What's up for Christmas weekend: Lots of singing and dancing

What's up for Christmas weekend: Lots of singing and dancing
Le Ballet Dembaya will be one of 22 groups performing at this year's 58th annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration. (Le Ballet Dembaya)

Audience participation is the theme for the weekend before Christmas, with caroling and film sing-alongs.


The Lythgoe Family Panto’s “Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose” encourages audience participation in this slightly wacky retelling of the fairy tale. Kids can follow the plot, but the jokes are for adults.


When: Through Dec. 24

Cost, info: From $29. Family-friendly. No dogs. (626) 449-7360


Los Angeles Youth Ballet’s “Nutcracker” adds energy and enthusiasm to the traditional choreography featuring two principal dancers from the Joffrey Ballet.

If you want more of the memorable score, on Christmas Eve the Russian Grand Ballet performs the “Nutcracker” in the same venue.

When: Youth Ballet at 7 p.m. Dec. 22 and 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 23, Russian Ballet at 2 p.m. Dec. 24

Cost, info: From $25 plus fees for Youth Ballet; from $31 plus fees for Russian Ballet. Family-friendly. Only service dogs permitted. (818) 243-2539

Los Angeles

Get your voice in tune for the “’White Christmas Sing-Along’” with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The 1954 film starring Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and Danny Kaye shows on a big screen with lyrics so the audience can join in singing “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing” and, of course, “White Christmas.”

When: 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 23

Cost, info: From $33 plus fees. Tickets are going fast. Children 6 and older are welcome. Only service animals permitted. (323) 850-2000

Beverly Hills

Children visit Santa at the Paley Center for Media, and the whole family can watch favorite holiday TV specials, including “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” at “It’s Holiday Time in PaleyLand.” Families can also make ornaments and puppets and drink free hot cocoa.

When: Dec. 23 and 24

Cost, info: Free. Family-friendly. Only service animals permitted. (310) 786-1091.


During the holiday Julefest (pronounced YULE-fest), guides in traditional Danish costumes lead Candlelight Walking Tours past the half-scale replica of Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid statue.

Families also can independently go on a Nisse Adventure scavenger hunt where they follow a map and clues to look for and snap photos of a dozen 16-inch-tall folklore elves. Find all 12 and you win a prize.


When: Walking tours Dec. 23 and 30; scavenger hunt through Jan. 5

Cost, info: Free. Family-friendly. Dogs on leash OK. (800) 468-6765,

Los Angeles

Twenty-two music, choral and dance performances by community and professional groups will represent multicultural traditions at the 58th L.A. County Holiday Celebration at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

When: 3-6 p.m. Dec. 24

Cost, info: Free, but go early. Family-friendly. No dogs. (213) 972-3099.