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Events on December 31st, 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!

Noon Year’s Eve at Kidspace

December 31: Experience the ginormous balloon drop at noon, sip and toast cups of sparkling cider, and create your own party hats and noisemakers to ring in 2019!

SeaWorld’s Holiday Celebration

November 17- January 5: SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration includes Rudolph’s Christmastown, Santa’s Christmas Village, a 40-foot tall tree, holiday-themed animal shows and a new live nativity show.

Holidays at Legoland

November 17 – January 1: Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music, twinkling lights, and nightly tree lighting of the park’s Christmas tree decked with spectacular lights and LEGO ornaments.

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.

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.

Kids’ New Year’s Eve Celebration at Legoland California

December 31: “Midnight” comes early for families at Legoland California Resort, celebrating the New Year together without missing their bedtimes.

Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo

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

Outdoor Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center

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

Outdoor Ice Skating at Pershing Square

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

Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside

November 23 – January 6: Your family will be swept away by more than 3.6 million+ brilliant lights transforming Riverside’s historic hotel into magic.

Extended Skate Session at East West Ice Palace

December 23 – January 5: For winter break, East West Ice Palace will be extending their public session hours and celebrating the holidays with festive decorations and music.

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.

Annual Noon-Year’s Confetti Countdown at Pretend City

December 31: Twas’ the day before New Year’s and all through the city the citizens are stirring and buzzing about! With sparkling streamers, blowouts, noise makers, and confetti that will make this the party of all parties!

First Night 2018 in Fullerton

December 31: Stop by Downtown Fullerton to ring in the New Year! The City of Fullerton celebrates the annual “First Night Fullerton.”

NYELA New Year’s Eve LA at Grand Park

December 31: For the sixth year, Grand Park + The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. will be the go-to central gathering place in Los Angeles where Angelenos ring in the New Year.

New Year’s Eve at Knott’s Merry Farm

December 31: The countdown to the New Year is on at Knott’s Merry Farm with special fireworks, live entertainment, and special extended hours for the one-night event.

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.

New Year’s Eve at the Waterfront in Long Beach

December 31: Downtown Long Beach welcomes the new year in style with a family-friendly event on the waterfront, street party, and fireworks spectacular!

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.

Family New Year’s Eve at LA Zoo

December 31: Celebrate the new year in style with express entry to L.A. Zoo Lights, a dinner buffet that includes soft drinks and dessert, a carousel ride, games, DJ dance party, and live broadcast of the Times Square ball drop.

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.

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!

New Year’s Eve Family Musical Revue in Santa Monica

December 31: Enjoy a scrumptious and sumptuous complimentary buffet supper followed by the internationally acclaimed Actors’ Repertory Theatre’s highly entertaining, family-friendly Rudie-DeCarlo musical revue.

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.

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.

NYE at Winter Fest OC in Costa Mesa

December 31: Ring in the New Year not once, but twice, with a special countdown, Orange Ball drop, fireworks and an unforgettable balloon drop at both 6pm and midnight. Multiple live bands will be playing to commemorate the end of the year, and the start of a new one.

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.

EVE: New Year’s Eve at Universal Studios

December 31: Be part of Hollywood’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration at Universal.

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.

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.

Magical Lantern Art Festival at LA County Arboretum

October 26-January 6: A fantasy of light transforms the Arboretum into an evening wonderland. Magnificent lantern art depicting exotic animals, shimmering flowers, whimsical pandas, soaring dragons and more!

Queen Mary Christmas in Long Beach

November 23 – January 6: Queen Mary Christmas will transport you to a magical Christmas of yesteryear aboard the legendary ship, as you stroll the beautiful decks surrounded by dazzling light displays, musical performances, sweet treats, family activities and more.

Noon Year’s Eve Party in Pasadena

December 31: Ring in 2019 before bedtime! Enjoy crafts and other interactive activities to welcome the New Year at noon sharp with a special surprise.

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!

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!