Fun & Free Things to Do This Weekend with LA Kids: CicLAvia, Sand Snowmen, and Scuba Santa Dec 6- 7
Oh, it's here all right. De one and only December, with nonstop boat-parading, breakfasting, nutcracking, bright-lighting goodness. There's only one story this month, and whether it's told with a ho ho ho, a bah humbug, or a "pass the latkes," it's all about raking in the gift-wrapped goodies. (And helping our fellow man. That's in there, too.)
Mother Nature has been doing her part to set the seasonal tone. If you call soggy "seasonal." (I don't.) Luckily, Los Angeles offers plenty of ways to feel the true chill of Winter (snow and everything!).
Not everything is Santa this weekend: there's a Special Needs Resources Fair that comes with a free day at the Zimmer, the Grand Re-Opening of Kidseum, CicLAvia in South LA, a Sand Snowman contest, Santa in a firetruck, Santa in scuba gear, Santa swimming with the sharks... Ah, who am I kidding? It's Santa Santa Santa. And one Duck.
Keep reading for our most seasonal picks for the weekend.
Annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration - Montecito Heights
Victorian homes lit by the aura of lamplights create a beautiful backdrop for Heritage Square's 19th annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration.
Santa & Mrs Claus at The Paley Center - Beverly Hills
Mrs. Claus shares holiday songs and stories on a trolley ride through Beverly Hills; Mr. Claus awaits at the Paley Center to hear Christmas wishes. While you're there, check out some holiday classics.
Breakfast with Santa - La Habra
Santa Claus visits La Habra Children's Museum for his favorite meal of the day: breakfast!
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.
Big Hero 6 (PG) in 3D with Laser Light Show - Hollywood
Sure, sure. Laser light show, Baymax himself on stage, but did you know that El Capitan is showing the Star Wars trailer before Big Hero 6 screenings ... twice!
Bob Baker’s Nutcracker - Downtown
Families can celebrate the enduring legacy of the recently departed puppeteer with this Christmas classic at The Bob Baker Marionette Theater.
Arctic Lights at the Moorpark Teaching Zoo - Moorpark
Winter’s come to the Moorpark Teaching Zoo, with snow, holiday themed animal shows, and all sorts of fun for kids.
Boat Parade of Lights - Dana Point
Boat owners from all over Orange County decorate their schooners and yachts to celebrate the season and compete for awards. This year the event is made even brighter by the light display IlluminOcean in the harbor area.
Into the Woods - Beverly Hills
The Wallis presents Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s new production of the Tony-award winning musical.
Festival Navideño CalleOcho LA - Los Angeles
Santa Claus shows up for the biggest Latino toy drive distribution of the Christmas season. This large street party is filled with musical stages, carnival, entertainment, food vendors, and most of all toys for the children.
Christmas Tree Train & North Pole Express - Fillmore
Board a vintage train to choose your own Christmas tree, or for a visit to the North Pole.
Alpine Village Holiday Faire - Torrance
Alpine Village's inaugural Christmas Faire includes a snow-covered play area with 500 square feet of real, ice-cold snow for kids to make snow men and snow angels. Other fun includes a craft area where kids can decorate stockings and ornaments and photo ops with Santa Claus and Ice Princesses.
Sometimes you feel like a Nut (Cracker)
Here are a few of the holiday productions dancing our way this weekend:
The Nutcracker (California Dance Academy) - Madrid Theatre Canoga Park
The Nutcracker (Los Angeles Ballet) - The Alex Theatre
SATURDAY DECEMBER 6
Santa's Candy Cane Drive - Santa Monica
Santa gets an escort from Santa Monica’s finest and bravest: firefighters and police officers accompany Santa as he visits local parks. Listen for the sirens!
1,000 Points Of Light - Redondo Beach
South Bay Galleria’s annual 1,000 Points of Light holiday caroling celebration sets a goal of 1,000 attendees to each represent one point of light.
Electric Dusk Drive-In - Downtown
Already feeling Bah Humbuggy? Maybe a drive-in screening of Scrooged will put you in the Christmas spirit.
Home Depot Kids Workshops - Multiple Locations
Kids can help with holiday decorating by making Holiday Yard Stakes at Home Depot.
Breakfast with Santa Claus - Santa Monica
The Jolly old Elf joins kids for breakfast and fun at Santa Monica Place.
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.
Anaheim Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village - Anaheim
The annual celebration to launch the holiday season promises appearances by Santa Claus, free snowplay, free train rides, holiday music, and a tree lighting at dusk.
Silk Road Story Time - Pasadena
Gather in the traveler’s tent at the Pacific Asia Museum for craft, snacks, a balloon, and storytime. This month: tales from Pakistan.
AMC Theatres Sensory Friendly Films - Multiple Locations
Families affected by autism can enjoy a screening of Penguins of Madagascar in a sensory-friendly environment at select AMC Theatres. We've got a parent review of the film, if that helps.
Santa Comes to Westlake/Agoura & Beyond (Food Drive) - Agoura Hills
Families can help bag and deliver collected food for the area’s longest running food drive (35 years and counting!). Santa supports the cause with a grand entrance and photo op.
Scuba Santa - Multiple Locations
Seriously? You can scuba dive with Santa and get your picture taken… for free!? You might as well unplug the internet right now, because you’re not going to find anything more awesome.
TSFY: Jazz and the Orchestra - Downtown
Jazz and the Orchestra explores the connections and collaborations between orchestral music and America’s "national music" - jazz.
Relativity School Open House - Los Angeles
Teens with an interest in film & digital content creation, commercial dance, or acting for camera and/or musical theater can experience what it’s like to be a student at Relativity at this free, day-long open house.
Holiday Crafts - Malibu
Kids can decorate stockings and dreidels at the Malibu Country Mart.
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.
Duck the Halls - Tustin/Irvine
Anaheim Ducks fans can meet Guy Hebert, former Ducks goalie and Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket analyst, along with the Anaheim Ducks mascot Wild Wing and the Power Players at The Marketplace.
Yuletide Cinema - Downtown
Are you naughty or nice? The elves at the screenings of A Christmas Story and Elf will be sure to let you know!
Main Street Holiday Parties - Santa Monica
Hot on the heels of Montana’s Holiday Walk, the businesses of Main Street invite locals for holiday fun, including a candlelight procession to the Shopping Cart tree. (Drop by Books and Cookies for early festivities.)
SUNDAY DECEMBER 7
CicLAvia - South LA
CicLAvia’s new South LA route will connects Leimert Park with historic Central Avenue, traveling along Martin Luther King Boulevard. The Central Avenue Hub has a Kids Zone featuring a bike safety skills course and painting on the Mobile Mural Lab.
Kidseum 20th Anniversary/Grand Reopening - Santa Ana
Kidseum at the Bowers reopens with a new mission: "igniting imagination through exploration” and exciting new exhibits.
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.
American Girl at The Nutcracker Ballet - The Grove & Glendale
Start her day off with lunch at American Girl Place, then whisk her off to the Alex Theatre in Glendale for a performance of The Nutcracker; end up with one happy child. Younger kids can enjoy Breakfast with Santa at the store.
Skirball Playdate: What Peace Feels Like - West LA
Parents and kids can create art and listen to stories and music at this morning exploration honoring peace and togetherness.
A Faery Hunt - Crestwood Hills Park - Brentwood
Sure, you found great bargains last weekend. But can you find the faeries in Crestwood Hills Park?
Hollow Trees - Santa Monica
The Hollow Trees bring their bluegrass hootenanny to McCabe's biweekly Sunday kids' concert series.
Holiday Matinee: Home Alone (PG) - Downtown
The LA Conservancy presents a holiday matinee of Home Alone at the classic Orpheum Theatre, featuring preshow music on the Orpheum’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ.
Letters to Santa - Pasadena
You can use a regular mailbox, or you can put your letter in Vroman's special mailbox that delivers letters directly to Santa!
L.A. Parent’s Special Needs Resource Fair - Mid-Wilshire
Families can enjoy live entertainment, face painting, and the Zimmer Children's Museum’s exhibits while learning about resources for special needs from more than 20 organizations. Admission is free - reservations advised!
Kids in the Courtyard: Holiday Charm - Westwood
Fowler visitors can take inspiration from Pascale Marthine Tayou’s Black Diamonds and manipulate wire and other materials in creative ways to make a holiday charm.
Holiday Cookie Decorating - Valencia
Westfield Valencia celebrates the holidays with cookie decorating. Santa stops by to see who has been naughty or nice.
Stories in the Afternoon - Pasadena
Not every line is straight! Follow lines of all types to the Norton Simon Museum.
LA Children's Chorus Winter Concert Celebrates American Composers - Pasadena
Los Angeles Children's Chorus presents its popular annual Winter Concert, celebrating American song at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.
As always, there are many more activities listed on our daily events calendar (and if you didn't receive this post as an email, you really should subscribe to our weekly newsletter). Whatever you choose to do, have a wonderful weekend!