Things To Do in LA This New Year's Eve Weekend!


There is always so much to do with kids in Los Angeles, and at Fun With Kids in LA, we are dedicated to bring you the best of them. Our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles this New Year‘s Eve weekend includes Snow Play at Kidspace Children’s Museum, The Polar Express, Hanukkah Celebrations, National Visit The Zoo Day, Kwanzaa Celebration, Rose Parade, and much more!


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Snow Days at Kidspace

Kidspace Children's Museum

480 North Arroyo Blvd.

Pasadena, CA 91103

Dec 26, 2019 - Dec 30, 2019

9:30am - 5:00pm


Break out your mittens, boots, and hats to play in REAL snow at Kidspace Children’s Museum. Build a snowman, make snowballs and snow angels, and enjoy two live performances each day! Meet Jill & Jack Frost for special story times, cookie decorating, and holiday LEGO challenge, and more.


The Polar Express

Fillmore & Western Railway 

N Main St, Fillmore, CA 93015

Dec 26th - Dec 29th


The magical story comes to life as families board a one-hour journey to the North Pole to meet Santa. This is your last chance to catch the Polar Express this year. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, characters lead fantastic onboard entertainment – just like in the film! Car hosts punch golden tickets and dancing chefs serve each passenger hot chocolate and a delicious cookie. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!


Ice at Santa Monica

1324 5th St.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Dec 26th – Jan 20th

2 pm -10 pm


Ice at Santa Monica is an 8,000-square-foot ice-skating rink that is perfect for families and kids who love to ski. You can also book private or group skating lessons. Ice at Santa Monica is a seasonal event and will last till January 20, 2020.

Queen Mary Christmas!

Queen Mary

1126 Queens Highway

Long Beach, CA 90802

Dec 26th - Jan 1, 2020


Embrace the holiday spirit at Queen Mary Christmas with an adventure at the outdoor North Pole Village, ice skating at the True North Ice Rink circling a 26-ft Christmas tree. Jump aboard the QM Express Train or the Grand Carousel for more festive fun. Enjoy a sweet treat or libation as you watch live entertainment on the outdoor stage before climbing aboard the Queen Mary to take in the dazzling decor.

Hanukkah Celebration Event

Two Rodeo Dr.

9480 Dayton Way

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Dec 29th

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Join the Chabad of Beverly Hills & Two Rodeo Drive for the annual Hanukkah Celebration Event on Via Rodeo. The event features menorah lighting ceremony, live music, Hanukkah food, and much more!


Lights on Display

3901 Longview Valley Rd.

Sherman Oaks, California

Dec 26th - Jan 1, 2020

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The elaborate Christmas themed animatronics characters are returning with lights on display, dazzling light show, and a playlist of holiday tunes by the beloved DJ Jingles in Sherman Oaks at the resident of Mike Ziemkowski. The show runs every night until January 1, 2018. Check the website for exact times.

National Visit the Zoo Day

Los Angeles Zoo

5333 Zoo Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Dec 27th


Enjoy gorgeous weather and some quality family time with a trip to the L.A. Zoo. Get the most out of your day with fascinating presentations and group activities, including Good Morning, Gorillas at 10:30 a.m.; Elephant Care Demonstration at 11 a.m.; Otter Talk at 11:30 a.m.; Chimp Chat at 12:30 p.m.; and Exploration Station in our South America area from 2 to 3 p.m. Bring your unwanted handheld electronics to the Zoo for recycling and receive a free carousel voucher!


Snow Day LA

The Old Lodge

2002 Stadium Way

Los Angeles, CA 90026

Dec 26th - Dec 29th


LA's first winter themed tubing park is back on November 9th with awesome new activities. The Festivities include Falling Snow Flurries, Multiple Tubing Lanes, Winter Skating Rink, Penguin Lounge, Animated Penguin Light Path, Giant Snow Globe Photo Booth, Games, and More. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

Menorah Lighting

1300 block of Third Street Promenade

Santa Monica, CA

Dec 22nd - Dec 30th

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


You can enjoy eight night of menorah lighting during Hanukkah on Third Street Promenade from December 22nd through December 30th at 6:00 pm each night.


Skating Under the Stars

Irvine Spectrum Center 

670 Spectrum Center Dr.

Irvine, CA 92618

Dec 26th - Jan 2nd


Visit Giant Wheel Court to “skate under the stars” in Irvine’s very own winter wonderland. Open to the public daily, Irvine Spectrum’s ice rink is a perfect destination for family and friends to take a break and capture the true essence of the holidays by creating magical memories together.


L.A. Zoo Lights

Los Angeles Zoo

5333 Zoo Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Dec 26th - Jan 5th

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


L.A.’s brightest holiday tradition is only here till January 5th and this is your last chance to see the amazing Lights! Make unforgettable holiday memories as you explore this wild wonderland of light under the stars at the beautiful L.A. Zoo.

Moonlight Forest

Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanical Garden

301 N Baldwin Ave

Los Angeles, CA 91007

Dec 26th - Jan 12th


This evening wonderland is a must see before you ring into 2020. Magnificent lantern art depicting exotic animals, shimmering flowers, whimsical pandas, soaring dragons and other themes create the mesmerizing experience of Moonlight Forest.

Menorah Lighting Ceremony

The Grove LA

189 The Grove Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Dec 29th

5:30 - 7:00 pm


Join The Grove for a Hanukkah celebration as they light the menorah near The Fountain. Enjoy live music by Jeryko, festive treats, and special appearances by Rivka Sophia Rossi and Aton Ben-Horin.

31st Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

La Pintoresca Branch Library 1355 N. Raymond Ave.,

Pasadena, CA 91103

Dec 27th

11 am - 1 pm


La Pintoresca Branch Library invites families to its annual Kwanzaa Celebration happening on Friday honoring the occasion of Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture. The fun includes music, stories, and tasty treats. 

Enchanted: Forest of Light

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 91011

Dec 26th - Jan 7, 2020


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 for the general public.


3rd Annual Polar Bear Swim

Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Hwy

Santa Monica, CA 90402

Dec 28th

9 am - 1 pm

Take the plunge in the great Pacific, then warm up in the heated Beach House pool. Poolside activities includes s’mores, warm beverages, games, photos, and more. All participants are encouraged to participate in the West Coast Care Hygiene Kit project by donating new socks, toothbrushes, and travel-sized toothpaste for those in need.  

A Holiday Festival of Magic!

The Santa Monica Playhouse 

1211 4th St.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Now - Dec 29th


A Holiday Festival of Magic features the very best magicians and variety acts from The Magic Castle, America's Got Talent, Penn & Teller, Wizard Wars, etc. New and Different acts each Monday! All Ages are welcome but the show is recommended for ages 8 and up!

The Rose Parade

Rose Bowl

391 South Orange Grove Blvd.

Pasadena, CA 91184

Jan 1, 2020

8 am - 12 pm


The Rose Parade begins at 8:00 am on January 1, 2020, in Pasadena. For millions of people around the world, the Rose Parade is an iconic New Year’s Day tradition. The Rose Parade travels 5 ½ miles down Colorado Blvd. and features four types of entries: floral-decorated floats entered by a participating corporation, non-profit organization or municipality, equestrian units, bands, and Tournament Entries. Rose Parade participants have long histories with the Tournament of Roses and keep the traditions alive.


Tournament of Roses Parade

Rose Bowl

391 South Orange Grove Blvd.

Pasadena, CA 91184

Jan 1st - Jan 2nd


If you can't make it to the Rose Parade, join the Tournament of Rose Parade on January 1, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, or all day on January 2nd, and walk within feet of the floral and animated masterpieces parked along Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards to take a closer look at the design and workmanship that went into each float entry. Comfortable walking shoes and early arrival are suggested. No pets or bikes allowed. General admission tickets are $20 per person (free for children 5 and under).


Beverly Hills Farmers Market!

9300 Civic Center Dr.

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Dec 29, 2019

9:00am - 1:00pm

The Beverly Hills Farmers' Market provides the finest California-grown, fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables, juices, breads, specialty items and more in a festive outdoor setting. The market features special events such as a Kid's Zone and Story Time, and a Petting Zoo.






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