10 Fun Things to Do In Los Angeles With Kids This Weekend
There are lots of fun things to do in Los Angeles with your kids this weekend! Enjoy a holiday boat parade, attend a Hanukkah Festival, participate in CicLAvia, and much more! Due to fire danger in some areas, please check websites before you go to make sure the events are happening.
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Festival of Lights
SIJCC (Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center)
1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029
The SIJCC is hosting it’s annual Festival of Lights event on Saturday, December 9th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This community event includes arts and crafts, live performances, a toddler zone, food vendors, face painting, and more. Children over 2 years old are $15 each; adults are free. Tickets are available online.
7th Annual Holiday Concert and Santa on the Pier
100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Santa is coming to Redondo Beach on Saturday, December 9th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The fun includes selfies with “Surfing Santa,” holiday activity books for kids (while supplies last), and more. Families can participate in the toy drive by bringing a new, unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more. Both the event and parking are free.
Hollywood Blvd. between Wilcox and Las Palmas, Hollywood, CA
Hollywood turns into “Jollywood” on Saturday, December 9th from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm. The festivities include a “holiday pop-up market” including carolers, more than 20 artisanal vendors, and Santa Claus himself! Local restaurants and shops will also be offering special discounts and tastings during the event.
Holiday Boat Parade, Snow Wonder, and Marina Lights
Burton Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA
Snow Wonder will be at the Burton Chace Park on Saturday, December 9th from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Families will have lots of fun in over 80 tons of real snow! There will also be crafts, music, face painting, food trucks, and more. And don’t forget to watch the 55th Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Fireworks start at 5:55 pm, right before the parade featuring festively decorated boats. Burton Chace Park also invites families to experience Marina Lights. This new attraction will “cast a festive glow” from December 9th through December 31st. Stroll through the park and marvel at the light displays. On Saturdays, families can enjoy live caroling performances from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Then at 6:00 pm on each Saturday, there will be an outdoor holiday movie screening.
Hanukkah Festival: LA/LA
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
The Skirball invites families to celebrate Hanukkah on Sunday, December 10th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. (The museum will open at 10:00). This year’s Festival “explores the themes of Hanukkah through the traditions of Los Angeles’s rich and diverse Latin American communities.” Festivities include live musical and dance performances, hands-on workshops, storytelling, and much more. (General admission is $12, children 2-12 are $7, and children younger than 2 are free). Advance tickets are recommended.
Winter Holiday Festival
532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
Families are invited to the Winter Holiday Festival on Saturday, December 9th and Sunday, December 10th from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm each day. This free event includes many fun activities including a Polar Express train ride, jumpers and rides, food and craft booths, a free photo with Santa, 90 tons of fresh snow for sledding, and more. The event is free though a fee does apply if you wish to take part in the ice skating rink.
8th Annual Holiday Party and Sing-a-long
6111 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038
Families are invited to Big Sunday on Sunday, December 10th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm for their 8th Annual Holiday Party and Sing-a-long. Families can register online to volunteer for the event. Big Sunday will also be collecting toys, winter coats, and non-perishable food items. There will be singing (with a live band), holiday arts and crafts, treats, and fun. RSVP online.
CicLAvia Iconic Wilshire Boulevard
the streets of Koreatown, Westlake, and Downtown Los Angeles
On Sunday, December 10th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, CicLAvia travels along “Iconic Wilshire Boulevard.” The route will take participants through Koreatown, Downtown Los Angeles, and Westlake. If you’re not familiar with CicLAvia, it’s a non-car event where streets are only open for cyclists, pedestrians, and runners. It’s not a race, so families can explore at their own pace. You can enter and exit anywhere along the route. Check the website for information about the route and safety tips.
Community Holiday Festival
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802
Families are invited to the Community Holiday Festival happening at the Museum of Latin American Art on Sunday, December 10th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. This free event features many fun activities including holiday music, children’s story time, workshops, crafts, traditional food, vendors, and more. Check the website for a festival schedule.
Merry Merry Malibu
Malibu Country Mart
3835 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, CA 90265
Malibu Village, Malibu Country Mart, and Malibu Lumber Yard host Merry Merry Malibu on Saturday, December 9th and Sunday, December 10th. On Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the fun includes lots of festive activities including an ice sculpture artist, holiday crafts, carolers, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and much more. On Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Malibu Village will host the 14th Annual Malibu Christmas Woodie Parade, featuring a display of historic woodies – a type of car where the rear portion of the bodywork is made of wood. Additionally, several restaurants and shops at each of these participating centers will donate a portion of the weekend’s sales to support Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Toys are also being collected for Children’s Hospital so don’t forget to bring a new toy. The event is free.