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OCTOBER 1 - NOVEMBER 30: This season, South Coast Botanic Garden on the Palos Verdes Peninsula has something for everyone and every scare level with All Things Wicked & Wonderful.
NOVEMBER 4 - JANUARY 8: Holiday magic starts at Irvine Spectrum Center with the return of the Ice Rink sponsored by the Anaheim Ducks. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
NOVEMBER 4 - JANUARY 8: From acres of lavender, to century-old olive grove and towering oaks, the farm turns into a festive event with over one million lights. Enjoy food and drink, horse-drawn carriage tours, s'mores pits, and Santa.
NOVEMBER 5 - JANUARY 24: This new exhibition from artist Sean Kenney features more than 40 sculptures made from LEGO® pieces. The sculptures, sprinkled throughout the garden’s 87 acres, explore the beauty of nature through contemporary, stylized and colorful displays that stand in striking contrast with their surroundings.
NOVEMBER 11 - JANUARY 8: Wander through dazzling displays of color, light and sound that include the spectacular Winter Cathedral.
Through April: Big Bear Snow Play has the longest tubing runs in Southern California! Open daily, 10 am to 4 pm. Night tubing is available Fridays, Saturdays and holiday periods from 5 pm to 9pm.
SELECT DATES, NOVEMBER 17 - JANUARY 8: 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! Enjoy Santa's Village, along with Breakfast with Santa, Tea with Mrs. Claus, Ice Skating at Silver Bells Arena, photo ops, Northwoods Express Train Ride, entertainment, Santa's Workshop and Mailbox, and lots more!
NOVEMBER 18 - JANUARY 8: Enjoy the musical Christmas show Home for the Holidays, Christmas Crafts Village, magical Snow and Glow experience, Santa's Christmas Cabin, nightly Christmas tree lighting, and light show throughout Camp Snoopy.
NOVEMBER 18 - DECEMBER 18: An immersive walk-thru experience that lets you get up close to over 100 life-like and life-size dinosaurs ranging from babies to some standing over 40 feet tall and spanning over 70 feet long.
NOVEMBER 18 - DECEMBER 24: A fully personalized Santa Experience that promises Santa will know all about your children the moment they enter the room. Travel through magical portals on a private elf-guided tour of the North Pole. Talk to Santa's reindeer, visit the Elf Workshop, and meet the one-and-only Santa.
NOVEMBER 26 - JANUARY 2, 2022: Go skating to the sounds of crashing waves located at the base of the historic Huntington Beach Pier.
NOVEMBER 18 - JANUARY 8: Kidspace transforms into a land of wonder and delight. Grab your favorite socks and head out to their Sock Skating Rink, go ice fishing, toss super-soft snowballs, build a sculpture with ice blocks, dress up a life-size No-Melt Snowman, and strike a snowy pose.
NOVEMBER 19 - JANUARY 8: Your favorite holiday characters Santa, the Toy Soldier and Gingerbread Man are back and ready for socially distanced meet-and-greets. Head over to Fun Town where there’s a 30-foot, fully decorated LEGO® Christmas tree with over 400 LEGO ornaments.
NOVEMBER 19 - JANUARY 1: ‘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.
NOVEMBER 20 - DECEMBER 28: Passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a magical one-hour trip to meet Santa.
NOVEMBER 20 - JANUARY 8: Enchanted Forest of Light is an interactive, one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences throughout the gardens.
NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 30: The musical is told with life-size puppetry and features all of your favorite Winnie the Pooh songs in a brand new adventure.
OPEN 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 with no mountain driving.
NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 30: 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 25 - 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 25 - 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 25 - DECEMBER 24: Admission includes farm animals, holiday photo ops, tractor-drawn wagon rides, slides, pick-your-own fields (pickings additional fee), letters for Santa, animal shows (weekends only), reindeer (Dec 10-11 & 17-18), and visits with Santa (weekends through Dec 18).
NOVEMBER 25 - JANUARY 1: 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 25 - JANUARY 1: The park is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of colorful lights, live entertainment, sleigh rides, and visits with Santa.
NOVEMBER 26 - JANUARY 6: Julefest returns for a month-long holiday celebration for the village of Solvang. Julefest events includes nightly light and music show, photos with Santa, tree lighting ceremony, carolers, bands and chorus, candlelight tours, artisanal night marketplace, and more.
NOVEMBER 26 - JANUARY 8: The LA Kings Holiday Ice, the city’s largest and most popular outdoor ice rink, is returning to L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles just in time for the holiday season.
NOVEMBER 26 - DECEMBER 18: The Snow Queen and Princess will be performing and making it snow on the Green with their friends every Friday and Saturday. Special guest appearances include Grinch & Cindy Loo Hoo, Jack Skellington & Sally, Buddy the Elf & Jovie, Spiderman, and Black Panther.
NOVEMBER 25, 2022 — JANUARY 6, 2023: Enjoy an evening train ride around the festively decorated, one-mile track in Griffith Park. The one-mile track at Griffith Park & Southern Railroad is transformed into a magical train ride of delightful and festive scenes with thousands of lights.
NOVEMBER 11-28: Don’t miss the final location of Circus Vargas’ 2022 production, The Circus Vargas Express, in Lakewood at Lakewood Center. The Circus Vargas Express delivers the ultimate entertainment experience! An amazing adventure guaranteed to thrill and enchant you with moment after fun-filled moment of world-class performers, aerialists, acrobats and comedic characters … all under the big top!!
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28: Kick-off the holidays with this festive, family-friendly celebration that pays tribute to the Nixons’ gingerbread themed traditions at the White House complete with a Christmas tree lighting, photos with a life-size gingerbread man, a Christmas Concert, and Santa Claus!
NOVEMBER 19 - JANUARY 1, 2023: Check out hundreds of creative gingerbread entries and all new holiday fun! Walk through the gingerbread village, meet and snap a photo with Santa, decorate a holiday cookie, participate in winter workshops, and more. Science of Gingerbread is happening at both Discovery Cube OC and LA.
DAILY, THROUGH 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.
SEPTEMBER 24 - JANUARY 16: Children help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges, from a simple sorting and shape identification activity to more complex engineering obstacles.
DAILY, NOVEMBER 23 - January 1: An enchanting holiday activity, ice skating in downtown LA guarantees to delight everyone, from first-time gliders to experienced skaters. Come visit for merrymaking, outdoor fun and guaranteed smiles.
NOVEMBER 26 - DECEMBER 24: Join all your favorite Dickens characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchits, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come, and of course, everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge.
NOVEMBER 29 - JANUARY 1: This yuletide adventure combines audience participation, heart-pounding action and the spirit of the season; along with a hearty 3-course Feast.
NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 30: Stroll through the Christmas Holiday Marketplace, journey through the Illumination Trail, visit oversized presents and toys in Toyland, explore the Electric Forest, take a photo in the sleigh at Santa's Reindeer Grove, and meet Santa himself.
NOVEMBER 18 – JANUARY 22, 2023: Explore an immersive landscape filled with spectacular lantern sculptures of animals among blooming flowers, towering trees, and more for, a wildlife-centered experience that’s as inspiring as it is breathtaking.
DECEMBER 1-31: Walk around to see massive light displays including the 11-story Christmas tree, towering ornaments, stroll through reindeer stables, and meet Santa.
EVERY FIRST THURSDAY: The first Thursday of every month is Free Day. Admission is free of charge with advance reservation.
DECEMBER 1-4: Following the idea of the original, it’s Christmas Eve and the Johnsons are having a grand party. The Christmas gifts are shared and young Kara receives a Nutcracker filled with hot chocolate her favorite. She falls asleep and the journey begins when the Nutcracker comes alive!
DECEMBER 1-22: A fun family-friendly experience for all, each night of the Casa Lumina Holiday Walk will include an illuminated walk through Casa Romantica, live entertainment from local artists, crafts including Letters to Santa, and a hot cocoa bar.
SELECT DATES, NOVEMBER 25 - JANUARY 1: Winter Fest OC transforms the OC Fair and Event Center into a winter wonderland with oversized holiday decor, more than a million lights, and endless opportunities for memory-making. Activities include North Pole Journey, ice skating under the stars, 150-foot-long ice tubing slide, snowboard simulator, carnival thrills, food and drinks, holiday market, photo ops., and so much more!
SELECT DATES IN NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 30: This year they are glowing everywhere! Make unforgettable holiday memories as you explore the wild wonderland of light under the stars at America's Teaching Zoo.
NOVEMBER 11, 2022 - JANUARY 8, 2023: In this brand-new, never-before-seen 5,000 square foot Christmas exhibit, come and explore some of the fascinating holiday traditions and the unique expressions of the holidays from all 50 states and all of the American territories.Immerse yourself in the exhibit’s festive forest of decorated trees and learn just how many different ways Americans enjoy the holiday season. As a special treat, come take your photo with Santa as well!
SELECT DATES, NOVEMBER 26, 2022 - JANUARY 8, 2023: Their marionette adaptation of a ballet classic and Bob's most beloved holiday show takes you on an adventure through the wizardry of strings and into the enchanted world of the fantastic... Nutcracker.
DECEMBER 2-18: See Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly encounters come to life in this lavish and thrilling musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story.
FIRST FRIDAYS: Experience Kidspace Children's Museum for free! Advanced reservations are required.
SELECTED DATES DECEMBER 2-18: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the new Broadway adaptation of the iconic musical. This family-friendly show is for all all ages and includes the most beloved songs.
DECEMBER 2: Enjoy carnival games, pictures with Santa, food trucks and lots of falling snow!
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