December 3-18. Knott's Merry Farm and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will once again be teaming up to provide hundreds of toys for needy families throughout the southland December 3-18. With a purchase of a $20 gift from one of several merchandise locations in Knott's Marketplace, guests will receive FREE admission to Knott's Merry Farm. Those wishing to bring their own new, unwrapped gift valued at $20 or more, will be given a voucher to purchase a regular Knott's Merry Farm admission for only $20.
December 11. 4-6 p.m. Metrolink Holiday Toy Express 15th Anniversary. Join thousands for this sensational holiday event, as a 450-ton train covered with glittering ornaments and ablaze with 50,000 twinkling lights rolls into the Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station at 201 N Front Street. Meet Santa and enjoy free entertainment with Frosty’s Jazz Society, stilt walkers, spinning plate workshops, the Marimba Trio, on-air media talent from abc 7 and 94.7 The Wave, and hot chocolate and cookies on the platform from 4 to 6pm. Make sure to bring new, unwrapped toys and sporting equipment for the ABC 7 Spark of Love Toy Drive in cooperation with the Burbank Fire Department. All toys collected will go to Burbank kids in need. For more information, please call 238.5180 (Thanks to Mercy for this Kickback!)
December 12. Free movie screening. 6:30 p.m. Experience the hilarity of the holiday classic Elf! This family comedy about an elf of ungainly size who is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity stars Will Ferrell, Edward Asner and Bob Newhart. The film will be shown on a giant screen in the parking lot behind Burbank City Hall (at 3rd Street and Orange Grove). Refreshments will be available for purchase. The screening is free, but you are encouraged to dress warmly and bring your own deck chairs! For further information please call 818.238.5180.
December 14. 7p.m. Christmas musical at The Church On the Way presented by the Children’s Music Department. This year’s presentation, called “His Christmas Presence” features The Lamb’s Choir, Kidz Choir, Youth Ensemble, Hip-Hop Dancers, and more! And this year, our kids are asking everyone to share God's love with the homeless children at The Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission buy bringing an unwrapped toy or gift.
December 16. 6:30-8:30pm Music Center Holiday Sing-Along *FREE* MUSIC CENTER PLAZA • 135 N. GRAND AVE. [directions]
GO METRO: 2 blocks from Civic Center Station (1st St.) Celebrate the sounds of the season with a FREE, family-friendly evening of singing together among the twinkling lights of the plaza. Bundle up, bring your friends and family, and sing along with live musical accompaniment. Lyric sheets are provided. Tickets: Admission is FREE, but tickets are required and donations are welcome. Tickets are distributed 30 minutes prior to the event, while supplies last. See site for more details. MORE INFO: www.musiccenter.org
December 17-21. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Back to Bethlehem is a FREE community event held at The Church at Rocky Peak in Chatsworth, CA. Travel back in time and interact with villagers in our outdoor re-creation of the town of Bethlehem. Participate with town merchants and craftsmen. Avoid the Roman centurions and tax collectors! See for yourself an overworked innkeeper, excited shepherds, three mysterious travelers, angelic visitors and a young couple with a newborn baby. Back to Bethlehem is a Christmas event for the whole family! Closed in the event of heavy rain or heavy winds at the time of the event. 22601 Santa Susana Pass Rd, Chatsworth, CA 91311.
NOVEMBER 17 - JANUARY 16, 2011. 14th Annual Downtown on Ice at PERSHING SQUARE • 532 S. OLIVE ST. [directions]
GO METRO: 1 block from Pershing Square Station (5th St.)Tickets: $2 skate rental / $6 per hour
Regular Hours: Mon-Thurs, 12-10pm & Fri-Sun, 10am-10pm
Extended Holiday Hours (12/9-1/2): Daily, 10am-10pm
MORE INFO: (213) 847-4970 / www.laparks.org
Spend $50 at a Target store and get a $10 gift card now through Dec. 10. Only catch is you have to get the coupon through Target’s Facebook page. (Thanks to Bargain Babe for this deal!)
Subway is offering $2 6 inch subs during December. This price is good for the cold cut combo or meatball sandwiches. (Thanks to Gina for telling me about this deal!)
I recently received an email from the L.A. Zoo with a discount code for any friends interested in joining! This membership offer ends December 31, 2011. Use promo code: 11111FFW
DECEMBER 24. 3:00-6:00pm (2:30pm - DOORS OPEN) LA County Holiday Celebration *FREE* DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION • 135 N. GRAND AVE. [directions]
GO METRO: 2 blocks from Civic Center Station (1st St.)For 52 years, this 3-hour-long extravaganza has honored the spirit of LA's many cultures and holiday traditions through music, song, and dance. Community and professional choirs, music ensembles, folk and traditional artists, and dance companies perform while the program is broadcast live throughout Southern and Central California on KCET. Attendance and parking are free. No reservations or tickets are necessary, but seating is first come, first served.
MORE INFO: www.lacountyarts.org