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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.
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.
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.
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 - 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NOVEMBER 26 - JANUARY 6: : The Festival of Lights is one of the nation's largest holiday light collections, voted "Best Public Lights Display" by USA Today.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
NOVEMBER 26 - JANUARY 1, 2022: Stroll the bay and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays. The serene, waveless bay will transform each evening into a vibrant winter wonderland featuring more than fifty lighted Christmas trees and holiday decorations.
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).
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.
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.
DECEMBER 4 - JANUARY 2, 2022: Go tubing down a giant snow hill made with real snow, sip on hot cocoa, and stroll through a million festive lights. Igloo private party rentals, s'mores kits, food and drink available for purchase.
SELECT DAYS, DECEMBER 8-31, 2021: Join in on festive events and themed activities at Pretend City Children's Museum
DECEMBER 9 - JANUARY 2, 2022: Sharpen your skates, practice your double axel, and we’ll see you on the ice! Temecula On Ice returns with a state-of-the-art ice rink, rental skates, Bobby skating aid and its own radio station playing the best ice skating music.
NOW - JANUARY 2, 2022: 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.
DECEMBER 8 - JANUARY 2, 2022: Test your skills at a world-class outdoor ice-skating rink and enjoy live entertainment, shopping, cuisine from local food trucks, ride a festive train, read a story with Mrs. Claus, or even catch a glimpse of Santa!
NOW - JANUARY 2, 2022: This twinkling event is back! Drive through an enchanting 1.5 mile display of a million LED lights, holograms and lasers–all put together and set up by Santa’s little helpers.
DECEMBER 20-23 and 27-30: Your child will be baking, crafting, singing, learning, dancing and playing during these JCamp days... Choose just a few days, or all of them!
DECEMBER 20-23 and DECEMBER 27-30: Looking for something fun and health-conscious to do for your child this season? Sign up for Sender One's 4-day rock climbing camp! Activities include rope climbing, bouldering, games, zip line, king swing, slackline, and Sender City.
DECEMBER 27-30: Kids make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun at Skatedogs’ wiinter-break skateboarding camp!
DECEMBER 20-23 & 27-30: Lil’ Chefs will bake up some fun holiday dishes while learning proper baking techniques as well as knife skills, how to follow a recipe, and working as a team to complete each dish. Lil’ Chefs will get to enjoy what they make in class. If you can’t join us for the full camp, come on the days you can.
DECEMBER 3-31, 2021: Enjoy the signs of an immersive walking trail to see larger than life holiday displays, thousands of lights, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Elves, countless candy canes and all of your favorite holiday cheer! Open NYE!
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.
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).
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.
SELECT DATES, NOVEMBER 27 - JANUARY 9, 2022: The show features over 100 handcrafted marionettes, including all the characters from the beloved story: Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the Sugarplum Fairy, the Mouse King, and many more.
DECEMBER 29 - JANUARY 2, 2022: A unique indoor experience for the whole family including more than 100 life-like dinosaurs, dinosaur themed rides and attractions, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities, a “Triceratots” soft play area for the littlest explorers, photo opportunities, and more.
DECEMBER 20-22 & 28-30: At Winter Camp, they activate the fun every single day! Energizing games, exciting gymnastics, cool arts and crafts, and more. A variety of themes and programs make it an engaging experience each week.
DECEMBER 1-31, 2021: Experience the magic of the holidays in the underwater world at Birch Aquarium during this month-long holiday celebration featuring SEAsonal decor, music, and activities for the whole family.
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.
DECEMBER 4-30: Enjoy performances by Dickens-era Carolers and Selfies with Santa. Visit the Serra Chapel open after hours, California’s most historic chapel. Enjoy the Mission in lights, community Christmas trees around the grounds, extended holiday shopping hours in the Mission Store and more. Kids craft vendor and sweet treat vendor will be available on select days as well as surprise performances.
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.
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!
DECEMBER 20-24 & 27-30, 2021: Two fun weeks of arts, reading, writing, science, slime, homemade snow, games, songs, challenges, and more! Lear about arctic animals and holiday traditions of Mexico, Peru, and Argentina. Each component of the winter camp will enhance your child's experience of the Spanish language and culture.
NOVEMBER 20, 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.
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.
WINTER-BREAK: The YMCA of OC is offering a variety of activities for your child to participate in during their winter school break. Activities: Esports Camp, Arctic Adventure Winter Day Camp, and Various Sports and Specialty camps (including Art, Basketball, Science, and much more). Each camp offers small teacher to child ratios, fun activities, and time with friends!
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