8 Fun and Festive Events to Celebrate Christmas in California


California is a place to spend Christmas, whether you prefer snow or sun. The state offers a variety of events and activities to suit every taste. Here are 8 of the best to enjoy this holiday season.

Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the country, and a perfect destination for a white Christmas. You can ski, snowboard, ice skate.

Lake Tahoe


San Francisco is a city that knows how to celebrate Christmas in style. You can admire the giant Christmas tree and ice rink at Union Square, shop for gifts at the festive market.

San Francisco


San Diego may not have snow, but it has plenty of sunshine and holiday spirit. You can visit the San Diego Zoo for its annual Jungle Bells event.

San Diego


Los Angeles is a city of stars, and it shines even brighter during Christmas. You can visit Disneyland for its magical holiday transformation, where you can see fireworks, parades.

Los Angeles


Solvang is a charming Danish village in Santa Barbara County, and a wonderful place to experience a European-style Christmas. You can stroll along the streets with half-timbered buildings.



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Napa Valley is famous for its wine, but it also has a lot of holiday cheer to offer. You can hop on the Napa Valley Wine Train for its Santa Train.

Napa Valley


Big Bear Lake is another great option for a snowy Christmas in California. You can ski, snowshoe, or snowmobile on the trails, or cozy up by the fireplace in a cabin.

Big Bear Lake


Palm Springs is a desert oasis that offers a warm and sunny Christmas. You can relax by the pool or spa at one of the resorts, or explore the art galleries and museums in town.

Palm Springs


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