‘Tis the season for singing and making merriment. The kiddies can find Santa popping up all over town with music everywhere, from malls to seasonal ice rinks to late-night shopping on neighborhood streets.  Here are several holiday happenings that’ll have the little ones humming along.

Tree Lighting at One Colorado
One of the last of the area arbors to be set aglow, Pasadena’s outdoor shopping plaza will light up with the 2013 Rose Bowl Queen and her Court in attendance.  The kid-centric gathering place will host choirs and quartets to bring holiday cheer to all ages in attendance.

Date: Friday, November 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Admission: Free
One Colorado Place (at Fair Oaks)
Pasadena, 91103

Holiday Classical at Bank of America Plaza
These intimate live performances showcase some of LA’s best musicians, coming together to interpret works by composers from Beethoven to Brahms, Mozart to Mendelssohn.   The wide concourse is in the heart of downtown, with fountains and a built –in amphitheater fun for kiddos to climb.  Arrive early to grab a snack at nearby Grand Central Market and ride Angels Flight before or after the concert.

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Dates: Thursdays, November 29, December 6, 13 & 20 @ noon -1:00 pm
Admission: Free
333 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, 90071

Main Street Holiday Party
Santa Monica shops take the party to the street for this annual celebration.  Choirs from SaMoHi and local Green Brooms Children’s Music Academy will be singing, as Santa stops by for a photo-op before the tree-lighting at the California Heritage Museum.  Stroll by the renowned Shopping Cart Tree at Edgemar to catch the song  stylings of the Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers.

Date: Saturday, December 1 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Admission: Free
Main Street at Ocean Park
Santa Monica, 90401

Banning Museum Victorian Christmas Celebration
Time travel with the little ones to meet Queen Victoria during the annual festival at this historic museum in southern LA county.   Authentic era decorations adorn the museum’s charming rooms, with period music and professional dancers sure to get the kiddies curtsying and bowing.  If that doesn’t grab ‘em, the holiday cookies will.

Date: Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Admission: Free
The Banning Museum
401 East M Street (at PCH/Hwy 1)
Wilmington, 90744

Winter Family Festival
Snow falls in Studio City for this community festival.  Musical groups from local schools entertain the revelers in attendance, with arts & crafts, face painting and Radio Disney Road Crew rounding out the day.  Take a free photo with the big man in the red suit, and remember to bring canned food, a new unwrapped children’s a/o pet toy to contribute to Radio Disney’s Festival of Giving.

Date: Sunday, December 2 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Beeman Park
12621 Rye Street (off Moorpark)
Studio City, 91604

Holiday Celebration at the Japanese American National Museum
Part of a monthly series of family programs (sponsored by Target), this downtown museum hosts a fun-filled day of crafts and activities, punctuated with music by the Santa Monica Oceanaires, a local mens’ a capella chorus specializing in barbershop harmony.

Date: Saturday, December 8 @ 3:00 pm, full day of events from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Admission: Free

Reservations recommended: email rsvp@janm.org or call 213.625.0414
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, 90012

A Chanukah Celebration at Santa Monica Place
Santa arrived by sleigh during the recent tree lighting ceremony, and he’ll be close by to check out the Chanukah happenings at The Market.   The weekend morning festivities usher in the Jewish holiday with a variety of games and storytelling, plus tasty treats and family-friendly music for all.

Date: Sunday, December 9 @ 10:00 am – Noon
Admission: Free
The Market at Santa Monica Place
Third Street at Broadway
Santa Monica, 90401

LA County Holiday Celebration
The 53rd annual seasonal extravaganza is sure to delight everyone in your brood with music from local choirs and bands, representing LA’s rich culturally diverse background.  Young and old will boogie to the beat, with dance and song to keep them humming through the holidays.  And while you’re visiting the Music Center stop at the ‘dancing’ fountains for mesmerizing pre- or post-show pleasure.

Date: Monday, December 24 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, preshow activities begin at noon
Admission & Parking: Free (no tickets or reservations required)
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, 90012

(Insider’s note:  If the plans get foiled, catch the concert live on KCET and kcet.org 
or at 90.7 KPFK.  The KCET broadcast repeats: December 24 @ 8:00 pm; December 25 @ Noon and 3:00 pm.

What music (or songs) gets you in the mood for the holidays?

Written by: Kim Orchen Cooper

first and third photos courtesy of L.A. County Holiday Celebration Facebook page