I know I say this every time I publish a new list of free kids events in Los Angeles, but I’m SO excited about this month. I’ve never been so ecstatic about the Holidays before. Perhaps, it’s because now I have a husband and toddler to share it with, and I want to visit all of these fun events with them. The list ranges from meet and greets with Santa, arts and crafts, Victorian holiday parties to playing in the snow! The best part? They are all FREE!!! Raise your hand if you love free! So grab a cup of hot cocoa and get ready to mark your calendars because this month is going to be full of joy!

Free Kids Events

Friday, December 4th

Event: Family stroll at Grand Park

Details: Grand Park will be lit up magically for the holidays. Take a stroll after sunset to enjoy the twinkling lights of the season NOV 29 thru DEC 26

Time: Sunset

Place: Grand Park, DTLA

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Event: Meet Santa at Culver City

Details: Illumination of the tree and arrival of Santa on a photo truck. Photo opportunities, holiday crafts and refreshments will be available

Time: 6:30pm

Place: Veterans Memorial Park, Culver City



Saturday, December 5th

Event: Barbie: A Perfect Christmas

Details: Take a break with a screening of “Barbie: A Perfect Christmas.

Time: 11am

Place: Burbank Library

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Event: Snow Festival

Details: Renowned puppeteer Scott Land celebrates winter with his Marionettes

Time: 10am & 12pm

Place: Arcadia Historical Museum

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Event: Party Like We Are 99′!

Details: Stop by to create a holiday book tree and stick around for film screening of Elf and Charlie Brown Christmas.

Time: 1pm

Place: Cahuenga Branch of LAPL, 4591 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood

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Event: Print Fair at Self Help Graphics

Details: Shop local & support LA’s artists at the Holiday Marketplace, with prints, crafts, fine art, jewelry, clothing, food, & live music.

Time: 12pm-5pm

Place: Self Help Graphics, 1300 E 1st St, Boyle Heights

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Event: Fiesta de Navidad  (also on Sunday 12/6)

Details: Festival Navideño en la Calle Ocho is a huge festival with 10 blocks of entertainment, multiple music stages, small rides, food vendors, info booths, & toy giveaways.

Time: 12:30pm-10pm

Place: 8th & Vermont

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Event: The Nutcracker Reading

Details: Joe Praml reads his adaptation of ETA Hoffman’s holiday story, “The Nutcracker & the Mouse King.”

Time: 11am

Place: Kaufman Branch of LAPL, 11820 San Vicente Blvd, Brentwood


Event: Outdoor screening in San Pedro

Details: Holidays By The Sea promises kids’ activities, Santa, & a screening of “Elf.”

Time: 6pm-9pm

Place: 6th St & Downtown Harbor, San Pedro

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Event: Boat Parade in the Port of LA

Details: Holiday Afloat Parade: A spectacular display of decorated boats celebrating the nation’s largest international trade gateway. Live music follows at the Fanfare Fountain. See website for viewing locations.

Time: 6pm-9pm

Place: Main Channel, Los Angeles Harbor

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Event:  Victorian Christmas (also Sunday 12/6)

Details: Visitors will enjoy period entertainment, tours of the Museum decorated in holiday splendor, refreshments, a children’s craft, a horse-drawn trolley ride between The Banning Museum and Drum Barracks Civil War Museum as well as local food and craft vendors. As a special treat, a Queen Victoria re-enactor will receive guests for the two days.

Time: 11am-4pm

Place: Banning Museum, 401 E ‘M’ St, Wilmington

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Event: Pershing Square Festival

Details: The Winter Holiday Festival promises live music from Flashback Heart Attack, kids’ crafts, arts & crafts, strolling players, ice skating (fee), & tons of snow

Time: 11am-7pm

Place: Olive & 5th in DTLA

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Event: Family Arts at Barndall

Details: Family Art Workshop: Create a mixed-media self-portrait with “Fiberlicious” artist Wendy Osher.

Time: 12pm-3pm

Place: Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, LA

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 Sunday, December 6th


Event: The Conscious Market Holiday Pop-up

Details: There will be an eco-friendly gift wrapping station, a craft table for the kids, as well as a raffle and giveaways provided by the following sponsors- The Honest Company, Mamma Chia, Go Macro Bars, Cabo Chips, Late July, Equal Exchange, Jillson & Roberts, and more!

Complimentary craft beer from Porcupine Hill Brewing Co., sparkling wine from One Hope Wine, and coffee from Stumptown will also be served along with Hot Cocoa for the kids from Equal Exchange.

Time: 11am-5pm

Place: One Santa Fe, 300 South Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012


Event: The DIY Holiday Home Shopping Sale-A-Bration

Details:  Invent a holiday, then create holiday-themed wares & hawk them on a fake home shopping channel. Ages 9-14; RSVP

Time: 11am-1pm

Place: Hammer Museum

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Event: Winter’s Tale

Details: As the seasons begin to change, discover a place where pop-up animals and trees fill a snow-covered landscape. Make an artwork inspired by this winter’s tale using color pencils and foam stickers.

Time: 2pm-3pm

Place: Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena

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Event: Pico Rivera Holiday Festival

Details: Holiday & Tree Lighting Festival: snow play & sledding area, North Pole train rides, arts & crafts, food, & live music.

Time: 3pm-7pm

Place:  City Hall, 6615 Passons Blvd, Pico Rivera


Event: Festival at Campo de Cahuenga

Details: The 5th Annual Luminaria Festival promises kids’ activities, refreshments, live music from the Jazzland Big Band, Synchonicity Handbell Choir, Voices of Christmas, & Prank Players, + thousands of glowing lanterns.

Time: 3pm-7pm

Place: Campo de Cahuenga, 3919 Lankershim Blvd, Studio City

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Friday, December 11th

Event: Toddler Time with Santa

Details:  Stories, songs, a craft…and a very special guest (HO,HO,HO!)

Time: 10am

Place: Burbank Library

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Event:Fiesta De Las Luminarias (also on 12/12)

Details: Come see the historic Casa Adobe in all its holiday splendor! Enjoy traditional refreshments and entertainment

Time: 5pm-8pm

Place: Casa Adobe De San Rafael, 1330 Dorothy Dr, Glendale

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Saturday, December 12th

Event: Holiday Parade in Echo Park

Details: Historic community of Echo Park will celebrate ‘Echoing the holiday spirit‘

Time: 11am-12pm

Place: Along Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

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Event: Mele Kalikimaka

Details: Celebrate the holidays island-style, as our friends at KoAloha Ukulele lead performances, workshops, craft activities, and other holiday-inspired fun

Time: 11am-4pm

Place: Japanese American Museum, Little Tokyo

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Event: Kids’ Club at 7th & Fig

Details: Create a winter wonder world with glistening snow.

Time: 2pm-4pm

Place: 7th & Figueroa, DTLA

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Sunday, December 13th

Event:Family Fest in Studio City

Details: The 5th Annual Winter Family Festival & Festival of Giving promises 70 tons of snow + food & fun. Bring food bank donations.

Time: 1pm-4pm

Place:Rec Center, Beeman Park, 12621 Rye St, Studio City

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Las Posadas begin on Wednesday, December 16th- December 24th

Event: Las Posadas at Olvera Street

Details: This nine night presentation of the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem is portrayed with singing, ballet folklorico entertainment, a candlelight procession on Olvera Street and a children’s piñata breaking each evening.


Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm

Place: Plaza Olvera in Downtown L.A

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Friday, December 18th

Event:  Singing at Disney Hall

Details: Bundle up your family & share in the warmth & joy of the holidays with a grand night of singing under the stars. Live accompaniment, lyric sheets provided. Tix required but will be available at  6PM.

Time: 6:30pm-8pm

Place: Keck Amphitheatre, Disney Hall, Downtown LA

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Saturday, December 19th


Event: Holiday Crafts at FIDM Museum

Details: This event has become a holiday tradition. Bring your kids for some DIY fun, including cookie decorating, making Santa ornaments, and tree decorations.

Time: 11am

Place: FIDM Museum Shop

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Event: Holiday Movie Matinee

Details: Take a break with a screening of “Winnie the Pooh: Merry Pooh Year.”


Time: 11am

Place: Burbank Library

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* More events will be added to this list so keep checking back!