From a well-mannered teddy bear tea to seeing Sugar Plum fairies dance the night away, these weekend events will kick-off your holiday break in the sweetest way possible. Scroll through for the details that are guaranteed to keep you in a festive mood, all while keeping you fed, entertained and oh so jolly.


photo: via The Discovery Cube

Los Angeles

Winter Wonderfest
A snow storm of thrills and excitement is heading towards Discovery Cube this winter for Winter Wonderfest. Learn about the science behind sledding down ice ramps and weather, then put your knowledge into action with real sledding, tubing, and snow play. Winter Wonderfest is for guests of all ages and provides snow-fun at the Cube. Attractions and exhibits include sliding down a 75 foot long ramp on inner tubes, a snow play area and snow sledding. Additionally, experience the Annual Science of Gingerbread featuring award-winning gingerbread creations. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Las Posadas on Olvera Street
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. Event details.

Grand Park Lights Up for the Holidays
It’s our Times Square!  Grand Park will be lit up magically for the holidays. Take a stroll after sunset to enjoy the twinkling lights of the season and see the park come alive with park-inspired holiday décor for the holidays with a 45-foot tree as a highlight. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Toluca Lake

Kling Street Fundraiser
This one-day event takes place on Kling Street, in between Cahuenga Blvd. and Ledge Ave. and is packed with entertainment, games, activities, live music, food, and more! The Kling Street Kids and their families seek help from neighbors and local businesses to provide refreshments that include Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, hot chocolate, pizza, cupcakes, cookies, etc. And the best part, they have 10 tons of snow delivered for sledding! Come and enjoy live music by the Beat Buds, train rides, pony rides, glitter tattoos, and much more! For the parents, don’t miss your chance to win tickets to Ellen, Dodger games, Laker games and more in our silent auction. And don’t leave without adopting a Pillow Pet for a child that will be hand delivered to Children’s Hospital LA on Christmas Eve. Sat. Event details.


Meet Santa at The Paley House
Bring the family to Beverly Hills this holiday season! Santa Claus is coming to town, spreading holiday cheer and hosting fun festivities for the whole family. He’ll also be screening some of your favorite holiday television specials, so stick around for that, adter you snap your free pics with Santa. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Party on the Pier
There’s plenty of fun to be had at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier with rides and games, ocean breezes and sunshine.  Weather permitting, the park is open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day, so when they’re complaining that all the gifts are open and there’s nothing to do – prove ’em wrong with a surprise trip to fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


The Nutcracker Presented by Los Angeles Youth Ballet
Los Angeles Youth Ballet presents the world premiere of a new production of The Nutcracker by award-winning choreographer Andrea Paris-Gutierrez starring Joffrey Ballet principal dancers Jeraldine Mendoza (Sugar Plum Fairy) and Dylan Gutierrez (Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cavalier) in three performances. Adding to the rich compendium of this beloved holiday tradition, Paris-Gutierrez’s new youth-inspired version of the two-act ballet, featuring Tchaikovsky’s quintessential score. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Long Beach

Marvel at Magnificent Marine Mammals
Forget diamonds, it’s dolphins that are a (little) girl’s best friend! (Big girls still like diamonds.) Budding marine biologists get the chance to get up close and personal with some hairy sea creatures in the aquarium’s private classroom touch pools. Sat. Event details.


Feast of the Seven Fishes
Union Restaurant invites everyone to celebrate Christmas Eve with Feast of Seven Fishes. The Feast of Seven Fishes is a tradition celebrated by Italian-Americans throughout the country commemorating the midnight birth of Jesus, also known as the Vigila di Natale. Take the evening off from cooking and enjoy a delicious, seasonal menu prepared by renowned chef Bruce Kalman. Advance ticket sales only and all reservations will be confirmed via email. Sun. Event details.

Teddy Bear Tea in The Lobby Lounge
A long-time hotel holiday tradition, the Teddy Bear Tea features enchanting holiday decorations, a puppet show, storytelling by one of Santa’s helpers, and pictures with Santa! Adults will enjoy Langham’s Signature Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood, and children can munch on child-friendly sandwiches, cookies, hot chocolate, milk and other tasty goodies. Each guest of Teddy Bear Tea is asked to bring one unwrapped, packaged gift for donation to a children’s charity, which will help bring joy to children in need. Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required. Sun. Event details.

“Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose” Panto Play
This is the latest Holiday Spectacular from Lythgoe Family Productions. A Panto is interactive holiday fun for all ages, and the timeless tale of Cinderella will feature comedy, magic, dancers from “So You Think You Can Dance” and contemporary music from Taylor Swift to The Bee Gees. This is fast becoming a holiday tradition for LA families and will sell out, so get your tickets! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart
Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents and discover the devotion of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out as they work together to boost Riley’s spirit and win the big hockey game. Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel and the Disney Princesses make their dreams possible through virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Knotts Merry Farm
Every winter, Knott’s Berry Farm celebrates the merriest of seasons as the park wondrously transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm, a Christmas celebration for all ages. Spend the most wonderful time of the year with your family at Knott’s Merry Farm enjoying thrilling attractions, live entertainment, a Christmas Crafts Village, festive food, lavish holiday decorations, and nightly snow in Ghost Town. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Which fun holiday weekend event are you going to? Share with us in the comments below!

—Andie Huber