Family-Friendly Christmas And Winter Holiday Events

Find the best family-friendly Christmas, Hanukkah, and Winter Holiday events for kids in and around Long Beach, CA. 

HOliday Events 2019 Long Beach

From a laser light show at the Long Beach Towne Center to Christmas festivals, ornament workshops and more, here’s a roundup of rad holiday season outings the whole family will enjoy throughout Long Beach, Lakewood, and beyond (plus a few more that are worth the drive). 

Browse some of the ongoing festivities, then scroll down to check out every kid-friendly holiday event in the 562. 

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Activities Throughout the Holiday Season

Shoreline Village Holidays

Long Beach's most dazzling waterfront shops and restaurants are dressed up in their holiday best! Take photos with Santa, check out costumed holiday characters, and enjoy arts and crafts stations - or pop down to Brickersville and create some LEGO Christmas crafts.

This ongoing event also includes FREE front-row seating to the Shoreline Yacht Club's annual Christmas Boat Parade of 1000 lights on December 7, so don't miss out!

christmas crafts & storytime at the long beach public libraries

The Long Beach public libraries are pulling out all the stops this season! Stop by all month long to enjoy storytime with Santa, make your own wreath lessons, and bilingual craft hour. Take a break from this cold, rainy season, find your nearest location, and enjoy fine holiday craft-making and storytelling that's bound to make memories!


It's time for Santa to get his deep sea diving gear on! Catch penguin parades, marvel at gingerbread houses, and frolic in the real snow play area. Delight in Hanukkah storytelling and take photos with Santa! Best of all, present an official online coupon from the website Dec. 7 - 23 to receive a FREE child admission with purchase of an adult ticket.

chocolate making workshops

Sometimes the best gifts are experiences. And what better way to give your kids a holiday to remember by teaching them how to make their own chocolates? Learn to make, take home (and eat) your tasty treats at Romeo's Chocolates on Pine!

$35 per child. Includes guided chocolate tasting, chocolate creation station time, and more! Recommended for ages 4
to 10.

Where to view Christmas Lights

From Naples Island to Christmas Tree Lane, check out our guide of the best spots to view Christmas lights throughout Long Beach and nearby cities.

Photos with Santa

The hangar at lbx

Santa's stopping by to celebrate the Hangar's first Christmas in Long Beach. Bring the kids out for a free day of photos and fun! Dates and times below.

Saturday, Dec. 7, 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Dec. 8,11 AM to 2 PM
Friday, Dec. 13, 11 AM to 2 PM
Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 AM to 2 PM

Queen Mary Christmas

As part of the Queen Mary Christmas, from Nov 29 until New Year's Day, Santa will be aboard for photos. Visits with Santa are included with the price of admission, but photo packages are separate.

Tree lightings & more

Nearly every Christmas tree lighting event and basically 90% of all holiday events will have visits and photo ops with Santa. There's also a few Santa Storytime sessions and breakfast opportunities as well. Check them out here.

Lakewood Center

Santa and his elves are back every day until Christmas Eve! They'll be featuring an interactive Elf Academy where you can try on elf looks, get your own elf ID card, and scan yourself on the Naughty or Nice O'Meter.

It's a nice setup with understandable long lines! Good news though, you can make reservations ahead of time so you don't have to wait.

Los Cerritos Center

Can't make it to Lakewood? No worries. Cerritos Mall has a similar Santa Claus setup. And both (thankfully!) offer reservations to skip the line.

Santa Cares

Autism Speaks teams up with malls and Santa to provide a sensory-friendly environment for children with special processing, developmental, or physical needs. Upcoming visits include:

Stonewood Center, Downey: Dec. 8, 8 AM to 10 AM
Del Amo Fashion Center: Dec. 8, 9 AM to 11 AM

Check out the entire list here.

Aquarium Holidays

Even ocean animals get a visit from Santa! Stop by the Aquarium for photo opportunities with him and holiday costumed sea critters. Then stick around and wait for him to dive into the big aquarium tank! Photos are included with price of general admission. An online coupon here gets you one free child's ticket with purchase of an adult one - or bring an unopened toy of about $10 for their toy drive and receive a discount.


Keep on scrolling on for some events broken down by category like Christmas Tree lighting events or Parades. If you’d rather see everything all at once, tap this orange button below. 

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