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 2018. 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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1. Rose Bowl Post-Parade Float Viewing
through January 2, 2018
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: Follow Your Heart
January 3-7, 2018
We dubbed this one Disney on Ice: Upping the Ante. The skating princesses don't just stay on the ice this time; get ready for them to fly and do things you've never seen attempted in skates before. Follow your heart to Ontario for your last chance to catch Disney on Ice's final winter shows in the Southland. The cold never bothers this crew anyway.
3. Los Tres Reyes Magos
January 6, 2018
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.
4. Pageant of the Masters Auditions
January 5-7, 2018
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.
5. Oshogatsu Family Festival
January 7, 2018
The Japanese American National Museum celebrates the Year of the Dog with a petting zoo, candy making demonstrations, and crafts at the day-long free festival.
Aladdin is in town! Photo by Deen van Meer
6. Disney's Aladdin
January 10, 2018 - March 31, 2018
There's a magic carpet arriving on Hollywood Boulevard, for a run at the Pantages Theatre. It's a whole new world for a whole new generation.
7. Kingdom Day Parade
January 15, 2018
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.
8. Lake Forest Snow Day
January 27, 2018
Snow sledding in Orange County happens just once a year. It's a big deal, and it requires pre-registraion.
9. Museums Free-For-All
January 28, 2018
Pick a museum, any museum (or practically any). Dozens of LA and OC museums participate in the annual day of free admission on January 28. Try a new museum, or go on a museum crawl.
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 28, 2018
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.
11. Cavalia: Odysseo
through January 28, 2018
The show has extended a few times, but January really is the last opportunity to catch the magnificent meeting of horses and gymnasts under the big white top off the 101.
12. Cirque du Soleil: Luzia
through February 11, 2018
It seems that now the holidays are over, there are a lot of major shows to catch before they leave town; Cirque's latest crowd-pleasing acrobatic extravaganza has a few weeks left at Dodger Stadium.
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