Las Posadas, the annual procession down Olvera Street that reenacts the pilgrimage to Bethlehem and the search for a inn (posada), through Christmas Eve, with a piñata smashing for kids, music, and refreshments for all, 6 p.m., procession begins at 7;30 p.m., free, Olvera Street, Los Angeles, http://olvera-street.com/html/las_posadas.html.
The American Red Cross of Santa Monica, KABC Channel 7, Santa Monica Firefighters, and the Rotary Club of Santa Monica will collect toys through Friday, Dec. 24. As in previous years, a new unwrapped toy or sports equipment can be dropped off at the Santa Monica Red Cross during regular business hours at 1450 11th Street or at or any Santa Monica Fire Department station. 310.394.3773.
Fillmore and Western Railway Holiday Train Rides, North Pole Express, weekends through Dec. 27, dinner with prices range from $14-$47, children under two are free, 805.524.2546.
ICE at Santa Monica, ice skating through Feb. 15, 12 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 12 to midnight Fridays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays, $10 (includes skates), ICE at Santa Monica Outdoor Ice Rink, 1324 Fifth Street, 310.393.8355.
Pictures with Santa Claus, through Dec.24, 11 a.m to 5 p.m., Center Court, 1300 Block of Third Street Promenade, http://thirdstreetpromenade.org.
Santa Claus Riding the Roller Coaster, have your picture taken riding with Santa, snow flurries fall for each coaster ride, through Dec. 25, rides $5, 12 p.m. to close, Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier, 310.260.8744.
Santa Monica Nativity Scenes 14 life-sized figures will remain on display until the end of the year, Ocean Avenue near Wilshire Boulevard, 310.577.2586.
Santa Monica Place Gift-Wrapping, through the holiday season, during mall hours, Guest Services, Level 2, Santa Monica Place, http://thirdstreetpromenade.org.