Christmas is around the corner–this means it’s time for a little celebration. No matter where you are, there’s going to be something to do. Some travel for Christmas, but others stay in town, enjoying the mild weather that California has to offer. If you’re not sure how to want to spend your holidays, have no fear. Here’s a list of things to do around town and abroad.
- Snow Day Los Angeles – With a discount code for five percent off, Snow Day LA is an annual spectacular tubing event that happens at Montecillo De Leo Politi Park. The tubing structure is directly built into the rolling hills of The Old Lodge. You would never think that it’s only five minutes away from Downtown LA. Jump on a tube today for as little as $12 and experience a whole lot of family fun. The experience includes lighted archways, decorated trees, an interactive light show and falling snow. VIP passes are also available, which includes a free onesie snuggie and unlimited activities. Parking is free but it is also first come first serve. Children under the age of three are free and those who are up to 12 years old receive a child ticket.
- Disney On Ice Presents: Dare to Dream – Happening at the Anaheim Honda Center, this $24 to $28 event includes five Disney heroines blazing the trail with courage with their own unique stories. See Moana, Elsa, Rapunzel, Belle and Cinderella discover their inner strength as they embark on their own missions. This will be Moana’s debut on ice, so you aren’t going to want to miss this.
- Winterfest: Holiday Cheer Comes to Santa Anita Park – With just a $5 cover charge for adults that includes a free cup of cocoa and a cookie, kids three and under can expect to get in free to this event. It’s fun for the whole family if you happen to be in Arcadia. If you’re trying to purchase package deals, there’s plenty to choose from. Winterfest includes ice skating, photos with Santa, ornament making and more holiday events for the entire family to enjoy.
- A Wild Wonderland of Light: L.A. Zoo Lights – This is definitely one of LA’s best holiday traditions. Sure, the animals are mostly asleep. But the entire grounds are illuminated with Christmas cheer. Featuring a new expanded route, get a peak into a winter wonderland filled with glowing light animals rendered by lasers, 3-D projections and musical water-and-light displays. Get an Instagram picture at the famous Twinkle Tunnel, or have a visit with Santa. There’s a plethora of things to do when coming down to the LA Zoo. Prices range from $11.50 to $18.
- Queen Mary Christmas – Lights, Santa, Carolers, Ice Rink & More – Get a taste of the North Pole right here in Long Beach. Stroll through the decks of the ship and experience a little bit of Christmas cheer wherever you turn. There’s synchronized twinkling lights, carolers and musical performances. On top of that, there’s an outdoor skating rink to enjoy as well on the Sports Deck. Get a chance to meet with Santa and spending quality time with your family.Prices range from $8 to $26. You can get a chance to feel the cheer all the way into January.
- Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade – A tradition that began over 100 years ago, this boat parade is one of the best of the best. If you’re in the Orange County area, it is a must-see for the entire family. Viewed by over 1.5 million people each season, the parade offers some of the largest decorated boats in the country. On top of that, there’s the Ring of Lights competition to check out as well. The parade takes place from December 19, 2018 to December 23, 2018 from 6 pm to 10 pm.
- Go Ice Skating in Union Square – If you’re in San Francisco, this is a must. Happening until January 21, skate under the view of the Macy’s Christmas tree and all of the lights that Union Square has to offer. If you’re going to go to any rink this year, it should probably be this one.
- Explore the Bar Car at New York Botanical Garden – The Botanical Gardens in New York City’s the Bronx aren’t just for kids; there’s adult fun too. The next dates are the 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th, with a couple extra dates in January. Check out the Night Market with a drink and a snack, listen to carolers or watch an ice sculptor at his craft. No matter what, spend this romantic evening making the best out of the elusive bar car nights. Prices for non-members is $38.
Whether you’re spending the holidays in town or out of it, this list can help you find some of the best events to attend this year. Get some ice skating in or spend your day having a snow day in the middle of Downtown LA. And if anything, you can always spend time indoors with your loved ones as well. Whatever your decision is, it’ll be a good one.