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DECEMBER 2-5, 10-2, 17-19, 2021: Evening holiday train rides, Santa Claus meet and greets, live holiday music, food, Christmas decor and more.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 3, 10, 17 & 19: Workshops for Lil' Chefs include Pasta Making, Mini-Loaf Baking, Parents' Night Out/Cookie Exchange and Cinnamon Roll and Berry Pie Class.
DECEMBER 3-5: In the early 1900s, the Bixby family hosted the ranch’s community of workers, families, and friends for a big Christmas party. And now you’re invited! Bring your family and friends for a festive afternoon at Rancho Los Alamitos. Tour the decorated Ranch House, get creative with crafts for kids, and enjoy music and light refreshments. Free. Parking reservations required.
DECEMBER 3: Carnival games and food trucks will be on the scene starting at 4:30 p.m. Santa will be ready to hear your children’s holiday wishes and take photos (with your own device) from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. The official tree lighting program starts at 6:30 p.m. Festivities wrap up at 8 p.m.
Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take viewers on a 30-minute journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun, and the Moon. Recommended for preschool age kids Tickets available online. Click here!
DECEMBER 3: Floats, cars, wagons, strollers, bikes, boats, bands, and animals will all be part of the parade this year, along with the arrival of Santa Claus on Main Street!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4: Gather on Main Street to celebrate the holidays! Enjoy kids crafts, local talent show and entertainment, artisan shopping, pictures with Santa, a holiday drinks lounge, live music and more! Free to attend, open to the public.
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).
DECEMBER 4-26, 2021: The Nutcracker is the city’s holiday tradition perfect for celebrating the season. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, Los Angeles Ballet stays true to the traditions of the holiday story with some surprises! Performances at Alex Theatre (Dec 4-5), Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center (Dec 11-12), Royce Hall UCLA (Dec 17-19), and Dolby Theatre (Dec 23, 24, 26).
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…
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.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021: Enjoy a condensed version of The Nutcracker created just for kids. This annual favorite finishes with a jolly visit from Santa Claus himself!
SATURDAYS, DECEMBER 4 & 11, 2021: Enjoy live performances from local music and dance groups that celebrate holiday traditions from around the world, create your own seasonal craft, and spectacular snowfall.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021: Cruise-In with the Clauses, enjoy Victorian Christmas Carolers, a Hot Wheels Raffle, and photo opportunities with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Donate unopened toys, savor $3 sundaes, and enjoy all the vintage, classic, and custom automobiles!
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.
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).
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).
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021: Come see Santa as he rides on the Jolly Trolley with his elves from the City of Dana Point Recreation Division! The Jolley Trolley will be making stops to four parks. At the last stop, La Plaza Park, the annual tree lighting ceremony will be held with carolers, hot chocolate, and cookies.
DECEMBER 4-5, 2021: Join La Mirada Theatre this holiday season as the lights fade, the music swells, snowflakes fall, flowers waltz and a young girl dreams about a magical sweet-filled world in the charming and magical The Nutcracker Ballet.
DECEMBER 4-23, 2021: See appearances by Santa Diver, special presentations of animals receiving holiday treats, photo opportunities with Santa, Hanukkah storytelling, and Kwanzaa celebration.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021: This ticketed before-hours event will immerse children with special holiday activities around the museum, running Polar Express models, and story time with St. Nick himself, where he will read the classic Polar Express book.
DECEMBER 4 & 5: Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching will host Boat Rides with Santa on Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5. $5 donation. Register early. This event sells out.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021: Tamales, live entertainment, tamale contests, vendors, community performances, holiday tree lighting tamale lessons, kids activities, Santa pictures, and more!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021: Walk through of the first floor of the beautifully decorated mansion, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, carriage rides, a blacksmith demonstration and free family crafts and cookies!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021: Live performances, holiday crafts and inflatable activities for children of all ages, a holiday craft boutique featuring handmade gifts from local vendors, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and 50 tons of snow to create snow slides.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021: Activities include free snow play, snow sledding, Santa's Village, tree lighting, and musical entertainment.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021: A night of music, food, hot chocolate, popcorn, games, and snow to San Clemente.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021: Festivities include live entertainment, holiday crafts, coffee and hot chocolate, cookies, and of course, chili! Enjoy snow sledding, take a photo with Santa, and ride the holiday train through a winter wonderland.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2021: Festivities include live entertainment, Santa visits and snapshots, vendor gifts, children's activities, and more.
DECEMBER 5-28, 2021: Board a classic cable-car trolley for a waterfront tour that will showcase the best light displays around. The tour includes the famous floating Christmas trees of Alamitos Bay, and beautiful Naples Island.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2021: This all-day holiday inspired fair features a diverse selection of Latin American cuisine, from regional tamales, Latin-inspired dishes, drinks, homemade tamales contest, and a full line-up of entertainment, activities, vendors, and family-friendly art making activities.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2021: You and your family can explore Christmas in the 1920s as you wander the first floor of this beautiful home. Take photos, hear holiday music, visit with Santa, sit-in for a story, or make a craft during your visit to enjoy these beautiful historic decorations.
DECEMBER 5: Enjoy trampoline jumping with a special area for younger kids, plus donuts and chocolate coins!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2021: Watch Skirball Storytellers recount the age-old story of Hanukkah, create a one-of-a-kind art project, enjoy classic Hanukkah treats and holiday drinks, and celebrate community with a joyous sunset candle lighting.
SELECTED DATES IN DECEMBER: Families with young children gather at the Rancho Los Cerritos for a free Story Time. Plus, don't miss the opportunity to take an After-Hours Holiday Tour on December 12 and 19.
DECEMBER 8, 16, 17 & 22: Meet jolly Saint Nick, divulge your holiday wishes, and even take a photo with him! Family Autism Night & Sensitive Santa will be held on December 16.
DECEMBER 8-12, 2021: 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 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.
DECEMBER 10-19: Southern California’s favorite holiday tradition returns with American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker. This magical treat for the whole family features an impressive cast of over 100 performers, incredible sets and costumes, and Pacific Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s timeless score!
DECEMBER 10 & 17: The City of Lakewood will offer two nights of Drive-in Movies at Lakewood Center: The Grinch and A Christmas Story. Registration early!
DECEMBER 10-11 and 17-18, 2021: Be enchanted at this Claremont tradition where the Garden glows with light for the holidays. Special holiday installations, live music and beverages/snacks for sale!
DECEMBER 10-19, 2021: This winter-wonderland variety show includes all kinds of singing and dancing, including many of your favorite Christmas carols. The Magic of Christmas is the best holiday musical for the entire family.
DECEMBER 10-12: The Harbor’s much anticipated annual Boat Parade of Lights will take place December 10-12 with a “Fiesta Holiday” theme.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2021: A Christmas tree lighting extravaganza featuring a dramatic laser light show with falling snow, a musical performance by Long Beach’s very own Jazz Angels, and a selfie-worthy meet-and-greet with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty, festive stilt walkers, and a life-size holiday Teddy Bear.
DECEMBER 10: Join guides as they highlight how to make playtime in the museum more educational. Plus, free ASQ Developmental Check-ups and speech and language screenings.
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