Suzanne Guldimann is an author, artist, and musician who lives in Malibu and loves the Santa Monica Mountains. She has worked as a journalist reporting…
Good tidings to you at this season of merriment! The holiday season is a great time to slow down and spend time with loved ones, whether you’re spending these moments near or far.
For those spending the season near, here is our roundup of holiday activities in the area, with average price points listed from least to greatest.
Topanga’s own Pine Tree Circle will be hosting the 22nd annual Snow Night and the 32nd annual community potluck on Sunday, December 18 from 4-8 P.M. Come do some last-minute holiday shopping, eat with friends, and play in the snow with the community. Pine Tree Circle is located in Topanga at 120 South Topanga Canyon Boulevard.
This holiday season, the City of Malibu is bringing Santa Paws to furry friends and their human companions. A brand-new complementary event, Santa Paws will feature photo opportunities, treats for attendees, and an ugly sweater contest. The event will take place at Malibu Bluffs Park on Saturday, December 11 from 10 A.M. – 12 P.M. Furry friends must be leashed at all times, and animal shelter donations are encouraged. Pre-registration is recommended and can be done at MalibuCity.org/Register.
Looking for a good old-fashioned country Christmas? Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark is hosting a tree lot and a Christmas on the farm event. General admission is $14 per person on weekends as $10 on weekdays. Admission includes activities such as slides, tractor-drawn wagon rides, animal visit, and photo opportunities. Other activities are also available for an additional fee. There is also a farm stand and Christmas tree lot on site, offering a wide variety of evergreens, from standard-sized noble and douglas fir, to Charlie Brown trees, and European Christmas trees. Christmas on the farm runs until Friday, December 25 at noon, and Big Wave Dave’s Tree Lot runs until Monday, December 19.
Malibu’s Adamson House is running their annual holiday fundraiser, The Twelve Days of Christmas tour, through Saturday, December 31, from 10 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. These tours offer a unique view of the historic Adamson stunningly bedecked in holiday splendor, including period ornaments. Reservations are required for groups of 6 or more, and tickets run $25 for adults, $10 for children 6-16, and admission is free for children 5 and under. All proceeds from the tour and gift shop benefit the Malibu Adamson House Foundation.
Out in Simi Valley, the Reagan Library is hosting a brand-new exhibit, “An American Christmas Story,” running through January 8, and featuring over 60 trees on display, as well as past White House ornaments and gifts, and a display of Hanukkah Menorahs gifted to President Reagan during his tenure in the White House. The exhibit showcases holiday traditions from every state and territory, and is included in museum admission (general admission is $24, with discounts available for children, seniors, active-duty military, and students). Looking for a more personal way to experience the holiday exhibit? The library is also offering a holiday lunch and tour event on Thursday, December 15 from 12:30-4:30 P.M. for $68.50. Reservations must be made by Monday, December 12 at 8 A.M. Finally, the library’s 13th annual New Year’s Eve Celebration returns on Saturday, December 31 from 8 P.M. – 1 A.M. with pricing ranging from $167-197. This is a 21+ event that includes a four-course meal, a champagne toast, and live music. Reservations must be made by Monday, December 26 at 8 A.M.
Sing along to the festive Lindsay Buckingham song at Holiday Road LA at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. The event consists of a ⅔ of a mile long walking trail surrounded by shimmering, glimmering holiday lights and decorations. There will also be food trucks and a 21+ bar on site. The event goes until Friday, December 30, and ticket pricing runs from $24.99-39.99 per person and on-site parking runs from $5.99-9.99 per car. Reservations can be made online at tixr.com/groups/holidayroadusa
The Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center has a great lineup of holiday-themed performances this yuletide season. A treasured annual favorite, the Pacific Festival Ballet will be presenting The Nutcracker from December 17 to December 18. The Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra Winter Gala Concert will be on December 10, The Sound of Christmas Sing Along will be on December 11, Kerry Irish Productions Inc. will present An Irish Christmas in time for the winter solstice from December 21 to December 22, and Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig’s Adventure will be on December 23. Tickets for all shows listed range from $25-157 and can be purchased online at bapacthousandoaks.com/shows
A classic Southern California holiday treat, Disneyland offers lots of festivities in December. From now until Sunday, January 8, Disneyland is in full holiday swing. Both parks are offering dozens of holiday-themed food and beverage items, and Santa Claus will be doing a meet and greet with good boys and girls in each park until Friday, December 24. In Disneyland Park, “A Christmas Fantasy” parade is running daily, and in Disney’s California Adventure, the Festival of Holidays is taking place. This event showcases an array of diverse winter holidays from around the world, and features a food tasting event. Pricing for a single day ticket for single park entry starts at $104.
Whether you’re celebrating the season by yourself, with family, friends, or with a partner, there’s something for everyone to enjoy some festive cheer in our holiday entertainment roundup. Whatever you decide to do, we wish you to have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season.