Check out these fabulous holiday events in Southern California.
Fillmore & Western Railway Christmas Train
Downtown on Ice, Los Angeles
Victorian Christmas House Tours, Oxnard
LOS ANGELES COUNTY:
Downtown on Ice Winter Wonderland Outdoor Skating Rink, Pershing Square
Grab the family and jump into this 'Christmas Card' scene on the 50x90 foot rink.
Harvest Festival, Pomona
America's oldest and largest touring crafts marketplace. The Harvest Festival transforms major convention centers into festive marketplaces, reminiscent of early 19th century villages and features the sights and smells of the harvest season, with early American decor, costumed exhibitors and strolling performers. Fairplex L.A. County Fairgrounds
Holiday Festivities, LA Farmers Market
Holiday headquarters for the finest food, great gifts and wonderful holiday fun. Entertainment throughout the month includes a menorah lighting, traditional caroling, holiday arts and crafts and live swing, jazz, and country/western bands playing all of your favorite Christmas tunes and more.
Free Concerts, Rock and Roll Santa and Light Show Extravaganza!t
Throughout CityWalk's holiday festivities, "5 Towers" will radiate with concert performances, a dazzling new, multimedia light display and the illumination of a towering custom-built Christmas tree-the first-of-its-kind in North America-choreographed in unison to a vibrant spectrum of countless shimmering lights glistening throughout the plaza.
Rancho Los Cerritos Old Time Christmas Festival, Long Beach
Decorated adobe, holiday music, old fashioned crafts and activities for children, light refreshments and Santa.
LA County Holiday Celebration
For over forty years, community and professional choirs, music ensembles, folk and traditional artists, and dance companies have been performing for an audience in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion while the program is broadcast live throughout Southern and Central California on KCET. Attendance and parking are free.
Holiday Lamplight Tours, Bakersfield
The Kern County Museum invites you to experience an old fashioned Christmas as beautifully costumed interpreters bring the 19th century to life. Strolling minstrels, bell choirs, carolers and over 100 vintage lanterns adorn the grounds.
Holiday on Ice Skating Rink, Irvine Spectrum Center
From mid-November to mid-January, practice your skating techniques in Giant Wheel Court.
Christmas at the Mission, San Juan Capistrano
Following the tree lighting ceremony in downtown San Juan Capistrano, head over to the mission for music, crafts for the kids, and great food.
Shepherd's Grove Christmas Concert
The new home of Hour of Power will have a Christmas Carnival and Christmas Concert during the holiday season.
Sawdust Art Festival's 23rd Annual Winter Fantasy, Laguna Canyon
Arts and crafts fair featuring works by local artists, holiday entertainment and activities.
Skate Into the World of Tinker Bell, Downtown Disney, Anaheim
Enjoy this beautiful outdoor rink, with mood-setting music and cool lighting effects. It was inspired by the Disney film, "Secret of the Wings."
Medieval Times, Buena Park
A fabulous four-course medieval banquet amidst towering pines, brilliant lights and festive holiday music, with the presentation of spectacular pageantry and excitement of an 11th century tournament.
Victorian Christmas at the Banning Museum, Wilmington
The Banning Museum recreates a 19th Century Christmas for patrons, featuring four historic buildings. The home will be decked out with Christmas trees, wreaths and elaborate ribbons. A horse-drawn trolley ride, craft projects for the kids, and local food and craft vendors round out the festivities.
Winterfest Carnival, Garden Grove
Kids of all ages will love the 30 tons of snow, train rides, holiday treat-making activities and visit from Jolly Ol' St. Nick and Mrs. Clause.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY:
Bethlehem Walk, Escondido
Step back into Bethlehem, two thousand years ago to the time just before Christ's birth. At the end, enjoy refreshments and live Christmas music.
Balboa Park December Nights, San Diego
Balboa Park is filled with holiday spirit as buildings are bedecked with sparkling lights, carolers and musicians present seasonal favorites, the Organ Pavilion Stage features the Del Cerro Baptist Christmas Story Tree, museums offer free admission (at select times) and culinary treats from around the globe are available.
Rancho Christmas, Vista
Step back in time as you celebrate Christmas through candle making, horse-drawn wagon rides, and crafting items such as corn husk angels.
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY:
Founding Day Christmas Concert, Lompoc
Luminaries lead the way to a musical evening celebrating the anniversary of La Purisima Mission's founding in 1787.
Holiday Gala, Santa Barbara
Celebrate the holiday season in style with wine, hors d'oeuvres and desserts. There will be music for the celebration. RSVP
Holiday at the Ranch, Historic Stow House, Goleta
Celebrate the holidays at historic Stow House. A unique family tradition featuring the beautifully decorated Stow House, Santa, cookie-baking, crafts and live holiday music.
Trees of the Season, Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve
Festive trees and wreaths on display. Live music and refreshments.
Julefest Celebration, Solvang
A bedecked Danish town reminiscent of an ancient village (with all the modern amenities) serves as the background for these festive events: A tree lighting ceremony, live music and nativity pageant.
Dinner with Santa, Fillmore
Fillmore & Western Railway
Dine onboard with Santa. Enjoy caroling, photo opportunities and children will delight at wish list time with Santa.
The North Pole Express, Fillmore
Fillmore & Western Railway
Kids can wear their pj's as they listen to Santa's elves read "The Polar Express." Santa will visit and cookies and chocolate milk will be served. Fillmore & Western Railway Company
Christmas Tree Holiday Train, Fillmore
Fillmore & Western Railway
Ride on the train to the Christmas Tree Farm to select and cut your family's tree. Santa will be on board, too!
Holly Trolley, Ride with Santa
Free Ride on the Holly Trolley with Santa Claus! Kids receive a FREE Village Carousel Ride Ticket. Faux snowfall in Village every 15 minutes on certain days from Noon - 3 pm.
Holiday on the Hill, Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley
Enjoy a tour to see a new exhibit and Christmas trees decorated to highlight the great state of California. A holiday dinner buffet and entertainment are also provided.
Victorian Holiday Tours, Oxnard
Take a step back in time as you visit Oxnard's early pioneer families this holiday season and take a rare view of the interior of several of the Victorian homes decorated in holiday splendor.
A Yuletide Album of Oxnard Back in Time
View 'Retro Holiday-themed Slideshows' displayed in numerous downtown storefronts to December 25th.
Winter Wine Walk, Ventura
Each guest gets a tasting cup and map of participating businesses where world class wineries are showcased. Live jazz and blues entertainment will be heard along the way.