L.A. Zoo Lights
One of L.A.’s brightest holiday traditions shines more brilliantly than ever, with an expanded route and dazzling new touches. View real reindeer, visit with Santa, and enjoy seasonal treats and goodies.
$11-$18, Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, 323-644-4200, lazoolights.org
Tasty Food Market
Sample soul food, Hawaiian pancakes, Korean tacos, ramen burgers, Creole cuisine, organic ice cream, and more at this foodie favorite.
Free, Glendale Galleria, 100 W. Broadway, Glendale, eventbrite.com
Enchanted: Forest of Light
Enchanted: Forest of Light is an interactive, nighttime experience unlike anything else in Los Angeles. Featuring a one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens, this event is one to be remembered.
Tickets $23-$30, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge, 818-949-4200, descansogardens.org
Social Daunce Irregulars Victorian Grand Ball
Celebrate the beginning of the holidays as you dance to live music including waltzes, polkas, and quadrilles.
$38, Pasadena Masonic Hall, 200 S. Euclid, Pasadena, victoriandance.org
The Garland Concert Series
Get ready to boogie down at Beverly Park at The Garland with live music, inventive cocktails, and delicious bites. 21+ only.
Free, The Garland, 4222 Vineland Ave., Los Angeles, thegarland.com
Castle Green Holiday Home Tour
Visit one of the most enchanting special event and filming locations in Southern California. At this unique landmark, sophistication meets history.
$30-$35, 99 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626-793-0359, castlegreen.com
Over and Under the Snow
While Pasadena isn’t exactly known for its snowfall, you can still immerse your little ones in a snowy storytelling world.
Free with admission. Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626-449-6840, nortonsimon.org
Gamble House Holiday Gathering
Reign in the holiday season at the Gamble House, a stellar example of Pasadena Craftsman architecture. This year’s event features music performed by the USC Chamber Singers and a specially selected menu.
$40-$50, Gamble House, 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, 626-793-3334, gamblehouse.org
Jeff Hodge and Friends
It’s always better to laugh when you’re with friends—just ask comedian/actor/producer/author Hodge, who’s bringing a whole slew of fellow comedians along to this show.
$10, The Ice House, 24 N. Mentor Ave, Pasadena, 626-577-1894, icehousecomedy.com
Jingle Bell Run
Put on your favorite holiday costume, enjoy fun activities, and spread good cheer along with family, friends, and co-workers; 100 percent of your registration fee and fundraising efforts go to a great cause!
$35, Glendale Central Park, 216 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 323-954-5750, jbr.org
Pasadena Symphony Holiday Candlelight
An array of choruses highlight this festive concert featuring the most popular and cherished holiday melodies performed by candlelight.
$20-$150, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, 626-793-7172, pasadenasymphony-pops.org
The Wonderful Winter of Oz
Experience the magic of Oz in this holiday version of the musical adventure that’s fun for the whole family.
$60-$125, Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena, 626-793-2122, americanpanto.com
Rose Bowl Game
Featuring a traditional matchup of teams from the Pac-12 and Big Ten, the 105th Rose Bowl is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Come early and enjoy pregame activities including tailgates and Royal Court appearances.
$160 and up, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, 626-577-3100, rosebowlstadium.com
A beloved Pasadena tradition continues, blocking off most of Colorado Boulevard for the Rose Parade. Before tailgating at the Rose Bowl, bring your whole family to the parade, where countless handmade floats and music flood the streets of downtown Pasadena. After the parade, join the crowds as they make their way towards the Rose Bowl to watch the 105th game take place.
Free, Orange Grove/Colorado Boulevard., Pasadena, 877-793-9911, tournamentofroses.com