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Fun things to do in California during winter break

When people think of winter, they tend not to imagine the stereotypically sunny state of California. But, despite preconceived notions about the Golden State, California offers a wide array of winter activities to tackle during the holidays. Whether it be skiing up north or seeing the light show at the Los Angeles Zoo, California has it all and proves that the west coast is the best coast.

1. Los Angeles Zoo Light Show

Visit the LA Zoo at night to see a fantastical display of lights that run from November 18 to January 8. It is a great place to take younger siblings and cousins, but, as a native, I can honestly say that it’s a nice time for people of all ages.

More Information: http://golosangeles.about.com/od/Christmas-Events-Category/ss/LA-Zoo-Lights.htm

2. Skiing in Lake Tahoe

A scenic location and beautiful community, Lake Tahoe is a great place to go snowboarding or skiing. There are several slopes and resorts to choose from and, for those of us from Southern California, there’s lots of snow!

More Information: http://www.skilaketahoe.com/

3. Visit Big Bear

Big Bear Lake is located in San Bernardino County. You can stay in a cabin with your family or friends and enjoy the authentic snow/ winter weather. Plus, you can go sledding, skiing, and snowboarding. (But, truth be told, I’m in it for the snowball fights and hot chocolate)

More Information: http://www.bigbear.com/things-to-do/recreation/winter/

4. Sight Boats Parade, San Francisco

You can watch as more than 60 festive boats float by. Afterwards, the boats stay on display until New Year’s Eve. The best part? It’s free! But, if you don’t feel like seeing the boats-- there’s still a lot more winter activities offered in the city.

More Information: http://traveltips.usatoday.com/things-san-francisco-christmas-107444.html

5. Boat Parade in Newport Beach

If San Francisco is too far to travel, there’s another boat parade offered in Orange County! This very California christmas event runs from December 14 to the 18th. Sit on the beach, enjoy the lights, and pity those stuck in a snow storm.

More Information: https://www.christmasboatparade.com/

6. Compartes Chocolatier, Los Angeles

Listed as one of the best hot chocolates in America, Compartes Chocolatier offers a decadent treat that was enjoyed by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe!

More Information: http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/15-best-places-to-drink-hot-chocolate-in-america#!5-compartes-chocolatier

7. Monarchs in Pismo Beach

Escaping the bitter cold of the north, Monarch butterflies flock to Pismo Beach. The community works hard to keep the area conducive to the Monarchs and the result is a beautiful display of color.

More Information: http://www.monarchbutterfly.org/butterfly-grove/

8. Pear Lake Winter Hut, Sequoia National Forest

However, if you want to go to the bitter winter, Sequoia offers a gorgeous hiking trail that ends in a lovely, secluded cabin with a stove. Be careful, though, this trail is for more experienced hikers.

More Information: http://www.visitsequoia.com/fall-and-winter-activities.aspx

9. December Nights, Balboa Park

Balboa Park offers food, music, and museum displays for either free or very cheap prices. There’s even a Christmas Tree display.

10. Disneyland, Anaheim

Although pricey, Disneyland in the winter is absolutely enchanting. The entire park is decorated so it could make a great Christmas/Hanukkah gift for someone you love!

More Information: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/





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