Merry Christmas! We searched high and low to find things that would get you out of the house (away from the Christmas cookies and off the couch) to explore the city, get out into nature and round out your festive celebrations. Plus we included a few cool things, like laser Beatles, a fabulous new Cirque show and live polar bears, that you just shouldn’t end 2015 without experiencing!

Break out your mittens, boots, and snow hat for a day of winter wonderland fun! Play in real snow, make snow angels and snowmen, and perfect your snowball making skills. Check out live performances each day and discover the science of snow.


Kurios by Cirque du Soleil
Cabinet of Curiosities is the newest show from Cirque du Soleil and marks the first time one will play at Dodger Stadium. The tale is set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, when time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Elysian Park. $56-$165. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

See the Holiday Lights of Downtown
Lights, decorations, festivities and holiday cheer abound as you take a stroll through the center of the city during the most joyous time of the year; this weekend is the last chance to catch the lights of the season. And it’s a great cap to a day spent exploring downtown. Sat. & Sun., 6:30 p.m. Downtown. Free-$15. All ages. Event details.

Mid-City & Beverly Hills

Take A Christmas Full Moon Hike
It’s the first full moon on Christmas this century; the last one was 1977! So take a hike in the magical light of a holiday full moon. (There’s another hike on the westside at Charmlee Park, as well.) Sat., 5 p.m. Beverly Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.

A Photography Exhibit Plus Polar Bears
This amazing exhibition is a photographic interpretation of life on Earth from the Big Bang to the present, which captivates kids. Accompanying the exhibit is a live cam experience that lets you see real polar bears. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Century City. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Snow Days at Kidspace
Let it snow! Find those errant hats, gloves and scarves and play in real snow, make snow angels and snow people, learn how snow is formed in nature and enjoy traditional winter crafts. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m-5 p.m. Pasadena. $11. Ages 1-10. Event details.

Behind the Scenes at the Rose Parade
Get an up close and personal look at the floats that will be featured in the Rose Parade, as they get their finishing touches and decorations. See tiny flowers, fruit, seeds, bark and grasses come together to create giant works of art. Sun., noon-5 p.m. Pasadena. $5, free for kids under 5. All ages. Event details.

See the Greatest Cartoons Ever
See some of the very best theatrical cartoons from the movies’ Golden Ages, featuring iconic characters like Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Popeye, Tom and Jerry, and a Woodpecker named Woody—all projected in 35mm on the big screen. Sat., 2 & 7 p.m. $12-$16. Ages 3 & up. Event details.


Bird Watching for Kiddos
This is a special short walk for kids and their families to spot the birds that live at the beach. Just bring sunscreen, jackets, water, walking shoes and sharp eyes; binoculars will be provided. Sun., 10-11 a.m. Malibu. Free. Ages 2-6. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

See a Laser Beatles Show
Experience a magical-mystery-tour with pure laser-light creating amazing visual effects and illusions. Take a trip through the sounds of the Fab Four with some music for ears and eyes. Sat. & Sun., 7 p.m. Van Nuys. $12-$14. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

South Bay

Learn What Lives in Tide Pools
Take the kids for a naturalist-led ramble on the rocks to see animals in their natural habitat, poking in the tide pools of the Point Fermin State Marine Park. Sat. & Sun., Various times. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Celebrate the Festival of Kwanzaa
Each day during the Festival of Kwanzaa at Pretend City you can learn about the holiday, take part in a different activity and “light” a candle on the Kinara. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Irvine. $12.50. Ages 1-10. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Return Santa to the North Pole
It’s hard for kids to say so-long to Santa for the season. Talk to your tots about how tired the big guy is and how he needs his rest and they can help give him a sendoff he (and they!) will remember all year. Wear PJs for a train ride filled with cookies & milk, caroling and stories. Sat., 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. Fillmore. $19-$29. All Ages. Event details.

If you’re looking for more things to do on Christmas Day, we found a whopping 20 amazing adventures for once those gifts are open…What are you doing this holiday weekend?

—Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Kidspace Children’s Museum and Pretend City