Free Things To Do With The Kids In Los Angeles This Weekend, Dec 7th — Dec 9th, 2018 - Kid 101

Free Things To Do With The Kids In Los Angeles This Weekend, Dec 7th — Dec 9th, 2018

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Take a look at the exclusive lightings and meet Santa at the Sherman Oaks Galleria, 15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

Cocoa, Coffee and Cookies with Santa and Friends! Take a look at the exclusive lightings and meet Santa at the Sherman Oaks Galleria. The Annual Tree Lighting has been a Sherman Oaks favorite for years. Families can join in for hot cocoa, coffee and cookies with Santa and receive a take home photo as a keepsake!  Evening includes entertainment, crafts, photo opps and the lighting of their spectacular 40 foot Christmas tree! Kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy here for free.

Holiday Boat Parade

The decorations make the eve look like sunlit at the Dana Wharf, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629 on Friday, December 7, 2018 and Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 7:30pm.

Boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats and vie for the awards of Judges Choice, Best Theme, Best Use of Lights, Best Animation, Most Colorful, Most Original, Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat and the Perpetual Trophy for the Yacht Club with the Most Entries. The decorations make the eve look like sunlit at the Dana Wharf. Kids will be flabbergasted as they light up the evening with their amazing boats as they parade throughout the Harbor. In celebration of their 44 years of lighting the holiday season up, this year’s theme will power up with “A Western Wonderland”. The boats parade into the Harbor showing off their country western themed decorations, animation, color and lights. So don’t wait to see what these creative boaters will come up with drop in soon. You can view the parade free from anywhere in the Harbor.

Kaleidoscope Celebrates a Cheery and Bright Tree Lighting

The fun is unlimited and free at the Kaleidoscope, 27741 Crown Valley Parkway Right off the 5 Fwy., Mission Viejo, CA 92691 on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

The fun is unlimited and free at the Kaleidoscope! Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo will deck the halls with a Cheery and Bright Tree Lighting on Friday. The evening of family fun will include holiday crafts, face painting, a photo booth, visits with Santa, and festive food sampling inside Union Market Mission Viejo. Children of all ages will be enchanted by A Storybook Nutcracker brought to life by students from the Pave School of the Performing Arts, and a high-energy holiday song and dance performance by students from OCSA’s MONTAGE! The dancers will be joined by Frosty, Rudolph and Santa himself for a countdown to light the 20-foot Noble Fir. Children of all ages can step in for free.

Annual Candy Cane Drive!

Santa is here to cheer your kids with candy canes he will be available at Multiple Parks in Santa Monica, including Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave, Santa Monica, CA on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm.

Santa is here to cheer your kids with candy canes at the 26th Annual Candy Cane Drive! This week Santa Claus is coming to town! Santa Monica’s police officers and firefighters will be leading the way as Santa makes his way around town. Santa and his public safety helpers will be distributing good cheer and thousands of candy canes as part of the 26th annual “Candy Cane Drive.”Santa’s scheduled stops are as follows: 10:00 am to 10:30 am – Virginia Avenue Park – 2200 Virginia Ave, 10:45 am to 11:15 am – Douglas Park – 2400 California Avenue , 11:30 am to 12:00 pm – Christine Reed Park California Avenue and 7th Street, 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm – Marine Park – Marine and 17th Street, 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Clover Park – Ocean Park and 25th St. Santa Monica children are encouraged to look and listen for the lights and sirens of the public safety vehicles, while parents are encouraged to bring their cameras. Everyone is invited to join in the annual Candy Cane Drive.

Snow Wonder

The winter wonderland will amaze your kids so check in at the Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, California 90292 on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

The winter wonderland will amaze your kids so check in at the Burton Chace Park. Save the date for this fun family event! Visitors can stick around for the evening’s annual Holiday Boat Parade, which kicks off with a brief fireworks show at 5:55 pm. Burton Chace Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with tons of real snow and a sledding hill that is sure to stump kids of all ages. Also kids can enjoy crafts, music, face painting, and food booths. Admission is free, with food for purchase.

Christmas Tree Lane Opening Night and Tree Lighting

Christmas Tree Lane Opening Night and Tree Lighting will take place at the Altadena Public Library, 600 E Mariposa Street, Altadena, CA 91001 on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The neighborhood that brings us Christmas Tree Lane presents its 97th Annual Christmas Tree Lane Lighting Ceremony and Winter Arts and Crafts Festival. The Arts and Craft Festival begins at 2:00 pm, with the tree lighting at 6pm in front of the Altadena Public Library, at the corner of Mariposa and Santa Rosa. After the tree is lit, cruise the neighborhood to enjoy its legendary holiday lights. This event is free to attend.

Montana Avenue Holiday Walk

Santa Claus arrives to entertain kids at the Montana Avenue, from 6th to 17th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403 on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

This year, Montana’s popular Holiday Walk will take place on a Saturday providing more time for locals to enjoy the spirit of the season and enjoy the charms of browsing in a small village of sophisticated retailers. The day features live music, food, drinks and great deals on Montana Avenue between 6th and 17th Street. Store owners will be striking up the band, wrapping presents and hosting the big man himself – Santa Claus – to make this year’s walk the most fun and festive. Get a chance to meet and mingle with store owners and bring your friends to enjoy the celebratory atmosphere. There will be Santa photos for kids and the ever popular carolers will be on several corners. With three decades of history, the Holiday Walk has evolved from a simple sidewalk sale to a multi-generational and much anticipated centerpiece of Santa Monica’s holidays. Children of all ages are welcome to celebrate here, and no cost to celebrate its always free.

Huntington Harbor Boat Parade

The Cruise of Lights will kick start at the Huntington Harbor, 16889 Algonquin St., Huntington Beach, CA 92649 on Saturday, December 8, 2018 and on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 5:15 pm.

The Cruise of Lights is a way of providing funds for the music education of Orange County school children. The Boat Parade is a ‘thank you’ to the homeowners of Huntington Harbor for decorating their homes, in anticipation of the Cruise of Lights. It is that time of year when they get excited about the upcoming boat parade, where they have the opportunity to view the traditional favorites, while adding new and unique entries. The 2018 theme is announced as, ‘A Space Odyssey’. If you have thought about it before but just didn’t get around to entering, don’t hesitate this year, you will love being part of this! Beside the fun and excitement, they have 16 trophies to award you for your efforts. Kids of all ages can step in for free.

Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

This crowd puller event will be centered at the Marina del Rey Main Channel, 13650 Mindanao Way viewing at Burton Chace Park, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Approximately 25,000 people view the Marina Del Rey Boat Parade each year. Many enjoy the festivities from popular viewing spots like Fisherman’s Village or Burton Chace Park, while others enjoy the view of the parade from a water front restaurant, their balcony at home or from the comfort of their hotel room. The boat parade continues to be a favorite community event that kicks off the holiday season in Marina Del Rey. On December 7, 2018 they will include the Parade’s official program, grand marshall, parking and viewing spots, boat preparation and more. Come and watch the parade in Marina Del Rey Fireworks at 5:55 pm, and Boat Parade from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Annual Parade of Lights at Channel Islands Harbor

The 53rd Annual Parade of Lights will light up Channel Islands harbor, Oxnard, California 93035 on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The Channel Islands Harbor will kick off the holidays with its 53rd annual holiday Parade of Lights, themed “Heroes on Holiday.” The parade starts at 7:00 pm and you are invited to enjoy a full day of holiday activities and watch festively decorated boats in the parade while listening to carolers sing holiday songs. Beginning at noon, families can play in tons of snow falling at the north end of Harbor View Park.  Santa will be there from noon to 4:00 pm to entertain your kids and he will take pictures with families free of charge. There will also be holiday arts and crafts vendors starting at 10:00 am. At 6:00 pm kids can join Santa Claus and holiday carolers at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum and witness the first ever “Lighting the Mast at the Maritime Museum.” The parade starts at 7:00 pm in front of Peninsula Park and heads to the Main Channel, turns at Hobie Beach, loops in front of the launch ramp then heads back to Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club and repeats the route for a second run. The parade can be viewed from parks and walkways that line the route as well as from most Harbor restaurants. Boat charters are available for you if you want watch the parade from the water. This event is ideal for kids of all ages. This event is free for children and accompanying adults.

Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade

Check out this fun Christmas parade at the Daisy Avenue, Hill Street to Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade is unique, it runs through a residential street, not a commercial district. In previous years the parade drew 18,000 onlookers, and this year’s parade promises to be even bigger. Families can bring blankets and chairs, and be sure to bundle up against the chill! Then you and your kids can sit back and enjoy the marching bands, musical groups, and great floats. The parade steps off at 5:00 pm and runs along Daisy Avenue between Hill Street and Pacific Coast Highway. The event launches the annual Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane holiday lights, which stay up throughout the season and include entertainment on weekend evenings until Christmas. This event is free and open to the public.

Naples Island 72nd Annual Boat Parade

Join the Naples Island 72nd Annual Boat Parade that will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 Large Boats- Starts at 6:00 pm, Small Boat Parade- Starts at 6:30 pm at Naples Island, 5537 The Toledo, Long Beach, CA 90803

This year’s theme is “Star Spangled Christmas“. The best bet, while not the cheapest, is to indulge in a gondola ride that navigates the island and its canals. Hop in with your kids as the several restaurants have views of the parade as well. And another great way is a friend with a boat, of course. It is also possible to access the island by land. The island has very limited parking, though Naples Elementary School has some parking for $ 20. Alamitos Bay Marina offers free parking just over the Davies Bridge from Naples. Families and kids of all ages can have a mesmerizing sight here for free.

2018 King Harbor Christmas Boat Parade

The Christmas boat parade will be held at the King Harbor Marina, 208 Yacht Club Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Redondo Beach celebrates its own boat parade, with festive maritime displays from King Harbor Marina to the Pier. This is the perfect place to be with your kids, you can get a view of the main channel from anywhere around, whether it’s a breakwater or a tough-to-reserve restaurant. Paddleboards head out at 4:30 pm this year, and the boats at 5:30pm. Enjoy this boat parade for free.

Chatsworth Holiday Parade and Festival

Chatsworth Holiday Parade and Festival is a colorful parade that will take place at the Devonshire Avenue, from Topanga Canyon Boulevard to Lurline Avenue, Chatsworth, CA on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 11:00 am.

For 35 years community volunteers, business owners, and the Chatsworth Kiwanis Club have been bringing to the Chatsworth community, this fun day filled with WWII planes fly over, Marching Bands, folklore, live music, clowns, equestrian units, dancing, color guards and much more. The Parade has approximately 1500 participants and over 7000 neighbors from Chatsworth and the nearby communities watch the event. The addition of the Festival almost 10 years ago now has added to the festivities, more viewers, more entertainment, more community involvement. Come join in with your kids on Parade and Festival Day with the entire family! This festival is suitable for kids of all ages. The admission is free for all.

Holiday Sing-Along 2018

Sing along at the Shoppes at Westlake Village, 30770 Russell Ranch Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91362 on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Come along with your munchkins and join in for the annual holiday event at The Shoppes on Sunday, presented with the City of Westlake Village. The sing along starts at 4:00 pm and the other activities include Photos with Santa Claus and MRS. Claus, Toy drive, Cookie Decorating, Giveaways, Meet Mary Poppins, Westlake Village City SING-A-LONG, Caroling, Balloon tying and endless Festive Fun! This day of festive fun is where the Shoppes tenants will be participating and offering holiday giveaways and specials. This program is free and open for all.

Hooray for Hanukkah

Hooray for Hanukah! Will be taking place until Monday, December 10, 2018 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine, California 92618.

Phone: 949.428.3900 


Spin the dreidel and light the Menorah! They’re celebrating Hanukkah at Pretend City! Let your little ones learn about this holiday through fun activities, traditions, games, and art! We will have full days of fun singing songs and getting in the holiday spirit! Parents can Sing aloud and sing together! The holidays are a great time to introduce your child to songs like Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah! As children sing along, they are learning that songs are a great way to communicate and learn about different cultures.

Selfies with Santa

Give it your best shot at the FIGat7th Plaza, 735 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90017 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Sunday, December 23, 2018 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Phone: 213-955-7170

Santa Claus is waiting for the company of your cool kids to hang out, in the Food Court at FIGat7th. Step in and make your favorite expression while you take selfies with him. Forget all about the photo packages and awkward poses; Cali-kids will take his smart phone and extend an arm with their favorite cool guy from the North. Have a great day with your kids no matter what ages they belong to, all are welcome for free.

PMCA 1234: Free First Friday

This event will take place at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 East Union Street, Pasadena, California 91101 on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Phone: (626) 568-3665

A kid-friendly event that provides free admission all day during Free First Friday! Come check all the vibrant art work the museum displays to inspire your kids. It is the best way to spend a great time with your kids. They provide free parking on the ground level of the museum. This event is best suited for your little tweens and up. There is no admission charges the entry is free.

Winter Nights

Winter Nights will be taking place at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Boulevard, Santa Clarita, CA 91355 until Friday, December 14, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Phone: 661-254-0213

Enjoy snow on the Patios and Movie Nights on Town Center Drive. Westfield Valencia Town Center has hosted the Winter Nights. Guests are invited to enjoy holiday movies on Town Center Drive. On Friday, November 30, 2018 will be a showing of A Christmas Story. Seating for event is based on first-come, first-serve.

Candy Cane Lane Opening Night

Candy Cane Lane Opening Night will be taking place at the Candy Cane Lane, 1200 Acacia, El Segundo, CA 90245 on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

The eastern block of Acacia Avenue will be sparkling and bustling, the Candy Cane Lane has been a tradition of more than 60 years. Houses will be lit with sparkly lights, you can see shining light trains, reindeer, giant characters, and music, plus frequent appearances by Santa Claus in a covered sleigh at the end of the cul-de-sac. The lights go on at 6:00 pm; Santa usually sits down in his sleigh at about 7:00 pm. El Segundo Concert Band plays at 6:30 pm on opening night.

Duck the Halls: Family Parties

Duck the Halls: Family Parties will be taking place until Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Edwards Theater Courtyard (Irvine side of The Market Place), CA.

Phone:  (714) 730-4124

Join in for DUCK The Halls Family Parties to meet Anaheim Ducks Wild Wing and Power Players as well as enjoy kid-friendly crafts and games. Visit The Market Place to check out the three Anaheim Ducks holiday trees: the Wild Wing tree, Player tree, and Fan tree.  Located throughout the center, the trees are designed and inspired by the team, the fans, and Wild Wing, the team’s official mascot. On selected Saturday afternoons, families are invited to enjoy various activities that will keep the whole family engaged and entertained. Free and open to all.  

Dance Sundays

Dance Sunday is a free program for those who love dance; the program will be taking place on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California 90210.


Emmy Award-winner Debbie Allen and her Dance Sundays return to the Wallis with an exhilarating series of free, outdoor dance events – Salsa, African, Tap, Hip Hop and more  for the whole family. Debbie’s this weekend session focuses on African Dance, this class welcomes all ages and levels to participate in an energetic union of music, dance and tradition of West Africa. Accompanied by live drummers.

Santa’s Workshop at Westfield Valencia Town Center

Join the Santa’s Workshop at Westfield Valencia Town Center on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 West Valencia Blvd Suite 150, Valencia, CA 91355.

Phone: 661.254.0213

Join Westfield Valencia Town Center on Saturday, December 8, 2018 for free holiday arts & crafts including cookie decorating sponsored by Lady Di’s Cookies, ornament making sponsored by Bitter Root Pottery and writing letters to Santa sponsored by House of Bounce. Find Santa’s Workshop on Level 1 near the Santa Set. Free and open to all.

Winter Holiday Festival

Winter Holiday Festival is an event hosted by the on Saturday, December 8, 2018 and Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at Pershing Square, 532 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

Phone: 213-847-4970 


Glide into the holidays and join us for ice skating in Pershing Square! The Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square presented by Bai offers the quintessential winter activity in the heart of beautiful downtown Los Angeles. You won’t want to miss this magical winter wonderland that promises to delight all ages. Grab family, friends, co-workers or a date and visit us for festive fun and unforgettable memories. Take a spin on the ice or check out the event. On December 8, 2018 and December 9, 2018, Join the Pershing Square’s Winter Holiday Festival at the seasonal ice rink features free holiday activities like 60 tons of snow, arts and crafts, merry-go-round, ferris wheel, DJ, and pictures with Santa. Free churros from 12 noon to 4pm; first come first served. It’s a free fun family festival!

Letters to Santa & Holiday Craft Fun Day!

Write letters to Santa and enjoy Holiday Craft at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91101 on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 11:00 am

Phone: 626.449.5320

Write letters to Santa and enjoy Holiday Craft at Vroman’s Bookstore! Tell Santa what you want for Christmas! Kids will be writing letters to send out to the North Pole, and doing special holiday craft activities for kids. They supply the stationery and the supplies, and They’ll mail the letters to Santa from the store! Free and open to all.

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