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Fri December 14th 

ARCADIA: Moonlight Forest – Lantern Art Festival at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Walk through a magical forest of light, Chinese legends, nature, and culture with your family and see the kids’ faces light up, too. Created by skilled artisans from China’s Sichuan province. The event goes all weekend and into January. Check Goldstar* for discounted tickets.

LAKEWOOD: Cookies and Cocoa with the Clauses – Lakewood Center – From 6 – 8 p.m., kids can decorate cookies, drink cocoa, play games, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. This FREE event is for kids ages 12 and under.

Sat December 15th 

LOS ANGELES: 2018 Beach Winter Wonderland – Dockweiler Youth Center – Take the kids to the beach for bouncers, winter-themed activities, and real snow! This FREE event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Digital tickets available here.

SHERMAN OAKS: St. Francis de Sales Annual Holiday Concert & Sing-a-Long – Don’t miss this FREE holiday concert by the St. Francis de Sales Choir. Sing along with your favorite Christmas carols and enjoy music by John Rutter, Hermann Schroeder, PDQ Bach, and Alfred Burt. Includes special performance by St. Francis de Sales Contemporary Folk Group. Located at 13360 Valleyheart Drive; performance is 7-9 p.m.

LONG BEACH: Annual Boat Parade of 1,000 Lights – Begins at 5:30 p.m. and starts at Shoreline Marina. Recommended viewing locations include Shoreline Village, Rainbow Harbor, and the Queen Mary. FREE.

Sun December 16th

LOS ANGELES: Family Flicks Film Series: A Christmas Story – Showing of the classic movie is at 11 a.m. at the Hammer Museum. The event is FREE, and the museum, as always, is “free for good.”

LOS ANGELES: The Giving Tree musical inspired by Shel Silverstein’s classic story – Los Angeles Children’s Theater’s live musical shares the beloved story through “words, gestures, dance, and music that will delight people of all ages.” The show is only 45 minutes long with no intermission (best suited for ages 3+). Half-price tickets are available through Goldstar.*

*Please note that Goldstar is not a sponsor of this blog. The references are only a courtesy for our readers.

Fri December 21st

LOS ANGELES: Las Posadas – El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument – This Olvera Street tradition since 1930 is a reenactment of the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. There will be the Procession, Children’s Piñata, Pastorela, and Grupo Rondalla del Sol. This FREE event is held nightly through Dec. 24.

NEWPORT BEACH: Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights – Pirate’s Cove – This is the country’s oldest boat parade — in its 110th year for this Christmas tradition! This FREE event starts at 6:30 p.m.

Sat December 22nd

MARINA DEL RAY: Marina Lights Movie Night – Nightmare Before Christmas – Burton W Chace Park – Enjoy 50s/60s style holiday music by The Wonderelles from 4 – 6 p.m. before the movie screening of Tim Burton’s classic. FREE admission.

TUJUNGA: Holiday Movie Madness – Sunland – Tujunga Branch Library – From 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. you can watch four holiday movies, including White Christmas, A Christmas Carol, Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Refreshments provided.

Sun December 23rd

With Christmas Eve tomorrow, who has time to go to an event? If you do find yourself with some spare time this evening, take the family for a drive to check out more light displays. TimeOut.com has a list of must-see locations.

Happy holidays!

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