The holiday season may not always bring to mind rip-roaring laughter but two events, geared towards the young and the young at heart, will change your mind. Gift yourself and your Mom friends a night out with Dixie’s Tupperware Party for some much-needed self-care during this hectic, always giving to others month. And for laughs that the whole family can enjoy, go see the sweet, interactive, coming-of-age story The Sugar Plum Fairy. We’re positive it will become your new favorite family tradition. For the rest of our fun picks, scroll below.

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Los Angeles

Sugar Plum Fairy
This thoroughly original holiday treat offers festive cheer while engaging audiences to participate (think G-rated “Rocky Horror” fun). Appropriate for ages 8 to 80, and beyond, NPR’s Sandra Tsing Loh’s Sugar Plum Fairy tells the story of a 12-year-old girl who dreams of dancing the lead in The Nutcracker. Audiences are encouraged to come decked out in ugly holiday sweaters, tutus, and Hanukah hats and be prepared to join in the 75 minutes of madcap merriment. Bart De Lorenzo directs with a cast of characters you won’t forget. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Skating into the Southland this holiday season is Disney on Ice featuring Disney’s Moana and hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Watch as they bring Disney magic to life and take audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow-covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza with the beloved characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

The Lions Cocoa Concert at Union Station
Popular L.A. band The Lions bring the rhythm of reggae to Union Station for the holidays at the seasons third Cocoa Concert.  The free, family-friendly holiday concert will be set in a winter wonderland with a Holiday Light Display featuring thousands of glistening lights and dancing snowflakes surrounding a towering white Christmas tree, a Cocoa Bar with Elftenders, a Holiday Craft Zone for gingerbread house making, a Kid’s Zone with a Reindeer Toss and Snowball Slam and an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest with prizes.  As a sweet treat, guests can enjoy free cotton candy from the Hollywood Candy Girls and Santa Selfies with the most popular guy in Tinseltown. Fri. Event details.

Rooftop Cinema Club: Kids Club Screening
Celebrate the holiday season with Rooftop Cinema Club with “kids club” screenings for families to enjoy a special night out together! Kids Club screenings are for children 3-17 (under 3 not permitted). For children, a general lounge seat is $12 + booking fees, $17 + booking fees for adults, and $25 + booking fees for the double deckchair shares for parents and children to sit with one another. Don’t be fooled by the name, as kids club screenings are for all ages, everyone is welcome to attend, and enjoy the films of their childhood! Fun kids’ flicks being shown include Miracle on 34th Street on Dec. 14 and The Polar Express on Dec. 15. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

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5th Annual Handmade Ornaments Show
Local Los Angeles art gallery iam8bit is hosting its 5th annual Handmade Ornaments Show. A fan favorite, this year’s holiday show features hundreds of one-of-a-kind, high-quality ornaments, hand-crafted by amazing artists from around the country. Creating in an assortment of media – from crochet and embroidery to painting and ceramics – these artists offer a unique approach to holiday decor, a far cry from the mass-produced, uninspiring products typically found on supermarket shelves. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Fa La Land
Experience the dazzling lights, jolly sounds and comforting scents of the holiday season like never before at Fa La Land, the world’s most festive pop-up museum! Step into this old-fashioned North Pole, help make toys at “Jingle Bell Toy Factory,” get lost in light in a fluorescent “Fa La Forest,” jump in on the action at “Fa La Fest” and get your Christmas list ready for your private audience with the Big Man himself – Santa will spread his good cheer. Your journey at Fa La Land will leave you with lasting memories and your photos (#falaland) will garner likes from even your Grinchiest friend. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Westside

For Moms: Dixie’s Tupperware Party
The hilarious off-Broadway one-woman comedy starring Dixie Longate, which took the theater world by storm and garnered a prestigious Drama Desk Award nomination, returns to Los Angeles at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.   Dixie Longate is the fast-talking, gum chewing, ginger-haired Alabama gal who is bringing your grandma’s Tupperware party into the 21st century.  Audiences howl with laughter as Dixie demonstrates the many alternative uses for the iconic plastic kitchen staple.  Filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, audience participation and a little bit of empowerment and homespun wisdom, Dixie’s Tupperware Party leaves your heart a little bigger and your food a little fresher. Grab your mom tribe and make a night of it! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Free Winter Wonderland Celebration
Baldwin Hils Crenshaw is partnering with Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson and the City of Los Angeles, to host a holiday celebration. Join us for: Snow Sledding, Live Entertainment, S’mores Bar and Giveaways. Holiday music and a visit from Santa promises to make this event joyous for all! Sat. Event details.

Stories With Santa
This holiday season, Mrs. Claus and Santa return to Montage Beverly Hills with a delightful surprise for young guests. Gather around and listen to stories Mrs. Claus has come to share all the way from the North Pole. Following story time, participants are invited to take holiday photos with Santa Claus. Children ages five to eight are welcome. In lieu of an admission fee for the event, we ask that you bring at least one new, unwrapped toy per child attending to be donated to the non-profit charity Miracles for Kids. Sat. Event details.

The Valley

Valley Country MartxBaby2Baby Toy Drive
Valley Country Mart in Woodland Hills is partnering with Baby2Baby and will be collecting toys to donate to kids in need. From December 1-15, donation boxes will be at Merci Milo for anyone to donate any new, unused and unwrapped toys. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Christmas Cake Decorating Class
Join this fun and educational Christmas Cake Decorating Class for kids ages 4 and up. Kids will learn easy and achievable techniques to create some beautiful mini Christmas tree cakes. The class includes all utensils, materials and hands-on guidance from a certified pastry chef/decorator. All students will leave class with their finished cakes to enjoy at home. Sat. Event details.

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—Andie Huber

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