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The Ultimate LA Family Guide ™

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Event Date

Event Description




Nov. 18-Jan. 8, 2011

An American Christmas

See Christmas trees decorated with items that represent the many decades of American history.

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. 3-4

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


Dec. 3

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. 3-4

Arctic Lights

Winter holiday festival with animal shows, real snow to play in, games, crafts and baked goods

11 am-5 pm

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

Adults: $5, Children: $4

Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 9-11

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. 4

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. 6

Free Family Night

Discover creative educational winter crafts with Lakeshore Learning Materials fit for the whole family.

4-8 pm

Kidspace, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Dec. 9-10 and Dec. 16-17

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. 10-11

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. 10

Winter Holiday Festival

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

11 am-7 pm

Pershing Square

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


Dec. 11

Hanukkah Family Festival

Celebrating the importance of religious freedom and justice, Hanukkah is a time for gathering with friends and family. Join us at the Skirball for this annual festival commemorating this fun-filled Jewish holiday. Families of all backgrounds welcome!

11 am-4 pm

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

Adults: $10, Seniors and Students: $7, Children 12 and under: $5

Dec. 14-18

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


Dec. 14-18

Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3

This all-new, high-energy show features a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe and is set to a blend of contemporary music and favorite Disney songs.

Dec. 14 and Dec. 15: 7:30 pm

Dec. 16: 11 am and 7:30 pm, Dec. 17-18: 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Staples Center

1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles

$16-$70: Opening night tickets are available for only $12.

Dec. 17

Primitive Firemaking Skills

Have you been watching survival shows on TV and wish you had the skills to start fire from scratch? Well, now’s your chance to learn and practice 3 different hands-on techniques. You have to work hard to make fire! Meet at the Grotto Amphitheater.

3-5 pm

Vista Hermosa Natural Park

100 N. Toluca St., Los Angeles


Dec. 17

A Walk into the Chumash World

Step into a world of discovery with Vol­unteer Naturalist Arthur and learn how local Chumash Indians used the natural resources of their environment to create a prosperous and sustainable lifestyle that lasted for 10,000 years. Easy 1 mile walk.

10 am-12 pm

Sooky Goldman Nature Center

Franklin Canyon Park, 2600 Franklin Cyn Dr., Beverly Hills


Dec. 23

Get the Kids Out of the House

We have just the right plan to get the kids and visiting family out of the house so you can wrap presents. Send them to the park for a couple of hours of fresh air and cool nature stuff. Meet at Pico Canyon’s front parking lot (opposite historic Mentryville). 2 hours

8-10 am

Pico Canyon Park

27201 Pico Canyon Road, Newhall


Dec. 25

Christmas Bird Hike

Celebrate the holiday by joining naturalist Paul for a leisurely stroll in the park. Meet at the Sooky Goldman Nature Center.

8-10 am

Franklin Canyon Park

2600 Franklin Canyon Dr., Beverly Hills

Dec. 26-28

Snow Days

The museum transforms into a winter playground. Make snowmen and learn how snow is formed.

10 am-5 pm

Kidspace Children’s Museum

480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena

Free with admission: $10

Dec. 27

Menorah Lighting and Hanukkah Celebration

Latkes, donuts, live concert and fireworks

6:30 pm

Calabasas Commons, 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas


December 2011 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles