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 2017. 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 10 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 Pasadena Playhouse's A Cinderella Christmas, which is offering free tickets for kids all week with a discount code.
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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Rose Bowl Post-Parade Float Viewing
through January 3, 2017
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.
Oshogatsu Family Festival
January 1, 2017
The Japanese American National Museum celebrates the Year of the Monkey with a petting zoo, candy sheep making demonstrations, and monkey-centric crafts at the day-long free festival.
Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment
January 4-8, 2017
The cold never bothered this crew anyway. If east of center is OK by you, you could catch Disney on Ice's last winter stop in the Southland, as the family-pleasing ice show treats Ontario to eight frozen performances.
Los Tres Reyes Magos
January 6, 2017
The Festival of the Three Wise Men (aka Epiphany) is an event with much history and pageantry in LA's Latino community. Free celebrations with processions take place in MacArthur Park and on Olvera Street.
Pageant of the Masters Auditions
January 6-8, 2017
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, 2017 could become a year to remember, as the year your kids became living works of art. Auditions are held all weekend; participation is free.
Long Beach Peace and Unity Parade & Celebration
January 14, 2017
The city of Long Beach celebrates the life of Dr. King with its annual parade and family festival in the park.
Kingdom Day Parade
January 16, 2017
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.
Lake Forest Snow Day
January 28, 2017
Snow sledding in Orange County happens just once a year, and it requires pre-registraion. Residents can start buying their wristbands on January 11, non-residents on January 13.
January 29, 2017
Pick a museum, any museum (or practically any). Dozens of LA and OC museums participate in the annual day of free admission on January 29. Try a new museum, or go on a museum crawl.
January 29, 2017
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.
Have fun—and if you'd like more ideas, subscribe to our weekly events newsletter!