For many students from colder climates, it feels strange to celebrate the winter months while in warm and sunny Southern California. However, Southern California has many wonderful winter and holiday-related activities that will put you in the holiday spirit! Try some of these Southern California winter activities to enjoy “winter” in SoCal.
5 Southern California Winter Activities
#1: Visit Disneyland
Have you seen Disneyland during the holidays? It’s magical! California Adventure hosts the Festival of Holidays, which celebrates holiday foods, music, and traditions from around the world. Both California Adventure and Disneyland have festive foods and performances: be sure to see the World of Color show, which is a water show with holiday music. Even the rides are decorated: It’s A Small World, the famous ride, transforms into a spectacular Christmas display, and the Haunted Mansion turns into the Nightmare Before Christmas. Disneyland is always magical, but during the holidays, it becomes extra special.
#2: See the lights at the LA Zoo
Most of the zoo’s animals might be sleeping . . . but that’s doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty to see during the holidays at the Los Angeles Zoo! The park is transformed into an incredibly beautiful, light-filled park that is a spectacular sight.
#3: Go ice skating
It isn’t cold enough to snow in Los Angeles, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go ice skating! There are several ice skating rinks in LA, and most are located next to a popular shopping center. That means there is plenty to do, eat, and see before and after lacing up your skates. Check out this list of ice skating rinks in LA for some suggestions on where to go.
#4: See The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker is a famous ballet featuring the music of Tchaikovsky. Seeing the Nutcracker is a holiday tradition for many Americans. While you’re living in the USA, take part in this tradition and go see a local performance. You can splurge a little and see professionals, or you can go see a local production featuring local dance groups and children. Either way, you are supporting the arts and enjoying this tradition (and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music).
#5: Play in the snow at Elysian Park
There isn’t REAL snow in Los Angeles . . . but there IS man-made snow just five minutes from Downtown LA! Snow Day LA is a park located in the neighborhood of Elysian Park. Admission is just $12 and allows visitors to go tubing and enjoy a winter wonderland . . . before going back to beaches and Southern California sunshine.