Fun Things To Do With Kids Over Thanksgiving Weekend!

Updated: Dec 13, 2019


If you have family visiting, or just celebrating the holidays with your own, scroll down to find so many awesome things to do on thanksgiving weekend to keep everyone happy and entertained.


Turkey Trot Los Angeles

Grand Park

200 N. Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Nov 28th

6:45 am - 12:00 pm

Gather the family and kick-off Thanksgiving Day with a brisk trot on the streets of Downtown L.A. The epic Turkey Trot is back for another year of 5k, 10k and other fun runs. Everyone gets a rockin’ trucker hat, sparkly finisher medal, and a bib.

Burbank Community YMCA Turkey Trot

321E Magnolia Blvd.

Burbank, CA 91502

Nov 28th

7:30 am

Take part in the 5k and 10k run and the kiddies have their own 1k fun run. Everyone is welcome – elite athletes, Moms & Dads pushing strollers, kids – as long as you get out there and earn your slice of turkey and pie at Thanksgiving dinner later in the day. It’s all about community spirit and keeping fit together in a fun environment.

ICE at Santa Monica

1324 Fifth Street

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Now - Jan 6th

Put on your ice skating shoes on, and slide your way into thanksgiving weekend at ICE in Santa Monica. Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica transforms the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue into the winter wonderland known as Ice at Santa Monica, an 8,000-square-foot ice-skating rink. Admission & Skate rentals are $15. Locker Rental are $10 with $5 refund upon key return. Hot dogs, cocoa, and other snacks are available for purchase.


A California Christmas

189 The Grove Dr.

Los Angeles, California 90036

Nov 19th - Dec 24th

Santa will has taken his post at the Santa House at the Grove on Nov 19th, and the entire property will be transformed into the ultimate holiday spectacle. Throughout the holiday season, you can enjoy a festive brass band, drummer boys, stilt walkers, visits from gingerbread men and toy soldiers, hot cocoa carts, a cappella performances and more. There is a snow fall every night at 7pm & 8pm.

Holidays at Disneyland

1313 Disneyland Dr.

Anaheim, CA 92802, USA

Now - Jan 6th

Holiday celebrations return with wonder, joy and, of course, plenty of magic in both Parks. Gather together to enjoy the heartwarming delights of live music, dance and holiday-inspired performances, meet Santa and his joyful elves at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, let Princess Elena of Avalor and her friends delight you with musical celebration, and much much more.

Enchanted: Forest of Light

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 91011

Nov 17th - Jan 7th

Enchanted: Forest of Light is an interactive, nighttime experience unlike anything else in Los Angeles, featuring a one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens. Tickets are $30 per person, but if you become a member of Descanso Gardens, you can get $5 discount. For additional fee, you can have dinner with the family at Maple first, and then enter the Enchanted experience after you dine.

Science of Gingerbread Competition

Discovery Cube Orange County

2500 N Main St.

Santa Ana, CA 92705, USA

Nov 29th - Jan 6th

The sweetest season at the Cube returns this winter. The Science of Gingerbread is the Discovery Cube’s annual holiday tradition that runs from November 29th to January 5th, 2020. Join for Southern California’s largest Gingerbread Competition and Display. They’re accepting gingerbread structures November 23rd through December 8th at both campuses.


Snow Day LA

The Old Lodge

2002 Stadium Way

Los Angeles, CA 90026

Now - Jan 6th

LA's first winter themed tubing park is back with awesome new activities. The Festivities include Falling Snow Flurries, Multiple Tubing Lanes, Winter Skating Rink, Penguin Lounge (plus a free Onesie Snuggie), Animated Penguin Light Path, Giant Snow Globe Photo Booth, Games, and more. Food and Drinks are available for purchase.

L.A. Zoo Lights

5333 Zoo Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Nov 15th -Jan 5th

6:00pm - 10:00pm

L.A.’s brightest holiday tradition returns, now more brilliant than ever! Make unforgettable holiday memories as you explore this wild wonderland of light under the stars at the beautiful L.A. Zoo. Along the way, view real reindeer, visit with Santa on select dates, and enjoy seasonal treats and goodies. Plus, enjoy musical performances by the Tinseltone Carolers - Los Angeles Branch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.

L.A. Kings Holiday Ice

Microsoft Square

800 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90015

Nov 30th - Jan 12th

LA Kings Holiday Ice once again brings outdoor ice skating to L.A. LIVE's Xbox Plaza. Skate your way into the holiday season! The ice rink is only here for a limited time, so don't miss out on this fun family activity!

Knott's Merry Farm

Festive Decorations & Snow

8039 Beach Blvd.

Buena Park, CA 90620

November - January

Every winter, Knott’s Berry Farm celebrates the merriest of seasons as the park wondrously transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm, a Christmas celebration for all ages. Spend the most wonderful time of the year with your family at Knott’s Merry Farm enjoying thrilling holiday attractions, live entertainment, a Christmas Crafts Village, festive food, lavish holiday decorations, and nightly snow in Ghost Town.


Westside Ballet’s Nutcracker

The Broad Stage

1310 11th St.

Santa Monica, CA

Nov 24th - Dec 2nd


Take a trip with Clara to a magical world of dancing snowflakes, Spanish chocolate, and a dashing prince. From the Victorian-style party scene to the glittering Sugar Plum Fairy, it’s the traditional full-length ballet in two acts—set to Tchaikovsky’s majestic score—performed live by the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra.  


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