Festive fun is the name of the game this weekend, with a fabulous offering of family events to choose from. Yuletide happenings you’re sure to love include a Magical Christmas Caroling Truck in Burbank, a decadent breakfast with Santa at Descanso Gardens, and a free matinee screening of a classic holiday gem, Meet Me in St. Louis. Celebrate Hanukkah at the Skirball’s popular Family Festival, which occurs on Sunday with a schedule jam-packed with music, crafts, and storytelling that will keep your youngsters delightfully engaged. Or head to the beaches for a chance to learn about animals at the Aquarium in Long Beach, or to Malibu to support the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Bake Sale Event. Read on for details…

Los Angeles

Hanukkah Family Festival
The Skirball Cultural Center commemorates Hanukkah with a fun-filled day of entertainment for families of all backgrounds. Children watch a captivating puppet show about the story of Hanukkah and listen to award-winning author, Erica Silverman, as she reads her new book, Hanukkah Hop. Other highlights include Hanukkah at Home at 1:00 pm (a blend of traditional songs with storytelling) and Family Dance Jam at 12:45 and 2:30 pm. Don’t leave without stopping by workshops to create your own menorahs, tzedakah boxes, and portable gardens. Sun., 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Los Angeles, $10/Adults, $5/2-12. Event details.

“Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis…”
The UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hammer Museum team up for a matinee screening of the ever-charming holiday movie, Meet Me In St. Louis (1945), for their Family Flicks Film Series. Judy Garland stars in this musical slice of Americana circa 1903, including her enchanting and unforgettable performance of  “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Seating is on a first come, first served basis, and parking is available under the museum for $3 for 3 hours. Sun., 11:00 am, Los Angeles, Free. Event details.

West Side

Cookies For Kids Cancer Event
Here’s a way to indulge in delicious treats, while teaching your kiddos how to treat others. Blissfully sip apple cider and nibble goodies to support the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Bake Sale – a non-profit organization that raises funds to fight pediatric cancers. Held at the Malibu Country Mart playground (munchkins can burn off the sugar high!) the event is hosted by FIX Malibu Skincare Founder, Rebecca Giles, M.D. Plus, a nominal donation will enter you in a drawing to win a $1000 FIX gift package. Sun., 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Malibu, Free. Event details.


Breakfast With Santa
An upscale way to visit with St. Nick, Decanso Gardens and Patina dish up a delightful and delicious Breakfast With Santa. With a magical botanical setting ideal for photos, this event quickly becomes a holiday tradition. Reservations are required in advance of 48 hours and are final. Two seatings daily at 9:30 am and 11:00 am. Sat. and Sun., La Cañada Flintridge, $53/Adults, $19/Children 4-12, Free 3 & Under. Event details.


Magical Christmas Caroling Truck
This 62-foot float bedecked with Christmas scenes, thousands of sparkling lights, 200 singers, and a dance company, jingles all the way down San Fernando Boulevard (between Olive and Magnolia) on Friday night for a joyful dollop of holiday spectacle. Snatch a blanket, a thermos of hot cocoa, and your little elves for some free roadside entertainment. Fri., 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Downtown Burbank, Free. Event details.

Worth the Drive

12 Days by the Seashore
On the 12th day by the sea shore the ocean brought to me…a giant green sea anemone! Inspired by the traditional song, this Saturday the Aquarium of the Pacific is offering a family class based upon 12 different ocean critters. The class price of $42 per parent/child pair also includes an Aquarium tour, touch time with the animals, a keepsake book that you make yourself, and full admission. Sat., 9:30 am to 11:30 am, Long Beach, $42/Parent-Child Pair, $20/SIngle/Additional. Event details.

— Kameron DeWulf

Photo credit: FIX Malibu Inc.