This weekend is chock full of fantastic family events, from Cirque du Soleil to Santa Claus. And if you aren’t feeling the jingle quite yet, hit the beach, bike down Wilshire Blvd. or meet one of your favorite authors. Scroll down for the must-do details.

photo: Danielle May Photography

Downtown

CicLAvia: Iconic Wilshire Blvd.
Get your bike, trike, skates, strollers, and sneakers ready for LA’s biggest block party. Get ready to roll down Wilshire as Koreatown, Westlake, and Downtown Los Angeles will host the country’s largest open streets event. Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space. Sun. Event details.

Snow Day LA
Go winter tubing, ice skating, explore the penguin light path filled with gigantic 7 foot tall animated scenes, see the giant gingerbread house and have snacks and make memories in the snow globe photo booth. Winter comes to LA! Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Reimagine Mexico with Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA
Discover LUZIA, the latest Big Top show by Cirque du Soleil. LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich and vibrant culture of Mexico. Like in a waking dream, LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Pasadena

Meet the Author: Planet Kindergarten
Visit the Storyteller Studio to meet Sue Ganz-Schmitt the author of the Planet Kindergarten picture books. Astronaut and space-themed attire is encouraged for dress-up fun during story time with the author. The books will be available for purchase and Sue will autograph your copy! Sat. Event details. 

Illusionist Ryne Strom Performs at Kidspace
Wonderful winter surprises await in a show full of magic, comedy, and world famous illusions designed to enchant the entire family. Illusionist Ryne Strom will amaze you as he turns dreams into reality in a theatrical experience, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Sun. Event details.

Vroman’s Gingerbread House Decorating Party
Decorate a house that you can take home! Fee includes house and decorations, though you can bring extra candy & décor. Space is limited and it sells out every year so don’t wait to sign up! Sun. Event details. 

Westside

 

Santa and The Mrs. on Rodeo
Santa Claus visits the Wilshire Fountain at Two Rodeo for free (you take your own picture!). Fri. Event details.

3D Printing Holiday Ornaments
Drop your kids off at Zaniac to let your them learn how to take their ideas from imagination to reality using CAD modeling and 3D printing. There will be holiday ornament designs that they can choose or they can create their own from scratch. Fri. Event details.

Skirball Hanukkah Festival: LA/LA
Inspired by the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, this year’s festival explores the themes of Hanukkah through the traditions of Los Angeles’s rich and diverse Latin American communities with music and dance, storytelling, hands-on workshops. Get on your feet for musical performances by Latin Jewish bands Klezmer Juice and Pan Felipe, and learn salsa, cumbia, mambo, hip-hop, and more with the beloved dance ensembles Versa-Style and Mambo Inc. Sun. Event details.

Glendale

Los Angeles Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
It’s that time of year: Nutcracker productions are everywhere! One of the best in town is Los Angeles Ballet’s own original production. This version of the show is perfect for families as it is about two hours long, and has one intermission. This original production takes place in 1912 Los Angeles. You will be captivated as Clara and her beloved Nutcracker battle a most memorable Mouse King, encounter dancing Snowflakes and travel to the Palace of the Dolls. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Fillmore

Christmas Tree Holiday Train
This is the perfect way to get the tree! Bundle up the kids and take a real train to a real Christmas tree farm where you can pick out a pre-cut tree, bring it home with you on the train, and then put it on the car for the ride home. That’s a holiday memory that will last forever. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Hermosa Beach

Snowman, er, Sandman Making Contest
The weatherman says the forecast is for nothing but sand. So let it sand, let it sand, let it sand. Bring your family and friends, shovels, scarves and mittens because in Hermosa Beach where you can’t make snowmen, you have to make Sand Man. This silly holiday tradition is open to all ages. Beach Boys tunes blare, sand flies and a fabulous (photo op-filled) time is had by all. Sat. Event details.

Atwater Village

Exploration into Friendship: A Workshop for Girls
What makes a friend? How do you find a friend? How do you be a friend? Girl Group welcomes Bright Lite Magazine for a very special workshop as they explore the meaning of friendship. Sun. Event details.

Headed to one of these magical events? Share where you are going in the comments below!

—Andie Huber