
November 3 – December 29: Visit The Old Globe for Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas! A wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book.
December 1-2 and 8-9: The classic production, performed by the students of the non-profit youth ballet company.
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.
Select Saturdays: Free craft workshops for kids (5-12, with adult); projects range from toolboxes to frames.
Saturday and Sunday: Try your luck at finding the gold in the custom-designed Mission trough. They’ll supply the pan and the “gold;” kids roll up their sleeves and pan their way to riches.
December 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.
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.
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.
December 8 – January 1: The San Diego Zoo’s annual winter celebration is filled with holiday cheer!
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.
December 8-9: A timeless Tchaikovsky ballet, featuring young performers (5-18) in principal and supporting roles along with adults.
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.
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 8: See the brightest street in Long Beach light up, plus the Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade! Bring blankets and chairs.
Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!
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 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.
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.
December 8: Ring in the holidays with a tree lighting celebration and free pictures with Santa!
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.
Second Saturday: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. 11 a.m. Free.
Second and Fourth Saturday: Meet a nature guide at the Nature Center for a wonderful free tour through the garden.
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.
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 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.
December 8-9: Bring the entire family and learn how to frost, design and decorate your very own gingerbread house or gingerbread man!
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!
December 8: Surfing Santa makes his annual appearance along with a holiday concert and Surfing Santa photo ops.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Every Saturday: Join the CMSC every week for Saturday Science! The CMSC offers fun and educational science activities and demonstrations
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.
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.
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!
November 22 – January 1: Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado for the 13th year. The spectacular ice rink is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features stunning views of the Pacific and Coronado beach.
November 18 – January 6: Enchanted Forest of Light is an interactive, nighttime experience unlike anything else in Los Angeles, featuring a one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens.
Second Saturday: Calm and friendly certified therapy dogs are waiting to hear stories read by young volunteers. Drop in!
December 8: Dress up as your favorite holiday character for this free kids’ 1K fun run through the Pomona Fairplex.
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.
December 8-9: Join Children’s Theatre of Long Beach for their Junior Main Stage production of The Little Mermaid Jr.
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.
December 8: A holiday favorite! Martin Haselbck and Musica Angelica ring in the festive season with trumpets, oboes, strings, and voices.
December 8-9: American Pacific Ballet Company’s Nutcracker will charm young and old alike this holiday season.
Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.
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.
March 10, June 9, September 8 and December 8: Explore the interactive exhibits while also enjoying fun trivia, snacks and prizes.
Every Saturday: Take a hike with O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon.
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!
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Los Angeles library system.
December 8: It’s the ultimate pop star party for kids and families! Come sing and dance along to catchy songs.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
November 28 – January 27, 2019: The Broadway sensation hits the stage at a time before Dorothy found her way to the land of Oz.
Saturdays: Kids (3+) make fun seasonal crafts.
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.
Saturdays: 100% interactive music time! Children learn rhymes of all kinds, sing silly songs, and are encouraged to wiggle and move.
December 8: Attention, Santa’s little helpers (ages 5-12)! Come down to Stanton Central Park to enjoy crafts, music, games, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
December 8: Join The Rinks Yorba Linda ICE for the “Evening of Celebration Holiday Skating Exhibition Show.” Saturday, 6 p.m. Free admission.
December 8: The Rinks – Westminster ICE presents their annual holiday ice skating show.
Starting December 8: This could be the perfect holiday photo backdrop! Stop by a life-size Jurassic World LEGO installation, which is made of over 700,000 LEGO pieces, is 12 feet tall, and weighs 3,560 lbs!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
December 8: Join California Pizza Kitchen at Irvine Spectrum for Breakfast with Santa!
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.
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!
Select dates, December 1-15: It’s holiday time at the North Pole and everyone is in a tizzy- Santa has disappeared!
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 8: Go on a gentle, musical quest through the forest to help the faeries find the true King of Fairyland!
December 8: Come by to take photos with Santa and enjoy light bites and refreshments. The Other Reindeer Carolers will perform and lead singalongs in festive Victorian attire. There will also be a “make and take” station to make holiday crafts and cards.
December 8 and 9: Marching toy soldiers, waltzing snowflakes, mischievous mice, and Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score are quintessential hallmarks of the holidays. Celebrate the season with Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre’s presentation of The Nutcracker.
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.
December 8: You’re invited to a cheerful holiday family performance by two local Orange County children’s groups. There will be a short one hour break in between performances.