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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 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 & 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 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 30 - JANUARY 2, 2022: Dream Big features favorite Disney friends such as Mickey, Minnie, Miguel, Moana, Elsa, Belle, Genie, and more highlighting all the magic and adventure of Disney’s tales through world-class figure skating.
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).
DECEMBER 31: Spend NYE at your favorite theme park. Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Legoland and Universal Studios are all offering special celebrations with fireworks, music and special family entertainment.
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 31 & JANUARY 1: Start a family tradition by ice skating outdoors at rinks in Huntington Beach (with an ocean view!), Irvine, LA, Temecula and more on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
DECEMBER 31 & JANUARY 1: Start off 2022 with a strike! Special family packages are offered for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day! Package includes two hours of unlimited bowling, plus their signature menu with pizza, chicken tenders, fries, salad, chips and cookies.
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.
DECEMBER 31, 2021: The skies on the Downtown Long Beach Waterfront will light up around midnight on December 31 to ring in the new year. The display is free.
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 29, DECEMBER 1 & 31, JANUARY 1: Enjoy Hanukkah Story Time, Story Time with Santa, Noon Year's Eve Party and a Rose Parade Viewing Party.
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 4, 11, 21, and 31, 2021: Join the Children's Museum at La Habra for fun, holiday festivities! Photos with Santa at La Habra Tamale Festival (12/4), Santa's Elves Workshop (12/11), Stories & Cookies with Mrs. Claus (12/21), and New Years at Noon (12/31).
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.
NOVEMBER 26–28; DECEMBER 4, 5, 11, 12, 18–23 AND 26–31; JANUARY 1–2: See the Safari Park in a whole new light! Take a holiday expedition of light and travel through places that glow and twinkle with holiday cheer. Holiday tunes set the mood, and seasonal food treats tempt you throughout your journey.
NOW - FEBRUARY 22, 2022: City of Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine's Mobile Recess Program conducts supervised physical fitness, and arts and crafts activities for ages 5-14 along designated streets blocked off for safety.
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