December's Best: Santa Ski, Hanukkah Festival, and More Cool Things To Do in Los Angeles

All Santas skis for free! Giant Yeti may have to pay full price. Photo courtesy of Mountain High Resorts
All Santas skis for free! Giant Yeti may have to pay full price. Photo courtesy of Mountain High Resorts

December brings plenty of things to do in Los Angeles with Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Eve. Don’t miss our favorite kid-friendly events and activities in Los Angeles this month.

Tops on our list of fun we can't wait to unwrap this December are: The Skirball's annual Hanukkah Festival, Bob Baker's Nutcracker, the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade (because fireworks!), and LA County's Annual Holiday Celebration. To top it all off, we'll be ringing in the New Year—or Noon Year—depending on our bedtime. We also uncovered a whole bunch of skiing Santas in Wrightwood, one of the best Christmas parades in Long Beach, and so much more. Keep reading to discover our top picks for December...

For even more fun things to do in LA this season, check out our Holiday and Christmas Activities Guide for LA Families—which includes a roundup of the Best Holiday Lights Drive-Thrus, Walk-Thrus, and Christmas Light Shows in Los Angeles. They're extra dazzling this year.

These are just a few of our favorite things to do in December—we're adding more events to the Los Angeles Family Event Calendar every day. Keep reading for the very best things to do in Los Angeles this December, and don't forget to check back weekly for our picks for the best things to do in Los Angeles each weekend.

Places featured in this article:


Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Multiple Hubs

The California African American Museum

Annenberg Community Beach House

City National Grove of Anaheim
Annual Lighting of the Bay
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort - 4:00 PM Pick
36th Annual Candlelight Walk
Heritage Hill Historical Park - 5:00 PM Pick
Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures (Crypto.com)
Crypto.com Arena - various times Pick
Ski Dazzle Los Angeles Ski Show and Snowboard Expo
Los Angeles Convention Center - 3:00 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides