Warning: There are no chicken coops for sale in this year’s Williams-Sonoma Christmas catalog.
If snow globes were honest they might show truer scenes from the holidays… like your family sitting in the living room staring at their phones.
THINGS TO DO & THEATRE TO SEE
LA & OC families looking for some holiday activities might want to check out The Grove on 3rd Street, Knott’s Merry Farm , L.A. Zoo Lights, Disney on Ice presents Frozen, or a whole host of Christmas plays coming up including A Christmas Carol at A Noise Within and South Coast Rep, and The Nutcracker at Long Beach Ballet and Orange County Festival Ballet. For the little ones, there’s Peter Pan and Tinkerbell: A Pirate Christmas at the Pasadena Playhouse. To add to the list of Christmas plays in Southern California, the Rubicon Theatre is also putting up Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Tickets will sell out quickly to Festival Theatre Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Irvine Barclay Theatre. Winter Fest at the OC Fair and Event Center kicked off this weekend and if you are in the valley, check out Candy Cane Lane off the Winnetka exit of the 101 North. Follow the lanes of traffic!
There are also several cool exhibitions currently running at several local museums. The Rain Room at LACMA should be at the top of this list and for older children, In Focus: Daugerreotypes and Ishiuchi Miyako’s thought-provoking Postwar Shadows at The Getty Center and the fall exhibitions at OCMA are some different weekend activities. For a night of great theatre and music, go see Jason Robert Brown conduct The Bridges of Madison County at the Ahmanson Theatre, starring Elizabeth Stanley and Andrew Samonsky.
Christmas in New York is already in full effect with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the Norwegiean spruce at Rockefeller Center Plaza, and the holiday markets, fares, and ice rinks are in no short supply. For an added touch of whimsy, check out the Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden or New York Theatre Ballet presents Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker. For more than eggnog and carols, check out Noises Off, the beloved comedy returning to Broadway this December, and be sure to get your tickets now for David Harrower’s new play Blackbird starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams.