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31 Christmas and holiday things to do in Southern California

By in Press Enterprise on November 30, 2017

By Vanessa Franko, Kenya Barrett, Kaitlin Wright

Dust off your jingle bells and get ready for the parades, light displays and holiday happenings that only appear this time of the year.

We picked some of the biggest and best attractions and events in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties worth checking out whether you have out-of-towners coming to visit or need an idea to get the kids out of the house.

Our list is organized by county and then by date, starting with attractions that are already open for the season.

We know this is only scratching the surface on the dozens of holiday happenings in Southern California. Want more ideas? We can help!

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Los Angeles County

1. Holiday in the Park: Six Flags Magic Mountain celebrates with tasty treats and family entertainment featuring Santa Claus and snow. 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, Sunday, Dec. 3, Saturday, Dec. 9, Sunday, Dec. 10, Saturday, Dec. 16 through Sunday, Dec. 24, Tuesday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Dec. 31. 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. $59.99-$84.99. 661-255-4100 or

The starlight garden with celestial shadows at the Enchanted Forest of Lights at Descanso Gardens Saturday evening. The show featuring interactive light displays and music runs through January 7th. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

2. Enchanted: Forest of Light: Descanso Gardens’ annual event has 10 new and returning displays that combine colorful light displays, sculptural installations and the Gardens’ own natural beauty.5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 7 (closed Dec. 4, 11, 24 and 25). 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge. $28-$30 for timed tickets and $23-$25 for members.

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