Local – Southern California

Family Friendly Events in Southern California – San Diego, Orange County, & Los Angeles

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Knott’s Merry Farm // Knott’s Berry Farm // November 17 – January 7 // Knotts.com 

Every winter, Knott’s Berry Farm celebrates the merriest of seasons as the park wondrously transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm, a Christmas celebration for all ages. Spend the most wonderful time of the year with your family at Knott’s Merry Farm enjoying thrilling attractions, live entertainment, a Christmas crafts fair, festive food, lavish holiday decorations, and nightly snow in Ghost Town.

Knott’s Merry Farm is Southern California’s ultimate holiday festival full of Christmas activities and attractions that the entire family can enjoy. The Christmas celebration begins November 17 and continues through January 7.

 Holidays at LEGOLAND // LEGOLAND California // November 18 – January 1 // LEGOLAND.com

Winter is the most wonderful time of the year as the family theme park hosts its’ holiday celebration: Holidays at LEGOLAND® California Resort! Beginning Nov. 18 through Jan. 1, children and their families can feel the LEGO® cheer at the annual winter holiday celebration and enjoy shimmering lights, live entertainment, the world’s largest LEGO Christmas tree, festive decor and more!

A Whistling White House Wonderland // Nixon Library // November 20 – January 7 // NixonFoundation.org

After a three-year hiatus, vintage model trains will fill the Nixon Library once again as the centerpiece of A Whistling White House Wonderland. The festive 24-foot wide, 10-foot tall snow-capped mountain of toy trains will feature classic model trains of Christmas past – plus Thomas the Tank Engine – whistling over bridges and chugging through tunnels carefully handcrafted by the Train Collectors Association. The six-track design, with more than 50 feet of rails, features an all-American 1950s Midwestern town, with billowing factories, quaint family homes, and expansive farms.

Holidays at the Aquarium // Aquarium of the Pacific // December 2 – 24 // AquariumOfThePacific.org

Aquarium Holidays features special holiday décor, a display of gingerbread houses, snowfall in the Great Hall, and the Aquarium’s costumed characters in their holiday outfits. Visitors can also enjoy holiday music, shopping, and a special holiday menu offered daily in Café Scuba.

On weekends the Aquarium will have a snow play area, underwater shows with Santa Diver, children’s crafts, photo opportunities with Santa and holiday characters, and Hanukkah storytelling with opportunities to play dreidel.

CHILL // Queen Mary, Long Beach // December 13 – January 7 // QueenMary.com 

Embark on an international holiday expedition this winter at the all-new CHILL! Featuring the first-ever Ice Adventure Park in the U.S., the newly-inspired CHILL offers a rush of icy family fun with nightly entertainment throughout the park including international cultural celebrations, live music, Rockettes-style dance performances, fireworks, light shows, DJs, dancing, tasty food, a nightly Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and much more. Experience the 38,000-square foot ice park honoring international holiday celebrations with one-of-a-kind entertainment and traditions of Germany, Switzerland, China, Russia, Holland, and the North Pole.

Winter Fest OC // OC Fair & Event Center // December 21 – January 7 // WinterFestOC.com

More than 20 wintry activities are back by popular demand including outdoor ice skating, ice tubing down Snowflake Summit, snow play area with real snow, Festival of Lights two-million-light stroll-through display, a nightly tree lighting ceremony with parade, snow flurries, fireworks and flying Santa, and much more!


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