10 Amazing Activities To Do During Winter Break

Krisstal Martinez

School’s out for the holidays! Not sure what to do during your break?

Luckily for you, we have the best must-see Christmas break list of all time!

Depending on your taste for fun and your budget, take a look at what you could be doing within the next winter weeks…

Spend the Holidays at Disneyland!


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Disneyland year round is the most happiest place to be on Earth, so what makes it so special during Christmas? Well the whole parks’ atmosphere changes during the holidays. The Haunted Mansion becomes a playground for Jack and Zero, “It’s A Small World” becomes drenched in holiday lights and every inch of the park is jam packed with reindeer, lights, ornaments, and happiness!


Attend Bakersfield’s Christmas Town


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Make sure to wear your scarves and warm winter hats for your holiday tour of Christmas Town! The town is divided into separate themes: the poinsettia forest, the snowflake arches, a Victorian village and Toyland, which you can explore while riding the Hayride.

Make sure to stop by for their twelve days of Christmas!


Visit Yosemite National Park


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New Year’s Eve at Yosemite is a special event with a six course meal, party favors, great music and atmosphere. The park is already known for its beautiful valleys and roaring waterfalls, but Yosemite in the snow is even more magical.


Drive Through the Christmas Tree Lane


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This grand, mile-long driveway of cedars in Altadena becomes blanketed in lights each holiday as it transforms into Christmas Tree Lane. Take a majestic cruise down the hill after it lights up the second Saturday in December (Dec 10, festival at 2pm, lighting at 6pm).

Santa Rosa Ave, between Woodbury Ave and Altadena Dr (Altadena)


Go to Griffith Park & Observatory


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Los Angeles might be known for beautiful weather, but a relatively short drive east leads to some of the best ski areas in the country. Not much of an action sports person? Go for a hike in Griffith Park, and be rewarded with spectacular views of the ocean and Hollywood sign, and in winter —sometimes — the snow-topped San Gabriel Mountains.


Dive on a Big Bear Lake Adventure


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Big Bear Lake is a unique mountain resort surrounded by the beautiful San Bernardino National Forest. Skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and cross-country skiing await you and the trip is fairly quick (about a 2-3 hour drive) compared to other snow resorts. Altitude ranges from around 6,750 to 9,000 ft. and the area boasts around 300 days of sunshine a year with semi-moderate temperatures during Winter.

Serious skiers can head to Snow Summit or Bear Mountain for some great slopes as well.


Shop at The Grove


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There is quite the backdrop when it starts snowing at the Grove every night starting on November 18 from 7pm and 8pm. The Grove has one of the tallest Christmas trees in North America, a fabulous water show from the fountains, and a Santa’s house that’s almost as big as my own house. It’s not to be missed!


Plan a night at Holly Street Wonderland


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The most wonderful time of the year is here in Pasadena. Old Town Pasadena turns into a Winter Wonderland on November 29th. After a day of shopping head over with the kids for an evening of fun in 20 tons of snow. There will be a holiday train, kid’s crafts and reindeer as well. Don’t forget your mittens and a camera!


Vacay at Ice Station Snow Day


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Have a weekday off with the kids with nothing to do? Play in the snow with the entire family, ice skate and warm up with some hot chocolate. Bring your camera and Christmas lists for a special meet and greet with Santa.


Enjoy a day at Knott’s Merry Farm


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It’s our favorite time of year when the Wilderness Dance Hall in Ghost Town joyously transforms into Santa’s Christmas Cabin for the holiday season. Create fond new memories with the entire family by visiting the jolly fellow himself, Santa Claus.

Indulge in one-of-kind seasonal treats like Santa’s freshly-baked cookies, mouthwatering pastries, exquisite chocolate dipped cheesecake on a stick, seasonal craft beers, gourmet hot chocolate with marshmallows and hot spiced holiday wine, plus much more!


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