With family in town for the holiday weekend, you will need to entertain the group and we have the perfect plan. Burn off those mashed potatoes by doing a Turkey Trot or joining the nature walk up Franklin Canyon. Shake your booty down to the ground with Yo Gabba Gabba or kick back and enjoy a puppet show. Let’s not forget the arrival of Santa Claus as he makes appearances throughout the city, from Thousand Oaks to Manhattan Beach. And if that’s not enough and an adventure is in order, head out to Fillmore to the North Pole Express which opens this weekend and runs through Dec. 27th.
Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Downtown)
Yo Gabba Gabba Live! There’s a Party in My City
Join DJ Lance Rock and his crew including Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee as they rock the Nokia Theatre at LA Live. Learn to lay a few beats with Biz Markie, pick up some dance moves during the Dancey Dance segments and catch a special musical guest. Balloons, music, dancing—it’s the perfect weekend treat. Fri., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m, Sat., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m., Downtown L.A., $36-61. Event Details.
The Hollywood Christmas Parade
Hosted by Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie, this Hollywood tradition rings in the Holiday season. Floats, bands, celebrities, giant balloons and oh yes, Santa Claus! Sun., 6:00 p.m., Hollywood, Free. Event Details.
Westside (Beverly Hills, Westwood, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Cheviot Hills, Culver City)
Shawn’s Christmas Trees
Feeling festive? Why not head out and pick out your family Christmas tree at this family-owned lot. Featuring trees of every shape and size, it’s sure to get you in the Jingle Bell mood. Fri., Sat., and Sun., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Culver City. Prices vary. Event Details.
Nature Rambles in Franklin Canyon
Get the family up and moving with a leisurely hike through Franklin Canyon. Meet at the Sooky Goldman Nature Center and a volunteer naturalist will talk about local birds, bugs, flora and fauna. Plus, the kids will love being outside while you get the added bonus of working off a few Holiday pounds. Sun., 9 a.m., Beverly Hills, Free. Event Details.
Santa Monica (Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Malibu)
Gobble Wobble Santa Monica
Still feeling bloated after too much stuffing and pumpkin pie? Then gather the family and work off those turkey pounds in either the 5K run or the 1K Widdle Wobble for kids 10 and under. Whether you sweat it or just come for the fun there’s plenty of activities before and after the race, including music and a costume contest. Don’t forget to bring a canned good for the Westside Food Bank food drive. Sat., registration begins 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Santa Monica, $20-$40, Event Details.
Marina Del Rey’s Waterside shopping center hosts this morning rendez-vous with some entertaining characters. Head to the Kid’s Club where a puppetmaster will spin tales and keep the kids laughing. Fri., 11:15 a.m., Marina Del Rey, Free. Event Details.
Valley (Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena)
Spontaneous Fantasia: The Omnicentric Universe
Gather up the gang and head to the Glendale Planetarium. Take an odyssey set to music and watch as a 3D world comes alive. Not for children under age 5. Fri. and Sat., 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Glendale, $6 kids, adults $15 at the door. Event Details.
Santa’s Coming to Jan’s Marketplace
Santa Claus makes a dramatic entrance via parachute at 12 p.m, sharp and then the festivities begin. Kids will get a kick out of story time with Mrs. Claus, train rides, making crafts, and getting their photo with Santa. Fri., 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Thousand Oaks, Free. Event Details.
Beach Cities (Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach)
Santa Arrival Parade
Head to Manhattan Village for the arrival of everyone’s favorite bearded man. Keep your eyes open for reindeer, elves and more holiday fun. Plus, it’s a great kick-off for Black Friday deals! Fri., 9:30 a.m., Manhattan Beach, Free. Event Details.
31st Annual Harry Sutter Memorial Thanksgiving Day Fun Run
Bring your kids, dogs, and anyone who wants to get a little exercise in before stuffing their bellies full of turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes. The three mile run is followed by drawings, a food drive and plenty of community bonding. Thurs., 6:30 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. race start, Torrance, $30. Event Details.