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.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY:
Nutcracker "Winter Wonderland" Open-Air Market: Santa Monica
Santa Visits & Photos: Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica
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
Drive-In: "After the Beatles: The Solo Years": Huntington Beach
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
Storytime and Singalong with Mrs. Claus: SOCO + The OC Mix, Costa Mesa
Ugly Sweater Drive-Thru: Tustin Ministry Center, Tustin
Virtual Tree Lighting: Virtual
Winter in the Grove: Village Green Park, Garden Grove
Wreath-Making Workshop: Molly Wood Garden Design, Costa Mesa
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
Fill the Truck for Carol's Kitchen: Grocery Outlet, Beaumont
Holiday Lights Drive-Thru: Town Square Park, Murrieta
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
SAN DIEGO COUNTY:
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
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
Visits With Santa in His Secret Garden: The Forum Carlsbad, Carlsbad
Wild Winter: Helen Woodward Animal Center, Rancho Santa Fe
Winter Wonder Holiday Spectacular: Belmont Park, San Diego
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