Our adorable animal ambassadors can’t wait to spread Christmas cheer at Wild Winter! Sign up for a jolly journey during the event time that will be sure to get you in the holiday spirit thanks to hands-on animal encounters with some of our cozy critters, a cute craft for you to keep, a gift for the little ones, and some personal time with Santa all guided by a member of our cheerful crew. Our excited elves spend all season transforming the Education Pavilion into a winter wonderland, which is filled with more crafts, games, face painting, a cookie decorating station, and more for you and your family to enjoy in addition to your jolly journey.

December 3rd ● 4th ● 10th ● 17th

9:00am – 1:00pm

$60 for 1 ticket (includes 4 people)

Additional individuals $15 each

Helen Woodward Animal Center
6461 El Apajo
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Email: education@animalcenter.org
Phone: (858) 756-4117 ext 318
Online: animalcenter.org/programs-services/education/wild-winter/

Evenings in late December sparkle with the return of Fairy Winterland at Children’s Fairyland in Oakland. This magical multicultural event brings families together to share in the season’s festivities and explore decked out halls gleaming with thousands of twinkly lights.

Flying in from the North Pole, Black Santa is coming to the Town. Visitors have the magical chance to visit Black Santa before his big night or say “thank you” the days following Christmas. After sharing holiday wishes and snapping photos, children receive a special treat and can join him each evening at 6:30 p.m. for the Festival of Lights Parade. While at the park, drop your child’s “Letter to Santa” in the mailbox at the Chapel of Peace. We’ll make sure he sees every single one.

While you walk through Fairy Winterland, enjoy a culturally-inclusive holiday scavenger hunt, special performances, and a snow flurry in the Old West Junction. And, yes, you’ll be able to cozy up with a complimentary cup of hoto cocoa or cider.

Tickets go on sale November 10: fairyland.org

When to visit: 

December 16 to 30, 2022

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Park closed December 24 and 25

General admission: $18

Members: $9

Children’s Fairyland
699 Bellevue Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
Email: marketing@fairyland.org
Phone: (510) 452-2259​
Online: fairyland.org

Marina del Rey is where to go for all-things merry and bright this holiday season. Starting December 1, Marina Lights will cast a festive glow on Burton Chace Park throughout December, nightly 4–10 p.m. The 10-acre park is surrounded on three sides by water and its paved paths make it a perfect spot for families to arrive before sunset and enjoy a festive seaside stroll. Pack a picnic or pick up take-out from nearby restaurants in the Marina.

For families, friends, and out-of-town visitors, plan a sunset picnic at Burton Chace Park and view the beloved annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade and fireworks show on Saturday, Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m. You can also view the boat parade from Fisherman’s Village or anywhere along the North Jetty. Free admission.

And back by popular demand is the family-friendly GLOW party at Burton Chace Park, 7 p.m.-midnight featuring live DJ music, food trucks and more. Stay for the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks show over the water on New Year’s Eve at 8:59 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. Free admission.

For more information, go to mdrholidays.com.
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Visit Marina del Rey
Email: info@visitmdr.com
Online: visitmdr.com

Photo by: SCP Redmond Hotel

Winter is in the air, bringing the scent of fresh Oregon herbs and spices, bright citrus and savory sauces. Or is that what we’re cooking up on our seasonal menus at SCP Redmond Hotel? From Terra Kitchen to The Rooftop, all four of our farm-to-fork dining experiences have received a menu refresh, designed carefully and consciously to bring you satisfying flavors sourced from wholesome, local and seasonal ingredients. Our plant-forward approach starring Pacific Northwest produce invites you to explore Oregon in a whole new way. Get ready to experience food that’s good for you, good for our communities — and just really, really good.

Book our Eat & Explore Package and receive $100 dining credit at Terra Kitchen with your stay of two nights or more at SCP Redmond Hotel.

SCP Redmond Hotel
521 SW 6th St
Redmond, OR 97756
Email: info.rdm@scphotel.com
Phone: (541) 508-7600
Online: http://scphotel.com/redmond

Photo by: Holiday Road USA

LA’s leading immersive holiday event, Holiday Road, is back for the 3rd year and promises to be more enchanting than ever. Greater Los Angeles area residents and celebrity fans alike are expected to visit Calabasas for the annual event that includes countless photo opps, immersive walking trail, festive souvenir shop, premium holiday bar, top food trucks and more. Join us this season for larger-than-life holiday installations, thousands of Christmas lights, Santa and Mrs. Claus, countless candy canes and all of the holiday cheer.

Welcoming over 100,000 people every year, what began as a drive-thru experience during the pandemic, has grown significantly and is now the premiere holiday attraction and immersive walking experience in LA. Guests will be transported into a winter wonderland complete with everything from the North Pole, Elf Village, Gingerbread Lane, light tunnels, Christmas tree forests, and much more!

Holiday Road
26800 Mulholland Hwy
Calabasas, CA 91302
Email: info@holidayroadusa.com
Online: https://holidayroadusa.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjw2OiaBhBSEiwAh2ZSP7Xlwah2Vp3_DwQLiOTSCFMNBGZ5thVEyzE1LLtwMoQhvqLA6Gl0lhoCWfsQAvD_BwE

Chicago South Suburbs’ favorite Nutcracker is back! Ballet 5:8 is a female and minority-led premiere ballet compay. Led by Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager, Ballet 5:8 creates original and dynamic ballet experiences drawing from life, faith, current events and different perspectives to tell stories of the 21st century. Beyond the Nutcracker is Ballet 5:8’s signature twist on the classical Nutcracker ballet. Set to the renowned Tchaikovsky score, audience members are invited to join Emma, Uncle Abrahms and the angel Anastasis on a magical journey through time to discover what Christmas is all about. Beyond the Nutcracker is a family-friendly, wondrous and excellent experience for patrons looking to enjoy a refreshed and alternative take on the beloved ballet.

The 9th annual holiday production Beyond the Nutcracker features more than 300 dancers from School of Ballet 5:8 and professional artists from Ballet 5:8. Beyond the Nutcracker will be presented at Lincoln-Way East High School (201 Colorado Ave.) on Saturday, December 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 18 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 for adults and $15 for children 12 years old or under. Tickets can be purchased at: Ballet58.org/Nutcracker.

Ballet 5:8
11545 183rd Pl
Orland Park, IL 60467
Email: info@ballet58.org
Phone: 708-329-8773
Online: https://www.ballet58.org

Photo by: Loews Hotels

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, the family-friendly oceanfront property, announces its anticipated annual holiday program, Seaside Holidays. Guests are invited to celebrate the season with the best of holiday cheer, including seasonal dining experiences like Breakfast with Santa, Tea with Twist with performances by Elemental Music, and Brunch with Santa Paws in partnership with Healthy Spot, as well as live entertainment several times a week, and a Seaside Cinema series screening classic holiday films. Many of the experiences are open to non-hotel guests and locals as well.

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
1700 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: 310-458-6700
Online: https://www.loewshotels.com/santa-monica

Christmas in the Park has been helping families make memories in downtown San Jose for over 40 years at Plaza de Cesar Chavez. With more than 30 displays, over 300 decorated trees, free visits with Santa, rides for the little ones, and the best hot chocolate in town – there’s something for everyone. And it’s free. (The wine and beer in the new Park Tavern isn’t free. Sorry.)

We are a non profit, producing what many say is the largest holiday event in Northern California. We keep it free in part by funds raised from our Drive Through experience around Lake Cunningham. Tickets are only $30 per vehicle for over a mile of lights programmed to classic and not so classic holiday songs.

Wanna have breakfast with the Big Guy? Visits with Santa are guaranteed at our Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 10. More information about our Park, our Drive Through experience, and Breakfast with Santa can be found here.

The Park is open downtown the day after Thanksgiving to Jan 2. Santa is in the Park most every evening. Check our website for Santa’s hours. And don’t forget to buy a ticket for the drive through!

Christmas in the Park
Email: info@christmasinthepark,com
Phone: (408) 271-9627
Online: christmasinthepark.com/

The Village at Totem Lake in Kirkland is your place for the holidays. This season, your family will enjoy a full schedule of holiday activities that is sure to fill you with holiday cheer from photos with Santa in his Winter Wonderland by reservation, visits with Santa’s friends including Mrs. Claus, the elves, the Snow Kings, and more, carolers strolling The Village, and so much more.

Explore The Village and discover the magic of the holidays.Visit TheVillageAtTotemLake.com for more details.

The Village at Totem Lake
11901 NE Village Plaza
Kirkland, WA 98034
Online: https://www.thevillageattotemlake.com/

Keep your kids’ minds engaged! This winter break, the Fleet Science Center offers weekly, full-day STEM camps for kids in grades 1–3. The Winter STEM camps are designed to include fun hands-on activities while incorporating the Fleet’s exhibit galleries, following all health and safety guidelines. Don’t tell the kids, but they’ll be learning a lot, too!

Your kids will explore exciting topics, including:

  • Maker Mania
  • Chemistry Craze
  • Physics Fun
  • And more!

Weekly Pricing:
Members $200
Nonmembers $225

Register today!

Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 238-1233
Online: fleetscience.org

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