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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

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:
Thursday, January 2
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Location:
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 North Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007 United States
Cost:
$23 – $28

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:
Thursday, January 2
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Location:
Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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:
Thursday, January 2
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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:
Thursday, January 2
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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:
Thursday, January 2
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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:
Thursday, January 2
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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:
Thursday, January 2
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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:
Thursday, January 2
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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:
Thursday, January 2
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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:
Thursday, January 2
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Location:
SeaWorld, 500 Sea World Drive
San Diego, CA 92109 United States

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:
Thursday, January 2
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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:
Thursday, January 2
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Location:
San Diego Zoo Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido,

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:
Thursday, January 2
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Location:
Downtown Santa Monica, 1324 5th St.
Santa Monica, 90401
Cost:
$15

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

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:
Thursday, January 2 @ 3:00 pm
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Location:
Irvine Spectrum, 670 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine,
Cost:
$18 – $22

Astronomy Night in Seal Beach

All ages are invited to experience close-up views of the 5-day crescent moon and enjoy the craters, mountains and "seas" on the surface, sparkling stars, and the first glimpes of Jupiter in 2020!

Dates:
Saturday, January 4 @ 7:00 pm
Location:
Bogart’s Coffee House, 905 Ocean Ave.
Seal Beach,
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 - Friday, January 24
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 - Sunday, January 12
Location:
Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave.
Pomona, California 91768
Cost:
$15

Disney’s Tarzan the Musical in Huntington Beach

Based on Disney's epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes, Disney's Tarzan the Musical also features heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins. This production of Tarzan, presented by Orange County Children's Theatre, is perfect for all ages!

Dates:
Friday, January 10
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Location:
Huntington Beach High School Historic Theater, 1905 Main St.
Huntington Beach, 92648
Cost:
$15 – $20

Jurassic Quest with Ancient Oceans at Del Mar Fairgrounds

January 10-12: Perfect for kids who love dinosaurs! Run around and play with walking dinosaurs, meet baby dinos, enjoy fossil digs, dinosaur rides, science stations, crafts, face painting, bounce houses, and more. Experience the thrill of being submersed among some of the most enormous and vicious ancient sea creatures to ever lurk our ocean’s depths in their all-new exhibit, Ancient Oceans.

Dates:
Friday, January 10 - Sunday, January 12
Location:
Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, 92014
Cost:
$24 – $36

January at Pretend City – 2020 is Here

Join Pretend City for a month of new cultural celebrations, educational programming, and engaging art activities. January brings celebrations like The Festival of Sleep, Lohri - a Hindu Celebration, Winnie the Pooh Day, and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Join in on the fun as they usher in a new decade and set the tone for a spectacular new year!

Dates:
Friday, January 10
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Location:
Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
Cost:
Free – $14

Family Overnight at Aquarium of the Pacific

Grab your sleeping bags and coziest pajamas for an overnight adventure. Explore exhibits with your family and friends. Touch marine animals like sharks, sea stars, and sea jellies and discover amazing animal adaptations.

Dates:
Friday, January 10
Location:
Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802 United States
Cost:
$90

Pageant of the Masters Open Casting Call for All Ages

January 10-12: Do you enjoy art, theater and music? Have you ever thought about posing on a stage? Do you enjoy being in the spotlight? And can you stand still for 90 seconds? Perfect! You could be a volunteer cast-member in the 2020 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach.

Dates:
Friday, January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Location:
Irvine Bowl Park, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, 92651

Guided Tidepool Hikes at Ocean Institute

Join the Ocean Institute for a tidepool hike led by one of their expert naturalists! The hike will take you into the rocky Marine Conservation Area located directly behind the Ocean Institute. Families can explore the area and search for snails, crabs, sea stars, and other animals that make the tidepools their home.  

Dates:
Saturday, January 11
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Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA
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