Ultimate List of Free Holiday, Hanukkah, and Christmas Events in Los Angeles for Kids

Boats light up the seas and the sky at the annual boat parade. Photo courtesy of the Newport Beach Boat Parade
Boats light up the seas and the sky at the annual boat parade. Photo courtesy of the Newport Beach Boat Parade

Happily, there are loads of free holiday events and Christmas events in Los Angeles for when you've blown your budget on Barbie's Little Dream House and a home Skee Ball game, but still need fun, festive things to do with the family!

Christmas in Los Angeles is dazzling, magical, and frankly a little overwhelming. There are more light displays, Christmas parades, tree lightings, immersive experiences, holiday walk-throughs, and Santas to visit than any reasonable family can handle. Don't get your tinsel in a tangle, though. Before you go tapping your Apple Pay for every Christmas experience in the county, check out our list of totally FREE holiday fun. Between boat parades, tree lightings, and Santa Claus visits, there are plenty of Christmas activities to get Nutcracking with—and that's before we even start with the menorahs and kinaras for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

Save your cash for the stocking stuffers by filling your festive days and evenings with these free, fun holiday outings. If you need even more ideas for holiday events, check out our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Activities for Los Angeles Families.

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Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

Burbank Water and Power

Uptown Whittier, ending near Whittier Community Center.

Glendora Chamber of Commerce

Multiple Parks in Santa Monica, including Virginia Avenue Park

Heritage Hill Historical Park

The California African American Museum

New Hope Community Church
Studio D on the Plaza
Segerstrom Center for the Arts - 11:00 AM Pick
Golden Dragon Lunar New Year Parade
Chinatown - 1:00 PM Pick
Festival of Human Abilities
Aquarium of the Pacific - 9:00 AM
Astronaut Commemoration Day
Columbia Memorial Space Center - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
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