Family Friendly Shows, Festivals and Events Around Orange County
Saturday November 24-Monday December 24
Returning for its 39th year, South Coast Rep’s acclaimed original adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic represents a local holiday tradition. Returning too is actor Hal Landon Jr. as Scrooge for the 39th year. No shows most Mondays and some Tuesdays & Wednesdays. No children under the age of 6 will be admitted.
Saturday December 1-Saturday January 5
A two-story, 100-foot ice tubing slide, ice bumper cars, nightly snow flurries and an interactive light show featuring a 30-foot tall Christmas tree are a few amazing attractions found nightly (5 pm-10 pm) at this Xmas extravaganza. Family activities also include decorating cookies and even trimming stockings! This event, additionally, will raise money to benefit the USO San Diego.
Families can make some wonderful holiday memories at Legoland. Get a photo with a Lego Santa and his Lego reindeer or maybe the giant Lego Christmas tree. Visit Heartlake City for its seasonal Friends Holiday Show and enjoy Santa’s elves singing holiday songs at the new Yule Tides show in Fun Town. Check Legoland’s website for daily park hours.
Friday November 9-Sunday January 6
You will experience plenty of holiday cheer at Disneyland and California Adventure. Both parks will present special entertainment, such as Festival of Holidays and the “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular. Attractions like It’s a Small World and Haunted Mansion get seasonal makeovers. There’ll be holiday happenings, decorations and treats too. Park hours vary; check the website for full details.
Saturday December 1-Sunday December 23
This popular Christmas train takes passengers to the North Pole to meet Santa (4 pm-8 pm weekdays; 10 am-8 pm weekends). Youngsters can share their wish list and have a photo with Santa. Santa’s Village presents more holiday merriment, like carnival games, “ice fishing,” cookie decorating, Rudolph Racers, Blizzard Ball and a Mrs. Claus storytime.
Saturday December 1-Monday January 7
Experience Knott’s largest-ever Christmas display this holiday season! Don’t miss the family favorite productions: “It’s The Merriest Christmas Show Ever, Charlie Brown,” “A Peanuts Guide to Christmas” and the “Merry Christmas, Snoopy!” ice show. Other highlights include Santa’s Christmas Cabin, the nightly tree lighting ceremony and the cool “Snow and Glow” experience. Daily hours and shows available on its website.
This time of year, you can call SeaWorld, “HolidayWorld.” Guests can enjoy such holiday-themed shows as “Dolphin Island Christmas,” “Clyde & Seamore’s Christmas Special,” and “O Wondrous Night” (featuring live animals, life-sized puppets and more than 30 carols). Debuting this season is “Rudolph’s Movie Experience,” which includes fun special effects. Since hours vary, consult SeaWorld’s website for schedule information.
Saturday December 1-Sunday January 6
This popular rink returns to provide some wintry action. Normal hours are 3 pm-5:30 pm; 6 pm-8:30 pm; and 9 pm-11 pm, but hours differ December 24-25 & December 31-January 1. Thursday evenings (6 pm-8:30 pm) offer entertainment, giveaways and different themes. Come dressed in that week’s theme and get a $5 admission discount. The rink’s website has more details.
Saturday December 1-Monday December 31
The District at Tustin Legacy launches the holiday December 1 with a family fest, including free Santa photos (12 pm-2 pm). Santa is also part of December 15’s Winter Wonderland (6 pm-8 pm) along with magical snowfall, the Snow Queen and other wintry fun. The photo-friendly Wonderland Holiday House will be open December 1-31. Check The District’s website for additional details.
Saturday December 1-Sunday January 6
When you visit The Queen Mary Christmas, you can enjoy the Gingerbread Village, the outdoor ice rink and nightly tree lighting ceremonies, as well as check out the live entertainment and the pretty light displays. Make sure you make time to meet the ship’s jolly, new “captain,” named Santa Claus. QMC’s hours can be found on its website.