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November 2021

Spider Pavilion Exhibition at Natural History Museum

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.

Dates:
Monday, November 1 - Sunday, December 5
Location:
Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Lightscape at the LA Arboretum

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.

Dates:
Friday, November 12, 2021 - Sunday, January 16, 2022
Location:
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 North Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007 United States

Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center

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.

Dates:
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - Sunday, January 2, 2022
Location:
Irvine Spectrum Center, 670 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine,
Cost:
$21 – $25

Holidays at the Harbor – Dana Point Harbor

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.

Dates:
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - Sunday, January 2, 2022
Location:

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

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.

Dates:
Friday, November 19, 2021 - Sunday, January 2, 2022
Location:
Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, 90620

Magic of Lights at Angel Stadium in Anaheim

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

Dates:
Friday, November 19 - Sunday, December 26
Location:
Angel Stadium, 2000 E. Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA
Cost:
$25 – $45

Winter Frolic at Kidspace Children’s Museum

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.

Dates:
Friday, November 19, 2021 - Sunday, January 9, 2022
Location:
Kidspace Children’s Museum, 480 North Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103

Holidayz at the Park – OC Great Park in Irvine

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.

Dates:
Saturday, November 20, 2021 - Sunday, January 2, 2022
Location:
Orange County Great Park, 8000 Great Park Blvd.
Irvine, 92618

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags

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.

Dates:
Saturday, November 20, 2021 - Sunday, January 2, 2022
Location:
Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy
Valencia,

Big Bear Snow Play

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!

Dates:
Sunday, November 21, 2021 - Monday, January 31, 2022
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Location:
Big Bear Snow Play, 42825 Big Bear Blvd.
Big Bear Lake,

Oceanfront Ice Rink in Huntington Beach

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.

Dates:
Sunday, November 21, 2021 - Monday, January 3, 2022
Location:
Paséa Hotel, 21080 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Cost:
$30 – $35

Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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.

Dates:
Sunday, November 21, 2021 - Sunday, January 9, 2022
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Location:
Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Dodgers Holiday Festival

NOVEMBER 26 - DECEMBER 31: The Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting a Holiday Festival in the beautiful, newly-renovated Centerfield Plaza, warning track, and bullpens complete with nightly entertainment, an ice skating rink, scenic and light displays, holiday-themed food and beverage, and an opportunity to take photos with Santa!

Dates:
Friday, November 26 - Friday, December 31
Location:
Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Avenue
Los Angeles,

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

NOVEMBER 26 - JANUARY 2, 2022: Drive on an actual NASCAR racetrack, as you enjoy Santa's Village with elves hard at work, a land filled with Christmas sweets, drive-thru ornaments, Rudolph's Enchanted garage filled with illuminated race cars, and more!

Dates:
Friday, November 26, 2021 - Sunday, January 2, 2022
Location:
Irwindale Speedway & Event Center, 500 Speedway Drive
Irwindale, CA 91706
Cost:
$59 – $75

Snow N Glow in Ventura

NOVEMBER 26 - JANUARY 2, 2022: A snow-filled, family-friendly holiday experience full of fun things to do. Go snow-tubing and stroll through an immersive light trail with a million glowing lights! Private igloo rental available.

Dates:
Friday, November 26, 2021 - Sunday, January 2, 2022
Location:
Ventura Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001

Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood

NOVEMBER 26 - JANUARY 2, 2022: Get into the spirit as you enjoy the Park adorned with holiday decorations, holiday-themed food, characters, photo opportunities, exclusive merchandise, and more!

Dates:
Friday, November 26, 2021 - Sunday, January 2, 2022
Location:
Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA United States

Hikari – A Festival of Lights at Tanaka Farms in Irvine

NOVEMBER 26 - DECEMBER 30: Go on a cozy wagon ride around the festively lit farm that will take you to the Land of a Thousand Lanterns. Walk and wander through light displays with photo ops throughout. After the wagon ride, make your down to the Gingerbread Forest for live music, barnyard animals, arts and crafts, and meet Santa!

Dates:
Friday, November 26 - Thursday, December 30
Location:
Tanaka Farms, 5380 3/4 University Drive
Irvine, 92612
Cost:
$10 – $25

The Immersive Nutcracker Walk-Through Experience in LA

NOVEMBER 26 - DECEMBER 31, 2021: A dreamlike family-friendly walk-through experience of the most beloved holiday fairytale accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. Think theatre, VR and projection combined with magic and classical music.

Dates:
Friday, November 26 - Friday, December 31
Cost:
$34 – $44

Surf City Winter Wonderland in Huntington Beach

NOVEMBER 26 - JANUARY 2, 2022: Ice skate at Surf City Winter Wonderland and enjoy an unobstructed view of the pier, sand, and sea. Experience Huntington Beach’s coastline in a merry new way this holiday season!

Dates:
Friday, November 26, 2021 - Sunday, January 2, 2022
Location:
Huntington Beach Pier Plaza, Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Cost:
$18 – $20

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

NOVEMBER 26 - JANUARY 2: Visitors can safely celebrate the holiday season and journey through a mile-long drive-thru course filled with more than a million lights, themed holiday scenery and immersive vignettes, animated light shows, snow flurries and tunnels synchronized to music, special effects, interactive characters, and more.

Dates:
Friday, November 26 - Sunday, December 26
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Location:
OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Cost:
$39.99 – $79.99

Solvang Julefest

NOVEMBER 27 - JANUARY 1, 2022: Held in one of the "Most Christmassy Towns in America" (Time Magazine), Julefest is a month of lights, celebration, and holiday cheer. Visit Santa's Village for free photos and activities, go on a free Candlelight Tour to learn about the city, join the city-wide hunt for gnomes, enjoy the Tree Lighting Ceremony (12/3), and watch the Julefest Parade (12/4).

Dates:
Saturday, November 27, 2021 - Saturday, January 1, 2022
Location:
Solvang Visitor Center, 1637 Copenhagen Drive
Solvang, CA 93463 United States
Cost:
Free

LA Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. Live

NOVEMBER 27 - JANUARY 7, 2022: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice presented by Coca-Cola brings outdoor ice skating to L.A. LIVE on Xbox Plaza right out front of STAPLES Center. Skate your way into the holiday season and enjoy the rink.

Dates:
Saturday, November 27, 2021 - Friday, January 7, 2022
Location:
LA Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States
Cost:
$20 – $25

Holiday Light Festival Train Ride in Griffith Park

NOVEMBER 26, 2021 — JANUARY 7, 2022: Enjoy an evening train ride around the festively decorated, one-mile track. Magical scenes and tens of thousands of lights will captivate you and your family, and set the mood for a wonderful holiday season.

Dates:
Monday, November 29
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Location:
Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Cost:
$5

Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Cube OC & LA

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.

Dates:
Monday, November 29
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GLOW at South Coast Botanic Garden

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.

Dates:
Monday, November 29
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Location:
South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd.
Palos Verdes Peninsula,
Cost:
$34.95

L.A. Zoo Lights at Los Angeles Zoo

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.

Dates:
Monday, November 29 @ 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

The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey in Pomona

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.

Dates:
Tuesday, November 30
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Location:
Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave.
Pomona, California 91768
Cost:
$19.95 – $24.95

Christmas Carol at the Ahmanson Theater in LA

NOVEMBER 30, 2021 – JANUARY 1, 2022 An immersive experience that is brimming with Christmas spirit. Featuring dazzling staging, moving storytelling, and 12 cherished Christmas carols, including “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” and “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” it is “so infectious you’ll leave the theatre with a heart full of joy and light” (Entertainment Weekly).  

Dates:
Tuesday, November 30
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Location:
Ahmanson Theater, 135 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California

December 2021

The Holiday GEM

NOVEMBER 26 - DECEMBER 19: Ring in the holidays at The GEM Theatre with a 'fun for the whole family' holiday revue, featuring a brand new story! Backed by live musicians, stunning costumes and a whimsical set; Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and a cast of talented performers close out our season in true holiday fashion! Performances Thursday - Sunday.

Dates:
Thursday, December 2
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Location:
GEM Theatre, 12852 Main St.
Garden Grove,

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live in Anaheim

DECEMBER 3-19, 2021: Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new stage adaptation! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season.

Dates:
Friday, December 3
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Location:
Chance Theater, 5522 E La Palma Ave.
Anaheim,

A Christmas Carol at Long Beach Playhouse

SELECTED DECEMBER DATES: Come spend time with the characters you’ve come to love – Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and of course the irascible miser himself. This production will be the Christmas party needed to set you and your loved ones on the path to holiday cheer.

Dates:
Friday, December 3
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Location:
Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E Anaheim St.
Long Beach, CA 90804

Newport Beach Holiday Lights Cruise

DECEMBER 3 - JANUARY 2, 2022: Experience Newport Harbor in full holiday décor aboard one of our decorated vessels on a 75 minute holiday lights cruise. View multi million dollar estates and vessels all decked out with thousands of lights.

Dates:
Friday, December 3, 2021 - Sunday, January 2, 2022
Location:
Newport Landing, 309 Palm St.
Newport Beach, CA 92661

Holiday Activities at 2nd & PCH

NOVEMBER 28, DECEMBER 3, 10 & 17: Shul by the Shore Grand Chanukah Extravaganza, PCH Movies & Moonlight Holiday Series and Christmas Tree Lighting.

Dates:
Friday, December 3
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Location:
2nd & PCH, 6400 E. Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, 90803
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