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What You’re Doing This Week: Dec. 2

December 1, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Downtown Santa Monica)

(credit: Downtown Santa Monica)

(credit: Dana Point Harbor)

(credit: Dana Point Harbor)

Although we don’t get much snow or cold weather, it’s beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas in Los Angeles. From ice skating, holiday light festivals and more, the holidays are in full swing. Get yourself in the spirit of the season by enjoying one of these fun holiday activities in and around L.A.

(credit: Downtown Santa Monica)

(credit: Downtown Santa Monica)

Monday, December 2

Ice At Santa Monica
1324 5th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue in Downtown Santa Monica)
(310) 461-8333
www.downtownsm.com/ice

Ice skate outdoors in Santa Monica as the corner of 5th and Arizona transforms into ICE at Santa Monica. You’ll have plenty of room for skating on the 8,000 square foot rink; very small kids have their own rink to learn on without worry of being knocked over. Visiting Santa, and other fun activities take place throughout the season. The ice rink is open daily through January 20th, 2014.

(credit: Mission Inn)

(credit: Mission Inn)

Tuesday, December 3

Festival Of Lights
3649 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501
(800) 678-8946
www.missioninn.com/festival-of-lights

Take a road trip to the Inland Empire to experience one of SoCal’s best light displays at the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in Riverside. The Festival of Lights is open to the public and includes thousands of lights, decorations, old-fashioned carolers, carriage rides, ice skating, live reindeer, and plenty of stunning Christmas decor.

(credit: Universal Studios)

(credit: Universal Studios)


Wednesday, December 4

Universal Studios
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
(800) 864-8377
www.universalstudioshollywood.com

Visit the adorable residents of Whoville as Universal Studios is again celebrating the season of “Grinchmas.” Snap pictures with the Grinch, tour Whoville on the world-famous studio tour, and even enjoy a live performance by Whos.

(credit: Katie Bodell)

(credit: Katie Bodell)


Thursday, December 5

Disneyland Resort
700 W. Ball Rd.
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 520-6076
www.disneyland.disney.go.com

Everyone wants to see Disneyland during the holidays. Skip the lines and visit Disneyland and Disney California Adventure this week before the holiday rush is in full swing; you’ll still enjoy the great Disney shows (like the new World of Color Winter Dreams” and “Believe… in Holiday Magic” fireworks show), the beautiful decor, holiday rides (like “it’s a small world holiday” and “jingle cruise”), as well as magical interactions and surprises in nearly every corner of the park, you just won’t have to wait very long.

(credit: Dana Point Harbor)

(credit: Dana Point Harbor)


Friday, December 6

Dana Point Harbor Parade of Lights
34624 Golden Lantern St.
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 923-2255
www.danapointharbor.com

The Dana Point Harbor’s Parade of Lights begins this Friday with a holiday open house, visits from Santa, carolers, and of course the parade itself. The parade can be viewed from anywhere in the harbor or you can make a reservation at your favorite wharf-viewing restaurant to enjoy the sites from indoors. If you can’t make it out this Friday, the event also runs on the 8th, as well as the weekend of the 13th and 14th.

(credit: Huntington Harbor)

(credit: Huntington Harbor)


Saturday, December 7

Huntington Harbour Boat Parade
16889 Algonquin St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(714) 840-7542
www.hhboatparade.org

Another popular SoCal boat parade takes place this weekend in Huntington Beach. The 2013 Huntington Harbour Boat Parade is themed “Music From Around the World” and will feature a fun and lively lineup of festive boats, a tradition that has run for over 50 years. The two-day event takes place this weekend and offers guests great views from anywhere in the harbor.

Sunday, December 8

(credit: Red Chair Children's Productions)

(credit: Red Chair Children’s Productions)


The Nutcracker
El Portal Theatre
5269 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 769-2020
www.redchairproductions.org

Kids of all ages will enjoy the Red Chair Children’s Production of the holiday classic ballet: The Nutcracker. The two-hour performance is a great introduction to the show, which wraps its three day tour today.

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Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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