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100 Family Friendly Holiday Events in Southern California!

100 Family Friendly Holiday Events in Southern California!

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By Arunravi.signs

Christmas is upon us and to help kick off the holiday season, I have compiled a list of 100 Family Friendly Holiday Events in Southern California!

So grab your coat, pack up your family in the car and head on out to one of these wonderful events happening across the southland this holiday season.  There is sure to be something for everyone; from attending a traditional tree lighting ceremony to joining a Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along to meeting Santa’s reindeers at The Los Angeles Zoo!

Happy Field Tripping from all of us at SoCal Field Trips!


Inland Empire:

Santa’s Big Entrance & Tree Lighting Ceremony, Big Bear (Nov. 28)

Corona Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Corona (Dec. 7)

Snow Day @ The Shops at Dos Lagos, Corona (Dec. 13)

2014 Holiday Gingerbread House Night @ Valle Vista Community Center, Hemet (Dec. 16)

Hemet Christmas Parade, Hemet (Dec. 6)

Candy Cane Making Demonstration @ Logan’s Candies, Ontario (seasonal)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Concert @ Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario (Nov. 29)

Ride The Christmas Train @ The Orange Empire Railway, Perris (Dec. 7, 13, 14, 20,&  21 )

Magical Snow Fall in Chaffey Town Square @ Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga (Weekends Nov. 14 – Dec. 21)

Christmas DC-3 Airplane Flights Over Riverside @ The Riverside Municipal Airport, Riverside (Nov. 28 – 30)

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Festival of Lights, Riverside (seasonal)

Sounds of the Season Concert @ The Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside (Dec. 6)

Visit Santa Clause @ The San Bernardino Public Libraries, San Bernardino (throughout Dec.)

Breakfast With Santa @ The Valley Wide Recreation Center, San Jacinto (Dec. 13)

Breakfast With Santa @ Community Recreation Center, Temecula (Dec. 13)

Pennypickle’s Winter Wonderland @ Pennypickle’s Workshop Temecula Children’s Museum, Temecula (Dec. 12)

Santa’s Electrical Light Parade, Temecula (Dec. 5)

Orange County:

Holidays at The Disneyland Resort, Anaheim (Nov. 13 – Jan. 6)

Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink @ Downtown Disney, Anaheim (Nov. 13 – Feb. 22)

Eagle Hills Christmas Lights, Brea (seasonal)

Knott’s Merry Farm, Buena Park (Nov. 22 – Jan. 4)

A Christmas Carol @ South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa (Nov. 28 – Dec. 27)

Christmas Fantasia Concert presented by Vanguard University @ Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa (Dec. 2)

Handel’s Glorious Messiah presented by The Pacific Symphony @ Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa (Dec. 14)

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical @ Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa (Dec. 10-14)

The Nutcracker for Kids presented by The Pacific Symphony @ Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa (Dec. 13)

Snoopy’s House Holiday Display, Costa Mesa (Dec. 12-25)

South Coast Plaza – Visit with Santa Claus, take a train ride and ride the carousel, Costa Mesa (seasonal)

IlluminOcean, Dana Point (Nov. 26 – Jan. 4)

Sparkleballs at North Yale Avenue, Fullerton (seasonal)

Celebrate Las Posadas! @ Pretend City, Irvine (Dec. 16)

Home For The Holidays Pet Adoption Event @ The Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine (Dec. 7)

Hooray for Chanukah @ Pretend City, Irvine (Dec. 17-23)

Ice Skating @ The Irvine Spectrum, Irvine (seasonal)

Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train, Orange (Nov. 28 – Dec. 23)

Sensitive Santa Visit and Photo Opportunity @ Pretend City, Irvine (Dec. 16)

Sister’s Christmas Catechism @ The Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach (Dec. 8, 15, 16 & 22)

The Sawdust Art Festival’s 24th Annual Winter Fantasy, Laguna Beach (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

33rd Annual Victorian Christmas @ Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest (Dec. 6)

Heritage Hill Historical Park’s Annual Christmas Walk, Lake Forest (Dec. 13 & 14)

Candy Cane Lane Holiday Lights, Orange (seasonal)

Holiday Gifts For The Animals Family Program @ The OC Zoo, Orange (Dec. 6)

Christmas @ The OC Zoo, Orange (Dec. 13)

Drive-Thru Nativity @ Mount of Olives Church, Mission Viejo (Dec. 5-6)

Ice Skating @ The Shops at Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo (seasonal)

See The Christmas Decorations @ Roger’s Gardens, Newport Beach (seasonal)

See the Christmas Tree @ Fashion Island, Newport Beach (seasonal)

Winter Break! Crafts for Kids @ Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano (Dec. 22 – Jan. 2)

International Holiday with The Critters @ The Santa Ana Zoo, Santa Ana (Dec. 6)

Winter Zoobilation @ The Santa Ana Zoo, Santa Ana (Dec. 1-31)

Nixon Family Holiday Traditions at The White House 1969 – 1973 @ The Nixon Presidential Library & Museum, Yorba Linda (Nov. 20 – Jan. 4)

Los Angeles & The Surrounding Area:

Christmas Tree Lane Christmas Lights, Altadena (seasonal)

32nd Belmont Shore Christmas Parade, Belmont Shore (Dec. 6)

Naples Island 68th Annual Boat Parade, Belmont Shore (Dec. 13)

Santa #HQ, Cerritos (seasonal)

Candy Cane Lane Christmas Lights, El Segundo (seasonal)

Botanic Bling Weekend @ Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge (Dec. 6-7)

Santa #HQ @ The Lakewood Center, Lakewood (seasonal)

Aquarium of the Pacific Homeschool Holiday, Long Beach (Dec. 19)

CHILL @ The Queen Mary, Long Beach (through January 11)

Grand Central Market Holidays, Los Angeles (Dec. 6 – 7)

Holiday Festivities @ The Farmer’s Market, Los Angeles (seasonal)

Holiday Treats for the Animals @ The Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach (Dec. 6 & 7)

Ice Skating @ Pershing Square, Los Angeles (seasonal)

LA Zoo Lights @ The LA Zoo, Los Angeles (Nov. 28 – Jan. 4)

Magical Snow @ The Grove, Los Angeles (Nov. 17 – Dec. 24)

Messiah Sing-Along @ The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles (Dec. 7)

Reindeer Romp @ The Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles (Nov. 28 – Jan. 5)

Old Pasadena Home For The Holidays, Pasadena (Nov. 28)

Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight @ The Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena (Dec. 10 – Jan. 4)

Snow Days @ Kid’s Space Museum, Pasadena (Dec. 24 – 30)

Majestic Pines on St. Albans Christmas Lights, San Marino (seasonal)

Winterlit, Santa Monica (seasonal)

A California Christmas @ The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library, Simi Valley (Nov. 16 – Jan. 4)

Sleepy Hallow Christmas Lights, South Torrance (seasonal)

Candy Cane Lane Christmas Lights, Woodland Hills (seasonal)

Handel’s Messiah @ The Woodland Hills United Methodist Church, Woodland Hills (Dec. 6)

San Diego:

Breakfast with Santa, Alpine (Dec. 6)

The Northpole Limited Santa Train @ The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, Campo (Friday & Saturdays, Nov. 28-Dec. 20)

Carlsbad Educational Foundation’s 5th Annual Carols of Carlsbad @ Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad (Dec. 6)

A Magical Visit From Caring Santa (Special Needs Event) @ Carlsbad Premium Outlets, Carlsbad (Dec. 7)

Christmas On The Pecos, Carlsbad (Nov. 28 – Dec. 31)

Legoland Holiday Snow Days & Winter Nights, Carlsbad (Nov. 22 – Jan. 4)

Holidays at The Del, Coronado Island (seasonal)

Jacumba Holiday Party, Jacumba (Dec. 6)

Julian Country Christmas & Tree Lighting, Julian (Nov. 30)

The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue @ The La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla (Nov. 28 – Dec. 21)

4th Annual Christmas Concert @ The Old Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside (Dec. 5)

Balboa Park December Nights, San Diego (Dec. 5-6)

The Christmas Story Tree @ Balboa Park, San Diego (Dec. 5-6)

Messiah Sing-A-Long & Holiday Tea presented by The San Diego Master Chorale @ St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego (Dec. 13)

Messiah Sing-A-Long @ The Spreckles Theater, San Diego (Dec. 16)

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, San Diego (Nov. 15 – Jan. 4)

Santa Barbara & Ventura Counties:

Holiday Festival of Trains @ Goleta Library, Goleta (Dec. 7-9)

Kid’s Holiday Fused Bead Craft @ Goleta Library, Goleta (Dec. 6)

Children’s Holiday Gift Workshop – All Wrapped Up: The Art of Giving, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara (Dec. 13)

Santa’s Starry Ride @ The Santa Barbara Natural History Museum’s Planetarium, Santa Barbara (Dec. 20 – 31)

Snow Leopard Festival & Sledding @ The Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara (Dec. 7)

Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights & Fireworks, Ventura (Dec. 12 – 13)

Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair, Ventura (Dec. 6)


Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All points of view are our own.


Sunday 30th of November 2014

Thanks for sharing Jilleen! Now I can come to one place to see all the events in my area!


Tuesday 2nd of December 2014

You are very welcome! Merry Christmas!