What you should know
- Hanukkah begins on the evening of Sunday, November 28th
- Menorah lighting begins in Downtown Santa Monica, 2ND & PCH in Long Beach, and other local communities
- “Hurray for Hanukkah” opens at the Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine, while the Skirball is about to begin with several events
Happy Hanukkah: The atmospheric, hopeful Festival of Lights begins on Sunday, November 28th, and families in Southern California will partake in a public menorah lighting, stock up on traditional goodies, attend exhibits honoring the ancient Jewish celebration, or attend a local festival. Winterlit in Downtown Santa Monica will light its menorah from November 28th, while the Shul by the Shore Grand Chanukah Extravaganza will be held at 2ND & PCH in Long Beach on November 28th from 4pm to 6pm at the 2ND & PCH “Hanukkah” events kick off in Irvine while the Skirball Cultural Center offers Dreidel fun at home (plus personal events coming soon).
The most sparkling season from Universal: If you felt a bit green back in December, chances are you’re a real blue, uh, green fan of the Grinch. Where can I get the Dr. See Seuss Superstar and his loyal puppy Max too? Why is this Universal Studios Hollywood, which is also home to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”. Hot Butterbeer is sure to be in the festive tide, and this chorus of fabulous frogs will make their highly anticipated cameos. Both “Grinchmas” and the Harry Potter Happenings, which feature projections onto Hogwarts castles, will enchant the holidays. Good to know? Your entry to the theme park includes your entry to both.
Dodger’s Holiday Festival: Have you spent a lot of time looking at the outfield of Dodger Stadium? You sure have, because that’s where some of the most exciting moments happen. But have you ever imagined in your visions how you would pirouettes, slide and enjoy an icy adventure with friends? That can happen thanks to the ice rink that will fill some of the famous outdoor fields during this seasonal spectacle. Eating, drinking, places to take photos in front of the Dodger-themed Christmas backdrop, shopping and live entertainment are all part of the clubhouse-meets-Christmas scene. It opens on November 26th and holds the holiday hits through December 31st.
“GLOW”: The Summer Festival at the South Coast Botanic Garden was one of the ultimate events of the warm weather, chic and show-off-your-moves season. Now the land of green wonders of the Palos Verdes Peninsula is embracing the ethereal, glowing side of the season. Incidentally, “GLOW” stands for “Garden Lights & Ocean Waters”, and visitors will come across a magical seaweed forest and other illuminations on land that reflect the great body of water that is just minutes from the 87. away, pay tribute at lightning speed – acres of land. Snacks, drinks and other festive details are part of the happening, which will glitter until January 17, 2022.
Christmas on the farm: It’s weekend # 1 for this fresh and festive feast, a sweet and old-fashioned take on the vacation magic of the past. This means a real farm environment that visitors to the Underwood Family Farms will find in the moor park. A crispy centerpiece? It is the Animal Center, where real goats, rabbits and creatures delight fans of fur love. Places where you can snap seasonal snapshots, take tractor rides in the wagon and say “hay” to Santa Claus, we mean “hey”, are intertwined with farm fun. Note that Santa Claus appears on the weekends and you should keep an eye on everything before you leave (including weekend tickets, which can be purchased online).
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