If someone were to pull you aside and tell you that both downtown and Studio City would see snow in the coming days, you might, for an instant, believe them, given the massive window-pounder of a storm that visited Southern California in the early morning hours of Dec. 12.
Well, you should believe them, though the snow headed for Pershing Square and Beeman Park will not be delivered straight from the clouds above; rather, it'll show via truck and human planning (as snow must around this particularly balmy region).
The chilly upshot? Both places are throwing free, family-sweet holiday festivals, with the festive flakes at the merry center of the proceedings.
Pershing Square's party, which takes place at the Holiday Ice Rink, is the two-day Winter Holiday Festival 2014. Those two days are Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14, and the Snow Zone is the place to be, for all of your family's snowman-building, angel-making pursuits.
Outside of the zone? Craft booths, train rides, and free photos with Santa Claus await. As does the rink, but note that fees and rentals will apply (though to play in the snow is free). Hold the phone, though, one moment on the rink fees: If you arrive early on Saturday, Dec. 13, and you're one of the first 1,000 skaters, clothier (and event sponsor) UNIQLO will pay your entry and skate rental.
As for Studio City's snowy shindig? That's on Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Studio City Recreation Center at Beeman Park. Some 70 tons of snow will show up, making for, one imagines, some truly epic snowball fights/snow people/cold enjoyment.
Attendees are also asked to show with clothing, food, and more to donate, so if you want to know what to show with, ahead of digging into all of that snow, you can find the rundown here.
Happy snowy times, SoCalers. And if you want snow in the traditional way, Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead have seen some serious flakes with this major weather pattern.
NBCUniversal is a supporter of the Studio City Residents' Association Annual Winter Family Festival and Festival of Giving.