Phew. Is it over? So much planning goes into December that it's a little hard to believe when it turns up in our rear view mirror; but the calendar page has flipped, and it's all eyes on 2019. Luckily we don't have to wait too long until the next holiday weekend (complete with a few parades), and of course January is the perfect time to enjoy a day of skiing or sledding. We've got 12 don't-miss events to recommend in January; so recycle that tree and fasten your seatbelts for another year of fabulous ways to enjoy being a family in LA!
In addition to the events below, several of the Southland's special holiday happenings continue for one last hurrah this week, including the zoo's Reindeer Romp and LA Zoo Lights, the Discovery Cube's Winter Wonder Fest, Descanso Gardens' Enchanted Forest of Light, The Queen Mary's CHILL, and Orange County's Winter Fest.
As always, don't forget to check our daily calendar and our weekly newsletter, too, to stay on top of all the end-of-year fun.
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Get an up-close look at the colorful floats. Photo courtesy of Tournament of Roses
1. Rose Bowl Post-Parade Float Viewing
through January 2, 2019
Here's a bucket list item: though the parade is over, it's not too late for close-up viewing of the floats, before the mountains of flowers start to droop. Some of the floats then go on display in their communities of origin for a few more days.
2. Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream
January 3-6, 2019
This year Moana joins the cast from Frozen and the rest of the skating princesses in Disney's marvelous ice show. This touring production never disappoints, and the stop in Long Beach is your last chance to catch the final winter shows in the Southland. The cold never bothers this crew anyway.
3. Pageant of the Masters Auditions
January 4-6, 2019
Ever wondered what it would be like to participate in the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach? If you think your family will have the time to dedicate over the summer, 2019 could become a year to remember, as the year your kids became living works of art. Auditions are held all weekend; participation is free.
4. Los Tres Reyes Magos
January 6, 2019
The Festival of the Three Wise Men (aka Epiphany) is an event with much history and pageantry in LA's Latino community. A free celebration with processions takes place on Olvera Street.
5. Oshogatsu Family Festival
January 6, 2019
The Japanese American National Museum celebrates the Year of the Pig with a petting zoo, candy making demonstrations, and crafts at the day-long free festival.
6. Plaza Film Nights
January 2, 9, &16
There are just three nights left to catch one of the Wednesday night movie nights at Santa Monica ICE. Skate, watch a kid-friendly movie, and grab a bite to eat at the popular beach city seasonal ice rink.
7. Ben Franklin's Electric Birthday Party
January 19, 2019
This annual event at the International Printing Museum in Carson features visits by a selection of Revolutionary War heroes, including presentations by the birthday boy himself, explaining some of hos most famous inventions.
8. Kingdom Day Parade
January 21, 2019
One of the nation's largest events celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. takes place right down MLK Boulevard in downtown LA.
9. Lake Forest Snow Day
January 26, 2019
Snow sledding in Orange County happens just once a year. It's a big deal, and it requires pre-registraion.
Cabrillo Aquarium's Whale Fiesta celebrates the start of the Pacific gray whales’ yearly migration. Photo courtesy of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
10. Whale Fiesta
January 27, 2019
The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium celebrates the migration of the Pacific gray whale and the beginning of whale-watching season with a variety of family activities, including the sculpting of a life-sized humpback whale out of sand.
through January 27, 2019
The blockbuster Broadway musical that gives us insights into the backstory of two BFFs turned arch-witch enemies is at the Pantages all month.
12. Museums Free-For-All
January 27, 2019
Pick a museum, any museum (or practically any). Dozens of LA and OC museums participate in the annual day of free admission on January 27. Try a new museum, or go on a museum crawl.
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