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Meeting Santa at the zoo (photo via www.lazoolights.org)

An LA holiday staple (it's their 50th Anniversary this year!), head on down to the zoo to check out their amazing lights display. See some real live reindeer (with two new babies), visit with Santa, and enjoy seasonal treats!

When: November 18-January 8
Where: LA Zoo (5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles)
Phone: (866) 949-8007

 

 

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Singing together! (photo via www.musiccenter.org)

Gather together downtown with friends and family for a night of singing old holiday favorites under the stars (live accompaniment and lyric sheets provided!).

When: 6:00-7:30 PM, December 16
Where: The Music Center Plaza (135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles)
Phone: (213) 972-7211
Tickets: Free, but you need to have one! You can get one at the box office starting at 5:30

 

 

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Finally a chance to break out the mittens! (photo via www.visitpasadena.com)

For all you transplanted East Coasters who miss white Christmases (or if you want your SoCal-raised charges to have the chance to experience snow for the first time!), head over to the Kidspace Museum's Snow Days event! They'll have REAL SNOW – so make those angels, build those snowmen, and throw those snowballs while you can – and be sure to bundle up!

And if you'd rather stay warm while having some "winter" fun, grab a sled and head over to the Venice Beach sand berms!

When: December 26-30
Where: Kidspace Children's Museum (480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena)
Phone: (626) 449-9144

 

 

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Even Charlie Brown and Snoopy love gingerbread! (photo via www.discoverycube.org)

Check out the science behind the feat of engineering (and deliciousness) that is a gingerbread house! The LA Discovery Cube is offering cookie decorating, a gingerbread house competition, a gingerbread car derby (where you can build and race your very own candy car!), and, of course, Santa Meet and Greets.

When: November 25-January 1
Where: LA Discovery Cube (11800 Foothill Blvd, Los Angeles)
Phone: (818) 686-2823

 

 

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Ringing in the New Year - just a little early! (photo via www.laparent.com)

One of our favorite annual holiday events – Noon Year's Eve at the Kidspace Museum – lets little ones who will be asleep long before midnight on New Year's Eve get a chance to join in the fun! The celebration features sparkling cider toasts, little ones can create their own noisemakers, and everyone should be sure to arrive in time for the balloon drop at the stroke of noon!

When: 10:00-3:00, December 31
Where: Kidspace Children's Museum (480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena)
Phone: (626) 449-9144