Oh Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah, come light the menorah. Again. And again. Hanukkah is enjoying its moment in the spotlight in a torrent of latke and donut-filled celebrations, with all manner of creative takes on menorahs (tiles, LEGO, sculpted of ice). I bet there's enough Hanukkah fun to fill eight crazy nights!
Actually, this weekend is filled with a lot of a lot of things. Santa Breakfasts. Parades. Parades of boats. SoCal snow. Victorian takes on Christmas. Tree Lightings. Screenings of Elf. You name it; we've got it. A lot of it. And you are going have to choose what to do and what to miss. (I don't envy you.)
This is going to be our story until the end of December, by the way. With more ballets than you can shake a Nutcracker at, and a whole chorus of Hallelujahs, the seasonal fun just keeps coming. And we wouldn't have it any other way!
Keep reading for a seasonal abundance of weekend fun...
Guys & Dolls at The Wallis - Beverly Hills
Oregon Shakespeare Company returns to the Wallis with a stunning production of the musical Guys and Dolls
The Good Dinosaur - Hollywood
Cute cartoon dinosaurs or genuine-to-goodness fossil dinosaurs: get ‘em both at the El Capitan. (Plus a preshow with Joy & Sadness and all their Pixar friends!)
Annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration - Montecito Heights
Victorian homes lit by lamps create a beautiful backdrop for Heritage Square's 20th annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration.
Sugar Rush - Costa Mesa
Oh, the sweet sweet taste of dessert. OC Fair & Event Center is filled with entertainment, chef competitions, demonstrations, and tastings of delicious sweet treats.
Festival Navideño Calle Ocho LA - Downtown
The Festival Navideño en la Calle Ocho is the biggest Latino Toy Drive distribution during Christmas Season. Ten blocks of entertainment are filled with live music, carnival fun, and lots of toys for the kids.
Victorian Christmas - Wilmington
The Banning Museum and grounds are transformed into a Christmas festival featuring Victorian period entertainment, a horse-drawn trolley ride, children's crafts, and a visit from jolly St. Nick.
Alpine Village Holiday Faire - Torrance
Families can meet the Snow Queen, play in the snow, ride a train around the village, and meet Santa at a German-inspired Christmas market.
Holiday Treats for the Animals - Long Beach
Christmas comes early for the creatures at the Aquarium of the Pacific; Santa Diver delivers, even if it means swimming with the sharks.
Breakfast with Santa - La Habra
The Children's Museum’s breakfast with Santa includes continental breakfast, crafts, a photo with Santa, and admission to the museum.
A Snow White Christmas - Laguna Beach
The OC gets its own Christmas panto this year, as Lythgoe Family Productions brings A Snow White Christmas to the Laguna Playhouse.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 5
Anaheim Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village - Anaheim
A day of free kids' crafts, train rides, snow play, music, and photos with Santa is capped off with a tree lighting ceremony.
Wilmington Winter Wonderland - Wilmington
Do you want to build a snowman? There’s twenty tons of snow in Wilmington Waterfront Park.
Holidays by the Sea - San Pedro
You can watch a free screening of Elf, meet up with Santa, and then sit back and enjoy the Holiday Parade of Boats on the LA Waterfront (this year’s theme: Santa’s Minions!).
Venice Canals Boat Parade - Venice
Venice puts its canals to good use, with the annual holiday boat parade. Pull up a bridge and watch the fun float by.
Winter Wonderland - Pasadena
First there’s a screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas to get everyone in the holiday spirit, then it’s over to Vroman’s for crafts, treats, and a visit from Santa.
Winter Holiday Festival - Downtown
The holiday fun at Pershing Square ice rink includes Santa, a train ride, bouncers, craft activities, and snow.
Pharrell Williams, B.J. Novak, & Drew Daywalt Book Signing - West LA
The authors of 3 super-popular kids’ books visit Children's Book World for a signing.
Bird Fest of the Santa Monica Mountains - Calabasas
This free festival is for the birds, (in the best possible way).
Sand Snowman Contest - Hermosa Beach
True, traditional snowmen are made with snow, but it’s really hard to sculpt the fine details with frozen fingers. Plus, sand doesn’t melt.
Touch a Truck - Simi Valley
Kids young and old can touch, climb, learn about and explore a variety of large trucks, construction equipment vehicles, police and fire vehicles and meet some of the people who operate them.
Heritage Junction Christmas Open House - Newhall
The free Christmas Open House at Heritage Junction features Santa Claus, animal blessings, crafts for kids, historic home tours and real reindeer.
Greg Blum Plays KidSongs! - Downtown
Music teacher Greg Blum plays his first ever concert for kids at the Grammy Museum.
The Nutcracker for Kids - Costa Mesa
The Tchaikovsky Christmas ballet is performed in a condensed, 45-minute version created just for kids.
South Lake Holiday Celebration - Pasadena
South Lake Avenue kicks off its holiday celebration at The Shops on Lake Avenue with free holiday fun for the whole family, including in-store promotions, photos with Santa, horse & carriage rides, live music performances, carolers, holiday crafts for the kids, a scavenger hunt, and prizes.
Holiday Drive In Movie Series - Valencia
It’s a double feature at Westfield Valencia! The bill includes Polar Express and Elf as well as the short Prep and Landing.
Winter Wonderland Party at Westfield - Santa Anita
Talk about a wonderland! Westfield Santa Anita treats guests to a dessert bar, live reindeer, artificial snow, crafts for kids, music, hot cocoa, and an ice carving performance. Plus a sneak peek of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell: A Pirates Christmas.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 6 - FIRST NIGHT OF HANUKKAH
12th Annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks Orange County 5K Walk and Autism Resource Fair – Anaheim
This 5K walk for autism raises funds and awareness.
Snow Leopard Festival - Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo invites families for snow, sledding, crafts, and photos with Santa.
Free Day at the Bowers - Santa Ana
Bowers Museum celebrates Winter Solstice.
Free Day at the La Habra Children's Museum - La Habra
The Children's Museum at La Habra celebrates international festivals of lights including Diwali, Hanukkah, and Las Posadas.
826LA@Hammer: The DIY Holiday Home Shopping Sale-A-Bration - Westwood
Buy now! Kids come up with holiday products to sell on a home shopping channel.
Snowflake Festival - Tarzana
Santa Claus comes out for the fun at Tarzana Community & Cultural Center, including a snow slide, bouncers, cookie decorating, and carolers.
Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade - San Pedro
The annual Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade through Downtown San Pedro celebrates its 35th year.
Festive West - Griffith Park
Kids can discover the crafts and games of Western cultures, and take in a puppet show about holiday traditions.
64th Annual Downey Christmas Parade - Downey
The 64th Annual Downey Christmas Parade features Grand Marshall Ernie Hudson (of Ghostbusters fame).
Holiday Craft Workshop at CAAM - Exposition Park
Get an early start making some gifts at the California African American Museum.
Hanukkah Celebration - Fairfax
Kids can help build a giant LEGO menorah at the Farmers Market’s Hanukkah celebration.
Hanukkah Festival - Mid-Wilshire
The Zimmer celebrates the Festival of Lights with a day of light-themed activities and a performance by Klezmer Juice.
Hanukkah on Ice - Van Nuys
What do you want for Hanukkah? How about ice skating, bumper cars on ice, and a giant ice menorah?
Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony - Newport Beach
Fashion Island’s Hanukkah celebration offers balloon animals, music, face painting, dreidls, donuts, gifts, treats for kids, and Hanukkah crafts.
Hooray for Hanukkah! - Irvine
Pretend City Children's Museum begins eight days of Hanukkah related activities.
Tile Hanukkah Menorah Lighting - Torrance
Guests can create a tile to add to the menorah at Del Amo Fashion Center.
Hanukkah at Universal CityWalk - Universal City
Ad Elbaz, Edon, Eli Marcus, Pella, and Mendy J. perform at the 14th annual Hanukkah concert at Universal CityWalk.
As always, no matter what you decide to do this weekend, we hope you have a spectacular time.