Now that the turkey’s been served and the leftovers are put away, it’s time to get out of the house and have some holiday fun! You can enjoy several events throughout Southern California to get you into the season. CHILL on the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Celebrate Hanukkah at Pretend City. Or visit with Santa Claus at one of my Christmas events in San Diego and Orange County. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

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San Diego

Winter Sailor’s Days
Come aboard and join the fun! There are lots of things to do, including a scavenger hunt with prize, making brass rubbings, ferryboat steam engine demos, exploring the ships, sail raising, rope making, knot tying, rowing and more. Fri. – Sun., 9 am – 2 pm, San Diego Maritime Museum, $16/adult; $8/kid, All ages. Event details.

North County

Santa’s Coming Arts and Crafts Fair
Bates Nut Farm will host its annual “Santa’s Coming!” Arts ‘n Craft Fair over Thanksgiving weekend. Over 80 artisans will be selling a variety of handmade crafts and fine art. Lots of activities and fun for kiddos too! Fri. – Sun., 9 am – 5 pm, Bates Nut Farm, Free. All ages. Event details.

Have a Rancho Christmas
Rancho Guajome Adobe will once again ring in the holidays with a merry family festival with handmade decorations that transform the historic Adobe into an old-fashioned Christmas. Families can also enjoy Native American storytelling and a period fashion show or hop aboard a tractor-drawn wagon. On Saturday evening only, guests can stick around until 5 pm for caroling and apple cider in the courtyard. Fri. – Sat., 10 am – 4 pm, Rancho Guajome Adobe, $5/adult; $3/kid; free for kids under 3, All ages. Event details.

Jingle Bell Jump
Are you ready kids? Santa will be arriving by parachute! Enjoy crafts, live music, a snow playground, and much more! Bring a toy and get a free picture with Santa. Sat., 12 pm – 3 pm, Mission Marketplace, Free, All ages. Event details.

Get Stoked for Saturday Science
Learn how to use a simple soil sensor and data logger to test the soil and water before planting our seeds. Then, we’ll learn all about the flora and fauna within the Carmel Mountain Preserve as we take a short park-ranger-led nature walk; before leaving, we’ll take a 15-minute art break and paint our beautiful surroundings! Sat., 9 am – 12 pm,  Ocean Air Recreation Center, $30/person, Ages 9 -12. Event details.

Orange County

Celebrate Hanukkah at Pretend City
Come and learn more about many of the symbols associated with Hanukah. Through engaging activities that are sure to have your little ones delighted while wanting to learn more about this special holiday. Activities include creating an edible menorah; dancing to Lots of Latkes, games of dreidel, and an art studio where kids can create their own Star of David. Fri., 10 am – 5 pm, Pretend City, $12.50/person, 0-8 years. Event details.

Santa Arrives Parade
Here comes Santa Claus! He’s making his way to the Anaheim Town Square for photos and visiting with kiddos. You can also enjoy a real snow play area, kids craft activities, face pairing, balloon artists, and train rides. Fri., 12-3 pm, Anaheim Town Square, Free, All ages. Event details.

Thanksgivukkah Celebration
Celebrate both Hanukkah and Thanksgiving for the first time since 1888! Temple Beth El presents an exciting celebration that will include Hanukkah fun for fall ages, Shabbat dinner, and candle lighting. Reservations required for dinner. Fri., 5 pm, Temple Beth El, $10/person for dinner, All ages. Event details.

Chill on the Queen Mary
CHILL offers the Ice Kingdom, ice tubing, ice skating, decorating gingerbread houses, visitings Santa, and holiday carolers. And all this takes place on the Queen Mary ship. This is a not-to-miss holiday event! Fri. – Sun., 10 am – 11 pm, Queen Mary,  $12.95 – $24.95/person, All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Shopping for the holidays?

–Leah R. Singer

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