Saturday & Sunday, December 9-10

“Planet Kindergarten” Author Visit at Kidspace
December 9: Kids are invited to the Storyteller Studio to meet Sue Ganz-Schmitt, author of the “Planet Kindergarten” picture books. Astronaut and space-themed attire is encouraged for dress-up fun during the story time. The books will be available for purchase and Sue will autograph your copy! Saturday. 1:30-3:30 p.m. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-9144.

A Bach Christmas Performance in Long Beach and Los Angeles
December 9-10: A holiday favorite! An all-Bach program featuring glorious trumpets in the 4th Orchestral Suite, the tender nativity scene from the Christmas Oratorio, and the grandeur of the Magnificat. See locations and times below. $745+.

Saturday, 7 p.m.
Beverly O’Neill Theater, Long Beach

Sunday, 2 p.m.
Zipper Hall, Colburn School of Music, Los Angeles

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 timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters – Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come – and, as always, everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. Ages 6+; no children under age six will be admitted; regardless of age, everyone must have a ticket, sit in a seat and be able to sit quietly through the performance. Segerstrom Stage. Check website for performance times and ticket prices. South Coast Repertory.

A Christmas Carol in Long Beach
December 9-23: 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. This year the Long Beach Playhouse brings Dickens’ story to life in its Mainstage Theater from December 9-23. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets, $14-24. See ad on page __.

A Christmas Carol in Pasadena
December 1-23: Join everybody’s favorite holiday humbug, Ebenezer Scrooge, on a fantastical journey that celebrates the spirit of the season. Bring the whole family and revel in this holiday tradition. Days and times vary. $25-45. A Noise Within.

A Christmas Carol in Temecula
November 30 – December 10: Mister Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, the opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption. A Christmas Carol retains its emotional power and pure joy thanks to the marvelously told story and beautiful score. Various dates and times, check website for details. $12.

A Christmas with Scrooge in Irvine
December 1-30: Join the Musical Theatre Village for a production of this Christmas classic. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Adults, $16; kids, $14 (add $3 for opening and closing gala nights).

A Faery Hunt Amazing Adventure in Encino
December 9: Join the faery folk on this magical musical adventure. On this magical adventure you’ll meet faeries and funny creatures; maybe even Faery Royalty. Many children come in costume. Wings, wands, wizard hats and CD’s of Faery music available at the show. Groups and parties are welcome. $12.50. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Los Encinos State Historic Park

A Rawhide Country Christmas at Rawhide Ranch in Bonsall
December 9-10 and 16-17: Join a magical holiday event at Rawhide Ranch, a 40-acre working ranch and camp nestled in the hills of Bonsall. This four day Christmas family event offers something for adults and kids of all ages. Come for a couple of hours, or stay all day. Activities include pony rides, hay rides, photos with Santa, Christmas lights, BBQ dinner, holiday snacks and refreshments, hourse vaulting exhibit, carolers, live music, carols around a campfire, and arts and crafts fair. Saturday and Sunday, 3-8 p.m. Free admission, minimal fee for activities and BBQ dinner. Parking, $10.

A Snow White Christmas in Santa Ana
December 9-17: Join Snow White, Rose Red, a polar bear, and seven magical elves face off against the Ice Queen in a classic tale of good versus evil. $10-15. Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Ebell Theater.

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. The festive 24-foot wide, 10-foot tall snow-capped mountain of toy trains will feature classic model trains of Christmas past plus Thomas the Tank Engine whistling over bridges and chugging through tunnels. The six-track design, with more than 50 feet of rails, features an all-American 1950s Midwestern town, with billowing factories, quaint family homes and expansive farms. A miniature replica of New York’s iconic Hell Gate Bridge towers over the ridges and valleys; the bridge, first modeled by Lionel Trains in the 1930s, still stands between Manhattan and Queens. The showcase reflects President Nixon’s love of trains that began in his Yorba Linda childhood. Daily. $20+.

A Winter’s Tale: A Musical Dickens of a Christmas Carol
Through December 16: A Winter’s Tale is a spirited musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Featuring a cast of 36 actors all under 18, this beloved classic is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season for both children and adults. This holiday show is presented by Morgan-Wixson’s award-winning Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) and is part of the theatre’s commitment to engaging young audiences, training young talent, and supporting literacy. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Adults, $20. Kids (12 and under), $15. Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Free parking west of the theatre at the Venice Family Clinic. The Morgan-Wixson Theatre.

Aladdin and His Winter Wish at the Laguna Playhouse
December 7-31: American Panto returns for the third year to Laguna Playhouse in Aladdin and His Winter Wish. The classic fairytale is set to modern music, complete with dancing, humor, magic and audience participation. As more fun to your holiday festivities this winter and don’t forget to bring the entire family. It’s the best new holiday tradition in town! Days and times vary, visit their website for details and ticket purchase.

American Ballet Theatre The Nutcracker at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 7-17: 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. A cast of more than 100 performers will take you on a dreamlike adventure, amid colorful, larger-than-life scenery, dancing toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes, and a glittering Christmas tree! Audiences will be thrilled by ABT’s most celebrated dancers and delighted by sets and costumes by Tony-winning designer Richard Hudson as the ballet unfolds to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Wednesday-Sunday. Wednesday-Friday, 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays, 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

American Girl and The Nutcracker in LA
December 10: Girls (8+) experience the dreamlike wonder of an enduring holiday tradition The Nutcracker, performed by the Los Angeles Ballet! It’s an incredible production that enchants girls of all ages with mesmerizing characters, graceful choreography, and expressive classical compositions. Includes lunch, tickets, and a commemorative poster. Emergency Contact Release Form is required to attend this event. Sunday, 10:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. $70 per person; reservations required.

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! This festive event includes one 5×7 keepsake photo per girl, plus a delicious meal to enjoy during your visit. Recommended for girls ages 3 and up. Friday, 5:45-7 p.m. Sunday, 8:30-10 a.m. $25 per person; reservations required.

An Evening of Celebration Holiday Skating Show at The Rinks Yorba Linda
December 9: Join The Rinks Yorba Linda ICE for the “Evening of Celebration Holiday Skating Exhibition Show.” Saturday, 6 p.m. Free admission.

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. The train departs from the brightly-lit train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole. Children share their wish list with Santa and have their photo taken with him too. You may take pictures with your personal camera or you may purchase a photo taken by Irvine Park Railroad. After visiting with Santa, hop back aboard the train and enjoy the colorful Christmas lights and decorations, as well as the magical “Tunnel of Lights”, on the ride back to Santa’s Village. Daily. Train ride, $15. Activity rickets, $5. Book of 15 activity tickets are $60.00 ($15.00 savings). Activity tickets cannot be used to ride the Christmas Train. Parking, $3-7.

Antique Aircraft Display Days in Fullerton
Second Sundays: Visitors are invited to view the display of classic aircraft at the Fullerton Municipal Airport. Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. Fullerton Airport.

Beauty and the Beast in Long Beach
December 1-10: Based on the Disney movie, the story tells of a prince who is transformed into a hideous beast as punishment for his cruel and selfish ways. In order to become human again, the Beast must earn Belle’s love before it’s too late. $6. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m.

Boat Parade of Lights in Dana Point Harbor
December 8, 9, 15 and 16: Celebrate the holiday season at the spectacular 43rd annual Boat Parade of Lights at Dana Point Harbor! Enjoy a holiday extravaganza throughout the harbor each night that features carolers, superheroes, games, crafts, and free photos with Santa, and culminates with the Boat Parade. Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m., “A Superhero Holiday” Boat Parade starts at 7:30 p.m. Trolley service will be available from 3:30-10:30 p.m. For more information visit See ad on page __.

Breakfast With Santa In Seal Beach
December 9: Enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa, holiday crafts, and a photo opportunity. Saturday, 8-10:30 a.m. Free, first-some, first served.

Candlelight Walks at Heritage HIll
December 9-10: Celebrate the season with two enchanting evenings with luminary lit paths, park aglow with holiday lighting, strolls through restored historic buildings adorned in holiday decor, carolers, live entertainment, storytellers, visits with Santa, and refreshments available for a nominal fee. Saturday-Sunday, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Admission, $5.

Children’s Holiday Party in Bellflower
December 9: Join the city of Bellflower for a holiday party with crafts, activities, refreshments and a visit with Santa. Satuday, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free to attend. Simms Park.

Children’s Holiday Gala in Long Beach
December 9: The inaugural family-friendly Children’s Holiday Gala will provide fun, games, music and crafts with kid-friendly cuisine, hot cocoa bar, a Holiday Palm Tree Lighting Ceremony and a special performance by Latin Grammy Winning artists Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. Adults, $60. Kids, $40. Saturday, 3-6 p.m. Museum of Latin American Art.

Children’s Workshop – Chocolate Unwrapped in San Marino
December 9: Kids (7-12) Unwrap the history of chocolate, from its ancient origins as a drink for Mayan and Aztec nobility to its modern-day uses in baking and candy making. Maite Gomez-Rejn of ArtBites leads the hands-on fun, which includes a tour of the “Visual Voyages” exhibition followed by a baking session. Each participate will receive a recipe book to take home. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $55-65. Fee includes one accompanying adult.

CHOC Toy Drive at Pretend City
November 24 – December 23: Help spread holiday cheer to patients at CHOC Childrens Hospital! Pretend City Childrens Museum partners up with the Orange Coast Harley Owners Group and Orange County Harley-Davidson to benefit the patients at CHOC Childrens Hospital by collecting new, unwrapped toys all month long! Daily, visit their website for daily schedule. Bring a child’s toy valued at $5 or greater to receive 25% off general admission.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios
Through January 7: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit. And, experience an all-new holiday spectacle with dazzling lights and music cast against the majestic backdrop of Hogwarts castle. Included in admission. Daily.

Christmas Melodrama and Ice Cream Social at OCC
December 8-10 and 15-17: The Orange Coast College Drama Department presents an old fashioned Christmas melodrama and ice cream social. Boo the villain, cheer the hero and enjoy an ice cream treat during this fun family sing-along. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. $7-9. Orange Coast College Drama Lab Theatre.

Christmas Parade in Whittier
December 9: Enjoy “An Old Time in Uptown” 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. Saturday, 10 a.m. – noon. Free.

Christmas Prince of Peace Pageant in Long Beach
December 8-10: 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. Follow the path through many nativity scenes. Delightful singers, musicians, chimes and handbells complete the joyous celebration. Friday – Sunday, 7:30-9 p.m. Performances and refreshments are free for all. 5500 block of Wardlow Road between Bellflower Blvd & Woodruff Ave.

Christmas Tree Lane Lighting in Altadena
December 9: For the 97th year, officials will flip the switch on a mile of deodar cedar Christmas trees strung with 10,000 lights at the oldest large-scale Christmas lighting spectacle in the country. The festival includes holiday treats, entertainment, community booths and photos with Santa. Saturday, festival 2 p.m., lighting ceremony 6 p.m. Santa Rosa Ave. between Woodbury Ave. and Altadena Drive.

Christmas Tree Train in Fillmore
Weekends, November 25 – December 10: Take a train ride to a private Christmas tree farm, where you can find the perfect find the perfect pre-cut tree or cut your own, there are limited numbers of cut your own due to drought. Crews net the tree and stack it on the flatcar for the ride back to Fillmore. Food and beverages are served on board, and you can shop at the Caboose Garden Center and Gift Emporium. Saturdays and Sundays, departures at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Adults, $26; youth (4-12), $16; kids (2-3), $12.

Coco at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood
November 22 – December 10: Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Days and times vary, check website for details. Adults, $18. Kids (3-11), $13.

Colors of Christmas in Cerritos
December 9: The lively annual tradition returns with Peabo Bryson in an all-star lineup that includes Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., American Idol champ Ruben Studdard, and Grammy winner Jody Watley delivering holiday tunes and seasonal cheer. Saturday, 8 p.m. $55-100. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.

Cookies with Santa in Signal Hill
December 9: Spend some time with Santa and Mrs. Claus as you decorate cookies, make crafts, and enjoy other holiday activities. There will be an opportunity for the children to take a picture on Santa’s lap. Wear your favorite holiday pajamas. Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Limited space available! Call to pre-register. Signal Hill Public Library.

Dickens Day Celebration in Carson
December 9: 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. Be sure to come dressed in your finest Victorian dress because it would be a humbug otherwise! Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with three shows each day. $25 or $80 for a group of four, advance tickets are highly recommended and group discount is available. The International Printing Museum.

Dinner with Santa at Descanso Gardens
December 8-9, 15-16: Share a jolly evening with the Man in Red! The dinner includes a buffet and fun activities for the youngsters. Friday and Saturday, 5 and 7 p.m. Call or visit website for prices, register by December 4.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas in San Diego
November 4 – December 24: Visit The Old Globe for Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas! A wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 17th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. Days and times vary; 11 a.m. matinee performances are open to all ages; everyone must have a ticket; kids under age 3 will not be admitted except during 11 a.m. performances. Note: Special sensory-friendly performance, Saturday, December 9, 10:30 a.m. $67+.

Duck the Halls Family Parties in Tustin
November 25, December 2, 9, and 16: Join the Duck the Halls Party Features holiday trees inspired and designed by the Anaheim Ducks! Plus, meet and take photos with the Anaheim Ducks mascot Wild Wing as well as the Power Players. Kids crafts and games. Saturday, 2-4 p.m. See website for locations.

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens
November 19 – January 7: Two theatrical lighting houses have created 12 unique, large-scale lighting experiences that illuminate a mile-long walk through some of Descanso Gardens’ most beloved locations, including the Oak Grove, the Lake, Rose Garden and Camellia Forest. Three of these displays are interactive, allowing visitors to manipulate the lights and sounds. The walk concludes with a spectacular light display in Descanso’s iconic Japanese Garden, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Be sure to stop for hot cocoa (or an adult beverage) at the illuminated Lakeside Lounge in the Oak Woodland! $28+. Daily, 5-10 p.m.

Family Bird Walk at the Arboretum
December 9: Bring your binoculars and wear comfortable walking shoes, and join an experienced birder and naturalist for a fun morning of finding and watching our fine-feathered friends. The walk is open to all ages and levels of birding knowledge; kids must be accompanied by an adult. Saturday, 8 a.m. Free. Meet at the steps leading to the arboretum entrance.

Family Day in El Segundo
December 10: Tell a story using just your hands, fun accessories, and a polaroid camera. Art materials are provided. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free.

Family Flick Presents Nutcracker: The Motion Picture at the Hammer Museum
December 10: Featuring sets and costumes designed by visionary author and artist Maurice Sendak, this big-screen adaptation of the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s long-running performance of The Nutcracker is a dreamy, fantastical take on the Christmas classic. Recommended for ages 7 and up; but all ages are welcome. Feel free to take a break with infants and toddlers in the theater lobby. Sunday, 11 a.m. Free. Parking, $6.

Festival of Carols at Walt Disney Concert Hall
December 2 and 9: Ring in the holidays at Walt Disney Concert Hall with your favorite carols and songs of the season sung to perfection by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Festival of Carols has something for everyone traditional favorites, new arrangements and undiscovered gems. Santa will be available to meet with kids of all ages after the performance. But don’t forget, he knows if you’ve been naughty or nice! Saturday, 2 p.m. $39-129.

Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside
November 24 – January 6: Your family will be swept away by more than 3.6 million+ brilliant lights transforming Riverside’s historic hotel into magic. In addition to the external light display, throughout the season The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa features a decorated Christmas tree, appearances by Santa Claus and Dickensian Carolers singing cheerful holiday tunes, authentic horse-drawn carriages, live reindeer, and hundreds of characters dressed in 17th Century costumes to entertain crowds and evoke the spirit of the season. Daily, 4:30-11 p.m. Note: Day trip visitors can also extend their Festival of Lights tour by dining, shopping or taking in High Tea. Plus, you can stay the night, check out the Festival of Lights room packages.

Fire and Law Tribute Days Recognition Days at Knott’s Berry Farm
November 27 – December 15 and January 8-31: Active, full-time fire and law enforcement personnel, including EMTs, may receive free admission for themselves and one guest (maximum of two complimentary admissions will be issued.) Show your specific fire or law enforcement photo I.D. card at a Knott’s Berry Farm main gate to redeem this offer. Please visit their website for a complete listing of eligible professions.

Additional admission tickets may be purchased by the valid I.D. holder at a discounted rate. Up to 6 discounted admission tickets may be purchased for $40 each, when visiting from November 27 – December 15, or for $35 each when visiting from January 8-31. Discounted admission tickets are available for purchase at the Knott’s ticket booths.

Free 1K Kids’ Penguin Waddle in Pomona
December 9: Dress up as your favorite holiday character for this free kids’ 1K fun run through the Pomona Fairplex, part of the grown-ups’ Holiday Half Marathon and 5K. Each registered waddler (12 and under) receives a race bib, finisher’s certificate and Penguin medal. Registration’s capped at 1,000 runners, so sign up now. Race Saturday, age-group waves start at 9:45 a.m.

Gingerbread Houses at Art To Grow On
December 9: Bring the entire family and learn how to frost, design and decorate your very own gingerbread house. Includes all holiday candies, lollipops, gum-drops, candy canes, snow icing and more! Saturday, 10 a.m., 1, or 4 p.m. $85. Register online. Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center.

Grand Park Lights Up the Holidays
November 26 – December 26: Grand Park will be magically lit for the holidays, with a 45-foot tree as the centerpiece. Daily. Free.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios
December 2-31: A grinchy-green “Grinchmas” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration fit for The Grinch. Universal Plaza will once again features a towering 60 foot tall whimsical Grinchmas tree as the ideal photo op for guests. The spirit of Grinchmas will also come to life aboard the world-famous behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, with engaging performances by Who-ville Whos re-enacting popular scenes and songs from the blockbuster film, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Weekends through December 10; then daily, December 16-31. Call for specific dates and times. Included in the price of park admission. (800) UNIVERSAL.

Hansel and Gretel at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 9: Enjoy a concert for the whole family with a special, hour-long version of Engelbert Humperdinck’s beloved opera Hansel and Gretel, the classic tale of two siblings walking through the dark and foreboding woods and their daring escape from the evil witch and her gingerbread house of sweets. Tickets start at $15. Saturday, 2 p.m. Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Hanukkah Family Festival at Skirball
December 10: Inspired by the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, this year’s festival explores the themes of Hanukkah through the traditions of Los Angeles’s rich and diverse Latin American communities. Get on your feet for musical performances by Latin Jewish bands Klezmer Juice and Pan Felipe, and learn salsa, cumbia, mambo, hip-hop, and more with the beloved dance ensembles Versa-Style and Mambo Inc. Then create a community art installation with acclaimed visual artist Sandy Rodriguez, and learn about Mexican chocolate and decorate chocolate gelt with Maite Gomez-Rejn (Art Bites). Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Adults, $12; kids (2-12), $7.

Ho Ho Night Hike in Brea
December 9: See Carbon Canyon Regional Park in the dark! Park Rangers lead a hike to the Redwood Grove showcasing the natural wonders that can only be seen at night. The Ho Ho Night Hike will feature a visit to the Nature Center, hot cocoa and cookies, a live animal presentation and a hike through the wilderness area. Please dress warmly, wear good walking shoes and bring a flashlight. (No pets, please.) Saturday, 5:30-8 p.m. Call to register.

Holiday Entertainment at the Irvine Spectrum
November 11 – December 31: This season celebrate the weekend at Irvine Spectrum Center with live Holiday Entertainment on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the holiday season. See line up below. Subject to change without notice.

Saturday, November 11, 6-9 p.m.
Eddie Campbell Guitar & Drums – Myrtle’s Courtyard

Sunday, November 12, 2-5 p.m.
Gemini Strings Violin & Guitar – Edwards Court

Saturday, November 18, 6-9 p.m.
Robert Simon – Myrtles Courtyard

Sunday, November 19, 2-5 p.m.
Victor Estrada – Edwards Court

Saturday, November 25, 6-9 p.m.
Victoria Estrada – Myrtle’s Courtyard

Sunday, November 26, 2-5 p.m.
Eddie Campbell Guitar & Drums – Edwards Court

Saturday, December 2, 6-9 p.m.
Robert Simon – Edwards Court

Sunday, December 3, 2-5 p.m.
Unplugged Carolers – Edwards Court

Saturday, December 9, 6-9 p.m.
Justin On Sax – Myrtle’s Courtyard

Sunday, December 10, 2-5 p.m.
Unplugged Carolers – Edwards Court

Saturday, December 16, 6-9 p.m.
Grace Rodgers – Myrtle’s Courtyard

Sunday, December 17, 2-5 p.m.
Unplugged Carolers – Edwards Court

Saturday, December 23, 6-9 p.m.
Jazz Trio – Myrtle’s Courtyard

Sunday, December 24, 2-5 p.m.
Carolers Inc – Edwards Court

Saturday, December 30, 6-9 p.m.
Eddie Campbell Guitar & Drums – Myrtle’s Courtyard

Sunday, December 31, 2-5 p.m.
Gemini Strings Electric Violin with Tracks – Edwards Court

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags
November 18 – December 31: 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. Enjoy all the wonderful aromas and tastes of the season including hot chocolate, cider, custom fudge, holiday-inspired funnel cake flavors and many other traditional favorites.

Holiday Merriment at the Homestead Museum
December 9-10: How did Christmas in Los Angeles change from the days of the Mexican ranchos through the 1920s? See for yourself as you tour the decorated historic houses. Enjoy crafts, music, visiting with Santa Claus, and more! Saturday and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. Picnics are welcome. Admission is free.

Holiday Season Celebration on Catalina Island
December 9: Enjoy a Holiday Symphony Concert in the historic Casino Theatre, featuring the children’s choir of the McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts and a select group of Avalon students followed by a screening of the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life. Saturday, concert, 4 p.m.; screening, 5 p.m. $10-15.

Holiday TV Shows Schedule
November 4 – December 26: Enjoy classic and new holiday TV shows with the family. Check your local listings for time changes. All times are in Eastern time.

Holiday’s Around the World in Costa Mesa
December 7-10 and 12-17: Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Holidays Around the World festival will turn the new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza into an international cultural crossroads. The Argyros Plaza will be alive with free performances and family activities representing beloved holiday customs and traditions. Each night, the magic of winter will come to life outside as well with wondrous snowfall! Plus, enjoy festive holiday photo opportunities for friends and family, share your family’s holiday traditions and help decorate the Path of Traditions through the Community Grove, decorate a cookie, and make your own s’more. Storytellers will share the history of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Plus, enjoy your favorite food trucks. And, in the spirit of the season, representatives from community service organizations will be on hand to accept donations of food, clothing and more. Visit the website for full schedule and times. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Argyros Plaza.

Holly Jolly Light Tour in Mission Viejo
December 8-9: Enjoy a VIP reception and tour the Home Lighting Contest displays aboard deluxe transportation. Friday and Saturday, 6-7:30 and 8-9:30 p.m. $10 per person.

Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair in Irvine
December 10: Help animals find homes at the 11th annual Home for the Holidays pet adoption fair. More than 40 pet rescue groups and animal shelters will bring about 600 homeless dogs, cats, rabbits and small animals for adoption. The fair also features dozens of pet-related vendors, gourmet food trucks, a silent auction, low-cost microchipping on-site, and an opportunity drawing. Suggested donation is $2 per person or $5 per family. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Irvine Animal Care Center.

Illusionist Ryne Strom at Kidspace
December 10: Wonderful winter surprises await in a show full of magic, comedy and world famous illusions designed to enchant the entire family. Illusionist Ryne Strom will amaze you as he turns dreams into reality in a theatrical experience unlike anything you’ve seen before. Sunday, 1 p.m.

It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show in Fullerton
November 24 – December 17: 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. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Additional shows, December 9, 10 and 16.

Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo
December 8 – January 1: The San Diego Zoo’s annual winter celebration is filled with holiday cheer! During the three-week wintery celebration, guests can experience holiday-themed animal presentations and a nightly tree lighting ceremony, as well as other festive activities. Daily, zoo, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. for the Jungle Bells celebration. Included with zoo admission.

King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade in Redondo Beach
December 9: Get ready for a California Christmas with a holiday boat parade. Stroll the harbor, boardwalk, and pier shops and view the Holiday Harbor Lights. Plus, enjoy a family fun arcade, boat rides, music, seafood, and more. Free boat parade viewing locations throughout Redondo Beach including Moonstone Park in King Harbor Marina, Portofino Hotel and Marina, Redondo Beach Marina sea wall and Redondo Beach Pier. Saturday, 2 p.m.

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park
November 18 – January 7: Enjoy “Merry Christmas, Snoopy!” on Ice, “It’s the Merriest Christmas Show Ever, Charlie Brown” holiday show, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and O. Henry’s “A Gift of the Magi” at the Bird Cage, a crafts fair, carolers, holiday decorations, and nightly snow in Ghost Town. Plus, visit with Santa and enjoy seasonal treats. Daily. $45+.

L.A. Zoo Lights and Reindeer Romp at the Los Angeles Zoo
November 17 – January 7: With the flick of a switch, the zoo is set aglow with breathtaking displays. Guests enjoy LED lights by the thousands, giant illuminated snowflakes, a disco ball forest, glittering twinkle tunnels, stunning 3-D animated projections, and a laser show set to music boasting majestic screens of water with projections of fanciful animation and an animal shadow puppet installation complete with interactive photo-op and a new waterfall feature in the Children’s Zoo. A giant illuminated snake atop the LAIR. Inside the LAIR, guests are bathed in ultraviolet light for a black light party with scurrying “insects” above the rock walls. Daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Adults, $9-14+; kids (2-12), $9-11+.

Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops
December 9: Kids (3+) make a face frosty mask. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free. No reservations necessary. Carson, (310) 537-4778; Fountain Valley, (714) 963-8255; and Laguna Hills, (949) 462-9353.

Long Beach Daisy Avenue Tree Lighting and Parade
December 9: See the brightest street in Long Beach light up, plus the Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade! Bring blankets and chairs. Saturday, 5 p.m. Daisy Ave., between Hill Street and Pacific Coast Highway.

Los Angeles Symphony Christmas Concert in Cerritos
December 10: Los Angeles Symphony presents a holiday concert showcasing classic Opera arias, Korean art songs, Christmas music, pieces by Handel, and more. Maestro Hyun S. Joo leads 50 musicians, a 50-member choir, and featured soloists. Sunday, 7 p.m. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.

Macy’s Letters To Santa
November 7 – December 24: Kids can create a letter to Santa and drop it off at Macy’s (or send it virtually online). For every letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-a-Wish (up to $1 million dollars). Daily. Free.

Military Recognition Days at Knott’s Berry Farm
November 1-16 and November 27 – December 15: Knott’s Berry Farm continues its tradition of honoring the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military, both past and present, with free admission during its annual Military Tribute Days. Knott’s Berry Farm pays tribute to U.S. veterans, retired and current military personnel with free park admission during its Military Tribute Days. This offer is valid to all past and present armed forces personnel and one guest. Six additional tickets may be purchased at a discounted rate of $35 each from November 1 November 16 and for $40 each from November 27 – December 15. Knott’s will also conduct a special flag ceremony at park opening on Veteran’s Day honoring all those who have served our country. For information and promotion details, visit their website.

Miracle on 34th Street in Rancho Cucamonga
December 2-10: When Kris Kringle, a nice, old man from a retirement home gets a job working as a Christmas Santa at Macy’s, his honest and generous spirit unleashes waves of good will throughout New York City and a hint of magic in the heart of a very practical little girl. For ages 8+. $16+. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m.

Muzeo Express, Holiday Model Trains at Muzeo
November 18 – January 7: From the creators of the Nixon Library spectacular comes the annual exhibition, Muzeo Express.Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands on activities. Complete with historical relics showcasing the history of trains in Southern California, Muzeo Express is sure to be a holiday favorite for children and enthusiasts alike. Brought to you jointly by Toy Train Operating Society and Train Collectors Association. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Adults, $8; kids, $5.

Naples Boat Parade in Long Beach
December 9: Twinkling Christmas lights decorate the small boats that cruise the canals of Naples, while larger boats sail through the bay. Hundreds of homes and boats are festively decorated throughout the season, inspired by an annual decorating competition. Theme: “The Canals are Alive with the Sound of Music.” Saturday, 6 p.m. Free to spectate.

Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade and Holiday Cruises
December 1-12 and December 18 – December 31: Hoiday cruises are offered nightly on the nights of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Monday-Sunday, 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m departure times. $32+. Registration by phone or online.

Nights of a 1000 Lights at Sherman Library and Gardens
December 8-9: The 4th Annual Nights of 1000 Lights celebration will include all new light displays featuring more lights than ever including an expanded light tunnel, light orbs and light tubes. In the Central Garden a live-cut 20 foot Christmas tree will feature “natural bling.” Plus, enjoy a light show in the Tropical Conservatory that will have you “singing in the rain,” a flurry of fun awaits visitors in the Big Shade Garden and a red sparkle ceiling will dazzle in the Fern Grotto. For a Caribbean Christmas experience sail on up to the Tea Garden where a pink paradise of poinsettias and flamingos and the sounds of Christmas music with a Calypso influence set the scene. All guests will enjoy complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and a make your own ‘smores station. There will also be a photo-op with Santa, holiday photo booth and fun arts and crafts activities. Members, $10; non-members, $15; kids (5 and under), free. Friday and Saturday, 6-9 p.m. This is a rain or shine event.

North Pole Express Train in Fillmore
Selected dates November 25 – December 23: Celebrate Christmas with a one-hour ride aboard a vintage train. Wear your pajamas, dress warm, and remember to bring your camera to take pictures with Santa after the train ride. Vendors will be on-site so you can purchase unique holiday gifts. Train departs at 6 and 7:30 p.m.; additional 4:45 p.m. departures on December 16-19 and 20-23. Adults, $30; kids (2-12), $20.

North Pole Pack at Golf N’ Stuff
December 1-31: With Golf N’ Stuff’s “North Pole Pack,” the kids can enjoy two full hours unlimited use of: go-karts, bumper boats and kiddie train. Plus, one round of miniature golf, and a cool cookie. All for just $19 per person (regularly $30; prices subject to change without notice). Park opens daily at 10 a.m.; they’re even open on Christmas Day at 2 p.m.

Old Time Christmas Festival at Rancho Los Cerritos
December 10: Discover traditions of a Victorian Christmas! Make historic crafts, enjoy holiday music from a live brass band and carolers, strike the pinatas, listen to storytellers in the library, sip warm cider, get a head start on holiday shopping in the Museum Shop, and tour the adobe, lavishly decorated for the holidays. This event is fun for the whole family. Sunday, 1-4 p.m. $5 per person.

Operation Santa Paws 2017
December 1-16: 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 16th to animals in need. Visit their website for program details and drop-off locations.

Outdoor Ice Skating Rink in Tustin
November 24 – January 15: Bring your family and friends this holiday season to experience the new District Freeze Ice Rink at The District at Tustin Legacy. As the largest outdoor ice-skating rink in Orange County, the District Freeze features real ice, night session lighting, music, and more. Open daily, visit website for skating schedule. $19, includes skate rental. $16, bring your own skates. The District at Tustin, 2437 Park Ave., Tustin. (714) 259-9090.

Parade of Lights in Dana Point Harbor
December 8-9 and 15-16: The annual boat parade of light sails into the harbor. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Free to spectate by the water’s edge.

Pirates Take Christmas
December 1-25: In the spirit of the holidays, join Pirate’s Dinner Adventure’s “Pirates Take Christmas” for a night of fun and adventure, as they bring a holiday twist to the high seas! Help cheer on Santa to save Christmas! Scoundrel pirates have captured Santa and Mrs. Claus, threatening an end to the holiday season, and disappointing all of the good girls and boys of the world. You and your family and a little holiday magic can help ensure Santa defeats the pirates and saves the season. Enjoy a delicious four-course meal served during the show.

Posada Navideña at the Anaheim Marketplace
December 10: Watch Christmas Carolers as they sing throughout the Marketplace ending at the Nativity set with a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph. Live festive music, plus activities for kids like face painting, jumpers, and more. Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.

Queen Anne Cottage Holiday Tours at the Arboretum
December 10: Stroll down memory lane and view treasures and furnishings normally seen only through the windows of the charming Victorian-era cottage at LA County Arboretum. The dwelling, decorated in its Christmas finery, has become a Southland tradition for holiday visitors. Tours will be available throughout the day; also stop by the historic Coach Barn of the Santa Anita Depot. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Adults, $5; kids (12 and under), $3, in addition to arboretum admission.

Santa and the Polar Express in Lomita
December 10: Visit with Santa and enjoy a special reading of The Polar Express at the Lomita Railroad Museum. Bring the entire family – there will be lots of activities for the kids and a free photo with Santa! Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. $15 per family (up to 6).

Santa Paws with Sea Spot Walk in Huntington Beach
December 9: Bring your kids and pets for a Santa Paws event including photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, food samplings, dog adoptions, vendor booths (including Sea Spot Walk!), and more. Proceeds to benefit Waggin’ Trails Rescue Foundation. Saturday, noon – 3 p.m. Hosted by 5th & PCH.

Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Cube Orange County
November 24 – December 31: Inside the kitchen, much more is going on than pouring and mixing it’s science at work! Discovery Cube Orange County’s Science of Gingerbread exhibition features hands-on kitchen science activities, decorating demonstrations and award-winning gingerbread houses on display. Daily. Included with admission.

Skating by the Sea in San Diego
November 23 – 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. The Del’s iconic Victorian Building, adorned with thousands of white lights, provides a magical backdrop as holiday music fills the air and guests enjoy hot chocolate and libations. Weekdays, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. $30 per person, includes skate rental.

Snow Los Angeles at Elysian Park and San Diego
November 17 – December 30: Visit LA’s first snow tubing park, just five minutes from downtown. Snow Los Angeles is a stunning 9-acre winter wonderland, with over 10,000 square feet of downhill snow tubing lanes. Hop on a tube and fly through twinkling light archways, decorated trees and falling snow. Stop for a snow globe photo op with the family, and enjoy the all new Winter Skating Rink and animated penguin light path, plus food trucks and drinks. Friday-Sunday, 6-10:30 p.m. $18+; free parking. November-December 16, The Old Lodge – Montecillo De Leo Politi, Stadium Way and Scott Ave., Los Angeles. December 22-30, Rohr Park, 4440 Sweetwater Road, Bonita.

SOCO and The OC Mix – Nutcracker Celebration and Holiday Festivities
December 3, 10 and 17: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! You’re invited to celebrate the holiday season at SOCO and The OC Mix in Costa Mesa. Bring your family and friends to enjoy free, family-friendly days filled with photos with Santa, a festive photo booth, dancers from Festival Ballet Theatre, live music and holiday activities. Complimentary gift-wrapping will be available for holiday shoppers for a suggested donation to benefit Project Hope Alliance. In addition, enjoy pop-ups from some favorite small business brands like Wunderkid and Yarnover Truck. Sundays. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information and details, please visit

Sugar Plum Fairy at South Coast Repertory
December 3-24: The Madwoman in the Volvo is back and Scrooge isn’t the only one bitter about the holidays! Filled with ambition, rivalry and pre-teen angst, this hilarious tale of life’s crushing blows, recommended for high school and above,has been praised as a comic assault on holiday sentiment. $29+. Tuesday-Sunday, 7:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees, 2 p.m. Julianne Argyros Stage.

Surfing Santa and Live Concert at the Redondo Beach Pier
December 9: Surfing Santa makes his annual appearance along with a holiday concert and Surfing Santa photo ops. Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Free admission and parking.

The Heart of Robin Hood at The Wallis
November 28 – December 17: Forget everything you ever knew about Robin Hood. In this modern reimagining (recommended, 10+), Robin and his unmerry gang of cutthroats steal from the rich, but it’s never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone. When wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps in to protect the poor and transform a thuggish Robin from hood to good. The classic tale goes rogue in this bold new twist on the world’s most infamous outlaw. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Check website for show times and ticket prices.

The Holiday Gem in Garden Grove
November 24 – December 17: Be a part of a new tradition and ring in the holidays at The Gem Theatre with a fun for the whole family holiday review! Backed by live musicians, stunning costumes and a whimsical set; Santa Claus, his tap dancing elves and a cast of talented performers close out our season in true holiday fashion! Days and times vary, visit their website for detials. $18-26.

The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker in Redondo Beach
December 7-10: Following the idea of the original, its 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. She falls asleep and the journey begins when the Nutcracker comes alive! Kara takes the audience on a mystical, magical journey, from Candy Cane Land, Egypt, the Indian Rainforest, Bollywood, Jazzland, and the Land of the Kimono Dolls. Starring Debbie Allen, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Carlo Imperato, Tichina Arnold and more! Thursday and Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. $50-110. Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker in Redondo Beach
December 7-10: Following the idea of the original, its 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. She falls asleep and the journey begins when the Nutcracker comes alive! Kara takes the audience on a mystical, magical journey, from Candy Cane Land, Egypt, the Indian Rainforest, Bollywood, Jazzland, and the Land of the Kimono Dolls. Starring Debbie Allen, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Carlo Imperato, Tichina Arnold and more! Thursday and Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. $50-110. Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

The Messiah in Anaheim
December 10: A holiday concert featuring G.F. Handel’s Messiah along with seasonal favorites. Sunday, 6 p.m. $20. Anaheim Center for the Performing Arts at Servite

The Nouveau Chamber Ballet’s Nutcracker in Fullerton
December 9-10: Enjoy The Nouveau Chamber Ballet’s Nutcracker, a timeless classic for all ages. Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. $28-35. Fullerton College Campus Theatre.

The Nutcracker at Irvine Barclay Theatre
December 9-24: Create holiday memories for your family by sharing the magic ofThe Nutcracker. A cherished holiday classic, perfect for all ages. Check website for dates and times. $42-75. Irvine Barclay Theatre.

The Nutcracker at the Irvine Barclay Theater
December 9-24: Festival Ballet Theatre’s breathtaking family-friendly production features superb colorful scenery and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition sparkle like new. Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the Sugar Plum Fairy, our heroine Clara, and a cast of hundreds take you on a magical journey to mystical lands. This full-length traditional production features world-renowned guest artists, FBT’s professional company dancers, and exceptional young talent from across the Southland. Check the website for show times. $42-75.

The Nutcracker at the Music Center
December 7-10: Delight in the storybook holiday fairytale that captures the spirit of the season through the magic of a child’s imagination. It is Christmas Eve. A blanket of snow covers the ground, a bright Christmas star glows in the sky, and Marie and her Nutcracker Prince are about to embark on an unexpected journey to a winter wonderland of enchantment. Thursday-Sunday, times vary. $34+. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

The Nutcracker at the Warner Grand in San Pedro
December 9-10: San Pedro City Ballet returns with a holiday season tradition, featuring their corps de ballet and some of San Pedro’s ballet stars of the future. Truly a magical experience for the entire family. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $19-39.

The Nutcracker by Ballet Etudes in Huntington Beach
December 2-3 and 9-10: The classic production, performed by the students of the non-profit youth ballet company. Saturday, 2 p.m. (December 9 only) and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. (December 3 only) and 2 p.m. $20-30. Huntington Beach High School.

The Nutcracker by the Los Angeles Ballet
December 9-31: An L.A. tradition, “The Nutcracker” is the perfect holiday event for children, family and friends to celebrate the season. Set on Christmas Eve in L.A. in 1912, Clara dreams of faraway lands, snow-covered landscapes and a most memorable Mouse King. Special appearances by the cast of characters and Santa Claus at each performance.
December 9-10, Alex Theater, Glendale; December 15-17, Royce Hall, UCLA; December 23-24, Dolby Theater, Hollywood; and December 29-31, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Ticket prices vary per venue.

The Secret Garden The Musical in Anaheim
November 24 – December 23: Based on the popular children’s book of the same name, The Secret Garden follows the story of Mary Lennox, a young British girl born and raised in colonial India. When the 11-year-old’s parents die in a cholera outbreak, she is sent to Yorkshire to live with a reclusive uncle, his invalid son – and a host of ghosts, spirits, and lost souls inhabiting Mary’s new home. Visit website for specific dates abd times. Adults, $40. Kids (4-12), $36. Bette Aitken Theatre Arts Center.

The Young Americans Present The Magic of Christmas in La Mirada
December 7-17: In this special holiday production The Young Americans will take you on a ride to a magical place. Christmas in the northern mountains, snow, and a small town. Visit website for times. $29-60.

Tinseltown Christmas in Santa Ana
November 24 – December 10: Are you ready for a new version of christmas ghost who help someone find the joy of Christmas? Enter the lovable spirits of Tinseltown Christmas, the all new musical comedy. It’s December 24 but Monica Ness is already sick of anything candy-striped or miseltoed. Suddenly, she is visited by the ghosts of Jimmy Stewart, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and Natalie Wood, who have all traveled back to the land of the living to bring Monica a little Yuletide cheer, Hollywood-style. However, the ghosts’ plan quickly goes awry, leading to a hilarious and very musical adventure. Visit website for dates, times, and cost. Attic Comunity Theater.

Toddler Time and Toddler Time en Espanol at Kidspace Museum
December 9-10: Toddlers (12-36 months) can explore art, science and more though song and play at Kidspace! In this preview of their Early Learner Program, get a taste of how much fun Kidspace has exploring the world in their Baby and Me, and Bebe’ y Yo classes, beginning January 2018. Toddler Time: Saturday, 9-10:30 a.m. $30. Toddler Time in Espanol: Sunday, 10-11:30 a.m.

Train to Santa’s Workshop in Perris
December 1-3, 8-10 and 15-17: Embark on a magical train ride and visit with Santa Claus himself at his North Pole workshop. Ride the train where elves will lead your family in Christmas songs, holiday trivia games and storytelling. Santa greets the guests as they arrive at the workshop. Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus at a play area, where children can play on Thomas train tables, a child-powered roller coaster and crafts. Enjoy refreshments at the Pinacate Station boarding area. Friday-Sunday; check the web for departure times. Adults, $20; kids (2-11), $15. Trains fill up fast, so make your reservation early.

Tree Lighting at Irvine Spectrum
November 24 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 50-foot tree will come to life at night with a choreographed light show every 30 minutes. Nightly, 5-11 p.m. Edwards Court.

Trolley Tour of Lights in Long Beach
December 5-28: 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. 30-minute tour, 5:15, 6, 6:45, 7:30, 8:15 and 9 p.m. start times: adults, $30; kids (12 and under), $20.

Tuba Christmas in Anaheim
December 9: Hear traditional Christmas songs played by seasoned tuba players of all ages, arriving from throughout the Southland for this annual event. Saturday, noon. Free. Downtown Disney.

Ugly Sweater Workshop at Fashion Camp OC
December 1, 2, 9, and 16: Kids (7+) can learn to hand sew a one-of-a-kind ugly holiday sweater for the season. All materials included. See days and times below. Visit website for cost and tickets.

Friday, December 1, 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, December 2, 9-11 a.m.
Saturday, December 9, 9-11 a.m.
Saturday, December 16, 9-11 a.m.

Valley Kids Consignment in San Fernando Valley
November 30 – January 28: Check out items for newborns to juniors, including toys, strollers, books, ride on toys, furniture, clothes, Pack N Plays, backpacks, shoes, maternity, and more. Daily, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. $16 to enter; free for new mommies, consignors and volunteers.

Vans Skatepark Holiday Skate Clinics
December 9 and 16: Vans Skatepark in Orange, a 40,000-square-foot facility, offers two Holiday Clinics on Saturday, December 9 and 16. Instruction is offered for beginner to advanced street skateboarders, ages 6-16. Pizza lunch is included. Clinic hours: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. $40 for members; $50 for non-members. Space is limited, so sign up today.

Visit Santa at Roger’s Garden’s in Corona Del Mar
December 9-23: Bring kids to Roger’s Gardens and take a professional photos with Santa Claus. Santa will be in the Amphitheater waiting to hear every child’s wish for this Christmas season. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Winter Break Crafts at the Mission San Juan Capistrano
December 2-31: Kids (6-12) enjoy special winter break activities at the Mission, including panning for gold, adobe brick making and arrowhead necklace making. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. $5 per craft or $10 for three crafts, in addition to admission.

Winter Fantasy by Impact Dance Center in Long Beach
December 9-10: Features beginning level dancers and special guests that includes a variety of dance performances, plus their annual Nutcracker production, “Kingdom of the Sweets.” Saturday, noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon and 3 p.m. $13-18. Millikan High School.

Winter Zoobilation at Santa Ana Zoo
December 1-31: The Santa Ana Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland called “Winter Zoobilation” with snow, lights and special holiday decorations for all to enjoy. Daily. Included with admission.