Holiday activities that put the “merry” in “Merry Christmas”

The holiday season is the time of year all kids wait for, and luckily there is amazing variety of fun activities available to keep them entertained.
One popular idea is The LA Zoo Lights, which are open nightly, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., through January with tickets costing as low as 13 dollars. During this unforgettable holiday experience, visitors can explore a wild wonderland of light while enjoying seasonal treats and a visit with Santa. This light-up holiday tradition now includes animal-inspired

Chinese lanterns, a colorful tunnel of lights and the world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook.
Additionally, on Christmas Day, The Laugh Factory will be hosting the 40th annual Christmas Feast. Famous comedians will serve food and perform shows after each meal.

Those attending are encouraged to donate to the toy drive. This hilarious event is open to all ages and is entirely free.
For those in search of ice and snow in LA, there are a few spots where one can experience the winter vibe. On Dec. 14, at Chace Park in Marina del Rey, the Snow Wonder free

event holds tons of real snow and includes a sledding hill and snow-covered forest. Snow Day LA at The Old Lodge in Elysian Park has snow tubing down giants hills and cheery holiday decorations, including a Gingerbread House for photo ops. Tickets start at $12, and the park is now open Friday through Sunday until Dec 29. At the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, visitors can enjoy fresh snowfall nightly along with roasted chestnuts and a beautifully decorated Christmas Tree. There is also a life-sized gingerbread house where gingerbread cookies and edible ornaments can be purchased.

For a road trip, the annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade on Dec.14, at Burton Chace Park, is held in North America’s largest human-made small-craft harbor. At 5:55 p.m., a brilliant reworks show precedes the two-hour main event as dozens of intricately decorated and lit up boats sail through the port.

To stay local, the Woodland Hills outdoor ice rink is now open seven days a week until Jan. 12, which is $17 per person. There are several nearby Christmas tree farms to choose from, including Bennett’s Best Christmas Trees & Pumpkins in Agoura Hills, Tina’s Trees in Sherman Oaks, Christmas Ranch Tree Farms in Thousand Oaks and Oregon Family Christmas Trees Inc. located in Woodland Hills.

For a once in a lifetime experience, the Warner Bros Studios Fans have an opportunity to attend a studio tour. One of the most popular tours this holiday season is the Friendsgiv- ing Tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Warners Bros popular show Friends. For $139 per person, Friendsgiving includes an exclusive Friends-focused ninety-minute tour through the studio back lots highlighting iconic lming locations where the show took place.

Over the holiday season, Knott’s Berry Farm shifts gears transforming into the Christmas wonderland, Knott’s Merry Farm. This holiday celebration features spectacular themed attractions, with a festive environment, cheery decor and delightful food. Knott’s Merry Farm is arguably the ultimate holiday festival in Southern California.•