Circus Vargas

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, meaning that the Holiday celebrations are at hand! Head to The Grove for the big Christmas Tree Lighting, join in on the Hanukah Festival at the Zimmer Museum, get a jump start on shopping at Magnolia Park’s Holiday celebration or skate across the ice for a little wintry fun right here in SoCal. If you want to put off the holiday stuff for later, get your toes tapping with the Hollow Trees, hit a bedtime story session, or take a minute to take in the circus!

Ella Moss and Splendid lovers won’t want to miss the Warehouse Sale in the Cooper Building Downtown (Fri., and Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. , 860 S. Los Angeles St., at E. Ninth St., 11th flr., 213-627-3754). Stock up on Splendid Girl, Ella Moss Girl, Little Ella and Splendid Littles. And cupcake lovers will want to make sure to head to  Cupcake Camp L.A., where the best bakers in the region will be rolling out delectable designs to nibble on (kids’ tickets for the event are just $5). There’s plenty to do this weekend, so get out of the house!

Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Downtown)

Christmas Tree Lighting at The Grove
Snowflakes, Santa Claus, thousands of Christmas lights and a sprinkling of stars (reportedly David Archeluta, Charice and Jesse McCartney) help light up The Grove this holiday weekend. You’ll be singing Oh Tannebaum, but get ready to shop while the kids drink in the lights, decorations and the snow—yes, snow in LA! Sun., 7:30 p.m., Los Angeles, Free. Event Details.

Hanukah Festival
Get into the holiday upswing with an afternoon at the Zimmer Museum. Story telling, dreidel art projects, scavenger hunts and plenty of snacks will keep the kids – and parents – entertained. Sun., 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Los Angeles, Free. Event Details.


Westside (Beverly Hills, Westwood, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Cheviot Hills, Culver City)


Pajama Storytime
Dress for a midnight excursion as Guyatri Stein reads her magical tale, Puddle Moon. The story follows a little girl and her dog as they slip out of the house on a rainy night and venture out into the world. Afterwards, head home and tuck your kids into bed to send them off on their own adventure. Fri., 6:30 p.m., Pacific Palisades, Free. Event Details.

Turtle’s Race Around the Lake
Meet up at the Sooky Goldman Nature Center for this mellow one-mile walk around the lake with a naturalist leading the group through the local ecosystem. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water and be sure to bring a stroller for weary little legs. Sun., 10 a.m., Beverly Hills, Free. Event Details.

Santa Monica (Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Malibu)


The Hollow Trees
McCabe’s Guitar Shop is hosting this children’s band this weekend. A little bit of bluegrass, a little bit of country sounds – this family-friendly band is the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning. Sun., 11 a.m., Santa Monica, $8, Children Under 2. Event Details.


Ice at Santa Monica
Get out those skates and get ready to throw a few double axels! Your little Brian Boitano or Kristi Yamaguchi will dig this outdoor rink now open for the winter season. If you head down on Sat., drop by Santa Monica Place for their big Christmas Tree Lighting (Sat., 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.) Fri. Noon to Midnight, Sat., 10 a.m. to Midnight, Sun., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Santa Monica, Admission and skate rental $10. Event Details.


Valley (Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena)


Holiday in the Park
Ring in the holiday season in style in Magnolia Park! Street caroling, live entertainment, ice sculptures, musicians, refreshments—and did we mention Santa? Whether you get a jump on that mile-long shopping list or just come out for the hot chocolate, this event will put you in that Jingle Bell mood. Fri., 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Burbank, Free. Event Details.

Da’Hip-Hop Wizzard of Oz
This musical performance gives a hip-hop twist to Dorothy’s tale as she follows her dreams of making it big – with a little detour to the Land of Oz. Fri., 7 pm., Sat., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m., North Hollywood, tickets $35. Event Details.


Beach Cities (Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach)


Circus Vargas
Gather the family under the big top for an evening of acrobatics, trapeze artists, juggling, clowns, and much much more. Circus Vargas is a great ride, offering a mix of old school circus fun and modern concepts. Come early for the preshow where kids are invited into the center ring to get a taste of the circus life. Fri., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Sun., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., San Pedro, Adults $20 to $45, children $15 to $40. Event Details.