Holiday events to bring cheer to your weekend

By Maggie McKay, KFWB anchor
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There’s so much to choose from with the holidays here.

If you want a road trip to Palm Springs, here’s something I did over the weekend and LOVED it (so did my son). At the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway you can hike, it snowed last week and COULD snow again this weekend, they have a visitors center to learn some cool stuff and a yummy restaurant or casual cafe. Check it out and see what YOU think.

On your way home you could hit the Festival of Lights in Riverside, which is on my hit list as I have always heard how SPECTACULAR it is.

Now in its 21st year, Festival of Lights is an annual gift to the community from property owners Duane and Kelly Roberts who saved the historic landmark from destruction in 1992. The Festival of Lights commences with a celebratory “flipping of the switch” ceremony – in which the castle-like, historic hotel is instantly illuminated with nearly 4 million holiday lights followed by a full fireworks display – and continues through January 4, 2014.


It’s the NUTCRACKER. The vivid orchestral score for this favorite holiday staple stands on its own as a miracle of musical story-telling. Music Director Gustavo Dudamel shares his love of the Russian master’s music, leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic, along with the clarion voices of the beloved LA Children’s Chorus, in an exciting preview of the upcoming TchaikovskyFest.
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For the Little Ones: It’s  Reindeer Romp

The popular Reindeer Romp is back at the L.A. Zoo this year. Meet Santa’s reindeer, enjoy the decorations and holiday-themed arts and crafts at this fun family friendly event. Santa himself will be available for photos during the weekends through January 2 at the Los Angeles Zoo.

And of course, there’s always the beach! (But it might be cold there.)

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