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This Week’s Top Family Picks: Dec. 6-12th

December 6, 2010 1:43 PM

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The holidays are upon us, and local outlets are spotlighting the sights and sounds of celebration. Whether it be the Rockettes kicking off Christmas capers downtown or Los Angeles-area children singing songs in a variety of languages to capture the winter spirit, there are plenty of ways to get your holiday fix this weekend.
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Dec. 6th-7th: Honda Center

Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes

2695 E. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 704-2400

Dec. 9th-12th: Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles

777 Chick Hearn Court
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 749-0485
Tickets: $35-$125
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Straight from New York City, the Rockettes are kicking up their heels in the Southland this week, as they dance over to Anaheim before hitting the Nokia Theatre stage in downtown L.A. In addition to the colorfully costumed dancers, who are best known for their precision kicks, Santa Claus also will be on hand to take the audience on a sleigh ride to the North Pole.

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Dec. 7th

The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 934-PAGE (7243)
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Whether you want to check out the saber-toothed cats or the wooly mammoth fossils, all exhibits at The Page Museum are free to visitors on the first Tuesday of every month. Kids and parents alike can even take a peek inside the “fish bowl” laboratory, which often sports scientists working on new tar-pit discoveries.

Free admission on the first Tuesday of the month

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Dec. 7th-19th: 4pm

”Mrs. Scrooge: The Musical”

Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 394-9779
Tickets: $12-$15
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Based on the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol,” “Mrs. Scrooge” features a spoiled femme version of the grumpiest guy this side of the Grinch, playful angels and lots of ghosts. Re-imagined by the West of Broadway theater company, this family-friendly tale takes a modern look at the spirit of Christmas.

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Dec. 7th and 9th: 5:45pm and 7:15pm

Burbank Holly Trolley Tour

Corner of San Fernando Blvd. and Palm Ave.
Burbank, CA 91502
(818) 238-5180
Tickets: $5 and two canned goods
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Double-decker buses will carry Burbank visitors on a cozy ride around the city’s decorated homes and shops, all while serving complimentary hot chocolate and other treats. Carolers will also be on board to set the musical mood for the evening. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Salvation Army.

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Dec. 11th-12th: 12pm-6pm

Winter Holiday Festival

Pershing Square
532 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 847-4970
Free
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Families of all sizes can get in the holiday spirit by heading downtown to Pershing Square for the annual Winter Holiday Festival. Children are invited to make holiday crafts and play in the Snow Fun Zone. There will also be a Winter Holiday Ornament Grove and complimentary entertainment. Ice skating is also available at Downtown on Ice for a fee.

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Dec. 12th: 7pm

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Winter Concert

Pasadena Presbyterian Church
585 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 793-4231
Tickets: $26-$44 (Children 17 and under are half-price)
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Highlighting 20 composers from 10 nations, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus will perform their annual Winter Concert as part of the organization’s 25th anniversary celebration. The chorus, which features more than 350 L.A.-based children ages 6-18, will sing Italian art songs, a Buddhist prayer in Japanese along with holiday-themed works.

Laura Clark is the founder and editor of www.losangelesstory.com

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