Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Winter Festivals, Hanukkah Fun, Boat Parades

Snow Wonder. Photo courtesy of Marina del Rey Visitors Bureau

It's a bit hard to know what to tell you about this weekend.

On the one hand, the most wonderful time of the year is settling into the region. Santa sightings and reindeer rompstwinkling lights and festive music are planned in every corner of the Southland this weekend. On the other hand, there is no one untouched by the fires; many families have had kids home for much of the week, and still others have had to flee their homes. Our hearts are with the families in the path of fire, and with the fire fighters working round the clock to keep us all safe.

We hope that the events listed below, many of which have been planned all year, will be able to go forward, and everyone will get to enjoy some holiday cheer. Currently these events are proceeding as planned; we will update our event calendar if we get new information, but we also recommend checking with the venues on the day, since conditions can change rapidly.

Winter festivals this weekend feature ice skating at Pershing Square and sledding at Burton Chace Park. Some celebrate Hanukkah, while others prep little ones for Christmas, offering breakfast or dinner with Santa.

But nothing screams holidays for Angelenos more than a boat parade. Boats at Huntington Harbor, Marina del Rey, Dana Wharf, Marine Emporium Landing, King Harbor, and Naples Island are strung with lights and set to glide along the waterways for all to see. On the other hand, if trains are your preferred method of transportation, check out Griffith Park and Southern Railroad's Holiday Light Festival Train RideIrvine Park Railroad Christmas Train, or the Orange Empire Train to Santa's Workshop.

Still looking for more ideas on how to spend this December weekend? Read on for our top picks.