2020 HolidayGuide: 100+ Events for Kids & Families in LA & OC

Welcome to the HolidayGuide 2020 — COVID style.

After scouring websites, press releases and emails, we’re happy to announce that Santa is still coming to town, winter camps are happening, lights are twinkling, bells are jingling… the holiday season is not on lockdown! 🤞

Below you will find everything we could find to help your family enjoy the holidays in the most normal and safest way possible. The guide is updated daily as activities pop up or close down. We still recommend to always check websites and social media or call for last-minute changes.  

Most of all, we wish you and your kids a season filled with love, joy and good health. –The Kidsguide Team

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The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey – Pomona Fairplex

NOW – JANUARY 3: Drive through a dazzling light spectacle with toy-repair workshops, gingerbread villages, and all the sights and sounds of the holidays, blended with a touch of high-spirited fun. $24.95-75.

Happy Place: Drive-Thru Experience

NOW – JANUARY 10: Happy Place – The Drive Thru features 18 larger-than-life experiences and interactive moments. Some highlights include the world’s first giant piano you play with your car, a rainbow road, and a pulsating nightclub for your car. $49.50.

Holidays in Your Car – Ventura Fairgrounds

NOW – JANUARY 2: Discover a symphony of sight and sound at one of Southern California’s largest drive-thru holiday light spectaculars! Holidays in Your Car features more than one million LED lights, holograms, and projection mapping animated to classic holiday tunes. $49.

Santa’s Speedway Christmas Lights Drive-Thru – Irwindale Speedway & Event Center

NOW – JANUARY 10: Drive on an actual NASCAR racetrack, as you enjoy Santa’s Village with elves hard at work, a land filled with Christmas sweets, Rudolph’s Enchanted garage with Racecar Reindeers, and the world’s largest free standing light tree, measuring 110 feet! $75.

Dodgers Drive-Thru Holiday Festival

NOW – DECEMBER 24: The 2020 World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting a drive-thru Holiday Festival, complete with a light show, LED video displays, fake snow and interactive displays honoring the Dodgers World Championship and celebrating the holidays! $55-115.

Hikari: A Festival of Lights Drive-Thru Experience – Tanaka Farms in Irvine

NOW – JANUARY 10: Join Tanaka Farms for a celebration filled with joy and light! Drive through the 30-acre farm and be dazzled by farm-themed lighting. Plus, every Friday – Sunday, get a very special visit from Santa!

Discount code: HIKARIKIDS at checkout to save 10% when you book your reservation.

Use code: 2021LIGHTS to save 20% after Christmas.

SoCal WonderLAnd Drive-Thru Experience – Woodland Hills

NOW – DECEMBER 30: Celebrate the holiday season with millions of lights and themed decor during a festive WonderLAnd drive-thru show. Enjoy elaborate sets, semi-enclosed and open-air tunnel installations, photo opps, Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Elves! $70-90.

Winter Wonder Wash – Huntington Beach Xpress

DECEMBER: Enjoy holiday lights and cheer (and elves!) during your car wash experience! Additional dates will be posted on their website weekly. $20.

Hot Wheels Ultimate Drive-Thru – Toyota Arena in Ontario

DECEMBER 3 – JANUARY 2: Journey into a one-of-a-kind, contactless experience where the world of Hot Wheels comes to life right outside your windows! Drive through this larger than life showcase of everyone’s favorite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks, specialty Monster Trucks, Garage of Legends vehicles, robots and more.

Discount code: KGM10 for $10 off your ticket!

Electric Noel Drive-Thru Christmas – Norco

DECEMBER 3 – JANUARY 3: Discover the neon glow this holiday season with Electric Noel, a high-tech Christmas drive-thru experience. Journey from Santa’s command center and the elf village, to Main Street and Mistletoe Lane. The highly mechanized technology culminates with an automated surprise.

Winter Wonderland Fair Foodie Fest – Angel Stadium

FRIDAY – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4-20: Enjoy free car entry to Winter Wonderland Fair Foodie Fest featuring Christmas lights, giant inflatable Santa, huge Christmas tree and more. Play Christmas carnival games from your car and enjoy Christmas-themed fair foods.

Christmas in Color: Drive-Thru Animated Light Show at Raging Waters

DECEMBER 4 – JANUARY 3: Drive through millions of lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio. Drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. $35 per vehicle.

Holiday Road: Drive-Thru Experience at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas

DECEMBER 4 – JANUARY 10: From the team that brought you Nights of the Jack, welcome to Holiday Road. See larger-than-life holiday installations, thousands of Christmas lights, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves, and countless candy canes. $75-95.

Holidays in Your Car – Del Mar Fairgrounds

DECEMBER 5 – JANUARY 2: Discover a symphony of sight and sound at one of Southern California’s largest drive-thru holiday light spectaculars! Holidays in Your Car features more than one million LED lights, holograms, and projection mapping animated to classic holiday tunes.

Nights of Lights OC – Drive-Thru Experience at OC Fair & Event Center

DECEMBER 10 – JANUARY 10: Guests will be guided through a mile-long course featuring over one million lights, themed holiday scenery, animated light shows, and tunnels synchronized to music, special effects, and more. $39.99-69.99.

Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru – IKEA Costa Mesa

DECEMBER 16-18: The Costa Mesa Snoopy House holiday display will be traveling to IKEA for the Winter Wonderland drive-thru event. More details to come.

Elfeneezer Scrooge Drive-Thru Theatrical Experience

DECEMBER 18-20: This drive-thru holiday theatrical experience follows the story of “Elfeneezer Scrooge,” his journey to capture the joy of the holiday season, and the importance of community.

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A Cabazon Dinosaurs Christmas – Roadside Attraction

NOW – JANUARY 1: Celebrate Christmas in a big way! For the first time ever, Mr. Rex has put on his Santa suit and is ready for your family Christmas photo! Santa Claus and his Velociraptor pulling sleigh will be at the Cabazon Dinosaurs for family photos. Stroll through the Outdoor Dinosaur Trail and visit the Wafflesaurus Truck for treats on select days. $11-13.

Reflections at Descanso Gardens

NOW – JANUARY 10: Enjoy art pieces in the garden, special seasonal plantings, self-guided activities, and a beautiful Wishing Tree created by artist Kaz Youkou Kitajima. Highlights include the Golden Grove, Floral Arches, Mirror Tree, Winter Plantings, and Deer Sculptures. Included with admission.

Six Flags Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience

NOW – JANUARY 3: Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience will include eight distinctly different areas throughout the park with millions of twinkling lights choreographed to festive music, beloved holiday characters decked out for the holidays, iconic Holiday in the Park decorations, and a drive-by featuring Santa and his elves. $20-30 per car.

Taste of Merry Farm – Knott’s Berry Farm

CANCELED/CLOSED (as of 12/7/20): Knott’s transforms with enchanted décor, thousands of twinkling lights, miles of festive garland, and a variety of picturesque holiday settings. Guests can enjoy over 60 unique food and drink items offered on the tasting card and shop at one-of-a-kind stores filled with rare, handmade, and personalized gifts from local crafters. $20-40.

Holidays at LEGOLAND

CANCELED/CLOSED (as of 12/7/20): Your favorite holiday characters Santa, the Toy Soldier and Gingerbread Man are back and ready for socially distanced meet-and-greets. Head over to Fun Town where there’s a 30-foot, fully decorated LEGO® Christmas tree with over 400 LEGO ornaments.

South Coast Botanic Garden’s GLOW Light Exhibit

NOW – JANUARY 10: South Coast Botanic Garden is proud to present GLOW, a visually stunning art installation that will transform their lush botanic oasis into an oceanic experience for their Garden Lights & Ocean Waters theme. Enjoy music and this unforgettable after-dark walk through the Garden. $34.95.

Frontier Family Christmas – El Dorado Frontier in Long Beach

CANCELED/CLOSED (as of 12/7/20): Enjoy a decorated Come aboard The El Dorado Express and take a train ride through the park. Ride the Crystal Corral Carousel and try Panning for Goldie’s Treasures. Additional fees may apply, reservation includes one admission and one train ride. Advance reservations only.

Christmas Train & Santa’s Village – Irvine Park Railroad

NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 23: Take an enchanting night ride (ticket required) through historic Irvine Regional Park. The train will depart from the train station and stop at the North Pole. Enjoy ice fishing, blizzard ball, carnival games, and photo opps in Santa’s Village (no ticket required). $17-20.

Holiday Express Train – Fillmore & Western Railway

WEEKENDS, NOVEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 20: Enjoy a fun scenic train ride on vintage train cars. Stop at Prancer’s Christmas Farm for sleigh rides, Christmas lights, music, Santa, and more. Then visit the Loose Caboose to purchase produce, feed chickens, enjoy holiday displays, and more. $16-28.

North Pole Express Train – Fillmore & Western Railway

WEEKENDS, NOVEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 20: The North Pole Express departs from Prancer’s Christmas Farm (located in Santa Paula). Enjoy the farm then come onboard for a magical 1-hour evening train ride to the “North Pole.” See Santa and wave at his elves and enjoy storytelling fun. $24-34.

Kids Free in December – Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching

DECEMBER 1-31: Purchase two full price adult whale watching tickets, one child (up to age 12) is free. Purchase two full price adult fishing tickets, one child (up to age 14) is free.

Casa Lumina Holiday Walk – Casa Romantica in San Clemente

DECEMBER 5-23: Experience the wonder of the holiday season during the outdoor Christmas light display on select evenings. Christmas at the Casa features over 1,000 twinkling lights illuminating Casa Romantica’s gardens with holiday themes. Every night will include letters to Santa, live holiday music, and hot chocolate and wine. Admission, $7 (ages 13+), free for children 12 and under.

Nights of 1000 Lights – Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar

DECEMBER 10-13 and 17-22: Stroll through Sherman Gardens safety this holiday season and experience a dazzling display of lights and entertainment. Listen to old-time Appalachian music, boogie through the Disco Inferno, strut down the Technicolor light tunnels, add your wish to the wishing tree, and discover surprises throughout the garden. $15-25.

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SkyPark at Santa’s Village in Skyforest

NOVEMBER 21 – JANUARY 10: Join Skypark for a nostalgic Christmas in the Woods inside Santa’s Village! Visit Santa and his friends in the Northwoods, attend a breakfast party, and make crafts and decorate cookies with Santa’s elves! Other attractions include ice skating, entertainment, visiting Santa’s Workshop & Post Office, the Northwoods Express Train Ride, mining, light displays, and an interactive forested night walk.

Cal Lights Santa Experience – Mini Photo Session with f/8 Studios in Long Beach

SELECT DATES, NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 20: Join f/8 Studios for a memorable, magical Santa Claus experience where a professional photographer will take memorable photos of your family socially distanced with the big man himself in their styled winter wonderland (letters to Santa encouraged!). $99 per session.

Santa’s “Stop, Wave and Go” in Mission Viejo

WEEKENDS, NOVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 20: Santa is extremely excited for the holiday season and wants everyone to stay safe and healthy. This year, he has changed his plans and will be swinging into Mission Viejo for a nightly “Stop, Wave and Go”. Every Saturday and Sunday, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be outside the workshop waving as you safely drive by. Make sure to bring your “Letter to Santa” to drop off and one of his cheerful elves will collect it.

U-Pick Wagon Rides with Santa – Tanaka Farms

SELECT DAYS, DECEMBER 18 – JANUARY 9: Come on out to the farm for a U-Pick Wagon Ride adventure that includes a wagon ride around the farm. You will make a few stops in the fields to pick three different types of veggies. At the end of the tour, meet Santa and take socially-distant photos!

Where is Santa? – Cherry Hills Programs

The magic of the holidays is here, and Santa Claus is closer than you think. Search your city or zip code to find out where Santa will be near you!

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Alpine Slide and Snow Play in Big Bear Lake

NOVEMBER – EASTER: Enjoy tubing and snow play, plus take a chairlift ride to the top of the Alpine Slide. Here, riders navigate their own individually controlled sleds, each with teflon runners and ball-bearing wheels, down their choice of two quarter-mile long cement tracks filled with high-banked turns and long straightaways. Experience the new Mineshaft Coaster, the first and only mountain coaster in California!

Big Bear Snow Play

NOVEMBER – EASTER: Big Bear Snow Play sports the longest runs in Southern California. Night Glow Tubing, Big Bear Speedway and Ropes Course are also offered.

The Ice Rink at Paséa Hotel in Huntington Beach

NOVEMBER 21 – JANUARY 3: Enjoy the only ocean-front ice rink on the West Coast! Skate and chill where the sand meets the snow. $25 per person.

Pali Snow Zone – Tubing & Snow Play in Running Springs

OPENS NOVEMBER 27: Get the kids out of your hair and onto the slopes! Slide and glide down tubing lanes, warm up by the fire pit, enjoy bottomless hot chocolate, and stroll through holiday lights.

Yeti’s Snow Play – Mt. High Resort

NOW OPEN! Tis’ the season for winter cheer and there is no better place to find it than the Yeti’s Snow Play at Mountain High. Come play in the snow, slide down the tubing lanes, take a scenic sky chair ride, or meet the Yeti. Have your picture taken with Santa and the Yeti free with the purchase of any tubing or snow play activity. Now open weekends & holidays. Visit www.mthigh.com/yeti

Ice Skating Rink – City of Aliso Viejo

DECEMBER 5 and 12: Reserve your 30-minute time slot to twirl, carve, and turn on the ice. Skates will be included in the reservation, but participants are welcome to bring their own. $5.

Woolly’s Tube Park & Snow Play

OPENS December 18: Woolly’s Tube Park is all-time fun for all ages with a large snow play area and a heated deck with snack bar offering hot cocoa and adult beverages. The snow play area is packed with big fun for even the littlest ones. Start with a snowman, shred on a surf sled and top it off with a tube ride on Woolly’s Merry-Go-Round.

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El Dorado Nature Center Winter-Break Workshops – Registration Starts December 1

DECEMBER 1* and 22-31: Workshops for ages 5-8 include Batty for Bats, Winter Wonders, Wildlife Workbench, By the Light of the Moon, Tasty Tree-ets and more. *Registration begins December 1. Register early as workshops fill up fast.

Let’s Glow Winter Day Camp – YMCA of Orange County

DECEMBER 18 – JANUARY 8: A glow-themed holiday break filled with physical activities, art projects, science experiments, dance parties, and more! Variety of Orange County locations.

Winter Camp – City of Long Beach

DECEMBER 1* and 21-31: The City of Long Beach will offer programs to safely engage youth during winter break. The programs will adhere to lower staff-to-camper ratios and other enhanced safety protocols. Campers will be able to enjoy fun new games that follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. *Registration begins December 1.

Winter Break Skateboarding Camp – Skatedogs in Long Beach & Irvine

DECEMBER 21-23 and 28-31: Whether your kids (5-13) are just learning or ready to learn advanced tricks, this camp is right for them! They’ll make new friends, advance their skills, play games, and most importantly, have fun! $120-180.

Holiday 3-Day Sewing Camps – Sewing Lab in Los Alamitos

DECEMBER 21-23 and 28-30: Sewing Lab is open for in-person sewing camps this holiday season. They have 3-day camps for both Thanksgiving and Winter Break. Camps are suitable for both brand new and returning students. Sewing projects are always fun and tailored to you!

3-Day Rock Climbing Camp – Sender One in Santa Ana and Los Angeles

DECEMBER 21-23 and 28-30: Looking for something fun and health-conscious to do for your child this season? Sign up for Sender One’s 3-day rock climbing camp! Activities include rope climbing, bouldering, games, zip line, king swing, slackline, and Sender City. $219.

In-Person Winter Break STEAM Workshops in Irvine

DECEMBER 21-23 and 28-31: Are your kids turning into Zoom Zombies? Child Creativity Lab and Pretend City have the antidote! Each 90-minute class is designed to offer an engaging, tactile, and interactive STEAM learning experience. Kids tap into their creativity while learning foundational engineering concepts such as base and stability and the physics behind forces in motion. They’ll have so much fun creating, they won’t even realize that they’re learning.

Bionerds Winter Break Camps in Irvine

DECEMBER 21-23 and 28-30: Bionerds welcomes children Kindergarten-6th Grade to participate in fun, hands-on biology. Your child will learn a variety biology topics from micorganisms to humans. $168.

Holiday Cooking Classes & Events – Lil’ Chef School in Irvine

NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 30: Join Lil’ Chef School for Black Friday Mini Camp, Parents Night Out, Winter Break Camp, Yule Log Cake Workshop, Sugar Cookie Decorating Workshop, and more.

Acting Out – Winter-Break Camp 2020 – Long Beach

DECEMBER 21-24: This camp celebrates creativity through a series of drama skills workshops, ensemble building and a ton of fun. Areas of focus will include improvisation, a musical number, winter/holiday themed creative activities and so much more.

Ocean Institute 3-Day Winter Camps

DECEMBER 21-23: Three full-day camps to choose from: Neptune’s Mysteries for ages 5-7; Buccaneers Adventure for ages 8-10; and Coastal Explorers for ages 10-12. Limited availability! Sign up early.

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Santa Saves Christmas! Live Stage Show Drive-In – Ventura Fairgrounds

DECEMBER 19-20: Oh no! Santa’s sleigh has run out of gas! Help Santa and his team fill the tank with holiday cheer or Christmas will be ruined. Snowy surprises, holiday sing-a-long songs, spectacular performances and more await you in this brand-new holiday adventure live on stage. $49-219.

The Nutcracker – Live Stage Show Drive-In – Del Mar Fairgrounds

DECEMBER 19: City Ballet’s 26th annual Nutcracker returns this season to a new outdoor stage at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The Nutcracker: Short & Sweet – Irvine Barclay Theatre

DECEMBER 19-23: Festival Ballet Theatre invites you to a fun and safe way to celebrate the cherished holiday tradition of The Nutcracker. This bite-size version of the beloved ballet features many of your favorite characters portraying the full Nutcracker story on an outdoor stage adjacent to the Barclay. Enjoy this family-friendly event under an open-air audience tent. Each party will have a reserved pod that includes seating for up to five people, and will be socially distanced from other groups. $150-200.

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Holidays Lights at Dana Point Harbor

THROUGH JANUARY 3: Visit Dana Point Harbor for their annual holiday light display that will illuminate the Harbor November 11 – January 3. Themed light exhibits include Candy Cane Lane, a “Merry Kiss Me” arch, lighted trees, and more.

Holidayz at the Park – OC Great Park in Irvine

NOVEMBER 21 – JANUARY 3: ‘Tis the season for family fun and holiday cheer at the Orange County Great Park. Enjoy Holidayz at the Park, when the park will be transformed into a winterscape featuring holiday-themed events, displays, and lights.

Lighting of the Bay – Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

NOVEMBER 27 – JANUARY 1: Stroll the bay and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays. The Back Bay will glow from sunset to sunup with with over 40 electric Christmas trees. Food and drink available for family picnics on Fridays and Saturdays. Ticketed events also offered.

GIGIL STEM Boxes for Kids

GIGIL’s STEM Subscription Boxes make excellent gifts! Subscription boxes are available as a one-time purchase or pre-pay for a 3-month, 6-month or annual period. Kids ages 4-11 years old are sure to love these STEM activities!

Nightly Tree Lighting – Irvine Spectrum Center

NOVEMBER 27 – JANUARY 3: Stop by the beautifully decorated 75-foot tree in Giant Wheel Court every night to see it come to life with a choreographed light show every 30 minutes beginning at 5 p.m.

Christmas Lights at the Inn – The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside

NOVEMBER 27 – JANUARY 6: This year, the hotel will feature dazzling lights on the exterior of the hotel, interior lighting and holiday décor. Room reservations are recommended to best experience Christmas Lights at the Inn. This year, the public will not be permitted to walk down the main walkways.

Capistrano Lights – Mission San Juan Capistrano

CANCELED/CLOSED (as of 12/7/20): Join Mission San Juan Capistrano for a nightly tree lighting in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church. Enjoy the Mission in lights, make a wish, and sing along to the cheerful songs of the 30-foot Christmas tree. $5.

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Holiday Drive-In Movie Nights Under the Stars – Irvine Spectrum Center

NOVEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 27: Hang out (in your cars) for drive-in movie nights. Now featuring holiday movies to help you and your family celebrate the season safely. Admission, $60 per car. Includes a $20 Irvine Spectrum Center gift card to use toward dinner or snacks.

CHOC Walk Drive-In Movie Night at Brea Mall

DECEMBER 2: This night features a favorite movie that’s fun for all ages on a massive screen – all from the comfort and safety of your car. See The Nightmare Before Christmas at 5 p.m. and Spider-Man: Homecoming at 6:50 p.m. $50-200.

Film & Food Fest Series – City of Los Alamitos

DECEMBER 4 & 18: Twice a month, enjoy a variety of drive-up movies and food truck meet ups. The Grinch (12/4), and Elf (12/18). $10.

Movie Nights – Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

DECEMBER 18-19: Bring your beach chairs, blankets, and favorite refreshments to enjoy classic films under the stars. Seating for movies is in safely-distanced “pods” which can accommodate up to 6 viewers. Price per pod is $30. Movies start at 6:30pm. Elf (12/18) and double-feature Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty’s Winter Adventure (12/19).

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Pavilion of Holiday Trees – South Coast Plaza

NOVEMBER 14 – DECEMBER 4: Experience a one-of-a-kind exhibit at South Coast Plaza this holiday season. The Pavilion of Holiday Trees features over 35 beautifully decorated trees. The trees are available for purchase through an online auction to benefit Southern California, national and global arts organizations.

Visions in Light: Windows on the Wallis – A Free Drive-By Art Experience

NOVEMBER 19-29: Projected on the windows of The Wallis, Visions in Light is a free drive-by art exhibit featuring over 40 established and emerging artists of diverse cultures portraying work meant to inspire joy, wonder and awareness.

St. Hedwig Catholic School – Los Alamitos

Serving students from TK-8th grade, St. Hedwig School strives to develop the whole child, one who is academically competitive and who demonstrates good character grounded in Catholic values. They aim to provide an exceptional educational experience and to empower students to face the challenges of 21st century learning and make a difference in their world. Open enrollment is year-round! Call to schedule a private tour.

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Celebrate the Holidays at Bella Terra

NOVEMBER 20 – DECEMBER 24: Enjoy photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live holiday music, magical snowfall, hot cocoa and carols, strolling holiday characters, and more.

Guided Tidepool Hikes at Ocean Institute

NOVEMBER 27-29, DECEMBER 12-13 and DECEMBER 27-30: Join the Ocean Institute for a tidepool hike into the rocky Marine Conservation Area led by expert naturalists. Families can explore the area and search for snails, crabs, sea stars, and other animals that make the tidepools their home.

“The Polar Express” Interactive Holiday Experience – MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana

NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 23: Visit the MainPlace Mall to interact with the all-new Santa set inspired by the film “The Polar Express.” The experience immerses visitors in the movie’s magical realm, allowing them to take a variety of free selfies, including one in front of the famed Polar Express train itself, complete with steam and realistic sound effects.

Candy Cane Challenge – Irvine Spectrum Center

NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 24: Calling all scavenger hunt enthusiasts! Can you find all the candy canes at Irvine Spectrum Center? Grab a participation card from Guest Services, complete the quest, then get a sweet reward and be entered for a chance to win a prize!

The Los Angeles Christmas Market

NOVEMBER 27 – JANUARY 3: The Los Angeles Christmas Market is a free-to-enter, COVID-friendly, pop-up experience featuring immersive winter wonderland decor, a photo op with Santa Claus (photo packages available), and a themed holiday market. The experience is located on the corner of Fairfax and W 3rd St in Los Angeles, across from The Grove, and will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days per week.

Once Upon a Christmas with Once Upon an Island

NOVEMBER 27 – JANUARY 3: Enter the North Pole and make a wish with one of Santa’s real-talking reindeer! Become one of Santa’s helpers and make a gift for your loved ones, and don’t forget to write your letter to Santa. Once Upon an Island is offering safe, sanitized, single-family Christmas experiences by appointment only.

Holiday Happenings at Pacific City Mall in Huntington Beach

NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 24: Visit and take photos with Santa at his Airstream on the Ocean Deck, enjoy holiday movies on Thursday nights, carolers, and live performances.

Sing-a-Long with Mrs. Claus at SOCO’s Holiday Story Time

SATURDAYS, NOVEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 19: Children and families are invited to join the holiday fun by taking part in a variety of festive activities — including music, shopping, and story time with Mrs. Claus. She’ll read a seasonal children’s book near the West entrance. One lucky attendee who RSVPs in advance will be entered to win a personalized copy of that day’s featured storybook, with a note written by Mrs. Claus herself!

Kids Cooking Class Events – Lil’ Chef School in Irvine

DECEMBER 4, 6, and 13: Make a Gingerbread House as a family, decorate sugar cookies, and bake a Yule Log cake from scratch. Kids will learn how to read a recipe, measure ingredients, and work together to make a special dish!

Long Beach Trolley Waterfront Tour of Lights

DECEMBER 5-30: Board a classic cable-car trolley for a waterfront tour that will showcase the best light displays around. The tour includes the famous floating Christmas trees of Alamitos Bay, and beautiful Naples Island! $20-30.

Menorah Lighting Display – Fashion Island in Newport Beach

DECEMBER 10-18: Celebrate Hanukkah with a daily lighting of the menorah. The menorah will be located in the Atrium Garden Courtyard, near Dick’s Sporting Goods and Wahoo’s Fish Taco.

Weekend Wonderland – Ocean Institute in Dana Point

WEEKENDS, DECEMBER 12-27: Join in the Reindeer Games Lab to race reindeer and squid, learn about and make your own snow in The More You Snow Lab, build a miniature sand snowman in CA White Christmas Lab, and build your own holiday cards and chromatography ornaments in the Workshop. $15.

Sugar Plum Fairy Evening Tea Celebration – Dream Come True Party Room in Long Beach

DECEMBER 19: Join Dream Come True Tea & Party Room under the twinkling lights for an evening of Christmas magic. Set menu features warm canapés, soup, sweets, and festive teas. Also, enjoy entertainment and crafts with Sugar Plum Fairies. $34.95 per person.

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