It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  Not the just the holidays in general – this exact weekend is the very epicenter of wonderfulness.  It’s all the excitement, none of the last minute panic.  What you won’t find on our weekend list are Nutcrackers or Tree Lightings– we can help you find those with our handy guides to the best in the city.  What you will find is  a world premiere play, snowflake making, Snoopy, Virginia, diving Santa and Sand Men.  And, of course, some Evil Sandwiches.  Wouldn’t want to forget them (it makes them mad).

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“Ladybird,” a World Premiere Play
This warm, funny and unique holiday play was created from stories shared by members of the local community.  And after the show, hit the streets with a Posada, then come back to the theatre for food, warm ponche (punch) and a traditional piñata. In Spanish with English subtitles. Sat. & Sun, 3 p.m.. Downtown. $0.24. All ages. Event details.


Make a Snowflake
No, we can’t make it snow here… but despite the 80 degree weather, kids can still get ready for the holiday season by growing crystal forms and making paper snowflakes to hang around your home. Sun., 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Miracle Mile. $5-$7.  All ages. Event details.

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Las Posadas at the Autry
Celebrate Las Posadas with dancing and singing and then a join a procession through the museum with the “inns” at the gallery entrances, and end the day with hot chocolate and Mexican sweet bread on the plaza. Sun., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Griffith Park. $4-$10.  All ages. Event details.


Ukulady and the Evil Sandwiches
Sometimes the name says it all.  The Ukulady plays with her band, The Evil Sandwiches, as kids learn all about music, instruments and the terror of things slapped between bread. Sat., 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Santa Monica. $5 suggested donation. Ages 2-8. Event details.

Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus
Nope, we’re not trotting out a tired old saying, we’re telling you about a fabulous new holiday show.  This holiday classic is re-tooled for tots and is sure to put a smile on even Scrooge’s face.  Sun., 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Santa Monica. $12-$20. Ages 3 and up. Event details.


The Addams Family
Take a break from the holiday fervor and watch as the mysterious and spooky Addams Family comes to life onstage in a show that will make your family look normal! Fri. – Sun., Various times. Thousand Oaks. $59-$74. Ages 6 and up. Event details.

South Bay

Beachside Fireworks
There’s snow at the beach, so before the fireworks over the ocean, take advantage of the 5 sled runs, two snow play areas and snowmen available for family photos. There’s also a moon bounce, a chance to meet Santa, local bands leading a holiday sing-a-long and then threr are fireworks. Sun., 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Manhattan Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Sandman Contest
And further down the strand, there’s nothing but sand! Bring your family and friends, shovels, scarves and mittens to make a Sand Man as Beach Boys tunes blare, sand flies and a fabulous time is had by all.  Sat., 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hermosa Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Treats for the Animals
Watch Santa diver swim with sharks and see the sea otters savor candy cane-shaped ice treats, gourmet lobster tails, and their very own snowman.  Then enjoy holiday music, crafts, special presentations, unique photo ops and more. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Long Beach. $14.95-$25.95. All ages. Event details.

It’s a Snoopy Holiday
It’s Peanuts fun for your little peanut when Christmas takes over Knott’s Merry Farm – the highlight for kids is when the sun sets and the Calico Stage lights up with the celebration of the season in Snoopy’s Merriest Tree Lighting. Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Buena Park. $29.99-$39.99. All ages. Event details.

So you want a Nutcracker, Holiday Train, Tree Lighting or Candy Cane Lane this weekend?  We can help with that!  And don’t forget to check our calendar for hundreds of other activities that wouldn’t fit here.

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Weasel McFee via Creative Commons and Mel5545 via flickr