Your shopping is all done, the cookies are waiting for Santa and the stockings are hung by the chimney. It’s time for our gift to you – one final weekend of the happiest, merriest and most spectacularly fun family events you can imagine. So whether you choose to sing along with Julie Andrews, make a real comet, celebrate a Camelot Christmas, take a harbor holiday cruise of lights, play in the snow, (or enjoy a crazy Panto with Snow White), graduate from gingerbread school, take a ride on the Mrs. Claus trolley or giggle through a  modern Christmas movie classic, we wish you a very Merry Christmas, from all of us here at Red Tricycle!

Los Angeles

Holiday Sing-Along with Julie Andrews
Kids will love singing along with the holiday classics. Parents will get a huge kick out of being in the same room with special guest Mary Poppins! Also known as the one, the only, Julie Andrews. Sat., 11:30 am & 2:30 pm. Downtown. $27-$78. All ages. Event details.

Let’s Make a Comet!
Visit the Griffith Observatory to learn how to mix common household ingredients with dry ice to make a small comet that’s just like the real thing! Fri.-Sun., Various times. Griffith Park. Free. Ages 4+. Event details.


Mrs. Claus Trolley Ride
Start the day with a ride on the Beverly Hills Trolley where Mrs. Claus tells stories and sings songs, then stop at The Paley Center where kids can divulge their deepest wishes to Santa and enjoy sweet treats before watching some nostalgic holiday television classics on the big screen. Sat. & Sun., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Beverly Hills. $Free-$5. All ages. Event details.

Elf at the Aero
This modern Christmas classic is showing on the big screen and your kiddos will delight in seeing this big Elf in all his glory. There’s something for the grown-ups too, as a discussion follows the screening with director Jon Favreau. Sat., 7:30 pm. Santa Monica. $11. Ages 5+. Event details.


A Snow White (Panto) Christmas
It’s Snow White as you’ve never seen it – a traditional British Panto for the whole family, with a special appearance by Neil Patrick Harris as The Magic Mirror. Pantos are traditional British Christmas time shows; a classic tale told with lavish sets and costumes, and intermingled with contemporary pop hits and humor. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Pasadena. $22-$100. Ages 4+. Event details.


Cruise of Lights
See thousands of lights and animated displays on brightly decorated homes, docks, decks and boats on a 45-minute tour from the comfort of a cozy boat. Fri. – Sun., 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Huntington Beach. $10-$17. All ages. Event details.

Worth The Drive

Gingerbread Academy
The Gingerbread Academy is now accepting applications – and this is our kind of school! The whole family can enroll together and get top grades by decorating a gingerbread house with all the frosting and candy imaginable. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Dana Point. $65 per family. All ages. Event details.

Snow Days at Pretend City
What’s in the forecast for Pretend City? Snow, just in time for celebrating the first day of winter! Kids enjoy the snow with a day of adventures like experimenting with footprints, building snow forts, creating snow angels, and even making snowballs… Fri., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Irvine. $11. Ages 1-10. Event details.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Join King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table for Christmas at Camelot – a 14th Century epic tale of knights, a dragon, trolls, an ogre, a sorceress, sword fighting, and a mysterious lovely lady! Fri. & Sat., 8:00 pm. Long Beach. $10-$20. Ages 4+. Event details.

What are you doing to celebrate Christmas this weekend?  Do you have last minute shopping to squeeze in, or are you all ready?

— Meghan Rose