Make the most of your holiday season with our list of the best Christmas activities for kids and grown-ups alike.

 The holidays are a special time to reflect on the good things, celebrate annual traditions, and connect with friends and family.  These insanely fun Christmas activities for families will help you turn every day of December into a bona fide winter wonderland!

Long Beach, CA

Saturday, December 11, 2021 | 5:00 PM

It’s a LONG time no see to the parade of boats as the Long Beach Parade of 1000 Lights Long Beach is returning in 2021. You can watch along the canals or along with one of the many bridges and enjoy the parade.

13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Saturday, December 11, 2021 | 5:55 PM – 8:00 PM

Grab a spot on the lawn at Burton Chace Park or a good photo spot at Fisherman’s Village and enjoy the trail of lighted boats cruise through. During this time everyone can enjoy various entertainment and crafts, snow, sledding, and so much more.

Venice Beach Canals, 2300 Dell Ave, Marina del Rey, CA 90291

Sunday, December 12 | 3:00 PM

Celebrate and enjoy the Hanukkah on the Canals. A parade that is open to all and listen to the Open Temple Band and more. A private party for co-creators.

Newport Beach, CA

Wednesday to Sunday, December 15-19, 2021 | 6:30 PM

Find a good place from the Dine & Watch waterfront and Dine & Walk dining options which is a walking distance of the many public viewing spots and watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks, and canoes sail along the harbor in the 113th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. 

Saturday to Sunday, December 11th & 12th, 2021

16841 Algonquin St, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

It is that time of year when we get excited about the upcoming boat parade, where we have the opportunity to view our traditional favorites, while adding new and unique entries.  

5437 E Ocean Blvd · Long Beach, CA

Saturday, December 18, 2021 | 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Join in on the 75th Annual Christmas Lights Boat Parade around Naples Island in Long Beach. View the amazing Christmas Lights on the homes and mansions in the Naples Island Canals on your own kayak or paddleboard, or borrow one to participate.

6201 Appian Way, Long Beach, CA 90803

Saturday, December 8, 2021 | 6:00 PM

Enjoy the Diamonds on the Bay where small boats sailing through the canals, big boats in Alamitos Bay, and houses all around the islands will compete for holiday decoration bragging rights.

Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Saturday, December 11, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Go and enjoy the free Holiday Concert and Toy Drive at the Redondo Pier. Listen to live holiday music, join the Charity Toy Drive, and do other activities. A perfect way to celebrate the holiday! 

Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

Friday, December 10, 2021 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Since 1994, San Pedro City Ballet has produced The Nutcracker for the South Bay communities of Los Angeles. Held at the historic Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro, The show features dance, magic, gorgeous sets and costumes, and is fun for the whole family.

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

November 26 – January 9, 2021

Get together with the residents Whos and put a little snark in your holiday spirit with the Grinch. Enjoy the music and fun of The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, plus meet the maven of mischief himself for a photo opportunity at All The Books You Can Read Bookstore.

100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Saturday, December 4, through Thursday, December 23, 2021

Celebrate Aquarium Holidays with our animals as they receive special “fishmas” treats. Take photos with Santa in his traditional attire and watch him swim with the fish as Santa Diver.

5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

November 19, 2021 – January 9, 2022 | 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

L.A. Zoo Lights returns for the 2021-22 season and we’re glad to welcome you back with more glowing animals and an unforgettable nighttime journey that includes the world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook, a magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color.

Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach, California 90266

December 12, 2021 | 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM  

This event is my personal favorite. Come out and join us as we are once again soaking in this great event and creating new memories with family, friends, and neighbors. Remember to bring blankets, beach chairs, and picnic dinner to pick a spot for the spectacular show!

1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

November 12, 2021 to January 9, 2022

Experience the most magical time of year with celebrations throughout. Bring your family and enjoy all the festival events. What a perfect to celebrate the holidays!

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