Just in case you had any doubt that the holidays are around the corner, the Santa photo ops officially begin this weekend with the arrival of Kris Kringle at Santa Monica Place, plus the opening of Santa’s Village in Skyforest. We’ve got the details on these events and more holiday celebrations, plus  plenty of non-Christmas-y ways to have fun this weekend—if you’re trying to pace yourself.
photo: Noe Montes for Hauser & Wirth


Family Studio Workshop at Hauser & Wirth
Get your creativity fix at this Arts District contemporary gallery, which hosts one of its popular family workshops on Sunday. See how far working with one color can take you, using inspiration from a current exhibition Kids (and grown-ups, too) can create their own collages, drawings and sculptural objects using materials all in shades of pink. Sun. Event details.

Glendale & Burbank

Glendale’s Holiday on Ice
Little ones ages 3 and up can take a spin on the ice at this new seasonal outdoor rink near Glendale City Hall. Starting Fri., Nov. 22, the rink is open daily—including Christmas and New Year’s Days! Ongoing. Event details.

Holiday in the Park
Holiday in the Park is Magnolia Park’s way to kick off the holiday season in Burbank with over 75 stores joining in on the celebration that stretches for nine blocks and includes a Kids Fun Zone with bounce houses, games and crafts, live music, emergency vehicles on display and even a snowy play area. Fri. Event details.


The Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade
Celebrating 42 years of irreverent frolicking, this over-the-top parade is not for the faint of heart. This year’s “floats” include the LuluBob Space Shuttle, Radioactive Chickenheads, Dr. Steele’s Army of Toy Soldiers, Unicorns with Palaces, Nintendo Kids, Saucer from Bakersfield and many, many more, all parading past the mom-n-pop shops along East Pasadena’s shady tree-lined streets. Sun. Event details.

Santa Monica

Sesame Street Music & Movement Story Time
Visit the Fairview Library for a special musical story time celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street. Children ages 18 months to 5 years old will enjoy stories, puppets, singing, and dancing, as well as a free Sesame Street prize for the first 50 kids. Fri. Event details.

Photos with Santa at Santa Monica Place
Kris Kringle makes his debut at Santa Monica Place on Thurs., Nov. 21. Find him at his holiday home away from home in the mall’s Center Plaza. Ongoing. Event details.

Pacific Palisades

Christmas at Palisades Village
The Palisades’ outdoor mall officially kicks off the holiday season with its 2nd annual tree lighting and celebration. The evening includes special performances featuring Disney Channel’s Dakota Lotus and Jayden Bartels, along with the season’s first snowfall and Santa’s grand arrival. Sun. Event details.

Miracle Mile

Andell Family Sundays at LACMA
Make, look, and talk about art at this family-friendly event, which features artist-led workshops and kid-geared gallery tours, along with activities inspired by the museum’s special exhibitions and permanent collection. Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Nostalgic Christmas in the Woods
Visit Santa in his home and touch the icy North Pole at Santa’s Village in Skyforest. As an added bonus, you can join Santa for a breakfast party and join Mrs. Claus for a special tea party. Plus, don’t miss puppet shows, interactive storytelling, cookie decorating workshops with Santa’s elves. Ongoing. Event details.

-Shannan Rouss


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