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Event Date

Event Description




Nov. 18th-Jan. 8th

LA Zoo Lights

This is a magical holiday light event with high impact displays that are designed to celebrate the season. Stroll through the zoo to see glowing light animals and real reindeer and purchase holiday treats. Enjoy a beautiful, ocean themed water fountain show, laser lights, and photos with Santa (select times).

6-10 pm

LA Zoo

5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles


Nov. 19th-Dec. 18th 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: $8, Children ages 6-12: $4, Children ages 5 and younger: Free

Dec. 3rd

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. 3rd-18th; 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. 3rd-4th

Winter Holiday Festival

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

11 am-7 pm

Pershing Square

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


Dec. 4th

Holiday Open House

Enjoy complimentary admission to the museum and live entertainment.

1-4 pm

Stagecoach Inn and Museum

51 S. Ventu Park Rd., Newbury Park


Dec. 4th

Leonis Adobe Holiday Open House and Lighting Ceremony

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

2-5 pm

Leonis Adobe Museum

23537 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas


Dec. 6th

Free Family Night

Enjoy the museum exhibits and hands-on fun including winter ice experiments, make-your-own apple cider mix and more.  

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. 10th

Snow Wonder

Experience real snow, a synthetic ice rink, sledding, arts and crafts, face painting, and snacks. At 5:55p.m., stay to view a spectacular five-minute fireworks show and the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade from 6-8 pm.

12-6 pm

Burton Chace Park

13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey


Dec. 10th

Holiday Tea Party

Join other kids for tea, cookies and a winter craft.

2 pm

Agoura Hills Library

29901 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills


Dec. 10th

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. 10th

Nature Awareness and Saftey for Kids

Join a naturalist to learn some of the skills and ways of the first people that lived here long ago. Trail safety and “leave no trace ethics” will be discussed. This hike is just right for ages 7 and up

10-11:30 am

King Gillette Ranch

26800 West Mulholland Highway, Calabasas

Free; Parking is $7

Dec. 11th

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. 14th-18th

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. 17th-18th

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. 17th

Ranger Game Day

Get pumped up to play strategic, fun-filled games with Rangers or with your family and friends. Games will range from board games, card games, and cultural games that were played by the Chumash and Tongva. Games will be provided.

10 am-1pm

Rancho Sierra Vista

4121 Potrero Rd, Newbury Park


Dec. 17th

Beginner Birding and Creek Clean Up

Enjoy some casual birding and a little bit of community service in a beautiful setting.

9-11:30 am

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


Dec. 17th

Family Day: Dream Bedroom Dioramma

Vincent van Gogh once lived in what he called his Yellow House. He made a painting of his bedroom that had blue walls, a green window and yellow chairs, with everything in its place. Think about your dream bedroom, what color it might be and what furniture you might have, and create a dream bedroom diorama using small boxes and mixed media.

1:30-3:30 pm

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

Adults: $12, Children under 18: Free

Dec. 26th-30th

Snow Days

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

9:30 am-5 pm

Kidspace Children’s Museum

480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena

Free with admission: $13

Dec. 27th

Hanukkah Celebration

Two Rodeo comes alive with live music, Hanukkah food, a menorah lighting and more.

7:30-9 pm

Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills


Dec. 27th

Original Farmers Market Hanukkah

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

2:30 pm

6333 W. 3rd St.,

Los Angeles


Dec. 31st

Fireworks in the Marina

Watch CNN's live broadcast and the ball drop in New York City on a jumbo screen starting at 7 pm. There will be fireworks at both 9 am and midnight.

9 pm

Burton Chace Park

13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey

Parking is available for $8 in county lots 4 and 77 on Mindanao Way

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 2016 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles