Happy Hanukkah! When the sun sets on Sunday, you might be knee deep in latkes and candle lighting (and LEGO menorahs!). But until then, there’s also art, mini chef tv tryouts, loads of winter festivals and Santa greetings, holiday shows, sandman making and even a bit of myth busting to be done.

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Downtown

MOCA Sunday Studio
Do you miss your hipper-than-thou, avant-gard, artsy-fartsy pre-kid days?  Re-live them, kids in tow, with experimental art making, artists talks, performances and music. Sun., 1 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Pershing Square’s Winter Festival
Pershing Square is transformed into a winter wonderland with sledding and snowman making in the snow, kids’ crafts, puppet shows, a visit with Santa and more. Take a spin out on the ice and indulge in some holiday treats, too. Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Downtown. Free festival, normal skating rates apply. All ages. Event details.

Hollywood & Mid-City

Calling Mini Master Chefs
If your little chef loves to play in the kitchen, and is a bit of a ham for the cameras, the casting call for Master Chef Jr. might just help on them their way to be the next Gordon Ramsay or Rachel Ray. Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Hollywood. Free. Ages 8 & up. Event details.

LEGO Menorah Lighting
Celebrate Hanukkah with live music, crafts and a special menorah (think LEGO, which the kids build in the afternoon) lighting ceremony at the Original Farmers Market. Sun., 2:30-5 p.m. Mid-City. Free. All ages. Event details.

Breakfast with Santa at American Girl
Whispering wishes is a holiday tradition, and a special pose with St. Nick is the perfect photo op; all after a tasty breakfast with dolls, girls and Santa. Sun., 9 a.m. Mid-City. $22. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

A Family Christmas Carol at the Huntington
This lively, interactive performance of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas Carol includes a pre-show sing-along of favorite holiday tunes. No Scrooges allowed! Fri., 7 p.m. San Marino. $15. All ages. Event details.

Winter Wonderland and a Merry Movie
Start the morning with a screening of Miracle on 34th Street (and get free popcorn if you donate 3 canned food items) then go next door for treats, crafts, and photos with Santa. Sat., 10 a.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.

Westside

A Retro Holiday Show
Flash back with all of your favorite holiday special characters and watch your tots light up with this fun show that has Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch plus lots of holiday songs and audience interaction. Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m. Santa Monica. $15. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Leonis Adobe Winter Celebration
Crafts, music and fun are the name of the game at this Winter Celebration for the whole family at the old adobe. Sun., 2-5 p.m. Calabasas. $1-$4. All ages. Event details.

Last Chance To See Mythbusters
The all-new, live stage show is the farewell tour for the Discovery series MythBusters and your family may be called on stage as crash test dummies in this mind-twisting and not always orthodox approach to science. Sun., 7:30 p.m. Thousand Oaks. $52-$82. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

South Bay

Snow, er, Sandman Making Contest
Bring your family and friends, shovels, scarves and mittens because in Hermosa Beach where you can’t make snowmen, you have to make a Sand Man.  Beach Boys tunes blare, sand flies and a fabulous (photo op filled) time is had by all.  Sat., 9-11:30.m. Hermosa Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

A Holiday Boat Parade
Boats of all shapes and sizes participate in this holiday floating parade of lights, and this year’s theme is guaranteed to delight wee ones, it’s “Santa’s Minions.” Check our listing for the best spots to watch the parade. Sat., 6 p.m. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.

Long Beach

See What Sharks and Seals Want for Christmas
Watch Santa diver swim with sharks and see the sea otters savor the “sea”son with candy cane-shaped ice treats, gourmet lobster tails, and their very own snowman.  Then enjoy holiday music, crafts, special presentations, unique photo opportunities, shopping, and more. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Long Beach. $14.95-$28.95. All ages. Event details.

If you’re looking for more holiday fun with the perfect Nutcracker or lights display, we’ve found those, too! How are you ho-ho-ho-ing this weekend?

—Meghan Rose

photo credits: Mel5545 via flickr and Amy Steinberg