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Events on December 16th, 2018

A listing of awesome activities for kids, teens and families throughout Southern California. If you would like to submit an event for possible inclusion, email your information here. Want these events delivered to your inbox every week, for free? Sign up for the Buzzz!

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.

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.

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!

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.

Santa Run 5/10K and Kids’ Fun Run in Irvine

December 16: Wear your Santa hat and holiday costume to Orange County’s best holiday run. It’s stroller-friendly!

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.

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.

Los Posadas on Olvera Street in Los Angeles

December 16-24: This presentation of the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem is portrayed with singing, dance, a candlelight procession on Olvera Street and a children’s pinata breaking.

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!

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!

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.

Holiday Festival at the Muckenthaler

December 16: The Muckenthaler’s annual Holiday Festival. Celebrate the holiday season with family-friendly activities, live music, free art workshops for kids, an arts and crafts sale, and a special appearance by Santa Claus

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.

Joyeux Noel in Anaheim

December 16: A holiday concert featuring the Meritage vocal arts ensemble!

The Nutcracker in Torrance

December 15-16: See top-notch dancers from South Bay Ballet perform the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.”

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!

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.

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.

Community Day at Back Bay Science

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

The Nutcracker in Agoura Hills

December 15-16: Journey to Candyland with the traditional Christmas tale with California Dance Academy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Family Flicks: A Christmas Story at the Hammer Museum

December 16: Ralphie wants one thing for Christmasa Red Ryder BB riflemounting a full-scale, hint-dropping, Santa-begging campaign in the face of a nasty bully, an overworked department-store Santa, and other wintry calamities.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

The Lost Clown Circus Extravaganza Holiday Skating Show at The Rinks Anaheim ICE

December 16: The Rinks – Anaheim ICE presents their annual holiday show.

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.

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!

The MoonRays at Kidspace

December 16: Sing and dance with performers on the frog-shaped stage in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater! Rock and dance along to The MoonRays, a four-part harmony acapella group paying tribute to the most popular acts of the 50’s and 60’s.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Oceans 3D: Our Blue Planet in LA

Through January 31: Go further into the ocean’s depths than ever before. Travel beneath the surface in this 3D oceanic adventure, narrated by Kate Winslet.

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.

Squirrel Mania at South Coast Botanic Garden

December 16: Join the Kids Club at South Coast Botanic Garden for Squirrel Mania! This event is rain or shine. Kids Club is included with Garden admission or membership.

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.

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.

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.

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!

The Wonderful Winter of Oz ft. Kermit the Frog in Pasadena

Select dates, December 15-30: This Holiday Season, fly over the rainbow with Kermit The Frog as the Wizard of Oz! An updated version of the beloved classic, this glittering production features family-friendly magic, comedic twists, dancing.

Slime Mania in Anaheim

December 16: Slime Mania has brought together some of the most famous and talented Slime Shops from accross the world. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet, greet, and purchase from your favorite Slimers.

Holiday Time in PaleyLand

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!

Holiday Events at Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach

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.