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Events on December 22nd, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade and Holiday Cruises

December 19-23 and December 24-31: Hoiday cruises are offered nightly on the nights of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

A Christmas Carol Radio Show in Long Beach

December 21-23: The Long Beach Shakespeare Company presents the classic 1939 radio edition of A Christmas Carol.

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.

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.

Holiday Sing-Along with the LA Phil

December 22: Bring your yuletide spirit to our beloved L.A. holiday tradition! Accompanied by Walt Disney Concert Hall’s huge pipe organ, a choir and a jazz combo, you’ll enjoy singing numerous popular songs of 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!

Tis the Season in Costa Mesa

December 22-23: Resounding brass and organ, angelic children’s voices, and the splendid singers of the Pacific Chorale bring seasonal classics and popular favorites to life in one of Orange County’s best-loved holiday traditions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Christmas Boat Parade at Newport Sea Base

December 19-23: Enjoy prime water’s edge seating at the Newport Sea Base for this spectacular holiday tradition! Bring the whole family for activities and entertainment, sip on hot cocoa and delight in the dazzling show of holiday lights.

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 Long Beach – Bach Library

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

Pennypickle’s Polar Express in Temecula

December 22: Moms and dads, enjoy some “alone time” during this busy season while your PJ-and-robe-clad child (5-10) boards Professor Pennypickle’s Polar Express for fun activities and adventures!

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.

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.’

Tall Ships in Newport Beach

December 21-26: Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain stop in Newport Beach. Events include tours, a Battle Sail and a sail.

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.

Disney On Ice Dare To Dream in Anaheim

December 19-23: Celebrate what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream!

Christmas Festivities at Farmers Market LA

December 19-24: The Original Farmers Market is decked out in Yuletide finery to welcome the season. Celebrate the holidays with music, arts and crafts, variety shows, Dickensian carolers and more.

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.

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.

Winter Fest OC in Costa Mesa

December 20 – January 6: Winter Fest is coming to town, blowing tons of family fun into the OC Fair & Event Center.

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 by Coast City Ballet in Huntington Beach

December 21-22: Follow Clara to Candyland with the traditional Christmas tale performed by Coast City Ballet.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Marina Park Family Fun Night

December 19-23: Join over a million viewers to watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along Newport Harbor in the annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

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.

Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Stores

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

Holiday POPS! in Long Beach

December 22: Join Long Beach Symphony and The Camerata Singers to experience this festive concert of seasonal favorites guaranteed to put you and your family in the holiday spirit. Pus, come early and bring a picnic dinner to enjoy before the show.

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.

The Nutcracker at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

December 22: This most beloved holiday classic comes to vibrant life in the acclaimed production from Santa Barbara’s State Street Ballet!

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.

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.

Southern California Dance Theatre’s Nutcracker in Downey

December 22-23: Celebrate the spirit of the season as Clara takes a fragrant trip around a delectable world with her magical Nutcracker Prince.

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!

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.

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.

Holidays at Disneyland and Disneyland California Adventure

November 9 – January 6: During the holiday season, enjoy Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” at the Haunted Mansion, Disney Festival of Holidays, Disney Viva Navidad!, Mater’s Jingle Jamboree, A Christmas Fantasy Parade and lots more!