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Event Date

Event Description


Time


Location


Price


Aug. 1-Dec 31


Madame Tussauds

Come see your favorite stars as wax figures.

Daily 10 am-8 pm; Memorial Day-Labor Day: 10 am-10 pm

6933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood

$18-25 Click here for a Tussaud’s Hollywood coupon to save $5 per ticket.

Nov. 10-Dec. 27

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Musical show adapted from the famous Dr. Seuss book. The production stars John Larroquette.

Varies

Pantages Theatre,

6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles

$25-90. Save 64% on the price of the tickets by using the code KOST when purchasing through Ticketmaster.

Dec. 5

Moodoo Puppets perform “Holiday Puppet Safari.”

2 pm

Glendale Public Library, 1100 E Chevy Chase Dr., Glendale

Free

Dec. 4-30

Holiday Light Festival

Travel by foot, horse or car and see the annual light display along Crystal Springs Dr.

5-10 pm

Griffith Park, Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles

Free

Dec. 5

Grinchfest

Hear classic holiday stories including How the Grinch Stole Christmas and also make a holiday craft.

11 am

Borders Books 14651 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks



Free

Dec. 5

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: Build a Gingerbread House

10-11 am

Various Lowe’s locations throughout Los Angeles

Free: Register online. First 50 kids to register and come to the clinic will receive an apron and goggles.

Dec. 5

CARnival Family Fun Day

Arts and crafts, face painting, balloon sculptures, a magician and an opportunity to paint a mural designed by comic artist Phil Yeh.

11 am-3 pm

Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Adults: $10, Children 12 and younger: Free

Dec. 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20

Santa and the Jolly Trolley

Take a special trolley ride with Mrs. Claus with holiday music and fun. The ride ends at the Paley Center for Media and the celebration continues with a holiday movie screening and photo with Santa.

11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm

Intersection of Rodeo Dr. And Dayton Way, Beverly Hills

Adults: $10, Children: $5

Dec. 5-6

Festival Navideno de la Calle

12th Annual Christmas Street Fair: Live music, arts and crafts, food, carnival rides and games, free health screenings and exhibitors.

12-10 pm

8th St. and Normandie Ave., Los Angeles

Free

Dec. 5-6 and Dec. 12-13

Winter Sawdust Festival

Visit booths to view and purchase handmade crafts, jewelry and art. For kids, there are art projects, a real snow play field, live holiday entertainment, daily visits with Santa.

10 am-6 pm

935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach

Adult: $6, Children ages 6-12: $3, Children ages 5 and younger: Free

Dec. 6

Fiesta Hanukkah

Music, storytelling and arts and crafts.

11 am-4 pm

Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

Adults: $10, Seniors and Students: $7, Children 12 and under: Free

Dec. 6

Holiday Block Party at The Shops

Storytelling, choir performance, glitter tattoos, live jazz, face-painting, crafts table and cotton candy.

10 am-4 pm

The Shops at Woodman Ave. and Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks

Free

Please bring an new, unwrapped toy for donation.

Dec. 6

Leonis Adobe Holiday Open House and Lighting Ceremony

Visit with Santa, craft projects for kids, live entertainment and refreshments

2-5 pm

Leonis Adobe Museum

23537 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas

Free admission and parking

Dec. 11-Dec. 18

Hanukkah Celebration

The Promenade menorah will be lit by a different congregation each night. There will be singing and activities to accompany the lighting.

4:45 pm

Third Street Promenade

Free

Dec. 11-12 and Dec. 18-19

Boat Parade of Lights

Annual celebration of the season with boats decorated for the holidays.

7:30 pm

Dana Wharf

34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point

Free to view the parade, $25 to ride on a boat and see the decorated boats up close.

Dec. 13

Hanukkah Party

Make a menorah, eat latkes, hear stories, sing songs, and make crafts.

1-2:30 pm

Temple Beth Hillel

12326 Riverside Dr., Valley Village

Free

Dec. 12-13

Winter Holiday Festival

Ice skating exhibitions, snow zone, miniature train village, arts and crafts, puppet shows, dancing and live music.

11 am-6 pm

Pershing Square

5th, 6th, Hill and Olive Streets, Los Angeles

Free

Dec. 13

Art Workshop: Candle Making

Kids make ice lace candles at the final candle-making workshop of the year.

11 am and 2 pm

Kidspace, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena

Admission ($10) plus $8 for craft materials.

Dec. 15

Enchanted Lunchtime Theatre

Story time, games, craft-making, lunch and play building with members of Actors' Repertory Theatre.


11:30 am

Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica




$15, Adults are free

Dec. 5-6 and Dec. 12-13

Winter Sawdust Festival

Visit booths to view and purchase handmade crafts, jewelry and art. For kids, there are art projects, a real snow play field, live holiday entertainment, daily visits with Santa.

10 am-6 pm

935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach

Adult: $6, Children ages 6-12: $3, Children ages 5 and younger: Free

Dec. 16

Menorah Lighting and Hanukkah Celebration

Latkes, donuts, live concert and fireworks

6:30 pm

Calabasas Commons, 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas

Free

Dec. 16-20

Newport Beach Boat Parade

Enjoy watching the boats and the homes that front the bay as they decorate for season.

6:30-9 pm

Newport Landing Whale Landing, Newport Beach

Free

Dec. 17-Jan. 10

Christmas Around the World

See Christmas trees decorated in the style of the countries Reagan visited while in office. There is also a Kwanzaa and menorah exhibit.

10 am-7 pm (hours vary on different days so check the website before going)

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley

Free with paid admission: Adults: $12, Seniors: $9, Students (11-17): $6, Children (11 and younger): Free

Dec. 17-20

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy

Featured characters are included from the movies Cars, Tinker Bell, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King.

Dec. 17 – 7:30pm

Dec. 18 – 11 am; 7:30 pm

Dec. 19 – 12 pm, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Dec. 20 – 12 pm, 3:30 pm, 7:3 0pm


Staples Center

$16-65

Dec. 19

Family Hike

This is a guided tour  to Rock Pool and your family will explore nature and learn the hisotry of the park.

10 am-12 pm

Meet at Lower Parking Lot of Malibu Creek State Park, 1925 Las Virgenes Rd., Calabasas

Free; Fee for parking

Dec. 19-20

Arctic Lights

Winter holiday festival with animals, real snow to play in, games, crafts and cocoa

11 am-6 pm

America’s Teaching Zoo, Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Rd., Moorpark

Adults: $5, Children: $4

Dec. 22-27

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy

Featured characters are included from the movies Cars, Tinker Bell, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King.

Dec. 22 – 7:30 pm

Dec. 23 – 1 pm, 7:30 pm

Dec. 24 –1 pm, 4:30 pm

Dec. 25 – 4:30 pm

Dec. 26- 12 pm, 3:30 pm, 7:3 0pm

Dec. 27 – 12 pm, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm


Honda Center, Anaheim

$16-65

Dec. 30-Jan. 3

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy

Featured characters are included from the movies Cars, Tinker Bell, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King.

Dec. 30 – 7:30 pm

Dec. 31 –1 pm, 4:30 pm

Jan. 1 – 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Jan.  2 – 12 pm, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Jan. 3 – 11 am, 3 pm

Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario

$16-65

December 2009 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles