‘Tis the season for pop-up holiday markets, snow flurries at the LA Zoo, surprise appearances by the man in red, holiday boat ride and more festive fun. Read on for the details on these events and more of our favorites happening this weekend in LA.

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Pershing Square’s Winter Holiday Festival
Get ready for free, festive fun for all ages. Bring the fam to enjoy photos with Santa, sledding on real snow, a gaming lounge, live performances, food trucks and more. Sat. Event details.

Union Station Holiday Festival & Pop-Up Market
This pop-up artisan marketplace will be at full steam on the station’s South Patio, featuring gifts for everyone on your list. There will also be live music, free activities for kids, food trucks and a beer and wine garden to help keep your holiday spirits up. Sat. Event details.

Griffith Park

Winter Wild Weekends at the Zoo
Winter Wild Weekends feature hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind items available for purchase, eco workshops and kids’ craft activities, live music, snow flurries twice daily, treats for select animals, and, of course, photos with Santa. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Holiday Light Train Ride
All aboard the Griffith Park and Southern Railroad’s festive, mile-long trip around the tracks. Magical scenes and tens of thousands of lights will captivate you and your family and set the mood for a magical holiday season. Ongoing. Event details.


Frozen 2 at El Capitan
Haven’t made it to the movies to see Olaf and company? Catch the flick at Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre, where Anna and Elsa will appear live on stage before every screening. Guests can also take photos in front of the mural wall before and after the movie in the lobby. Ongoing. Event details.

Santa Monica

Winterlit Holiday Market
Take the stress out of holiday shopping with the Winterlit Holiday Market on the Third Street Promenade. Curated by the pros at Artisanal LA, the market features unique creations from local artists. While you’re in the area, you can also stop by Santa Monica Place for a photo with Santa. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


South Lake Pasadena Holiday Fest
Festivities activities include a themed scavenger hunt, live music, photos with Santa, holiday crafts for kids, carolers, cookie decorating, holiday character photo ops, raffles, giveaways and much more! Enjoy free live musical performances at Santa’s Village. Sat. Event details.


Holiday Roundup at Leonis Adobe Museum
Celebrate the holiday season at the Leonis Adobe Museum! Feed sheep and goats, make crafts with the museum guides, enjoy live music with Craig Newton, see a blacksmith in our blacksmith shop and take holiday photos with Santa in the Plummer House. Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Queen Mary Christmas
The Queen Mary invites one and all to embrace the holiday spirit at Queen Mary Christmas. Climb aboard the ship to experience a vintage rush of holiday joy and stroll through the tree-lined decks to find Mrs. Claus reading stories to little ones and Ol’ Saint Nick hosting meet-and-greets in his Captain’s Quarters, amongst strolling performers and more. Ongoing. Event details.

Newport Beach Holiday Light Cruise
Experience Newport Harbor in full holiday splendor aboard a twinkling ship with a 75-minute holiday lights cruise. Prepare to be dazzled by the multi-million dollar estates and boats all decked out with thousands of lights. Ongoing. Event details.

-Shannan Rouss


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