‘Twas the weekend before Christmas and all through the house, mommy was on a tear wrapping presents, and she even scared the mouse.  Take a break from holiday prep and get the kids out and having fun this weekend. We know just what to do to get visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads…then you can go home and finish Santa-ing while they sleep!

Rogue Aritst Ensemble's Family Series

Downtown

Music Center Holiday Sing Along
Bundle up your family and share in the warmth and joy of the holidays with a grand night of singing under the stars.  Doesn’t matter if you don’t know the words, lyric sheets will be handed out. Fri., 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Las Posadas at El Pueblo
This nightly presentation of the nine-day journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem is portrayed with singing, entertainment, ballet folklorico and a candlelight procession on Olvera Street. There will also be a festive piñata breaking for the kiddos. Fri.-Sun., 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

A Rockin’ Holiday Show
Yes, there are kids bands that you like. But still, we’ll take an actual rock show to the rocking-est of kids shows any day, if we’re being honest. So indulge in a holiday show you’ll all love with Brian Setzer and his orchestra. Sat., 8 p.m. Downtown. $50-$190. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Chinatown

Sparkleblob’s Jingle-Belling on the Outskirts of Greatness
Triumph and terror are the name of the game when Silverlake’s most well-adjusted puppet family attempts to celebrate the holidays in the recreational haven known as PigBear National Forest. This puppet show gets you laughing with its name, and you just don’t stop. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Chinatown. $15-$20. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Frog Bellies & Zen Shorts
More awesome puppets! We can’t resist. Rogue Artists Ensemble brings together two of its most popular family-friendly puppet shows that explore the power of friendship and the adventures of growing up. Sat. & Sun, 2 p.m.–5 p.m. Atwater Village. $10-$15. All ages. Event details.

Pasadena

Breakfast with Santa at the Gardens
Enjoy a visit with the man in red and a gourmet breakfast created by the chefs of Patina. Santa is here for the kiddos and a new Mimosa Bar is here for mama. Sat. & Sun., 9:30 & 11:30. La Canada. $20-$50. All ages. Event details.

Beverly Hills

Raditatical, A Journey in Rhythm
Get a little laughter, dance and raw energy with this unique ensemble who will beatbox, juggle, tap dance, and play on all sorts of percussion instruments in a one-of-a-kind performance starring the world’s only rhythmic juggling beatboxer. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Beverly Hills. $20-$50. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Westside

Menorah Lighting
Santa Monica celebrates the Chanukah season with a traditional menorah lighting every evening at sundown on the Promenade. A different local synagogue or temple leads the ceremony each night through the 23rd. Fri.-Sun., Sundown. Santa Monica. Free. All ages. Event details.

LA Ballet’s Nutcracker
It’s that time of year: Nutcracker productions are everywhere! One of the best in town is Los Angeles Ballet’s own original production, and it’s playing at the gorgeous Royce Hall the weekend before Christmas. Sat.& Sun., 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. Westwood. $35-$103. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Take A Train to Santa’s Workshop
Ride the train where elves will lead your family in Christmas songs, holiday trivia games and storytelling. Santa greets the guests as they arrive at the workshop for play, crafts, photos and snacks. Sat. & Sun., 9 p.m.-5 p.m. Perris. $5-$15. Ages 1-7. Event details.

What do you do to get ready for Christmas? If you still need to catch The Nutcracker, see Holiday Lights, sneak a few holiday treats or even get a tree, we’ve got you covered!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Orange Empire Railway Museum and Rogue Artists Ensemble