Start those holiday engines, this weekend we’re throwing it into high gear with a winter wonderland, a Hanukkah festival and a family ornament making extravaganza.  But if you’re not quite ready to deck the halls, we also found a magical circus, an environmental ballet, a diners & delis bike ride, pirates, puppets and more!

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Downtown

World Music: Tecza Puppet Theatre
World City brings two showstoppers from Poland today: the Tecza Puppet Theatre and the Warsaw Village Band.  Don’t forget to come early or stay late for the arts and crafts, too. Sat., 10:00 am & 12:30 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mid-City

Hanukkah Festival at the Zimmer
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a full day of light-themed activities including story time, holiday crafts, and more.  Sun., 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Mid-City. Free.  All ages. Event details.

Grand Opening of the Ghiradelli Soda Fountain
Hollywood just got better – with the new Ghiradelli Soda Fountain next door to the Disney Studio Store and El Capitan.  Come celebrate, snack and shop for the holidays. Fri., 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Hollywood. Prices vary.  All ages. Event details.

Westside

Story Pirates
The Story Pirates believe that every kiddo has a story to tell —so they collect stories from local kids and turn them into a hilarious sketch comedy musical. Plus, free ice cream. Sat., 11:00 am. Westwood. $13. Ages 3-12. Event details.

Malibu Winter Wonderland
Has you beach baby never experienced snow?  Fix that with snow sledding, snowman building and snowball contests – and more snowy fun.  Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Malibu. Free. All ages. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Holiday Ornament Making with the Family
Go green for the holidays and decorate your Christmas tree with recycled items when you make ornaments together out of light bulbs, toilet paper rolls, CDs and natural materials from the Arboretum. Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Arcadia. $10 for kids, includes admission. All ages. Event details.

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Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
Dazzle and inspire the kids with this performance by one of the country’s premier flamenco and Spanish dance companies.  Ole! Fri., 10:00 am & 8:00 pm. Pasadena. $10-$32. Ages 4+. Event details.

South Bay

Circus Vargas
It’s a fantastical, magical circus full of illusion, mystery and magic.  With juggling, high wires, singing and more, it’s a wild evening full of fun for the family. Fri. – Sun., Various times. Torrance. $20-$70. All ages. Event details.

Valley

Delis, Desserts and Deliciousness Ride
Anyone who can ride a two-wheeler (and that includes strapping into a kiddie bikes seat or trailer) can take this delicious biking tour of some of the area’s tastiest spots.  Sat., 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. Northridge. Free. All ages. Event details.

Long Beach

Guardians, A Ballet at the Aquarium
This beautiful and inspirational ballet evokes life under the sea and takes the audience on a journey through time from the formation of the universe to today. Fri. & Sat., 8:00 pm. Long Beach. $25-$35. Ages 4+. Event details.

What fun are you and your family up to this weekend?  Let us know in the comment section!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: John-Morgan via Creative Commons and East Bay Bicycle Coalition via Creative Commons