Winter family fun, including Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s celebrations.

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Family Getaway: A Picturesque Holiday Weekend in the Santa Ynez Valley

This is the first year that both my daughters are in college, which makes the holiday time even more special. I’ve been looking forward to having our house full again since move-in day in September, so when we realized midweek that all four of us were free for the weekend, we knew we wanted to go somewhere fun together. We didn’t want to drive too far and we wanted somewhere...

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Disney on Ice Brings Worlds of Enchantment

The moment Mickey and Minnie Mouse skated onto the ice during Disney on Ice’s “Worlds of Enchantment” at Staples Center, I realized you are never too old for some Disney magic. The tour opened there Dec. 15 and both of my daughters were home from college for opening night, so we headed to Staples for some nostalgia and family fun. We were not disappointed. We started the evening with a...

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See the Rose Parade 2017 From All Angles

The Tournament of Roses is an American institution that Southern California can claim as its own. But instead of New Year’s Day, this year’s Rose Parade will take place on Monday, Jan. 2 with the fitting theme of “Never On Sunday.” Founders decreed back in 1893 that the parade would never be staged on a Sunday (and it never has), because they feared the festivities might scare the horses hitched...

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Seven Spots To Ring In 2017 With Kids

When children want something, they typically want it “now!” This impatience can come in handy on New Year’s Eve, when Southern California hosts several early celebrations just for kids. Children most impatient to celebrate the new year should visit Zimmer Children’s Museum (6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100, L.A.; Dec. 30 for a New Year’s Eve Eve Party that will last from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Revelers can make their own party...

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See Hanukkah In a New Light

“Can I have a cell phone for Hanukkah?” is not an uncommon phrase to hear in L.A. leading up to the Jewish Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is not one of the major Jewish holidays, nor does it have a history of gift giving associated with it. But, because it is typically in December near that other holiday – a magical time filled with music, twinkling lights, swirling snowflakes, flying reindeer...

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First-Time Skiing Tips for Success

First time skiing with kids? Use these tips to have a great experience  An avid skier since I was a teen, I was eager to share my favorite winter sport with my three kids. Young adults now, each of my kids stepped into his or her first pair of skis by age 4. Our family ski trips are among our favorite memories: Snacking on Cheerios on chairlifts while watching skiers...

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The Great Wolf Lodge Gets Buried by Snow

When the leaves start falling in Autumn, turning the world into a basket of warm and wonderful colors, the Great Wolf Lodge also undergoes a dramatic transformation that shifts with the seasons. Santa arrives at the lodge’s lobby the Saturday after Thanksgiving, accompanied by the lodge wolves, Violet and Willey, driving behind his sled in their cool convertible. In the back of the lobby, the group comes upon a giant...

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Celebrate the Season in San Francisco

The City by the Bay offers merry fun that will revive your holiday spirit. The lead-up to the holidays can be an especially exhausting time for parents. It’s a special time, yes, but – let’s be honest here – it is difficult to embrace the magic of the season when you’re face-planting into bed every night. Perhaps it’s time to hit the pause button, pack up the kids and some...

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A Magical Winter Wonderland Comes to Westlake Village

If you’re looking for a charming winter wonderland for the whole family, the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village has snow, s’mores, cookies with Mrs. Clause and much more. The Four Seasons Westlake Village is one of my fav getaway spots. I have escaped work deadlines many times with my mom friends to find absolute tranquility and bliss in the hotel’s exquisite spa. I’ve enjoyed overnight stays here with my...

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Cinderella With a Twist

We all know the story of the girl who went to the ball, lost her glass slipper and found her prince. For its holiday Panto at the Playhouse production, the Pasadena Playhouse is putting a holiday spin on the tale and calling it “A Cinderella Christmas.” To play Cinderella, they’ve tapped Lauren Taylor of the Disney Channel’s “Best Friends Whenever.” “I grew up, of course, idolizing Cinderella,” says Taylor, who...

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A Dozen Shades of L.A. Winter Fun

Sometimes it’s hard to tell it is December in California. The skies remain sunny and the temperature touches 80. Sometimes you get the itch for a visit from winter, particularly when that doesn’t require driving on icy roads. This month offers several new spots that can cure your “lack of winter” blues as well as some continuing from November. A Winter Wonderfest takes over Discovery Cube L.A. (11800 Foothill Blvd.,...

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7 Don’t-Miss Events for December

Check out these great family events happening in December. They are our top picks for family fun.

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Nutcracker Alternatives For Tweens

“Another Nutcracker?” your tween might moan after years of going to see sugar plum fairies dancing across stages. Your teenager might even become a Scrooge about seeing “A Christmas Carol” for the 10th time. Happily, a few December performances offer something different enough that they might hold your kids’ interest. Trumpeter Jeff Bordes will be something of a Louisiana Santa at the James Armstrong Theatre (3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance;...

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Get in Character for Christmas

Among best-known Christmas characters, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Grinch must rank in the top five. And both of them can be found in Los Angeles this month. Rudolph will visit just before Christmas as the star of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” which has a four-show run at the Dolby Theater (6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 23 and 10:30 a.m. Dec....

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A Sensory-Friendly Nutcracker Comes to Theaters

If you have a child on the autism spectrum, you might have shied away from ballet – even that most child-friendly ballet, “The Nutcracker.” Children with sensory issues might be overwhelmed by the sound and the spectacle. And those with attention deficits could have a tough time staying quietly in their seats. This month, the Autism Society of America is helping bring “The Nutcracker” to kids with autism in a...

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A Dozen Ways to Celebrate the Season around LA

Take a historical perspective to bring jolly fun to your family’s holidays. Southern California seems always interested in the future – the next cool thing, the next hot trend. Sometimes, however, it is nice to think about the past. The Christmas season is a particularly fitting occasion for this since many generations gather together to celebrate. And despite its modernistic attitude, Southern California has quite a few place that celebrate...

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Light Up Your Winter at These Family Venues

The L.A. Zoo Lights, which USA Today named one of the “Best Zoo Lights” of 2015, return to dazzle you this holiday season. Visitors can wander around an illuminated winter wonderland filled with sparkling snowflakes, twinkling tunnels and a musical light-and-water show. Because this is the zoo, there will be animals, but not like the ones you are accustomed to. There will be animated snakes, monkeys, elephants and other creatures,...

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Family Holiday Traditions Worth Sharing

Add any of these ideas from L.A. families to your seasonal celebration. When you roast a Thanksgiving turkey in my house, you have to use Grandad’s stuffing recipe. And all the up-and-coming young cooks in the family are pressed to take a good whiff of the stuffing so they can learn how much poultry seasoning to add. (Sniffing is the best way to tell.) Family and friends love my Christmas...

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Snow, Ice, Chill This Winter for Kids of All Ages

When Southern Californians want to experience a blast of winter fun, they have a surprising number of options. One popular choice is heading to one of the outdoor ice rinks that pop up this time of year. For the 19th year, the Holiday Ice Rink returns to Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles (532 S. Olive St., L.A.; Open from Nov. 10 through Jan. 18, this 7,200-square-foot rink presents...

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