Southland theme parks have pulled out all the stops for the holidays, with super-pro decorations, dazzling shows, towering Christmas trees, nightly “snow” fall and more. If you can only go once a year, now’s the (magical) time!
Holidays at Disneyland and Disneyland California Adventure
November 9 – January 6: During the holiday season, enjoy Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” at the Haunted Mansion, Disney Festival of Holidays, Disney Viva Navidad!, Mater’s Jingle Jamboree, A Christmas Fantasy Parade and lots more!
Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park
November 16 – January 6: Joy is in Season at the Knott’s Merry Farm Holiday Festival. Guests of all ages can embrace the joy of Christmas at Knott’s Merry Farm, with classic shows like the Holiday Ice Show featuring Snoopy, the Peanuts Gang and a cast of world class ice skaters, the nightly tree lighting ceremony and The Christmas Carol. Plus stroll through the merry streets of Calico for unique seasonal treats, Santa’s Christmas Cabin, traditional live Christmas Carolers, a Christmas Crafts Village, an enchanting Snow and Glow show with nightly falling snow, and more. See website for details.
L.A. Zoo Lights and Reindeer Romp at the Los Angeles Zoo
November 16 – January 6: With the flick of a switch, the zoo is set aglow with breathtaking displays. Take a self-guided 60- to 90-minute stroll though a large area of the Zoo filled with animal-themed displays, dynamic lights and projections, and seasonal magic. Take photos with Santa in a charming new setting (on select dates). See real reindeer and learn about them from expert reindeer keepers. Daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. $12-$22. Visit website for details and tickets.
Holidays at Legoland
November 17 – December 31: Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music, twinkling lights, and nightly tree lighting of the park’s Christmas tree decked with spectacular lights and LEGO ornaments. The fun continues in Heartlake City with festive holiday songs and dancing with LEGO Friends Live and a touch of a snow flurry. Daily. $93+. Visit website for more information.
SeaWorld’s Holiday Celebration
November 17- January 6: SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration includes Rudolph’s Christmastown, Santa’s Christmas Village, a 40-foot tall tree, holiday-themed animal shows and a new live nativity show. Select dates. Included with admission.
Holiday in the Park at Six Flags
November 17 – December 30: The park is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of colorful lights, carolers performing classic yuletide favorites and personalized meet-and-greets with Santa and his helpers. Enjoy all the wonderful aromas and tastes of the season including hot chocolate, cider, custom fudge, holiday-inspired funnel cake flavors and many other traditional favorites. Check website for schedule.
Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo
December 8 – January 6: The San Diego Zoo’s annual winter celebration is filled with holiday cheer! During this wintery celebration, guests can experience holiday-themed animal presentations and a nightly tree lighting ceremony, as well as other festive activities. Daily, times vary by day. Included with zoo admission.
Grinchmas at Universal Studios
December 1-30: A grinchy-green “Grinchmas” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration fit for The Grinch. Universal Plaza will once again features a towering 60 foot tall whimsical Grinchmas tree as the ideal photo op for guests. The spirit of Grinchmas will also come to life aboard the world-famous behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, with engaging performances by Who-ville Whos re-enacting popular scenes and songs from the blockbuster film, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Included in the price of park admission. December 1, 2, 8, 9 and 14-30.
Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios
November 17 – January 6: Celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where Hogsmeade is transformed with festive décor and new nightly snowfall. And experience a holiday spectacle with dazzling lights and music at The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.