Let's face it, holidays can get expensive with all the gifts you have to buy, and all the travel expenses you may incur, but when it comes to entertainment, you don't need to pay full price. We've found you the best deals on the best entertainments in and around Los Angeles to enjoy with your family this holiday season. Just make sure to buy your tickets now before they sell out, because they really go fast.
Evening skies blaze with color and light at the Fairplex in Pomona during the Magical Chinese Lantern Festival. This all-ages experience features over 1,000 hand-crafted lanterns, live entertainment and delicious food for purchase. Witness illuminated cheetahs, jumping koi fish, majestic cranes and even dinosaurs of beautiful paper and silk, and much more.
L.A.'s brightest holiday tradition returns as bright as ever, with an expanded route and dazzling new additions for this holiday season. Make unforgettable memories as you take an evening stroll through the zoo, which has been transformed into a fantastical "wild wonderland" populated by glowing light animals rendered by lasers, 3-D projections and musical water-and-light displays. This year's event also features real reindeers, seasonal goodies and a chance to hang with Santa on select dates.
Join The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts as The Young Americans transforms La Mirada Theatre into a winter wonderland, bringing holiday cheer to theatre-goers of all ages. Featuring a cast of 250 Young Americans, the theatre comes to life with state-of-the-art 45-foot digital screens, over 6,000 costumes, 30 festive scene changes and it will even snow! Spectacularly created and produced, you’ll delight in dancing Santas, The Nutcracker Suite, toe-tapping penguins and your favorite Christmas songs. Huge production numbers!
It's a whole new experience to see Descanso Gardens illuminated in glorious light. As the sun sets, the gardens transform into an enchanted forest and you are invited to discover the magical world that waits under the glowing foliage. During this colorful and interactive experience, you can stroll through a mile of Descanso Gardens' most popular areas while marveling at the gorgeous lighted displays. Located in La Cañada Flintridge, Descanso is a 160-acre outdoor wonderland featuring a Camellia Forest, a fragrant Rose Garden, and the carefully-tended Japanese Garden and Oak Woodland. At Enchanted: Forest of Light, the beauty of these beloved sights is enhanced by the bewitching brilliance of the lighted displays.
Knott's Berry Farm: Merry Family Fun
Experience Knott’s largest Christmas display ever, with a full park transformation that includes all-new seasonal décor. There's tons to keep you and your entire family amused by land, water and air at Knott's Berry Farm's 160 acres of roller coasters, games, shopping, live entertainment, dining and children's rides in Buena Park. Ride the Sierra Sidewinder and the hair-raising Montezooma's Revenge. Bang into your buddies on the Wheeler Dealer Bumper Cars. Rocket from zero to 82 miles per hour in under three seconds, blasting hundreds of feet into the air then 90 degrees straight down on the scream machine Xcelerator. Hop on the new GhostRider, the longest, tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster on the entire West Coast, and much more.
Aquarium of the Pacific
Come face-to-face with and touch the ocean's ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon, hand-feed colorful lorikeet birds and watch Magellanic penguins play. To celebrate their 20th anniversary, the Aquarium invites you to learn about and meet animals that have been with the Aquarium since its earliest days, such as Charlie the sea otter and Theo and Lou the sea turtles. A new exhibit, "Tentacles and Ink," features a rotating display of squid, octopuses and cuttlefish.
Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream
Celebrate what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana goes on a quest with demigod Maui to save her island and find her own identity. Anna’s devotion to her sister Elsa sets her on a journey to stop an eternal winter. Rapunzel goes to great lengths to realize her dream. Fearless Belle befriends the enchanted castle staff and uncovers Beast’s gentleness. With help from her friends, Cinderella is determined to make her wish come true. Along with Mickey and friends, discover your inner hero at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream!
Take a voyage from Long Beach to the North Pole, and discover new traditions mingled with good old-fashioned Christmas cheer. As you stroll the beautiful decks of the legendary ship, see thousands of synchronized twinkling lights, carolers and musical performances. There's even an outdoor skating rink atop the Sports Deck, plus meet-and-greets with Santa, memory-making activities for the whole family and more. Make your holidays extra special this year, and experience all the glittery and joyful magic aboard the historic Queen Mary! This offer is good for any non-peak dates between November 23rd and December 20th.
FUNBOX: Pop-Up Museum Celebrates Toys
Let your child or your inner child out for a play date at FUNBOX, the interactive museum that brings your childhood dreams back to life. This million-dollar selfie extravaganza is a maze of 24 large-scale installations and exhibits designed by engineers and artists from around the world. Big and little guests can become royalty, meet life-size emojis, swim in cereal and explore a crayon forest, among other fun activities.
Marvel at an astonishing display of special-effects wizardry, aerial artistry, swashbuckling swordplay and dynamic duels, while dining on fine grub and grog, at Pirate's Dinner Adventure. The fun begins before the show even starts, as you mix and mingle with the pirate crew at the Governor's Annual Gala. Then it's time for the main event: a Broadway-quality show and a sumptuous pirate feast. It's an adventure on the high seas when you and your crew are drafted (forcibly) by Captain Sebastian the Black. It's a classic tale of good vs. evil and you and your fellow voyagers must hope that the love of the beautiful princess will sway the blackhearted pirate from his evil ways.
Comp - $15.00
Climb aboard the magic holiday sleigh with Elf as he takes you on a journey to discover holiday traditions from around the world in The Greatest Holiday Showman! Your mission is to learn stories and songs from holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more without the Grinch or Scrooge stopping you! This fun family-friendly show will have you singing, clapping, booing for the villains and cheering for the heroes, as it reminds us all what true holiday spirit is all about!
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Join Clara on a holiday adventure as the clock strikes midnight and the toys under the tree come to life. Learn the story of The Nutcracker as you help the Nutcracker Prince defeat the evil Mouse King, dance with the sugar-plum fairies and celebrate with sweets from around the world! This one-hour mini-musical is sure to delight everyone, from ages 3 to 103. Sing along, clap your hands and dance with the sugar-plum fairies in this all-new adaptation of a beloved holiday classic that is perfect for ages 3 and up!
Cheer for the heroes and boo and hiss the villains at this holiday dinner adventure show, featuring swashbuckling swordplay and dynamic duels. While reveling in Pirates Take Christmas, you'll feast on fine grub and grog. Bring the whole family and cheer on Santa as he saves Christmas from the wicked pirates who have captured him and Mrs. Claus, threatening to end the holiday season and disappoint all the girls and boys waiting for their stockings to be filled. With audience participation, heart-pounding action and holiday cheer -- plus a hearty four-course feast -- this is sure to be a satisfying evening for all.
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