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THROUGH NOVEMBER 30: Come experience SOAR – Monarch Migration and discover the journey of the mighty monarch butterfly family. SOAR guides will help you become a butterfly detective, while their host and nectar garden will be planted with everything our western monarchs love.
SEPTEMBER 26 - DECEMBER 5: This one-of-a-kind seasonal pavilion gives you a rare glimpse into the secret life of spiders. Stroll through the open air pavilion to see hundreds of orb weavers and their amazing webs all around you. Then enter the spider den to peer into enclosed habitats that house different species.
NOVEMBER 12 - JANUARY 16: Wander through the magnificent Winter Cathedral and experience the breathtaking Fire Garden and more. Lightscape transforms the Arboretum into a night of wonder and light for an unforgettable holiday event for family and friends.
NOVEMBER 5-15: A must-see, show-stopping spectacular certain to spark the imagination and indulge the senses! More sparkle! More sequins! Bigger and better than ever! Run away with the circus, for two unforgettable hours of nonstop action, thrills, excitement and adventure…. only at Circus Vargas, where memories are made and cherished for a lifetime!
OCTOBER 8 - DECEMBER 31: The seasonal Christmas Boutique at Roger's Gardens is now open. Discover new treasures of festive decór, whimsical ornaments, and gifts for all ages.
NOVEMBER 5 - JANUARY 2: An outdoor immersive experience featuring scenic displays, a Christmas village with shopping and dining options, an ice-skating rink, and a heart-warming walk-through journey that explores Christmas cheer from an elf’s perspective and culminates in a magical trolley ride.
SELECT DATES, NOW - JUNE 2022: Tour the farm at your own pace and experience radish planting, chick education, oxen demonstrations and our variety of plants and livestock on display.
NOW - JANUARY 2, 2022: The most wonderful time of the year is even better at Irvine Spectrum Center. Enjoy open-air, holiday fun and visit the Ice Rink now open.
NOVEMBER 17 - JANUARY 2, 2022: Each night throughout the holiday season, the Harbor’s magnificent light display will illuminate the evening sky for guests of all ages to enjoy. Plus, see the Boat Parade of Lights (Dec 10-12), go on Boat Rides with Santa (Dec 4-5), and celebrate Hanukkah with a Menorah Lighting.
NOW - JANUARY 2, 2022: Meet Santa, visit Santa's Workshop & Post Office, decorate cookies, see characters of the Northwoods, live entertainment, wander through the immersive Fantasy Forest of Lights, and go ice skating!
NOVEMBER 17 - JANUARY 2: Drive along a one mile journey to see 350+ North Pole theme installations, millions of animated lights, synchronized musical experience, and more.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2021: Join the Downtown Manhattan Beach festivities and pier lighting by strolling down the pier and stopping by the Roundhouse Aquarium. Get free hot chocolate and desserts and a guest appearance from Mr. Monopoly.
THURSDAYS, OCTOBER 7 - DECEMBER 16: Join a guided after-hours walk to see all the nocturnal creatures that call the Nature Center home. Pre-registration required and fills up fast!
NOVEMBER 19 - JANUARY 2, 2022: Experience Knott’s largest Christmas celebration with winter wonderland-inspired décor transforming the entire park into a classic holiday festival, featuring a landscape of thousands of twinkling lights, miles of themed garland, jumbo snowflakes, and a variety of picturesque seasonal settings.
NOVEMBER 19-29: Run away with the circus, for two unforgettable hours of nonstop action, thrills, excitement and adventure…. only at Circus Vargas, where memories are made and cherished for a lifetime!
NOVEMBER 19 - DECEMBER 26: The Angel Stadium parking lot is transformed into a vibrant drive-through, holiday lights experience featuring favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season using the latest LED technology and digital animations
NOVEMBER 19 - JANUARY 9: Kidspace transforms into a land wonder and delight at its first annual Winter Frolic. Enjoy the no-ice Sock Skating Rink, "ice fishing" in the stream, building winter sculptures using special "ice blocks", and decorate a snowflake.
NOVEMBER 19 – JANUARY 9: L.A. Zoo Lights returns for the 2021-22 season and is back with more glowing animals and an unforgettable nighttime journey that includes the world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook, a magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color.
SATURDAYS, OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 27: Every Saturday, the Academy Museum screens films for families of all ages. All films in this series are rated G or PG, unless otherwise noted.
SATURDAYS, THROUGH DECEMBER 18: Hocus Pocus (10/23), Coco (10/30), Cruella (11/6), Edward Scissorhands (11/13), The Grinch (11/20), Elf (12/11), and The Polar Express (12/18).
SATURDAYS, NOVEMBER 20, 2021 SATURDAYS, DECEMBER 4, 11, and DECEMBER 20 – JANUARY 1 Public skate sessions are back at East West Ice Palace on select days. Visit their website for the public skate schedule December public schedule: Sat 12/4 6:45pm – 9:15pm Sat 12/11 6:45pm – 9:15pm Mon 12/20 – Sat 1/1 (3 sessions): 2pm – 4:30pm, 5pm – 7:30pm, 8pm – 10:30pm Please visit their website to confirm skate times. General admission: $14 Child (age 10 and under): $13…
NOVEMBER 20 - JANUARY 2, 2022: Check out hundreds of creative gingerbread entries and all new holiday fun! Walk through the gingerbread village, meet and snap a photo with Santa (weekends), decorate a holiday cookie at the cookie decorating station, build with LEGO blocks, and so much more.
NOVEMBER 20 - JANUARY 17, 2022: South Coast Botanic Garden is proud to present GLOW (Garden Lights & Ocean Waters), a visually stunning light display that will transform their lush botanic oasis into an oceanic experience.
NOVEMBER 20 - JANUARY 2, 2022: ‘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.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20-21, 2021: Build family memories and express your creativity! Enjoy live interactive stage shows, life-size models, building activities, meet LEGO masters, and more.
SELECTED DATES IN NOVEMBER: Veterans Day Mini Camp, Thanksgiving Baking Camp, Black Friday Mini Camp, Saturday Adult & Me Classes, Parents Night Out & more.
WEEKENDS & HOLIDAYS, THANKSGIVING THROUGH MARCH: Make it a “Snow Day” at the Yeti’s Snow Play. Slide down the tubing lanes, take a scenic sky chair ride, or meet the Yeti and his friends. It’s all at Mountain High, Southern California’s closest winter resort, located just an hour and a half away in Wrightwood.
SELECT DATES, NOV 20 - DEC 26, 2021: Enjoy a holiday movie, Victorian home tours, piano sing-alongs, food trucks, holiday treats, shopping, twinkling light tunnel and more. 8-Bit Christmas (11/20), Elf (12/4), Santa Clause (12/11), Home Alone 2 (12/18), It's a Wonderful Life (12/19), A Christmas Story (12/20), Home Alone (12/21), Grinch (12/22), Elf (12/23), When Harry Met Sally (12/26).
SELECT DATES, NOVEMBER 20 - JANUARY 2, 2022: 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.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2021: Join the Seal Beach Turkey Trot! There will be a a 5K, 10K, Fitness Challenge and kids "Don't Be a Turkey" Trot. Through this event, the goal is to donate over 300-holiday meals for families in need in the community with Grateful Hearts and to help raise funds for our local schools through Project SEEK.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20: Free youth fishing derby at El Dorado Regional Park in Long Beach. Registration starts at 8am, derby at 9am. Free tackle for kids 15 and under. Prizes and raffle at 1pm.
WEEKENDS, NOVEMBER 20 - DECEMBER 19 & BLACK FRIDAY: Shop handcrafted art by 150 artists and makers in an enchanting winter wonderland with thousands of lights and decorations, falling snow, three stages of live music, community performances, carolers, puppeteers, festival holiday classes, and daily visits with Santa Claus.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2021: See the tallest tree in OC lit up, enjoy live performances, actual reindeer, magical snowfall, hot chocolate caravan, interactive photo ops, and a kids scavenger hunt.
NOVEMBER 21 - EASTER: Big Bear Snow Play sports the longest runs in Southern California, serviced by a Magic Carpet uphill lift that eliminates the tiring uphill struggle through snow. Lift-assisted inner tubing lets parents and children conserve their energy for the thrilling downhill twists and turns and not on walking uphill!
NOVEMBER 25 - JANUARY 2, 2022: Enjoy a secluded skating experience complete with holiday drinks and bites, theme nights, luxury firepit experiences, performances, and more. Skate and chill where the sand meets the snow.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2021: Bring the family to enjoy a run on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Everyone receives a medal, T-shirt and refreshments.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2021: An amazing collection of handmade gifts, clothing, crafts, baked goods, unique Christmas decorations, sweets, treats, Swedish themed artwork, paintings, food, festivities and Glogg.
NOVEMBER 21-23, 2021: Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto Nights at GLOW will feature a special pop-up experience to introduce you to Casa Madrigal. Enjoy hands-on activities and a picture-perfect installation inspired by Disney’s upcoming movie, Encanto.
NOVEMBER 21 – JANUARY 9, 2022: Enchanted is an interactive, nighttime experience, featuring a one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens.
NOVEMBER 22-24: 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.
NOVEMBER 22, 23, and 24: Kids, ages 6- 12, get to know more about the cheetahs that call Wild Wonders home, plus campers will help care for a selection of the 100+ other exotic animals that are onsite.
SELECTED DATES NOVEMBER 24 & DECEMBER 31: Relive the magic of the classic story as passengers are whisked away for a magical one-hour trip to meet Santa. Each guest will take home a keepsake sleigh bell.
SELECT DATES IN NOVEMBER & DECEMBER: America’s Teaching Zoo shines bright this holiday season during the first ever holiday light event. WILD LIGHTS & DISCO NIGHTS will inspire a groovy energy as guests walk through a sparkling disco ball forest.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2021: Run/walk a 5k or 10k before you feast and help fundraise for The Midnight Mission. There’s also an adorable Widdle Wobble for the little trotters (ages 12 and under). Everyone is welcome!
NOVEMBER 25: Burn off those pre-Thanksgiving meal calories by running or walking a 5K, 10K, Combo 15K, or Kids 1-Mile Gobble Wobble in the beautiful Dana Point Harbor.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2021: Run up your appetite in Irvine! Join Turkey Trotters at Orange County's Best Turkey Trot at Irvine Valley College. One-mile Turkey Dash, Kid's Gobble Wobble and 5K.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2021: Start your Thanksgiving at the beach! This 5K/10K Turkey Trot features a flat ocean-front course and a 1K walk for kids 12 and under.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2021: Join this Thanksgiving day race for a good cause! Includes a Kids' Half-Mile Wingding Fun Run and adults 5K/10K.
NOVEMBER 25: Race or walk around the stadium grounds and Brookside Golf Course in the scenic Arroyo Seco. Event is all ages. Awards for top male, female, and dog finishers.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2021: Drumstick Dash LA is LA’s Largest Thanksgiving 5k/10k run, plus there's a Lil' Gobblers race for families and children. Fun for all the family and serious runners alike–including lots of freebies, a costume contest, awards and the satisfaction of supporting a worthy cause.
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