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Event Date

Event Description




Nov. 28-Jan. 4

LA Zoo Lights

This is an all-new holiday light event with high impact sets and design to celebrate the season. Stroll through the zoo to see glowing light animals and real reindeer and purchase holiday treats. There are also select dates to visit with Santa.

6-10 pm

LA Zoo

5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles

$9.15 through Dec. 11, then the price jumps to $13 for adults and $11 for children

Nov. 26-Jan. 4


Stroll with your friends and family through this brand new festive village of holiday lights sculpted into sea animals, a 50 foot Glowmotion Tree and lightwave tunnels that are longer than a football field.

Sun.-Thurs. 5-10 pm, Fri.-Sat. 5-11 pm

Dana Point Harbor

34415 Park Lantern, Dana Point


Nov. 22-Dec. 21 weekends only

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: $7, Children ages 6-12: $4, Children ages 5 and younger: Free

Dec. 3

Free Family Night

Enjoy the museum exhibits and hands-on fun while learning the art, science and history of the puppet. There will be a performance by the Bob Baker Marionettes at 6:30 pm.

4-8 pm

Kidspace, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Dec. 5-6 and Dec. 12-13

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. 6

Holiday Carolers

Two Rodeo comes alive with the sounds of the holiday season. Enjoy live entertainment and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in a beautiful, themed setting.

3-6 pm

Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills


Dec. 6

Hot Wheels Garage

Race cars on hot wheels tracks, see life size hot wheels, take a picture with Santa and donate an unwrapped toy. There will also be sundaes for purchase.

10 am-1 pm

Automobile Driving Museum

610 Lairport St., El Segundo

Adults: $10, Children ages 11-17: $5 and Children ages 10 and under: Free

Dec. 6-21; weekends only

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, 1 pm and 2 pm

Intersection of Rodeo Dr. And Dayton Way, Beverly Hills

Adults: $5, Children: $1

Dec. 6-7

Arctic Lights

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

11 am-5 pm

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

Adults: $8, Children: $6

Dec. 6-7

Festival Navideno de la Calle

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. 7

Kwanzaa Bonanza

Enjoy live performances and art workshops in the spirit of giving, unity, and community. There will also be a holiday marketplace to purchase gifts for the season.

1-5 pm

California African American Museum

600 State Dr., Los Angeles

Free; Parking is $12

Dec. 7

Leonis Adobe Holiday Open House and Lighting Ceremony

Visit with Santa, craft projects for kids, farm animals to feed, games, live entertainment and refreshments.

2-5 pm

Leonis Adobe Museum

23537 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas

Adults: $4; Children: $2

Dec. 13

Holiday Tea Party

Join other kids for tea and cookies. Decorate cupcakes!

2 pm

Agoura Hills Library

29901 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills


Dec. 13-14

Winter Holiday Festival

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

12 pm-7 pm

Pershing Square

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


Dec. 13

A Walk into the Chumash World

Step into a world of discovery 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.

2 pm

King Gillette Ranch

26800 West Mulholland Highway,  Calabasas

Free; Parking is $7

Dec. 14

A Rancho Christmas

Learn how the rancheros in nineteenth-century California celebrate the holidays with dancing and a rancho-themed scavenger hunt. Try your hand at daily jobs on the ranch through rancho trade stations.

1-4 pm

Autry National Center

4700 Western Heritage Way,

Los Angeles

Included with museum admission: Adults: $10, Students:$6, Children ages 3-12: $4

Dec. 14

Winter Family Festival

Tons of tons to play in, arts and crafts, face painting, free photos with Santa, performances by local school and community music groups. Bring canned food, toys, e-waste, pet food/toys and new/used books to donate to charity.

1-4 pm

Studio City Recreation Center at Beeman Park

12621 Rye St., Studio City

Free; free parking with shuttle service from 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City

Dec. 16-24

Las Posadas

This is a traditional presentation of the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem Activities include singing, ballet folklorico entertainment, a candlelight procession on Olvera Street and a children's pinata breaking each evening.

6-8:30 pm

Olvera Street

845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles


Dec. 17-21

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. 21

Original Farmers Market Hanukkah

The celebration includes a lighting ceremony and building a giant Lego menorah.

2:30-5:30 pm

6333 W. 3rd St.,

Los Angeles


Dec. 21

Winter Soltice

View the beautiful park and enjoy a short hike while learning about seasonal changes in nature during this time of year.

3:30-6 pm

Franklin Canyon Park

2600 Franklin Canyon, Beverly Hills


Dec. 26-30

Snow Days

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

Dec. 26-28: 9:30 am-5 pm. Dec. 29-30:

10 am-5 pm

Kidspace Children’s Museum

480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena

Free with admission: $10

Dec. 27

Star Party

Get a close up look at the moon, stars and visible planets, try out a variety of telescopes and talk to astronomers.

2-9:45 pm

Griffith Observatory

2800 E Observatory Rd., Los Angeles


Dec. 27

Habitat Restoration

Help restore the last coastal wetland habitat in LA County. Volunteers get hands-on experience while learning about wetland ecology. Gloves and tools are provided.

9:30 am-12 pm

The intersection of Lincoln Blvd. And Jefferson Blvd., Playa del Rey


Dec. 27

Happy New Year to You!

Stories, songs, noisemakers and a puppet show help ring in the new year.

2-3 pm

Central Library

630 W. 5th St.,

Los Angeles


Dec. 28

Stories in the Afternoon

Get inspired by a story about different kinds of lines an the museum’s many artworks that explore lines including Open Green by Kadinsky. Then create a line drawing of your own.

2-3 pm

Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Adults: $12, Children under 18: Free

Jan. 1

Free Admission at the Autry

Enjoy all of the museum galleries with your friends and family.

10 am-4 pm

Autry National Center

4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles


December 2014 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles