Friday, December 2, 2016

Cheap and FREE Holiday Events: Los Angeles and Orange County 2016

Looking for FREE Things to do this Holiday? We have the list for Holiday Events 2016 in Los Angeles and Orange County, both Free and discounted events that you wouldn't wanna miss.

Enjoy snow, ice skating, ice tubing, Christmas Tree lighting, Free Concerts, Free Fireworks, the list goes on for Fun and FREE Holiday Events: Los Angeles and Orange County this 2016.


December 3, 2016.
Crystal Cove Tree Lighting. Newport Beach. FREE.
Holiday beach bazaar, Santa, Tree Lighting, Carolers, etc.

December 3, 2016
LA Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade. 6-9PM. FREE.
Join your fellow harbor community members for this free and festive boat parade on the LA Waterfront, sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles. Enjoy the sparkling spectacular of boats and celebrate the nation’s busiest international trade gateway with this year’s theme of Hollywood at the Harbor.

We will try to update our List of Free Holiday Events: Los Angeles 2016 as new events come in. So do visit again. Check the events website(link already) for accuracy of dates and details. Enjoy and Happy Holidays. disclosure: this post may contain affiliate links and banners.

December 3-4, 2016. FREE.
Victorian Christmas at the Banning Museum
The Banning Museum and grounds will be transformed into a Christmas festival featuring Victorian period entertainment, self-guided tours of the Museum, refreshments, children’s crafts, and a visit from jolly St. Nick!

December 3, 2016. Noon - 5PM. FREE.
South Lake Holiday Fest. Pasadena.
Complimentary Parking, Admission & Holiday Activities. In-Store Specials and Promotions. Photos with Santa. Horse and Carriage Rides, Holiday Characters, Live Music and Carolers, A Scavenger Hunt, Holiday Crafts for the Kids.
Saturday, December 3, 2016. 6 - 7:30PM. FREE.
Palos Verdes Holiday Parade of Lights

Saturday, December 3, 2016. 11AM-2PM. FREE.
Wilmington Winter Wonderland
Bring the family and let the kids play in the snow at Wilmington Waterfront Park.

Saturday, December 3, 2016. 8AM - 10PM
Kidgits free breakfast with Santa. Montebello, CA. FREE.

Ongoing - January 8, 2017
Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Garden. COMP tickets HERE
Colorful interactive experience. Stroll trough 10 distinct lighting displays. A 160-acre outdoor wonderland, featuring the Camellia Forest and floral displays in the International Rosarium, natural growth in the world-famous Japanese garden and Oak Woodland. With the Enchanted Forest of Light, these sights are now even more magical.

December 3 - 4, 2016.
Santa diver will feed the fishes and sharks. Holiday music, crafts, special presentations, unique photo opportunities, shopping, and more. 

Ongoing - December 4, 2016. 
Torrance Memorial Holiday FestivalG.A. $5, FREE for kids 5 and under.
Beautifully decorated trees, entertainment, holiday gifts, children's activities, food court and special events featuring a fashion show, dinner gala, and a Santa lunch.

Ongoing. Make an appointment online. $35-75. 
Adventure to Santa. Redondo Beach & Rancho Cucamonga
Ride a virtual Sleigh Ride and play interactive games before meeting Santa in a Shrek Dream House. 

Ongoing - January 16, 2017. $15 with free skate rental.
Ice at Santa Monica 2015. Outdoor Ice Skating. 

Ongoing - December 24, 2016. Our Experience years back HERE.
Santa Headquarters. Lakewood Mall & Los Cerritos Mall
A modern interative Santa's Village, bringing Picture with Santa at the Mall up a notch.  

Every Saturday until  January 28, 2017. FREE
Free Holiday Craft Making at Lakeshore Learning. Various Cities.

Ongoing - January 16, 2017.
Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square. Los Angeles. $30 Discount Tickets HERE

Ongoing - January 8, 2017. 
Knott's Merry FarmBuena Park. $24 Discount Tickets HERE
Enjoy the whole theme park and holiday special Ice Skating show, Nightly Snow, Tree Lighting Show, Festive decor and food. 

Ongoing - Decemebr 18, 2016.
Santa at the Paley and Jolly Trolley, Beverly Hills. FREE - $5
Join Mrs. Claus aboard the Jolly Trolley for a scenic tour of historic Beverly Hills sites. The tour will end with a stop at the Paley where guests will have the option to hop off for a visit with Santa or stay seated for a return to Rodeo Drive. Entrance to The Paley Center for Media is free. Tickets for the Jolly Trolley: $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.

Ongoing - January 8, 2017.  
CHILL Queen Mary 2016Long Beach$17.50 Discount Tickets HERE.
Carnival Rides, Ice Skating, Ice Tubing, Alice in Wonderland theme display and more. Long Beach.

Ongoing - January 8, 2017. 
Los Angeles Zoo Lights Festival.  Los Angeles. $11 Discount Tickets HERE.
Glowing light animals rendered by lasers, 3D projections and interactive displays. 

Ongoing - December 24, 2015 
Holiday Wishes at Disney Stores. Various cities. FREE

Ongoing - January 8, 2017.
LA Kings Holiday Ice on Battleship Iowa. $12 -$15

Ongoing - Januuary 1, 2017
Holiday Lights Cruise. Newport Beach. COMP tickets HERE.

December 3 - 18, 2016. Saturdays and Sundays only.
Aquarium Holidays. $17.95
Daily Penguin Walk at 10:00 a.m., a display of gingerbread houses made by Aquarium staff members and one created by a professional bakery, and free daily showings of Sleigh Ride 4D. Snow will fall in the Great Hall, the Aquarium will be decked with festive décor, and the Aquarium’s costumed characters will appear in their holiday outfits daily.

December 4, 2016. FREE with Toy Drive.
Winter Wonderland Irvine.
25 foot tall tree, concert, snow fall, see Santa, etc.

December 4, 2016. 1-3PM. FREE.
San Pedro Holiday Parade 2016. Downtown San Pedro.

December 9 & 16, 2016. FREE
Holiday Movie under the Guns
See "Elf" on the 9th and "Frozen" on the 16th. The movies will be screened outdoors in front of the historic ship. Limited seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

December 9 - 16, 2016
The Magic of Christmas Musical. La Mirada. $15 Discount Tickets HERE.

December 9 - January 8, 2016.
A Cinderella Christmas. $25 Discount Tickets HERE.
You're invited to boo the evil stepsisters, cheer for the Fairy Godmother and have a ball at this spirited and lighthearted holiday performance, starring Disney Channel's Lauren Taylor as Cinderella, Glee's Alex Newell as the Fairy Godperson and Morgan Fairchild as The Wicked Stepmother.

December 10, 2016. 2-4PM. FREE.
Holiday Concert and Santa on the Pier 2015. Redondo Beach.

December 10 - 18, 2016. Costa Mesa.
The Nutcracker by the American Ballet Theatre at Segerstrom. $20 Discount Tickets HERE.

December 10 - 18, 2016. $19.50 Discount Tickets HERE.
Long Beach Ballet's The Nutcracker With Full Symphony Orchestra

December 10, 2016. 12-330PM. FREE with Toy/Food Drive.
Santa's Holiday Island. Heritage Park Island, Cerritos.
Visit Santa, crafts, music & caroling.

December 11, 2016. Event starts at 4PM. FREE.
Skechers Snow Park and Sled Hill, Toy Drive, Santa Float, Music, Fireworks. 

December 11, 2016. 1-4PM. FREE.
70 tons of snow, see Santa, live music, food trucks, etc.

December 14, 2016. FREE.
King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade 2016
Brightly decorated boats and paddle-craft parade through the marina trying to capture one of the 16 event trophies.

December 14 -18, 2016. 
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade 2015$5-28 Discount Tickets HERE.
Travel along miles of waterfront estates to catch spectacular views of both estates and yachts in full holiday décor with festive light displays. 

December 15 - January 8, 2017
The Rink - ice skating in Burbank. Discount Tickets HERE.

December 15 - January 8, 2017
Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment. $22 Discount Tickets HERE.
Playing in Long Beach, Anaheim, Los Angeles and Ontario.

December 16 - 17, 2016.
The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker. Los Angeles.  $20 Discount Tickets HERE.
Debbie Allen's Modern Spin on the Holiday Classic at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

December 17, 2016
Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular $25 Discount Tickets HERE.
Combining some of the world's greatest circus performers with a live symphony orchestra, Cirque Musica transforms its one-of-a-kind show into a winter wonderland spectacular.

December 17 - 22, 2016
Deck the Hall Holiday Concerts, Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA. $13 Discount Tickets HERE.

December 17, 2016
The Great Russian Nutcracker. Los Angeles. $39 Discount Tickets HERE.

December 18 - January 3, 2017
Winter Fest OCCosta Mesa. $7 Discount Tickets HERE.
Ice Skating, Ice Tubing, Festival of Lights, Carnival Ride, and more.

December 23 - 24, 2016
Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer. Hollywood. $19 Discount Tickets HERE.

December 24 - January 1, 2017
Elf the Musical at Segerstrom. Costa Mesa. Discount Tickets HERE.

We will try to update our List of Free Holiday Events: Los Angeles 2016 as new events come in. So do visit again. Check the events website(link already) for accuracy of dates and details. Enjoy and Happy Holidays. disclosure: this post may contain affiliate links an banners. Photos owned/credited to the specified events.

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  1. What a ton of great holiday events! I wish we lived closer so I could take my grandsons to some of these!


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