Well, it may not be a traditional “winter wonderland” in Antelope Valley, but that doesn’t stop residents from getting in the holiday spirit! There’s lots of ways to celebrate the season—here are some of our favorites!

Live version of “It’s a Wonderful Life”

It’s just not Christmas without a viewing (or two) of the holiday classic!

  • Date: Friday – Sunday, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2018
  • Location: Lancaster Performing Arts Center
  • Learn more here

The Holiday Village

An entire weekend of merriment, complete with a Christmas tree lighting at City Hall and a holiday parade!

  • Date: Friday – Sunday,  Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2018
  • Location: California City
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Holidays on the Homestead

Experience the holidays with some historic flair at Holidays on the Homestead at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum.

  • Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
  • Location: Antelope Valley Indian Museum
  • Activities: Music around a campfire, chili cook-off, a country craft boutique, real “cowboy coffee,” and hot chocolate and cider.
  • Learn More Here

Sleigh Rides Through the City

Lancaster’s Annual Holiday Parade, a variety of community organizations come together for a procession of decorated floats, bands, and of course, Santa Claus!

  • Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
  • Location: Lancaster, CA (Lancaster Blvd.)
  • Learn More Here


Celebrate with the lighting of Antelope Valley’s largest Menorah.

  • Date/Time: Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 4 pm – 5 pm
  • Location: Antelope Valley Mall in Palmdale
  • Activities: Sing Chanukah songs, play games and contests, and hear the Chanukah story.
  • Learn More Here

A Magical BLVD Christmas

Lancaster’s winter wonderland celebration.

  • Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Activities: There’s a “Christkindlmarkt” with crafts and food for sale, lights and decorations displays, and plenty for kids: train rides, crafts, and sledding in real snow.
  • Learn More Here

The Nutcracker

Another classic holiday tradition performed by The Antelope Valley Ballet!

  • Date: Saturday & Sunday, December 8 – 9, 2018
  • Location: Lancaster Performing Arts Center
  • Learn More Here

Breakfast with Santa

What’s better than a pancake breakfast? How about a pancake breakfast…with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves?

  • Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018
  • Activities: Breakfast, arts & crafts, and photo ops with Santa and company.
  • Learn More Here

What are your favorite ways to celebrate the holiday season?

Photo Credit: City of Lancaster