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

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

Christmas Is…

Christmas Is… the Annual Holiday Spectacular is back at Haugh Performing Arts Center, Box Office at Citrus College, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd, Glendora, CA 91741 on Saturdays and Sundays until Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm.

Citrus Visual and Performing Arts Department presents the Annual Holiday Spectacular “Christmas Is…” Candlelight and the majestic sound of the vocal music ensembles herald in the season with a commanding choral performance that opens this annual holiday spectacular. The calm then gives way to the bright and festive, as a Broadway-style Christmas musical takes the stage! Memories are made with each note, a glorious live orchestra, dancing toys, singing snowflakes, and incredible scenery. The multi-talented Citrus Singers, led by Santa and Mrs. Claus, bring to life a lighthearted reimagining of The Nutcracker – guaranteed to spark your Christmas joy! Advance tickets are $ 30 for adults, $ 28 for Student/Senior, $ 15 for kids 16 and under. All tickets $ 30 at the door, regardless of age

“A Winter Fairy Tale” Winter Recital 2018

“A Winter Fairy Tale” Winter Recital 2018 will be taking place on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 3:30 pm at Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Address: 244 S. San Pedro St. Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Phone: (310) 923-0888 

Email: info@abcsofdanceweho.com

“A Winter Fairy Tale” Winter Recital 2018 is a special child-friendly performance! You will be taken on a magical journey through the captivating story of a holiday party, where classic children’s toys and delicious treats come to life! With a wonderful mix of classical music and holiday favorites, you will see beautiful ballerinas dancing on pointe, precious preschoolers, energetic tappers, and more! The magic begins on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 3:30pm in the absolutely gorgeous Aratani Theatre. Parking is very easy, with two lots right next to the theatre on 2nd Street, labeled “Aratani Theatre Parking”. To keep the show stress-free, all seating is reserved. You can choose the best seating option for you with our Gold, Silver, and Bronze Tier tickets. Tickets are $ 45 for Gold tier, $ 35 for silver tier, $ 25 for Bronze tier and $ 25 for wheel chair.

BEAUTY and THE BEAST, A CHRISTMAS ROSE

Watch the best show for this season at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena, California 91101 on Friday at 7:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm until Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm

Phone: 6263567529

This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences. In this interactive experience, the audience is encouraged to cheer for Belle, boo for Gus and sing along with popular songs such as the BeeGees’ “Staying Alive,” The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This,” and Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.” Directed by Tony-nominated Sheldon Epps, and choreographed by La La Land’s Mandy Moore, Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose is sure to delight children of all ages! The event will cost $ 46 – $ 86; the additional “Golden Ticket” package costs $ 50 which is applicable for kids only, golden tickets provides the ticket holder with a special on stage sing-along experience during the performance and a gift bag with a special surprise.

Holidays at the Farm!

Join the Gilchrist Farm for Holidays at the Farm! on Saturday, December 8, 2018 and Sunday, December 9, 2018 at Gilchrist Farm, 30116 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91390.

Phone: 661-645-2517 

Email: Info@gilchristfarm.com

Get festive on the farm with a day to remember.  There will be a Holiday horse and rider parade on Saturday at 10:00 am. This event is sure to please as elves, angels and others parade past on decked out horses-delivering Santa to the hoedown by wagon!  Festive Petting Zoo-Goats, pigs, bunnies, ducks, chickens! Little ones will enjoy Pony Rides, Caroling Wagon Rides, Hot Chocolate Bar, Festive Live Music, Local Choirs and Bands, Face Painting and Handmade Holiday Food and Treats. Engage in holiday Crafts to Take and Make from Santa’s Workshop-Candle Making, Doll Making, Pine Cone Decorating. Santa will be available all day, both days for Wishes and Pictures, kids can write Santa a Letter! Local Vendors for Holiday Gifts -Handmade Crafts, Jewelry, Local Authors, Crafty Goods, Clothing and more will be available at the venue. Pony rides, festive petting zoo, Santa’s Workshop crafts, Caroling Wagon Rides are charged $ 5 per activity with a value pack option offered for $ 30. No charge for admission.  

American Girl Welcomes Santa

Calling all little American Girl fans to Welcomes Santa at the American Girl Place Los Angeles, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036 on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 5:45 pm to 7:00 am.

Phone: 877-247-5223

Your little girl is welcome to come and share a holiday experience that includes a jolly “ho-ho-ho!” Santa is coming to the store, and he can’t wait to meet you and your girl. Whispering her wishes is an exciting holiday tradition, and a special pose with St. Nick is the perfect photo opportunity. Girls can start the holidays with a visit from Santa Claus. This festive event includes one 5×7 keepsake photo per girl, plus a delicious meal to enjoy during your visit. Tickets will cost $ 32 per person; the event is suitable for girls ages 3 and up.

American Girl Santa Brunch and The Nutcracker Ballet, Dolby Theatre

American Girl Santa Brunch and The Nutcracker Ballet will be taking place on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 8:30 am to 2:45 pm at American Girl Place Los Angeles, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Phone: 877-247-5223

Come celebrate the season with this special holiday event that has twice the memories! Your day begins with an exclusive photo-op with Santa himself! You’ll get to take home a 5×7 keepsake photo per girl. After the photo op, kids will enjoy brunch in the cafe, followed by a 12:00 pm performance of Los Angeles Ballet’s magical interpretation of The Nutcracker at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood. This year, a live orchestra will perform! There are plenty of photo opportunities, so bring your camera! Includes parking at The Grove. Transportation to and from the theater is not included. Emergency Contact Release Form is required to attend this event. The event will cost $ 80 per person. Reservations required, the event is suitable for girls ages 8 and up.

Luminaria Nights

Sprinkle some sparkle into your day at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711 on Friday, December 7, 2018 and on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 6:00 pm to  8:30 pm.

Sprinkle some sparkle into your day at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Come in with your little ones for an illuminated evening walk featuring live acoustic music, cookies and hot cider and more than 1000 glowing, candle-lit luminarias lining a half-mile accessible loop on Indian Hill Mesa. The winter wonderland graced by the beauty of Japanese lantern installations also welcomes the season with live music. Musicians for the evening include: Steve Rushingwind, Minyo Station, Yuki Yasuda. Kids of all ages can step in here. The fee is $ 12 for adult, $ 8 for senior (65+), student (with ID) and child (3-12), $ 10 for Member adult, $ 6 for member senior (65+), student (with ID), and child (3-12).

The Nutcracker: San Pedro City Ballet

Check out a surreal performance at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 West 6th Street, San Pedro from Friday, December 7, 2018 to Sunday, December 9, 2018 at various times.

San Pedro City Ballet, home of American Ballet Theatre superstar Misty Copeland, presents its 25th annual production of The Nutcracker, with artistic direction by Cynthia and David Patrick Bradley. San Pedro City Ballet was established in 1994 by nationally recognized dancers and teachers Cynthia and Patrick Bradley as a not-for-profit dance company serving greater Los Angeles. So this week kids can join Clara on a dreamlike journey with a dancing Nutcracker, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes, and a magical Christmas tree. The performance will take place at the historic Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. The show features dance, magic, gorgeous sets and costumes, and is fun for the whole family. Don’t miss this magical holiday tradition! This show is ideal for kids of the age 4 and up. The admission is $ 19 for children under 12 and seniors 62+, $ 29 for adults, $ 39 for premiere seating

Candlelight Walk

Walk your way in to cherish the Christmas season at the Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630 from Friday, December 7, 2018 to Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Phone: (949) 923-2230

A jaw dropping three enchanted evenings of the highly anticipated Candlelight Walk will be held at Heritage Hill Historical Park. Excite your kids by taking a stroll along Luminaria-lit pathways as you gaze at the historical buildings adorned with festive décor. The park and historical buildings are aglow with Christmas lights and holiday decoration. Throughout the park, you will find buildings staffed by the docents sharing each building’s history, and Victorian carolers and musical performers filling the night air with seasonal songs. Kids can listen to OC Libraries share winter tales via storytelling, and have a chance to meet Santa! Light refreshments are available for purchase. Admission is $ 5 per person ages 3 and over and free for children under 3.

Story Time with Santa at Westfield Culver City

For a lively story time drop in here at the Westfield Culver City, 6000 Sepulveda Boulevard Suite 2820 Culver City, CA 90230-6482 on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am.

Phone: 310.390.7833

For a lively story time drop in here at the Westfield Culver City. This week kids can pep start their holiday season off right with story time with Santa. Families can join in for a fun story, holiday-themed crafts, cocoa and snacks with Santa and his elves.  This event is recommended for little muchkins of the age 0-10. The cost per child is only $ 10. All the proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Metro LA.

Holiday Treats for the Animals

Hey little ones have you imagined aquarium animals as Santa’s gifts? Yes check them out at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 until Sunday, December 23, 2018 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Hey little ones have you imagined aquarium animals as Santa’s gifts? Yes check them out at the Aquarium of the Pacific. In celebration of the holiday season, Santa Diver will be surprising kids with an ocean of gifts to the Aquarium of the Pacific for its animals, including penguins, sea otters, seals, sea lions, lorikeets, and fish. Holiday Treats for the Animals festival is part of Aquarium Holidays, which runs through December 23, featuring festive décor, a display of gingerbread houses, holiday shopping, “snowfall” in the Great Hall, a special holiday menu in Café Scuba, and daily appearances by Aquarium characters in -their holiday outfits. This event is suitable for kids of all ages. The event costs $ 29.95 for adult (ages 12 and up), $ 17.95 for Child (ages 3-11) and $ 26.95 for Senior.

Breakfast with Santa on the Queen Mary

Enjoy scrumptious breakfast with your family at The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway Long Beach, CA 90802 on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 9:00 am.

Enjoy scrumptious breakfast with your family without burning a hole in your pocket at The Queen Mary. Come aboard the Queen Mary to enjoy breakfast with Santa himself and hear him read a Christmas story. Pajamas welcome! This event is the best way together as a family to celebrate the holiday season in a fun and welcoming environment. Participants enjoy a warm breakfast, the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Santa! This festive holiday breakfast will take place on select Saturdays in a Historic Salon aboard the Queen Mary. This event is apt for kids of the age 3-12. Breakfast with Santa  is $ 39 for Adult (12+ Years), $ 19 for Child (Ages 4-11).

Holiday Hoedown breakfast with Santa

Step in for a lip smacking meal at The Rancho Los Alamitos, 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach, CA 90815 on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9:00am to 11:00pm.

Step in for a lip smacking meal at The Rancho Los Alamitos. The Rancho Los Alamitos hosts a Holiday Hoedown breakfast with Santa. The day includes mouthwatering pancake breakfast featuring flapjacks, scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, country potatoes, hot chocolate with all the trimmings, seasonal fresh fruits and coffee. Breakfast is from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Santa Claus will be greeting your kids and he will find out if they have been naughty or nice. The stomping good time includes a morning of western music and dancing, holiday activities, games and crafts. Kids can enjoy the Petting Zoo and Pony Rides and share holiday wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Every child who writes a letter to Santa receives a reply. This event is designed for families with children 12 years of age and younger. Reservations are required. Breakfast costs $ 25 for adults and $ 18 for kids.

Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Little munchkins can show their decorating skills at the Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91101 on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 11:00am and at 3pm.

Little munchkins can show their decorating skills at the Vroman’s Bookstore. Join the 13th Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party! Kids can drop in to decorate a house that they can take home. The fee includes house and decorations, too.  Vroman’s provides everything you need to make your own gingerbread house, but feel free to bring your own decorations as well. This event sells out every year so this year they have added a second time slot! Sign-ups are required and this year, please specify which time slot you are signing up for. Space is limited so make sure to call early to get your preferred time. This event is ideal for kids of the age 3 and up. The admission costs $ 24 per person.

Hanukkah Family Fun Day

To spend a fun day with your kids drop in at the Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265 on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. Camp JCA Shalom Tour at 9:30 am.

Family Fun Days are exactly the kinda fun for the entire family! Join in to celebrate holidays; nothing says Hanukkah like zip lining: families are invited to celebrate Hanukkah in nature at the Shalom Institute’s annual celebration in Malibu. Lunch is followed by a Hanukkah sing-along, and the afternoon offers a wide range of activities including archery, zip line, climbing wall, crafts, and games, as well as Hanukkah cookie decorating. Kids can experience the magic of camp and all that Shalom Institute has to offer: from Shemesh Organic Farm Activities to hiking, from hugging and feeding the animals, to zip lining and climbing wall, from riding the Jamba “Jews” Bike Blender to arts and nature crafts, and much more! Participants are advised to arrive close to the start time of 10:00 am so as not to miss any of the fun. Fee includes all activities, snacks, and kosher lunch. Kids of all ages can drop in. The event costs only $ 10 and free for kids ages 6 and under.

Old Time Christmas Festival

Kick start the Christmas festival at the Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach, CA 90807 on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Phone:  (562) 206-2040

Kick start the Christmas festival with style at the Rancho Los Cerritos. Discover traditions of a Victorian Christmas! Step into the past, as Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site shares the traditions of a Victorian Christmas. Your kids can make historic crafts, enjoy holiday music from a live brass band and carolers, strike the pinatas, listen to storytellers in the library, sip warm cider, get a head start on holiday shopping in the Museum Shop, and tour the adobe, lavishly decorated for the holidays. This event is fun for the whole family. Light refreshments are served. This event is recommended for kids of all ages. The admission costs only $ 5.

The Nutcracker (Red Chair)

The Nutcracker (Red Chair) will be hosted at The Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91203 from Friday, December 7, 2018 to Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm.

Unique  among area  Nutcracker productions,  The Red Chair’s energetic rendition  features young performers, ages 5 to  18, in principal and supporting roles along  with adults. Amidst lavish sets and glittering  costumes, a cast of over 100 will bring to life  the enchanting storybook tale of a young girl’s magical  Christmas Eve that takes her, and the audience, on a delightful  and exciting journey. This show is ideal for kids of the age 4 and up. Ticket price ranges from $ 25-$ 45.

Hanukkah Festival

The Hanukkah festival will be held at the Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100, Los Angeles, CA 90048 on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Phone: (323) 761-8984

It’s the eighth day of Hanukkah, so come on down with your little ones to the Zimmer for the annual Hanukkah Festival! Join in for Dreidel making in the Art Room, add a paper flame to their giant collaborative menorah, enjoy Hanukah themed story time in the theater, and discover other activities for the whole family to celebrate the festival of lights! Arrive early for complimentary Gelt with museum admission! The festival is geared towards kids of the age 2-10. This program is free to the general public with paid admission.

Debbie Allen’s Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

A sizzling party with dance and music will take place at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278 from Friday, December 7, 2018 to Sunday, December 9, 2018 at various times.

Debbie Allen brings her Dance Academy’s popular adaptation of the classic dance tale to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. The show has become a local holiday classic, directed, choreographed by, and starring the unstoppable Ms. Allen. The show also stars Tisha Campbell-Martin, Carlo Imperato, Tichina Arnold, Matthew Johnson, Kristopher Nobles, and DADA, with music by Mariah Carey, James Ingram, and more. Proceeds benefit the students of DADA. With dazzling choreography, music and costumes, this is a holiday theater experience that all ages will enjoy! 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! This show is suitable for kids of the age 4 and up. Ticket price starts from $ 40.

The 2018 Holiday Light Festival Train Ride

Ride all along The Griffith Park and Southern Railroad, 4400 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027 until Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

Griffith Park and Southern Railroad brings back its popular Santa train ride, gentle and timeless, and just the right size for kids. Starting the day after Thanksgiving, bring the whole family and enjoy the evening jolly train ride around the festively decorated one mile of track. Magical scenes and tens of thousands of lights will surely captivate you and your family and set the mood for a wonderful Holiday season. This event requires separate tickets and will cost $ 5 per person (includes one round trip on the Holiday Lights Express), children 18 months and under ride free.

L.A. Zoo Lights

See some brilliant lighting at the Griffith Park, Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, California until Sunday, January 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

Phone: 866/949-8007

The bold and bring holiday tradition of L.A. is here to make your weekend all lit up. Glowing animals welcome you on an unforgettable nighttime journey that includes giant illuminated snowflakes, a disco ball forest, a whimsical herd of animated elephants, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color. L.A. Zoo Lights is a not-to-be-missed nighttime holiday light experience and has glowed brighter each year since its debut in 2014. This year’s event features a dazzling new area to explore, luminous new displays, and reimagined favorites. The perfect spot where you can make unforgettable holiday memories all throughout the wild wonderland filled with light under the shining stars. Along with the unbeatable light shows, this year comprises a reimagined entry plaza, Santa photo op, water show with lively new music and lasers, and a renewed “Wild Wonderland” finale. The excitement gets a notch higher as kids can romp with the reindeer that have descended here for the holidays, bringing the jolly one himself along. Kids of all ages can have fun here. The fee for adults cost $ 15 to $ 22, children of the age 2–12 cost $ 12 to $ 17, and free for children under the age 2.

Enchanted: Forest of Light

Enchanted: Forest of Light is an annual event hosted by the Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada-Flintridge, CA 91011 until Sunday, January 06, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Phone: 818.949.4200

Enchanted: Forest of Light returns to Descanso Gardens! Enchanted: Forest of Light is an interactive, nighttime experience unlike anything else in Los Angeles, featuring a one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens. Some of the displays are interactive and invite participation, while others are meant to be observed and enjoyed. The ambience will be incredible.  The bed of flowers will be illuminated and there are more than 10 attractions, each with its own element of surprise. Enchanted is definitely perfect for a family outing or even a romantic date night. Enchanted is a rain or shine event. Tickets have timed entry and must be purchased in advance. General admission is $ 28.

Moonlight Forest – Lantern Art Festival

Moonlight Forest – Lantern Art Festival will be taking place at Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007 until Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm.

Phone: 626.821.3233 

Email: members@arboetum.org  

This fall the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden invites you to the Moonlight Forest, an unforgettable evening experience of art, culture, and discovery. Masterfully crafted lanterns beckon you into the gardens. Some depict beautiful animals, shimmering exotic flowers, and intriguing figures from Chinese legends. An evening of dazzling color and magic begins! The Moonlight Forest will delight children, families, and the young-at-heart with an opportunity to experience the garden in a new light. The magnificent lanterns reflect three themes; Nature, Children’s Garden, and Chinese Culture, all of which embrace the mission and communities of the Arboretum. Created by skilled artisans from China’s Sichuan province, the Arboretum has partnered with Tianyu Arts & Culture Inc. to celebrate the time-honored tradition of lantern art. Tickets from Wednesday – Thursday are $ 25 for Adult, $ 20 for Children (ages 3-17), $ 23 for Senior (62+). Tickets from Friday – Sunday are $ 28 for Adult, $ 23 for Children (ages 3-17), $ 25 for Senior (62+).

North Pole Express

Make memories this winter season at the Fillmore and Western Railway, 364 Main Street, Fillmore, California 93015 until Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 6.00 pm and 7:30 pm.

Phone: 805-524-2546

Your kids are welcome to aboard for a vintage train ride to the North Pole, along with Santa and his elves. Come in your pajamas for a magical 1 hour evening train ride to the “North Pole.” Meet Santa and his elves! Enjoy storytelling, caroling, cookies and chocolate milk while on board. At the Fillmore Depot, visit Santa’s Village to ride the Carousel & shop the Christmas Craft Booths. Note: During the 1 hour, this train ride does not involve a stop where you exit the train. Departs from and returns to Fillmore Depot. This trip is an hour long, and is ideal for kids of the age 2 and up. Admission costs $ 32 for adults, $ 22 for children of the age 2 -12.

Snow Day LA

Enjoy your favourite climate at Snow Day LA, 2002 Stadium Way, Los Angeles, California on every weekend until Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

Email: info@snowdayevents.com

This winter you and your kids can explore the penguin light path filled with huge 7 foot tall animated scenes. This platform includes the perfect spot for you to take your holiday photos with their snow globe photo booth, then take a look at the aromatic giant gingerbread house and snag a free treat.  The stunning Penguin VIP Longue includes Tubing, Skate Rental and All Activities, Penguin Express Priority Line, VIP Lounge Access and much more. Kids of all ages can enjoy the winter in LA! The entry fee starts from $ 12 and up and free for kids below the age 3.

Holiday Lights at the Reagan Library

You, your family and your friends will experience the holidays like never before at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93065 until Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

American Christmas is built on tradition, old and new. Little ones will be filled with excitement, happiness and the holiday spirit once they have experienced the Reagan Library’s brand new You, your family and your friends will experience the holidays like never before at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Great American Christmas Holiday Lights program! From the moment you step onto the property until the moment you depart, your senses will be filled with all things Christmas! Current and nostalgic holiday tunes will make you smile; the scent of yuletide treats will tease your nose; and everywhere you look you will see festive, stunning displays of light. This not-to-be-missed nighttime holiday event will be fun for the entire family. The 60-90 minute walk around the Reagan Library campus will include LEDs, lasers, 3D projections, animated displays, interactive photo ops, live musical entertainment, and so much more. Capture your holiday memories with your kids in a photo with Santa; warm up with hot cocoa and other holiday treats, and more! Inside each of us is a child who still believes! Admission for adults $ 17; Children (3 – 17): $ 12; free for children of the age 2 and under.

Bob Baker’s Nutcracker

Bob Baker’s Nutcracker will be taking place at Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101 until Sunday, December 30, 2018 at various times.

Phone: 626.683.3459

Bob Baker’s adaptation of the ballet classic and one of Bob Baker Marionette Theater ’s most beloved shows since it’s opening in 1969! For the first time outside of its original location, the imagination dwells in a space specially outfitted for optimal holiday and puppetry joy. Allow the Bob Baker Marionette Theater and over 100 handcrafted puppets to take you on an adventure through the wizardry of strings and into the enchanted world of the fantastic…Nutcracker.  Come and meet the Sugarplum Fairy and her Promenading Cakes, dance with the Waltzing Flowers, cheer for the Nutcracker band, The Go-Go’s and marvel at the wonders beyond the Mysterious Door. Tickets are $ 20, free for children under 2.

A Christmas Carol Musical

The 3​​​9th Annual Production by Charles Dickens will be taking place at South Coast Rep, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92628 until Sunday, December 23, 2018 at Various times.

The 3​​​9th Annual Production by Charles Dickens and directed by John-David Keller A Christmas Carol. Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters, Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come. Children under the age of six will not be admitted to A Christmas Carol. This show contains smoke and fog effects. Running Time is approximately two hours including one 15-minute intermission. Ticket price ranges from $ 25 – $ 78.

Science of Gingerbread (LA)

Join the Discovery Cube for the sweetest science of the season until Sunday, January 6, 2018 from at Discovery Cube Los Angeles, 11800 Foothill Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 91342.

Phone: (714) 263-3802

Join the Discovery Cube for the Sweetest science of the season. Aprons on, scientists! You’ll head into the world of the classic holiday dessert and find out how science plays a crucial role in the kitchen. The favorite goodies don’t come together magically though. We use heat, math, engineering and other important components in order to bake and create the confections everyone loves. Build a candy car out of holiday treats and then compete, sweet-to-sweet in the Gingerbread Derby. Be a part of the Science of Gingerbread Competition, design and build your own creation for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Anyone can enter and family participation is encouraged! Local schools, groups, and businesses are invited to compete in this annual event as well. Competition Categories are Best Holiday Theme, Best Youth 5 and Under, Best Youth Ages 6-13, Best Science Theme, Best by an Organization, Best by a Classroom School, Best by a Youth Group/Troop/Scout and Grand Engineers Award. Gingerbread houses will be displayed from starting November 23, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Included with General Admission.

Science of Gingerbread (OC)

Join the Discovery Cube for the sweetest science of the season until Sunday, January 6, 2018 from at Discovery Cube Orange County, 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705.

Phone: 714-542-2823

Join the Discovery Cube for the Sweetest science of the season. Aprons on, scientists! You’ll head into the world of the classic holiday dessert and find out how science plays a crucial role in the kitchen. The favorite goodies don’t come together magically though. We use heat, math, engineering and other important components in order to bake and create the confections everyone loves. Build a candy car out of holiday treats and then compete, sweet-to-sweet in the Gingerbread Derby. Be a part of the Science of Gingerbread Competition, design and build your own creation for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Anyone can enter and family participation is encouraged! Local schools, groups, and businesses are invited to compete in this annual event as well. Competition Categories are Best Holiday Theme, Best Youth 5 and Under, Best Youth Ages 6-13, Best Science Theme, Best by an Organization, Best by a Classroom School, Best by a Youth Group/Troop/Scout and Grand Engineers Award. Gingerbread houses will be displayed from starting November 23, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Included with General Admission.

Sawdust Winter Fantasy

The 28th Annual Winter Fantasy will take place at the Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, California 92651 on Saturdays and Sundays until Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

The 28th Annual Winter Fantasy will feature 182 artists and makers, three stages of live music and entertainment, glassblowing and art demos, hands-on pottery wheel and festival classes, falling snow and holiday photo-ops with Santa, thousands of Christmas lights, decorations and Xmas trees, outdoor eateries, cafes, festive saloon offerings, and so much more! Kids can experience Sawdust’s magical three-acre art village during the holiday season, transformed into a picture perfect winter wonderland in the heart of Laguna Beach for five weekends only. Artists and makers showcase handmade and handcrafted gifts of art in painting, ceramics, jewelry, clothing and leatherwork, mixed media, photography, and so much more. This event is ideal for kids of all ages. Tickets are $ 8 got for adults, $ 6 for seniors, $ 4 for Kids 6-12 and free for kids below the age 5.

Christmas Train

Hop onboard for a Jolly ride in the Christmas Train that will depart from Irvine Park Railroad, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869, you can enjoy the experience until Sunday, December 23, 2018 at various times.  

Phone: 714.997.3968

Hop onboard for a Jolly ride in the Christmas Train that will depart from Irvine Park Railroad. It’s Christmas and it’s the season for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train. Families are welcome to take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet everyone’s favorite Santa Claus. The train will depart from the brightly-lit train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole. Children can share their wish list with Santa and have their photo taken with him too. You can take pictures with your personal camera or you may purchase a photo taken by Irvine Park Railroad. After visiting with Santa, hop back aboard the train and enjoy the colorful Christmas lights and decorations, as well as the magical “Tunnel of Lights”, on the ride back to Santa’s Village. Christmas Train tickets will cost $ 15 and free 24 months and younger and activity ticket will cost $ 5 and a book of 15 activity tickets are $ 60, photo with Santa will cost $ 10 per photo.

Sugar Plum Express Holiday Village and Tree Train

Sugar Plum Express Holiday Village and Tree Train will be arriving at the Fillmore and Western Railway, 364 Main Street, Fillmore, CA 93015 on Saturdays and Sundays until Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Take a 3 hour train adventure to our Holiday Village (at Loose Caboose)! Santa will be onboard to visit everyone. Once there you can select a pre-cut Christmas Tree, purchase unique gifts and goodies, enjoy the new Winter Wonderland walk-thru, hop on the Holiday Jolly Jumpers, visit craft vendors and see Santa’s Workshop. Also view the Koi fish, goats and birds while exploring. Food and beverages will be available onboard for purchase. This event is suitable for children of the age 2 and up. Tickets are $ 24 for Seniors, $ 26 for Adult, $ 16 for Youth, $ 12 for Child and free for Infants.

Teddy Bear Tea

Enjoy a Teddy Bear Tea in the Lobby Lounge at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, 1401 S Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106 on Saturdays and Sundays until Sunday, December 23, 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm.

A long-time hotel holiday tradition, Teddy Bear Tea features enchanting holiday decorations, a puppet show, storytelling by one of Santa’s helpers, and pictures with Santa!  Adults will enjoy The Langham’s Signature Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood, and children can munch on child-friendly sandwiches, cookies, hot chocolate, milk and other tasty goodies. Each guest of Teddy Bear Tea is asked to bring one unwrapped, packaged gift for donation to a children’s charity, which will help bring joy to children in need. Priced at $ 68 per person and $ 58 per child under 12.

Knott’s Merry Farm

Spend the most wonderful time of the year with your family at Knott’s Merry Farm until Sunday, January 6, 2019 at various times at  Knotts Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA.

Spend the most wonderful time of the year with your family at Knott’s Merry Farm enjoying thrilling attractions, live entertainment, a Christmas Crafts Village, festive food, lavish holiday decorations, and nightly snow in Ghost Town. Knott’s Merry Farm is Southern California’s ultimate holiday festival full of Christmas activities and attractions that the entire family can enjoy. Guests of all ages can embrace the joy of Christmas at Knott’s Merry Farm, with classic shows like the Holiday Ice Show featuring Snoopy, the Peanuts Gang and a cast of world class ice skaters, the nightly tree lighting ceremony and The Christmas Carol. Plus stroll through the merry streets of Calico for unique seasonal treats, Santa’s Christmas Cabin, traditional live Christmas Carolers, a Christmas Crafts Village, an enchanting Snow and Glow show with nightly falling snow, and so much more. Kids of all ages are welcome, the price costs $ 49 and up.

Queen Mary Christmas

This event will be hosted at The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802 until Sunday, January 6, 2019 at various times.

Drop in with your kids to discover new traditions mingled with good old-fashioned Christmas cheer as you stroll the beautiful decks of the legendary ship, experiencing thousands of twinkling lights, carolers and musical performances, our outdoor skating rink atop the Sports Deck, meet and greets with Santa, and more! General admission includes entry to the holiday bedecked Queen Mary and Engine Room, as well as the Ship Model Gallery and 4D Theater screening of Polar Express. Guests can visit Santa’s Captain’s Quarters for a meet and greet with Santa, and listen to story time with Mrs. Claus. Other highlights include strolling entertainment and an evening tree lighting ceremony. This event is ideal for kids of the age 5 and up. Price for adults: $ 21 – $ 69; kids: $ 15 – $ 54.

LA Auto Show

The LA Convention Center is a perfect place for car lover’s and will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015 until Sunday, December 9, 2018 at various times.

Contact: 213.741.1151

Come along for the ride and create your own journey at the 2018 LA Auto Show. Are you planning for a new vehicle or planning for the future? , the LA Auto Show is your one-stop-shop for comparison shopping cars, trucks, SUVs, electric vehicles and more. The Auto show assures you a hassle-free, stress-free, car shopping from about 1,000 vehicles to choose from. Explore the latest models, vehicle debuts and concept cars throughout the halls. Take a drive in the newest vehicles from some of the world’s top car manufacturers. Whether its new vehicle shopping, test drives, experiencing the latest tech or exploring an assortment of customized rides and exotics, there is something for everyone at the show.  Tickets start at $ 5 for children and $ 20 for adults and free for children 6 and under.

Train to Santa’s Workshop

Train To Santa’s Workshop is a holiday workshop hosted by the Orange Empire Railway Museum, 2201 South ‘A’ Street, Perris, CA 92570 until Sunday, December 16, 2018 at various times

Phone: 951-943-3020

Families are welcome to join the magical train ride and visit with Santa Claus himself at his North Pole workshop. Ride the train where elves will lead your family in Christmas songs, holiday trivia games and storytelling. Santa greets the guests as they arrive at the workshop. At the workshop children will be able to play in the play area and do craft activities. Before boarding the train guests can visit with Mrs. Claus and enjoy refreshments at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, see the model railroad layout, write a letter to Santa and shop at the vendor booths and the museum gift shop. There is so much fun for the whole family at Santa’s workshop. Trains fill up fast, so reservation is advised. Prices are $ 20 for ages 12 and up, $ 15 for kids ages 2-11.

Winterfest at Santa Anita Park

For unlimited fun drop in at the Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Drive main entrance is Holly Street at Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007 until Sunday, December 23, 2018 at various times.

Featuring a Real Ice Rink Plus: Santa Claus, Tree Lot, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Santa’s Village with Ginger Bread Making, Wreath Making, Ornament Making, Santa’s Petting Zoo, Carolers, Giant Inflatable, Live Music and DJs, Seasonal Favorite Food and Beverage, Holiday Shopping with Seasonal Vendors, Free Christmas Movies. This fun is ideal for kids 3-13. General Admission costs $ 5, Winterfest Starter Pack is $ 35 that includes Ice Skate Session including Rentals, 14 Inflatable and Ride Tickets. Kid Winterfest Ultimate Pack ($60) – Ice Skate Session including Rentals, Unlimited Wristband: Inflatable and Ride Tickets, A picture with Santa Claus, Petting Zoo, Pony Ride, and Carriage Ride. Adult Winterfest Ultimate Pack costs $ 65.

Reindeer Romp 2018

The reindeers have landed at the Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, California 90027 until Sunday, January 6, 2019 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Phone: (323) 644-4200

The elegant Real reindeer are here at the L.A. Zoo for holidays to make your kid’s day a memorable one! It’s a Reindeer Village, where you can get to know all about reindeers and the perfect spot to click some great photos. The main activities include craft station where kids can make their own antlers, Reindeer keepers’ talks, daily Reindeer games from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, antler crafts in Reindeer Village, and guess what you get to see the animals open their own presents which is part of our enrichment program. Saturday, they present the Elephants and Sunday, is special for the Muriel’s Ranch. Kids of all ages are welcome, the fee costs $ 21 for adults, $ 18 for seniors, $ 16 for kids of the age 2-12 and no ticket required for children below the age 2.



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