20 Great Places for Family Snow Play!

Posted Tuesday, November 27th, 2018


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! A family day of snow play can be the perfect Winter outing and we found some places (near and far) for fun in the snow!


Snow Days

Here’s your chance to enjoy snow in the city. Bring your hat and mittens to these special events that offer snow sliding, snowman making and much more.


Winter Village Festival in Sierra Madre
November 24: Start your holiday shopping in the quaint village of Sierra Madre, with arts and crafts, music, snow sledding, horse-drawn carriage rides, a visit from Santa, and a giant Christmas tree. Saturday, noon – 9 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Sierra Madre.



Christmas at Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano
(949) 234-1300

December 1: Celebrate the holidays with Mission San Juan Capistrano! Held in conjunction with the City of San Juan Capistrano’s annual tree lighting ceremony and community-wide holiday celebration, the event features snow play, carolers, choirs, “merry-achi” music, visits with Father Christmas, cookie decorating for kids, handcrafted gifts and seasonal delicacies. Saturday, 5:30-8 p.m. Adults and kids, $7; kids under 3 are free.



SnowFest and Tree Lighting Ceremony
12700 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk
(562) 929-5702

December 1: Bring the entire family as the City of Norwalk transforms the City Hall Lawn into a SnowFest filled with snow slides, a snow play area, game booths, a holiday train ride, craft tents, face painting, and more! Local entertainers will perform on stage throughout the day. There will also be food available for purchase. Ring in the holiday season by attending the lighting of the new 30-foot Christmas tree! Saturday, noon – 8 p.m. Free admission. Norwalk City Hall Lawn.



Winter in the Grove
12732 Main St., Garden Grove
(714) 741-5200

December 1: Starting this year, the best of Winterfest and Christmas Tree Lighting holiday celebrations are coming together into one exciting new event—Winter in the Grove! Enjoy free seasonal refreshments, children’s activities, a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, and an unforgettable tree lighting ceremony. Unlimited snow slide rides for $5. Food will be available for purchase. Saturday, 4-8 p.m. Village Green Park.



Winter Wonderland at the Plaza in Los Alamitos
10961 Reagan St., Los Alamitos
(562) 430-1073

December 1: Take part in a community event at the St. Isidore Historical Plaza, featuring a snow play area, activities, Santa’s Village, a tree lighting ceremony, refreshments and entertainment. Saturday, 4-7:30 p.m. Free.



Snow Wonderland in Anaheim
1440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim
(714) 999-0888

December 2: Get into the holiday spirit and play in the snow! The Anaheim Marketplace will have over 25 tons of snow for families to play in. There will be live entertainment, free hot chocolate, crafts and giveaways. Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.



Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downey
11111 Brookshire Ave., Downey
(562) 904-7284

December 3: Join a tree lighting ceremony with entertainment, a snow play area, arts and crafts, and photos with Santa. Monday, 6-8:30 p.m.; lighting at 6:30 p.m. Downey Civic Center.



Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Bellflower
16559 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower
(562) 804-1424, Ext. 2261

December 7: Join in the festivities as the City of Bellflower lights their holiday tree. Santa Claus will arrive during the event and meet with children one-on-one to take their holiday wishes. Plus, a rink for scooters and skates (children are encouraged to wear a helmet to enter the rink), holiday crafts, and a new area for snow sledding. Refreshments will be served. Friday, 6:30 p.m. Friendship Square.



Nutcracker Holiday Village and Tree Lighting in Anaheim
205 W. Center St. Promenade, Anaheim
(714) 956-3586

December 8: Ring in the holidays with a tree lighting celebration! Free pictures with Santa, plus free snow play area, free kids’ crafts, free train rides and family music show. Bring your mittens, boots and camera. Saturday, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Downtown Anaheim, Center Street Promenade.



Winter in Willmore at Drake Park
951 Maine Ave., Long Beach
(562) 659-9455

December 15: Enjoy sledding and snow play, holiday lights, treats, crafts and pictures with Santa! Families can also decorate their very own gingerbread houses. See website for details.



Snow Days at Kidspace Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 449-9144

December 26-30: Play in snow, build your own snowman friend, perfect your snowball making skills, and make snow angels. Continue to celebrate the season with live performances each day, winter-themed art, and the science of snow. Break out your mittens, boots, and snow hat for a day of winter wonderland fun! Wednesday – Sunday. Included with museum admission.



Winter Fest OC in Costa Mesa
88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa

December 20 – January 6: Winter Fest is coming to town, blowing tons of family fun into the OC Fair and Event Center. Winter Fest is a giant wonderland of immersive wintry fun, featuring a full outdoor ice rink, 130-foot, six-lane Snowflake Summit ice slide, a play park featuring real snow blown in daily for snow angels and snowman building, photos on the world’s largest rocking horse, strolling carolers and personal visits in the cabin of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. A Festival of Lights walk-through holiday light show features more than two million sparkling lights. Daily, check the website for times. $17-30.



Snow Day in Fullerton
1700 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton

January 27: Tons of frosty snow will be delivered to the park to enable youngsters to sled, make snow people, and have old-fashioned snowball battles. Children are advised to wear warm clothes and gloves. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Space is limited to 900, early registration is recommended. Advance registration fee: $15 for Fullerton residents, $18 for non-residents. Day of the event admission will be $18 for Fullerton residents, $21 non-residents. Kids under 2 admitted for free. Brea Dam Park.



Tubing & Sledding


Alpine Slide and Snow Play
800 Wildrose Lane, Big Bear Lake
(909) 866-4626

Late November – March: Enjoy tubing and snow play, plus take a chairlift ride to the top of the Alpine Slide. Here, riders navigate their own individually controlled sleds, each with teflon runners and ball-bearing wheels, down their choice of two quarter-mile long cement tracks filled with high-banked turns and long straightaways. Go-karts and mini-golf are also offered. Enjoy beautiful views of Big Bear Lake on the new Soaring Eagle attraction. Check website for seasonal dates and operating times, including Christmas Day. Tubing: $35 per session. Children 36”-42” tall, $20 with a paying adult and must ride with the adult. Daily, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. or Night Sessions (Friday, Saturday and holiday nights), 5-9 p.m. Alpine Slide: $6, single ride; $25, five-ride book. Soaring Eagle: $12 per person, 42” minimum height.



Big Bear Snow Play
42825 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake
(909) 585-0075

Late-November through Easter: Day and night “glow” tubing at Big Bear Snow Play. Daily, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Glow-in-the-dark night sessions, 5-9 p.m., Friday, Saturday and holiday periods. Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Christmas Day, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. $35 per person, per session. Children between 36-42 inches are $20 with paying adult.



Mt. Baldy Tubing Park
8401 Mt. Baldy Road, Mt. Baldy
(909) 982-0800

Tubing packages include a round-trip scenic lift ride on the Sugar Pine chairlift and a 90-minute tubing session. The park is located at the top of the Sugar Pine Chair Lift. It will take no less than one hour to park, check in and ride the lift to the top. Tickets can be purchased online.



North Pole Tubing Park at Mountain High
(888) 754-7878

New this season, Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood, CA, is unveiling two new Yeti Snow Parks, each with tubing, snow play, and grab-n-go lessons. Mountain High is Southern California’s “gateway to winter” and each of these zones serve as an introduction to snow sports with a direct conduit to alpine skiing and snowboarding. Guests can slide down 15+ lanes in the tubing park, meet the Yeti and friends in the snow play area, or get a taste of skiing and snowboarding in the start park where roving instructors are waiting to help.  Each lesson participant receives a Bounce Back coupon to save on a future lesson. Yeti’s Snow Parks are located at both the East and North Resorts, and open weekends and holidays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 for tubing, $20 for snowplay, $25 for ski/snowboard introductions, or $59 for all three.  Future activities include ice skating, a snow climbing wall, the Yeti’s cave, and scenic sky chair rides. To learn more about the Yeti’s Snow Parks at Mountain High visit www.tinyurl.com/YetiSnowParks.



Snow Drift Tubing Park
(909) 867-2640

Snowy slopes for downhill rides on individual snow tubes specially designed with a belly strap and handles. Beginner, intermediate and advanced slopes available. Check website for hours and pricing. Highway 18, four miles past Running Springs.



Snow Los Angeles at Elysian Park
1199 Scott Ave., Los Angeles

Through December 30: LA’s first tubing park has over 10,000 square feet of snow tubing lanes. Hop on a tube and fly through archways, decorated trees and falling snow. Stop for a snow globe photo op, and enjoy the all new Winter Skating Rink and animated penguin light path, plus food trucks and drinks. Dates and times vary, see website for details. $12+; free parking.



Snow Valley Snow Play
(909) 867-2751

Snow Play offers lift-served sledding, Fridays – Sundays and holiday periods. Other days sledders walk up the hill. Sleds are always included, as are downhill sled rides. Accessories such as snow boots, gloves and waterproof pants are available. Rates for non-lift service, $11-19; lift service, $16-37. Visit website for hours.




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