Five Kid-Friendly Holiday Events in Los Angeles

The winter holidays are all about spending time with family and friends. Activities like decorating the Christmas tree, lighting the menorah and binging holiday movies pretty much sum up the season. To avoid holiday cabin fever, we’ve rounded up five events around LA that are perfect for the family.

Photo via Karen Almond / LA Opera

A Rooftop Film

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There is indeed a holiday edition of Rooftop Cinema Club that will have both older and younger children entertained with flicks like Home Alone and Nightmare Before Christmas in the lineup. Blankets available for those extra chilly nights.

L.A. Zoo Lights

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Running until January 6 at the Los Angeles Zoo, L.A. Zoo Lights is one of the best holiday light displays in the city with a disco ball forest, real reindeer, and a whimsical herd of animated elephants. Sixty to ninety-minute self-guided tours are available from 6 pm to 9 pm. It’s a Los Angeles classic you won’t want to miss.

Pershing Square Holiday Ice Rink

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Let’s be honest, winter never really comes to Los Angeles, but that doesn’t mean that ice skating is an impossibility. Every year, Pershing Square sets up an ice skating rink in true holiday fashion. Renting skates is just $6 a pop and sessions last an hour.

L.A. County Holiday Celebration

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A free annual event that takes place here at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Christmas Eve, the 59th annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration features a plethora of Los Angeles based artists and community groups who showcase their talent, artistry, and traditions.  Artists this year include Pacifico Dance Company and the Gay Man’s Chorus of Los Angeles, among others.

Hansel and Gretel

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And of course, it wouldn’t be the holidays without the fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. While the story itself is not particularly associated with the winter holidays, opera houses around the world frequently perform this kid-friendly opera during the winter months and we just so happen to be one of them. With half-priced tickets for kids, catchy songs, and beautiful set design and costumes, it’s the perfect live theater treat for kids and adults alike.

You can find tickets to the production here.


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