The forecast this weekend? A major snowfall in Santa Monica, flurries at the LA Zoo and more festive, wintry fun for the whole family. Read on for the details on these events and more of our favorites happening around LA this weekend!

Griffith Park

Winter Wild Weekends at the LA Zoo
You already know about Zoo Lights. Now the LA Zoo is upping their holiday game with daytime festivities to celebrate the season. In addition to live music, snow flurries, kids crafts and Santa photo ops, you can also sneak in some holiday shopping with hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind items for sale. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Santa Monica

Snow Day! at the Pier
Snow at the beach? Yep! For the first time ever, the Santa Monica Pier will be setting up  4,000 square foot of real snow so grab the mittens and practice your snow angels. Sat. Event details.

Waterfront Wonderland Tree Lighting
Also in Santa Monica? Loews Hotel’s first tree lighting, with holiday activities including pictures with Santa, live music from a toy soldier band, gingerbread decorating stations, ice sculptures, a holiday photo booth, tastings of select seasonal beverages and more. Sat. Event details.


Unique Markets Holiday Pop-Up
Skip the Black Friday crowds and jumpstart your holiday shopping at this 2-day indie market! Discover more than 100 of the best independent designers and emerging, while taking advantage of festive-freebies such as holiday portraits with Oh Snap Studios, interactive art, live DJs and gift-wrapping stations. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


The 4th Annual BeatBash
The kiddos can rock out at a concert with one of LA’s most popular (and cool!) kids’ groups, the BeatBuds. This year’s holiday-themed BeatBash features a large-scale interactive music performance, games, crafts, bouncy houses, food trucks and much more! Sat. Event details.

Century City

Ice Skating at Westfield Century City
Make magical memories this holiday season at Westfield Century City’s first-ever ice rink. Skate along to holiday music, enjoy skate up sip and sweet vendors, festive photo moments, surprise snow falls, and more in this one-of-a-kind winter wonderland experience. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


The Langham Winter Festival
Join The Langham for its annual tree lighting to kick off the holiday season. There will be festive activities for the entire family, including cookie decorating, live carols, a kids holiday train and a visit from Santa Claus. Event details.

La Cañada Flintridge

Enchanted Forest of Light
Prepare for little ones to be dazzled by this magical experience, featuring a one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens. There are a variety of large-scale light displays, many of which are interactive, allowing visitors to manipulate the lights and sounds. Ongoing. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Christmas on the Farm
Now that Turkey Day has passed, it’s time to pick the perfect tree. For plenty of options, visit Big Wave Dave’s Christmas Trees at Underwood Family Farms. Fresh-cut northwest trees as well as mistletoe, wreaths and all the fixings will be available for sale. While you’re there, be sure to hop on a tractor ride and give kiddos the chance to check out the animals. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

-Shannan Rouss


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