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'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE HMMM, WHAT IS THERE TO DO TODAY (BESIDES SHOPPING)?

Byline: SANDRA BARRERA Staff Writer

If you've finished your holiday shopping and you're looking for something to do with the family this weekend, we have plenty of suggestions. Just stay away from the malls.

That's where all the procrastinators will be.

Instead, head to a movie theater or a museum or the zoo. Go ice-skating. Drop by the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for Sunday's 47th annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration, which will really get you in the mood for Christmas if you aren't already.

Here's what's happening:

How about a movie?

The theaters are full of flicks for the whole family to enjoy, from G-rated ``Charlotte's Web'' about a spider, voiced by Julia Roberts, who saves a pig from the griddle, and Tim Allen's ``The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause'' to more grown-up-friendly fare.

Among the PG-ers is ``Happy Feet''; Robin Williams gives voice to a cartoon penguin.

Remember ``Whale Rider?'' Its star, Keisha Castle-Hughes, now plays Jesus' mom in ``The Nativity Story.'' Ben Stiller gets freaked out in ``Night at the Museum.'' In ``Eragon,'' a boy accidentally brings home a dragon hatchling.

The PG-13 crowd might enjoy the musical ``Dreamgirls,'' starring Beyonce, which will open Christmas Day. Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet swap countries to look for love in ``The Holiday.'' And Sylvester Stallone resurrects ``Rocky Balboa.''

Holiday musical

The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion will host the 47th annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration, from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The free, six-hour extravaganza (even the parking is free) brings together more than 45 performing arts groups representing the different cultures of Los Angeles. From graceful Korean dancers to songs that celebrate Hanukkah, from Latin jazz to Bach, the event promises yet again to be the biggest holiday show in town.

Can't make it in person? KCET will broadcast the entire six hours live.

For more information, call (213) 972-3099 or log on to www.holidaycelebration.org.

Decorated trees

It's ``Christmas Around the World'' at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except Christmas) through Jan. 7.

On view for the 13th consecutive year are 30 beautifully decorated trees representing cultures and traditions of different countries, some of which President Reagan visited while in office, including Russia, Iceland and Armenia.

In addition to the trees, museumgoers can enjoy a menorah exhibit, toy soldiers, trains, garlands and Christmas music free with admission to the library ($12 general, $9 seniors, $3 children 11 to 17, free for children under 11).

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley. For more information, call (800) 410-8354 or log on to www.reaganfoundation.org and click on the calendar events link.

Ice-skating

Glide across frozen Pershing Square for L.A. Downtown On Ice, touted as the Southland's biggest outdoor skating rink. It's also one of the most popular family attractions of the holiday season.

While skating, you can catch movies, live music and other happenings from center rink. Even free hockey clinics.

The rink is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 7. After Jan. 7, hours are noon to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday through Jan. 15.

Admission to skate is $6. Skates rent for $2.

Pershing Square is at 532 S. Olive St. in downtown Los Angeles. For more information, call (213) 847-4970 or (888) 527-2757 or log on to www.laparks.org.

Reindeer at the zoo

Reindeer have landed at the L.A. Zoo and Botanic Gardens.

Come meet Belle, Jingle, Noel and Velvet as part of the Reindeer Romp festivities through Jan. 1. The event features activities for the entire family, including an antler-making workshop and pictures with Santa.

The zoo (5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles) is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Christmas Day). Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 2 to 12. For more information, call (323) 644-4200 or go to www.lazoo.org.

Sandra Barrera, (818) 713-3728

sandra.barrera(at)dailynews.com

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Photo:

(1 -- color) 1. Go ice-skating, outdoors, in L.A.! Neighbors Melia Asucan, left, Pono Rubidella and Lin Hom hit Pershing Square.

(2 -- color) Dominique Divine loses his balance on the ice-skating rink at Pershing Square in downtown Friday afternoon.

Tom Mendoza/Staff Photographer

(3 -- color) 2. Visit the Reagan Library: At the Christmas Around the World Exhibit, Ella Grabenheinrich, 5, gazes at a tree.

Tina Burch/Staff Photographer

(4 -- color) 3. Take in a movie: ``Charlotte's Web,'' perhaps.
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