Don’t succumb to turkey coma!  We’ve got so many things happening this weekend, you won’t want to nap till Christmas.  There’s the Science of Gingerbread, the most fun way to get a Christmas tree (hint: choo, choo), a parade, a tree lighting, the Nutcracker and even Yo Gabba Gabba – all waiting to usher in the holidays with a vengeance.  But lest we forget other festivities, there is a LEGO Hanukkah celebration and a Winter Solstice party.  Not ready for any more celebrations till the tryptophan wears off?  How about some science, a storytime or the Stooges? gingerbread house


Yo Gabba Gabba Live!  Holiday Show
It’s Yo Gabba Gabba’s first ever holiday show, featuring everyone’s favorite cast of colorful characters, dance numbers that will make you “razzle dazzle” and special effects that turn the Gabba world into a glistening holiday wonderland. Sat. & Sun. at various times. Downtown. $21-$66. Ages 2-8. Event details.


A Hanukkah Celebration With LEGOS
With a giant LEGO menorah and dreidels made from marshmallows and licorice, this is hands down a favorite Hanukkah fest for the under 10 crowd. Sun., 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Mid-City. Free.  All ages. Event details.

Hollywood Christmas Parade
Always held the Sunday after Thanksgiving, this parade kicks off the Christmas season, Hollywood-style.  This year features Astronaut Buzz Aldrin as the Grand Marshall and a brand new Angry Birds float. Sun., 5 p.m. Hollywood. Free-$75.  All ages. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Old Town Pasadena Tree Lighting
20 tons of real snow, live reindeer fresh from the North Pole, crafts and live music are just the hors d’oeuvres – the entrée is Santa, complete with a sleigh and photo ops before he lights the tree. Fri., 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.

Three Stooges Festival
Stooge fans, new and old & young and not-as-young, won’t want to miss this program of classic, eye poking fun on the big screen.  The goofy, physical humor is right up your kiddos alley – they’ll love watching Larry, Curly and Moe fight and fall. Sat., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Glendale. $8.50-$10.50.  Ages 5 and up. Event details.


Storytelling with Madam Chocolat
Stories from this chef-clown will have kids entranced, enamored, and howling with laughter.  A perfect way to start a Saturday.  Sat., 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Santa Monica. $5 suggested donation. Ages 2-6. Event details.

“The Nutcracker” at the Broad
This production kicks of the Nutcracker season in Los Angeles.  We particularly love it because you can also get tickets for High Tea with Clara between shows.  (Sugarplum Fairies make the best tea.) Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. Santa Monica. $35. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

South Bay

Little Engineers Get Building
Kids can turn waste into cool projects when they put on their engineering caps and get to work with hands-on construction and robotic action figure building. Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Gardena. $20. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Christmas Tree Train
Day after Thanksgiving means turkey sammies and Christmas trees! Take a train to a real Christmas tree farm where you can pick a tree, chop it down and bring it home, for a Christmas memory that lasts even longer than the pine needles in your carpet. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Fillmore. $10-$24. All ages. Event details.

Science of Gingerbread
It’s not just tasty – it’s science.  Get the scoop on kitchen science experiments, tools, and recipe science. Kids can also take pictures with Santa, decorate (and devour) holiday cookies, create a cookie car to race in a Gingerbread Derby, and enjoy the Science of Snow stage show. Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Santa Ana. $12.95-$15.95. All ages. Event details.

A Winter Solstice Family Festival
Winter is coming, get ready to celebrate!  The Bowers Museum is putting on a Family Festival in anticipation of the shortest day of the year. Sun., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Santa Ana. Free. All ages. Event details.

How to you round out the Thanksgiving Weekend?  Are you ready for the holidays already, or do you need a break before the next celebration?

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Hopscotch and Doodles and gardener41 via Creative Commons