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 2018 Long Beach

From ice skating in Downtown Long Beach to Christmas tree lighting activities, outdoor movies, 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). 

We’ll start with a few ongoing activities, then scroll down for the whole shebang of every kid-friendly Holiday event in the 562. 

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Activities Throughout the Holiday Season

Ice Skating at The Pike Outlets

The LA Kings' Holiday Ice returns to The Pike Outlets again with a temporary ice skating rink installed from Nov 16 until Jan 6, 2019. Tickets prices range from $10 for kids 6 and under, to anywhere from $12–$17 for kids and adults 7 and up. Prices include your skate rental too.

Queen Mary Christmas

The Queen Mary has bid farewell to it's ice-themed event, Chill, and hello to a nostalgic themed Queen Mary Christmas.
Stroll the beautiful decks of the legendary ship as you are surrounded by twinkling lights, holiday musical performances, sweet treats, family activities, and more.
The Queen Mary will truly be decked out in her holiday best. And, of course outdoor ice skating on the ship and visits (or breakfasts!) with Santa.

General admission prices for ages 12 and up start at $21, and $15 for kids 4–11 years old. Other packages available that include photos with Santa, Ice Skating, and more experiences.

Free Snow Play in Front of the Aquarium

Weekends from 9am–3pm, join the Aquarium for some play in real snow (funnily enough, it's weather permitting).

Wim's Puppet Theatre

Wim’s Puppet Theatre is a Lakewood Holiday tradition going on its 8th year this season.⁣ Wim Griffith is a professional sculptor, performer, and Christmas aficionados who hosts a free puppet show consisting of beautifully made marionettes performing Christmas songs in front of his home each night throughout the Holiday season. ⁣ Bring a blanket and catch the show at 7pm nearly every night (probably not when it’s raining) at the corner of Country Club Drive and Fairway Drive in Lakewood until the 23rd.

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.

Deals on Holiday Events

Photos with Santa

The Pike Outlets

Photo packages start at $17.95. Bring the whole family for your holiday greeting card photo!

November 17-December 13, Santa will be at his hut from 1pm-8pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
December 14-December 23, Santa will be at his hut from 1pm-8pm daily.
December 24, Santa will be at his hut from 1pm-6pm on Christmas Eve.

Queen Mary Christmas

As part of the Queen Mary Christmas, from Nov 23 until Christmas Eve, Santa will be aboard for photos. Visits with Santa are included with the price of admission, but photo packages are separate.

Tons of Events

Nearly every Christmas Tree lighting event and basically 90% of all Holiday events will generally have visits and photo ops with Santa. Check out all your opportunities here.

Lakewood Center

Santa will be posted up at the mall every day until Christmas Eve. They have a nice setup, but it does get crowded. Good news though, you can make reservations ahead of time so you don't have to wait in that massive line.

Los Cerritos Center

Both Cerritos and Lakewood malls have similar Santa Claus setups. And both (thankfully!) offer reservations to skip the line.

Pacific City

Okay, this one's a little out of our usual area we talk about, but if you happen to be headed to Orange County, it's worth a stop at Pacific City in Huntington Beach. Santa sits in front of a super cute holiday-themed Airstream trailer there and the decorations at Pacific City make it a great spot to spend an Holiday Season afternoon.

Sensitive Santa

Autism Speaks has teamed up with a few malls just outside of Long Beach to setup photo times with Santa specifically for kids with sensory processing, developmental, or special physical needs. The two closest to Long Beach are Westminster Mall on Dec 2, and South Bay Pavillion in Caron on Dec 9. Entire list of Sensitive Santa sessions here.


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