Southern California is getting into the holiday spirit! There are a lot of festive events happening across the southland this weekend. You can also get into the holiday spirit of giving by making a donation. KTLA's Gayle Anderson explains in 'Gayle On The Go.'
A Night in Bethlehem
Liberty Baptist Church
1000 Bison Avenue
949 760 5444
Experience the sights and sounds of the very first Christmas. Liberty Baptist Church in Newport Beach presents 'A Night in Bethlehem.' In addition to the performances there are interesting crafts, delicious treats and a free family photo as a memento of your evening.
Dickens Day Holiday Celebration
International Printing Museum
315 West Torrance Boulevard
310 515 7166
Make your own Christmas cards and gift tags at the Dickens Day Holiday Celebration at the International Printing Museum in Torrance. The price of admission includes a museum tour, Dickens characters, a holiday lunch, and Christmas carolers.
Holly Cleeland's Holiday Studio
If you don’t want to make your own Christmas decorations, artist Holly Cleeland will be glad to handle the creative chore for you! Cleeland is famous for animated holiday displays for your home at well as creative costume book "Glue and Go Costumes" for kids.
24th Annual Winter Fantasy
Sawdust Art & Craft Festival
The Sawdust Art and Craft Festival is a winter wonderland, where more than one-hundred artists create, display, and sell one of a kind holiday gifts. In addition to your holiday shopping, enjoy entertainment, outdoor cafes, Christmas carolers and Santa Claus.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Marine Corps League Toy Drive
VFW Post #8620
2328 West Merced Avenue
626 617 3306
The West Covina Marine Corps League is having a community toy drive and Christmas party. We’re invited to bring new, unwrapped toys to VFW Post 8620, where we will also find food trucks, and more.
The Santa Train
Christmas Tree Trains
Fillmore & Western Railway Company
805 524 2546
The Fillmore & Western Railway is rocking and rolling this holiday season with its annual Santa Train Rides. We’re invited to bring an unwrapped toy that Santa’s elves will give to the less fortunate. You can also can ride the Christmas Tree Trains to the Heritage Valley tree farms for a traditional sign of the season – a fresh cut Christmas tree.
Irvine Park Christmas Trains
Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
714 997 3968
The Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train is ready to take you on a holiday trip to meet with Santa and to take pictures at Irvine Regional Park. New this year, the Christmas Tree Ranch, where you can find hundreds of trees for your holiday decorations.
Dana Point IlluminOcean
Dana Point IlluminOcean lights up the Southern California shoreline with 40 nights of holiday lights.This wonderland by the sand features a brilliant spectacle of 22 over sized lighting sculptures containing more than 500,000 LED lights.This is free to the public for viewing nightly at sundown.
Flair Cleaners Annual Holiday Clothing & Shoe Drive
All five Flair Cleaners locations – from Burbank to Redondo Beach to Santa Monica to Studio City, and Valencia – are accepting donations of gently used or new clothing and shoes as part of its 12th Annual Holiday Clothing and Shoe Drive. Your generous donations will be delivered to Helping Hands for the Blind, St. Vincent de Paul’s Thrift Store, and National Council of Jewish Women Thrift Shop.
Duck the Halls at the Market Place
Tustin / Irvine
714 730 4124
Holiday Style OC
The Anaheim Ducks and the Marketplace in Orange County are team members this holiday season for “Duck the Halls.” Families can enjoy three, 35-foot trees inspired by the Ducks team. Also enjoy Ducks inspired photo backdrops and opportunities to win tickets to a Ducks games.
Toys for Tots
Irvine Spectrum Center
The Market Place
In Orange County, we’re invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy for 'Toys For Tots.' The United States Marine Corps Reserve holiday program has been around since 1947 and has distributed more than 400 million toys to more than 200 million less fortunate children. Look for toy drop locations at Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center, or The Market Place and receive a Holiday Savings Passport filled with exclusive offers.
Wreaths Across America
Pacific View Cemetery
3500 Pacific View Drive
Corona Del Mar
714 812 4615
Remember our military this holiday season with the American Gold Star Mothers. Their annual 'Wreaths Across America' tradition, placing donated Christmas wreaths on headstones at national cemeteries, happens this morning at 9 a.m. One of the solemn holiday tributes takes place at the Pacific View Cemetery in Corona Del Mar.
So, what’s going on in your world? Let us know! Please be sure to provide video with your request. The deadline for your information is Tuesday 5 p.m.
And, don’t forget you can always post your information on the KTLA Community Calendar.
Have a GREAT Saturday!
Gayle Anderson, KTLA 5 News.