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December 2019

Nerf Challenge at LA Live

The world premiere of Nerf Challenge opens at LA Live for a limited time! This live attraction will bring action and competitive fun, taking place in an epic 50,000 square foot space. Please note that some activities require participants be 8 or older while other activities require participants be 14 or older.

Dates:
Saturday, December 7, 2019 - Sunday, January 5, 2020
Location:
LA Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States
Cost:
$37 – $80

Capistrano Lights at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Celebrate the holidays at Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic landmark and museum with 30 days of holiday fun from December 8 through January 6. Capistrano Lights brings together people of all faith traditions during the holiday season. The Mission grounds will be decked out in lights and the Front Courtyard features a huge 10-foot wreath, perfect for a holiday photo op. Join them for a nightly tree lighting in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church. Don’t miss out on…

Dates:
Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - Monday, January 6, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Location:
Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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.

Dates:
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - Wednesday, January 1, 2020 @ 1:00 am
Location:
OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

First Night Fullerton NYE Celebration in Fullerton.

The City of Fullerton will be celebrating the 28th anniversary of the annual “First Night Fullerton” on Tuesday, December 31, from 7 p.m. to midnight. The alcohol-free event will include four live bands, a kids' corner, food, roaming entertainment and a fireworks show at midnight.

Dates:
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - Wednesday, January 1, 2020 @ 12:00 am
Location:
Downtown Fullerton, Harbor Blvd., Pomona Ave., and Wilshire Ave.
Fullerton,
Cost:
Free

January 2020

Moonlight Forest: Lantern Art Festival at LA Arboretum

A fantasy of light transforms the Arboretum into an evening wonderland. Magnificent lantern art depicting exotic animals, shimmering flowers, whimsical pandas, soaring dragons and other themes create the mesmerizing experience of Moonlight Forest.

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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Location:
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 North Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007 United States
Cost:
$23 – $28

Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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.

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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Location:
Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags

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.

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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Location:
Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy
Valencia,
Cost:
$68

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

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.

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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Location:
Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, 90620
Cost:
$53

27th Annual Festival of Lights in Riverside

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa features more than five million brilliant lights, 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. 

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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Location:
The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, 3649 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside,
Cost:
Free

Winter Fest OC 2019 in Costa Mesa

Ice tubing, massive snow play and slide area, outdoor ice rink, nightly Christmas tree lighting celebration with a parade, fireworks and snow flurries, a not-to-be-missed experience with Santa and his reindeer flying over the fairgrounds, plus a new light maze and wintery attractions, over 20 carnival rides, festive entertainment, seasonal eateries, visits with Santa and so much more.

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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Location:
OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Pershing Square Holiday Ice Skating Rink

Glide into the holidays at Pershing Square! The Bai Holiday Ice Rink offers the quintessential winter activity in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Surrounded by art, lively activity and the impressive city skyline, the outdoor ice rink lets you enjoy entertainment and ice skating in Los Angeles under the sun and stars. Open daily starting November 14, 2019, until January 20, 2020, you won’t want to miss this magical winter wonderland that promises to delight all ages. Take a…

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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Location:
Pershing Square, 532 South Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA

LA Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. Live

Ice Rink will be open November 30 - January 12: LA Kings Holiday Ice Rink is only here for a limited time, so don't miss out on this fun family activity!

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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Location:
LA Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States

Chinese Lantern Festival at Pomona Fairplex

The Hanart Culture’s Chinese Lantern Festival is a premier event of colorful and lively interactive entertainment immersing guests with the culture, music, arts and life of authentic China. Experience the festival at the Pomona Fairplex with stunning lanterns inspired by nature. Bring the family - children under 4 are free!

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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Location:
Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave.
Pomona, California 91768
Cost:
$15.50 – $27

Glendale Holiday on Ice

Glendale's first-ever outdoor ice rink. Get into the holiday spirit and come skate around with your friends and family to some fun holiday music. General admission: $12; skate rental, $5; skate aid rental, $8.

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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Location:
Glendale City Hall, 122 N. Isabel St.
Glendale, CA

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration in San Diego

From sea lions to Santa Claus, there is something for everyone at SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration. Enjoy an all-new ice skating spectacular, Cirque Christmas acrobats, Seasame Street Village and Tunnel of Lights. Returning holiday favorites include Rudolph's Christmastown, the iconic 320-foot Skytower Tree of Lights and the park’s 40-foot, animated Happiest Christmas Tree.

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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Location:
SeaWorld, 500 Sea World Drive
San Diego, CA 92109 United States

Queen Mary Christmas in Long Beach

November 29 - January 1, embrace the holiday spirit at Queen Mary Christmas. Enjoy the outdoor North Pole Village with ice skating, then jump aboard the QM Express Train or the Grand Carousel. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus stroll the decks surrounded by dazzling decor, musical performances, sweet treats, and more family activities.

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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Location:
The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, 90802

SkyPark Santa’s Village

Join Skypark for a Nostalgic Christmas in the Woods inside Santa’s Village! Enjoy visits with Santa and Northwoods characters, ice skating, tree lightings, storytelling, crafts, holiday treats and more.

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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Location:
Skypark at Santa’s Villiage, 28950 California 18
Skyforest, CA 92385 United States

Wild Holidays at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

On Wild Holidays weekends and other select days, the Safari Park will be open until 8 p.m. Guests will be treated to a dazzling winter wonderland of seasonal entertainment and special activities from 4 to 8 p.m. on those dates, including live music, animal experiences and a festive atmosphere.

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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Location:
San Diego Zoo Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido,

Disney on Ice: Mickey’s Search Party in Ontario

Join Mickey Mouse and his friends at Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party, a brand-new adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics, and unexpected stunts!

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - Sunday, January 5, 2020
Location:
Toyota Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Pkwy.
Ontario, 91764

True North Ice Rink at the Queen Mary

November 29 - January 1, on select dates, Ice skaters of all ages can hit the outdoor, 6,000-squarefoot rink. Be sure to explore the many other seasonal activities going on nearby, including stocking and gingerbread house decorating (additional fees apply). Or, upgrade to the Queen Mary Christmas holiday adventure, which offers a package of festivities and fun for the entire family.

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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Location:
The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, 90802
Cost:
$15

Ice Presented by Plaza at Santa Monica

Every holiday season Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice to the beachside community, transforming the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue into the winter wonderland known as Ice at Santa Monica, an 8,000-square-foot ice-skating rink. Plus, enjoy free musical performances every Sunday.

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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Location:
Downtown Santa Monica, 1324 5th St.
Santa Monica, 90401
Cost:
$15

Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena

The 131st Rose Parade features floral floats, spirited marching bands and high-stepping equestrian units along the 5.5-mile route down Colorado Boulevard. Experience the magic of New Year’s Day in an unrivaled celebration.

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Outdoor Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center

November 1 - January 5: Skate under the stars (and sun!) at the festive Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center. Skate rental is available or bring your own. Season passes also offered.

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
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Location:
Irvine Spectrum, 670 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine,
Cost:
$18 – $22

L.A. Zoo Lights at Los Angeles Zoo

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.

Dates:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Location:
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Cost:
$12 – $22

Lil’ Chefs’ Winter Baking and Savory Cooking Camp

Join Lil’ Chefs for a four-day camp -or attend for just a day- where participants (ages 5+) will bake up some fun, holiday dishes! They’ll learn proper baking techniques, knife skills, how to follow a recipe, and work as a team to complete each dish. Lil’ Chefs will get to enjoy what they make in class.

Dates:
Thursday, January 2, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Location:
Lil’ Chef School, 15435 Jeffrey Road, #132
Irvine, 92618
Cost:
$89 – $280

Creation Station at Rancho Los Cerritos

Get creative with history! Using a wide variety of colorful materials, children can experiment with natural materials to create seasonal arts and crafts. January’s theme, Winter Wonders, celebrates the season. 

Dates:
Saturday, January 4, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location:
Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach, CA 90807
Cost:
Free

Star Party at Griffith Observatory

Look through a large variety of professional and home-built telescopes to view the sun, planets, the moon and deep sky objects like double-stars, star clusters, and nebulae.

Dates:
Saturday, January 4, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Location:
Griffith Observatory, 2800 E. Observatory Road
Los Angeles, 90027
Cost:
Free

Las Posadas 2020 in Norwalk

A traditional cultural celebration featuring a candlelight procession, caroling of holiday songs, performances by mariachis and ballet folkloricos, and more.

Dates:
Saturday, January 4, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:
Norwalk Civic Center Lawn, 12700 Norwalk Blvd.
Norwalk,
Cost:
Free

Fire and Law Tribute Days at Knotts Berry Farm

Active, full-time fire and law enforcement personnel, including EMTs, may receive complimentary admission for themselves and 1 guest (maximum of 2 complimentary admissions will be issued) during Knott's fire and law enforcement appreciation days.

Dates:
Monday, January 6, 2020 - Friday, January 24, 2020
Location:
Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, 90620

64th Annual Los Angeles Boat Show

Cruising into Los Angeles, this event showcases hundreds of vessels from entry-level family cruisers to million dollar yachts, plus the latest in boating, outdoors, and marine accessories. Features a kids zone, educational seminars from industry experts, on-the-water boating workshops and maritime fun for all-ages.

Dates:
Thursday, January 9, 2020 - Sunday, January 12, 2020
Location:
Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave.
Pomona, California 91768
Cost:
$15
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