Guide to Christmas & Holiday Events in Southern California for Kids

December 13, 2013 5:01 AM

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(credit: knotts.com)

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(credit: downtownsm.com)


Tis’ the season to be jolly, shower those we love with gifts and get out and do fun things with the kids too. Southern California has a plethora of amazing events happening nearly every day around the holidays. We’ve created a list of the best of the best Christmas events for kids.

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(credit: knotts.com)


Knotts Merry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA 90620
(714) 220-5200
www.knotts.com

A holiday season would not be complete without putting on your favorite mittens, and ice skates. Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica brings outdoor ice skating to the beachside community and transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into ICE at Santa Monica. The 8,000 square foot rink by the beach offers residents and visitors a little taste of winter without the winter freeze.

(credit: The Mission Inn)

(credit: The Mission Inn)


Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn
3649 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501
(800) 678-8946
www.missioninn.com

Located in Downtown Riverside, the historic Mission Inn transforms into a magical sight for the holidays. Covered in over 4 million twinkly lights, the 21 annual Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn is a sight you have see for yourself. Kids will delight in all the activities. From an outdoor ice skating rink, horse drawn carriage rides, a few of Santa’s reindeer to Santa himself, the Festival of Lights is sure to bring a smile to your child’s face.

(credit: Irvine Park Railroad)

(credit: Irvine Park Railroad)


Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 997-3968
www.irvineparkrailroad.com

No list of Christmas events for kids would be complete without a mention of the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas train. Ride aboard the train through the Irvine Regional Park to the “North Pole” where Santa awaits to see all of the good girls and boys. Other activities include story time with Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating, hay maze, carnival games and more. Timed Christmas train tickets must be purchased online.

(credit: Pretend City)

(credit: Pretend City)


Santa in the City! Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 428-3900
www.pretendcity.org

Join Santa Claus and friends as they come into the city for some “deck-the-halls” fun and excitement. Pretend City invites children and families to participate in its annual CHOC Toy Drive as a great way to help another child and demonstrate the importance of giving. Bring a child’s toy valued at $5 or greater to receive one free admission the day of your visit with a purchase of one additional admission. It’s a great event for kids and to give back to the community during the holidays.

(credit: Toms Farms)

(credit: Toms Farms)


Toms Farms
23900 Temescal Canyon Road
Corona, CA 92883
(951) 277-4422
shop.tomsfarms.com

Charming Toms Farms, a local favorite for kids and adults alike, transforms into a Christmas wonderland over the holidays. The event is complete with the best Santa in town, train rides on the authentic reproduction 1800’s steam propelled train through thousands of twinkly lights, darling old time carousel and more. Bringing your entire family will ensure that they love the experience.

(credit: ICE Santa Monica)

(credit: ICE Santa Monica)


ICE at Santa Monica
1324 5th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(Corner of 5th St. & Arizona Ave.)
(310) 393-8355
www.downtownsm.com/ice

A holiday season would not be complete without putting on your favorite mittens, and ice skates. Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica brings outdoor ice skating to the beachside community and transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into ICE at Santa Monica. The 8,000 square foot rink by the beach offers residents and visitors a little taste of winter without the winter freeze. The rink is open from November through mid-January.

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Desiree Eaglin is all about the holidays in Southern California with kids. She blogs at The Funny Mom Blog (link blog title with: http://www.DesireeEaglin.net). You can follow her adventures on Twitter too.
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