Ice Skating Rink; Jungle Bells; Tree Lightings: SoCal Weekend

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — Patch has rounded up fun, interesting and entertaining events throughout Southern California — from the southernmost tip of San Diego, through Orange and Riverside counties, to the beaches and valleys in Los Angeles.

Some are free. Some have a fee.

Whether you opt for an activity close to home, a mini day trip or a virtual event, see what's slated this weekend from Saturday, Dec. 5 to Sunday, Dec. 6.

Double-check with event organizers to confirm dates, times and locations in case activities were updated since posted on Patch. Please be mindful of social distancing guidelines while you do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus. See the latest guidance from the CDC here.


Cocinando Con Northgate: Free Virtual Cooking Class: Virtual

Israel Philharmonic Pre-Hanukkah Global Celebration: Virtual

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Documentary Virtual Film Festival: Virtual

Nutcracker "Winter Wonderland" Open-Air Market: Santa Monica

Santa Visits & Photos: Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica

SONC Virtual Speaker Series: Disparities in Public Education: Virtual

The Wallis' Digital Sorting Room Sessions: Virtual


Be A Santa To A Senior This Christmas: Bell Tower Regional Community Center, Rancho Santa Margarita

Casa Lumina Holiday Walk: Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, San Clemente

Community Toy Drive: Chabad Center for Jewish Life Newport Beach, Newport Beach

Designing with Poinsettias with Nika Davis: Virtual

Drive-In: "After the Beatles: The Solo Years": Huntington Beach

Girl Scouts Winter Wonderland Creativity at Home: Virtual

Holiday Food Drive: Dana Point Community Center, Dana Point

Holiday Ice Skating Rink: Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach

Holiday Surfboard Auction: Virtual

"It's a San Juan Christmas" Drive-Thru Holiday Experience: San Juan Capistrano

Knott's Taste of Merry Farm: Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park

"Light Of The World" Drive-Thru: Saddleback Church Lake Forest, Lake Forest

Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting: Virtual

Santa Paws: Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point

Seal Beach Christmas Parade Caravan: Seal Beach

Social Distancing with Santa: Plaza Antonio, Rancho Santa Margarita

Social Distancing with Santa: Sendero Marketplace, Ladera Ranch

South Coast Repertory's "A Christmas Carol": Virtual

Storytime and Singalong with Mrs. Claus: SOCO + The OC Mix, Costa Mesa

UCI MIND's A December to Remember Gala: Virtual

Ugly Sweater Drive-Thru: Tustin Ministry Center, Tustin

Virtual Tree Lighting: Virtual

Winter in the Grove: Village Green Park, Garden Grove

Webinar: Navigating the Holidays & Memory Loss: Virtual

Wreath-Making Workshop: Molly Wood Garden Design, Costa Mesa


Bad Chemistry: Old Town Blues Club, Temecula

Carrizo Canyon Interpretative Hike: Palm Desert

Christmas at 123 Farm: Highland Springs Ranch & Inn, Cherry Valley

Christmas Tree Festival: Virtual

Decorate LE: Community Holiday Tree, Lake Elsinore

Electric Noel: A Drive-Thru Christmas Experience: Norco

Fill the Truck for Carol's Kitchen: Grocery Outlet, Beaumont

Holiday Drive-Thru and Toy/Food Collection: Menifee

Holiday Lights Drive-Thru: Town Square Park, Murrieta

"Letters to Santa" Drive-Thru Event: Corona

Mom Made Market: Murrieta

Sagittarius Season Paint and Sip: Phearless Art Studio, Moreno Valley

Santa Shoppe: Banning

Santa's Electric Light Parade Reruns: Virtual

Virtual Holiday Tree Lighting: Virtual


Cardiff Donut Dash: Encinitas

"Dance Reflections: Virtual Visions": Virtual

Diaper Distribution and Toy Drive: Jack in the Box Corporate Headquarters, San Diego

Drive-In "A Christmas Story": Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos

Drive-In: "Nate Bargatze One Night Only": Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos

Drive-Thru Wacky Wonderland: San Diego Center for Children, San Diego

EHS Arts, Crafts and Antiques: Encinitas Historical Society, Encinitas

"Glimpses of Life": Video Art Exhibition: Virtual

Holiday in the Village: La Mesa

Holiday Nights on the Bay: San Diego

Holiday Sidewalk Sale: Coronado

IB Artisan Market: Imperial Beach

Jingle Terrace Park: Brengle Terrace Park, Vista

Jungle Bells: San Diego Zoo, San Diego

Little Italy Holiday Special: Virtual

Mission Fed ArtWalk: Virtual

OB Holiday Reverse-Parade: Ocean Beach Dog Beach Parking Lot, San Diego

Ramona's Christmas Tree Lighting: Virtual

Santa at the Lakes Meet & Greet: Santee Lakes, Santee

Santa Photos by the Sea: Del Mar Plaza, Del Mar

Taste of December Nights: Inspiration Point Way at Balboa Park, San Diego

Virtual Author Talk: Audiobook Authors and Narrators: Virtual

Visits With Santa in His Secret Garden: The Forum Carlsbad, Carlsbad

Webinar: "Truffle Magic with Chef Matteo": Virtual

Wild Winter: Helen Woodward Animal Center, Rancho Santa Fe

Winter Wonder Holiday Spectacular: Belmont Park, San Diego

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This article originally appeared on the Encinitas Patch

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