This is the weekend that the holidays kick into high gear. So if you’re feeling more like a Grinch or a humbug then we can’t find a single thing for you to do! Hanukkah starts this weekend, and there are beautiful, festive and fun events all over town to celebrate the festival of lights. And if you want to celebrate Christmas, there are teas, boat parades, tree lightings, Nutcrackers, gingerbread houses, (sand) snowmen, fireworks and trains galore! So pick your celebrating pleasure and may your weekend be merry and bright.

Los Angeles

Children’s Holiday Tea at the Ritz
Kid’s deserve an elegant, swellegant time at the holidays, too, so why not treat them to a special outing that features a delicious kid-friendly menu: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and mini ham and cheese croissants, cookies, hot chocolate, warm apple cider, milkshakes, and sweets. Fri., 3:30 pm. Downtown. $50-$65. All ages. Event details.

The Grove Hanukkah Celebration
Kids can help build a giant Lego menorah, make their own greeting cards, play games, make crafts and cap the festivities with “Chanukah Pajamikah. A Menorah Lighting Ceremony will take place at sundown. Sun., 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.


Holiday Boat Parade
A traditional fireworks display kicks off the evening, then all kinds of boats decked out in holiday lights and decorations, blasting music and boasting very spirited sailors, parade across the harbor. (Want more boats? Head to the Venice Canals on Sunday!) Sat., 5:55 pm. Marina del Rey. Free. All ages. Event details.

Hanukkah Festival and Toy Menorah
Celebrate the Festival of lights with not one, but two crazy menorahs! Bring a toy to donate to kids in hospitals, and help build the “toy”norah, and/or bring canned goods and build the biggest “Canorah” you have ever seen. Sun., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Pacific Palisades. $15. All ages. Event details.


Christmas Tree Lane Lighting Ceremony
Stroll (or drive!) down the “Mile of Christmas Trees” that are strung with 10,000 lights as part of the oldest large-scale Christmas lighting spectacle in the United States. Sat., Dusk. Altadena. Free. All ages. Event details.

Red Chair’s The Nutcracker
This kids production is just the right length, full of lavish sets and glittering costumes, with a cast of over 100 (many of them kids!), and after the matinee there’s even a chance to meet Clara and pick a present from Uncle Drosselmeyers’s magic bag. Sun., 1:00 pm & 6:30 pm. Glendale. $18-$24. Ages 3+. Event details.


Gingerbread House Workshop
Something sweet a parent and kiddo can do together – decorate a tasty gingerbread house! This workshop is hosted by an expert and includes a gingerbread house, all the icing and candy decorations you need, plus hot chocolate to drink! Sat., 1:00 pm. Sherman Oaks. $35. All ages. Event details.


Sand Snowman Contest
The weatherman says the forecast is for nothing but sand! So bring your family and friends, shovels, scarves and mittens because in sunny So Cal where you can’t make snowmen, you have to make SANDSNOWMEN! Sat., 8:45 am. Hermosa Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Holiday Fireworks Festival
It’s time for the annual Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival!  The pier is all decked out and ready to celebrate with snow, games, music and of course, Santa Claus! Sun., 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Manhattan Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth The Drive

Christmas Tree Train
It’s the perfect weekend to get a tree (not so early you end up with a dried out tree by Christmas Day, not so late you don’t get to enjoy it), and this real train to a real Christmas tree farm is the perfect way to get it! Sat & Sun., 10:00 am & 2:00 pm. Fillmore. $10-$24. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing to celebrate the holidays this weekend?  Does your family celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, both, neither, or something else entirely?  And how do you celebrate?  Let us know, below!

— Meghan Rose