Holiday Activities in Southern California

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Theme Parks

Universal Studios Hollywood
This holiday season, the Grinch is taking over Universal Studios Hollywood. The story and characters from Dr. Suess’ beloved tale of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” will come to life at Universal Studio’s annual Grinchmas celebration. A section of the park will be transformed into the whimsical winter village of Whoville, with sheets of real snow. Guests can play in the snow and meet Cindy Lou, Max the Dog, and the infamous Grinch along with other Whoville Whos.  Performances will take place as well as nightly storytelling and a presentation of the lighting of the Grinchmas tree. Grinchmas celebrations are on now through Jan. 1.

Knott’s Berry Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm will host their annual Toy for Tots event from Dec. 3 – 21. Guests who bring an unwrapped toy with a $20 value or more will receive a free one-day admission ticket. Visitors can purchase a $20 toy at Knott’s Berry Farm or elsewhere for a discounted price. Save the receipt and present it along with the toys.
Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks
Pershing Square
The original Los Angeles outdoor ice skating rink will be open for guests, hoping to experience a piece of winter, throughout the month of December though Jan. 16. The 4,500 square foot ice skating rink is located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles at Pershing Square in front of the Biltmore Hotel. Skyscrapers and holiday lights surround the rink, giving it a unique Los Angeles feel. Pershing Square also hosts free attractions that include festivals, exhibits, concerts and fundraisers. Skating admission is $6 and skate rentals are $2. The rink is open every day, including holidays.
Nokia Center at L.A. Live
The Nokia Center is lit up with festive holiday decorations accompanied by a 54-foot holiday tree with 10,000 lights. The skating arena holds up to 200 skaters and will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 3 to 11 p.m. on weekends until Jan. 5. After December 17, the rink will be open from noon to 11 p.m. It costs $12 for unlimited skating, including skate rentals.
Stevie Wonder at the Nokia Center
Music fans can experience Stevie Wonder’s 16th Annual House Full of Toys event at the Nokia Center. On Dec. 17, Stevie Wonder, along with other musical guests, will perform to raise money that will go towards providing toys for children in orphanages, hospitals, and shelters across the country. Tickets are priced from $39.50 to $149.50. Tickets are available online. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Not only will your purchase go towards seeing a star-studded concert, but you will also help to provide toys for underprivileged children for the holidays.
L.A. County Holiday Celebration
The Arts Commission will produce its 52nd annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Dec. 24. More than 7,000 people gather each year to watch 24 different performance groups, including choirs, dance companies and musical ensembles, from the Los Angeles County. The show will begin at 3 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. Also, the show and parking for the event is free. The holiday special will also be broadcast live on KCET, for those who wish to enjoy the performances at home.

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