Snow Play

Snow Day LA at Elysian Park and Snow Day San Diego at Rohr Park

Through December 30: LA’s largest winter tubing park is back again this year bigger and better! Located just five minutes from downtown, Snow Day LA is a winter festival featuring downhill winter tubing under twinkling-light archways, a brand new skating rink and Animated Penguin Holiday Light Path, snow blowing in the air, food trucks and more. Enjoy the VIP Experience with exclusive access to the Penguin Lounge, or stop in for a photo in the giant snow globe. Snow Day LA runs through December 16: Friday – Sunday, 6-10:30 p.m.; $16+. The Old Lodge – Montecillo De Leo Politi, Stadium Way and Scott Ave., Los Angeles.

December 22-23, and 25-30: The magic of winter is also coming to San Diego for the first time, featuring downhill winter tubing, a skating rink, snow blowing in the air, holiday lights, food trucks, giant snow globe for a photo op and more. $12. Rohr Park, Chula Vista.


Alpine Slide and Snow Play

Through March: Enjoy tubing and snow play, plus take a chairlift ride to the top of the Alpine Slide where 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 straightways. Go-Karts and mini-golf is also offered. Check website for seasonal dates and operating times, including Christmas Day. Tubing: $30 per person ages 7 and up, includes inner tube and Magic Carpet ride to the top. Kids (2-6) are free with a paying adult. Alpine Slide: $6, single ride; $25, five-ride book. Kids ages 2-6 and under 48” may ride for free with an adult aged 18 and older. 800 Wildrose Lane, Big Bear Lake. (909) 866-4626.


Big Bear Snow Play

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. Day tubing, $35 (7+); night tubing, $30. Kids (2-6) are free with a paying adult. 42825 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake. (909) 585-0075.


North Pole Tubing Park at Mountain High

December – Mid-March: For the closest snow tubing in Southern California head to the North Pole Tubing Park at Mountain High’s North Resort! The North Pole Tubing Park is the largest sliding facility in Southern California with up to ten lanes, two moving carpets and custom tubes. Open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Two hours $30. Tubes are included in the ticket price. Take advantage of their Early-Bird Special at 8:30 a.m. Perfect for celebrations and birthday parties. Kids under 36’’ tall are not permitted for safety reasons. Visit for directions or call toll free (888) 754-7878.


Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

Through end of snow season: Ride to the top of Sugarpine Chair Lift #1 for a zip downhill at the Mt. Baldy Tubing Park. Daily sessions are 90 minutes each, starting at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Kids must be at least 36” tall. Check weather conditions first and get there a half-hour early for your ski-lift ride. (909) 982-0800.


Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park

Through March: Southern California’s largest and oldest snow tubing park, Snowdrift, offers tubing fun on snow tubes that are specially designed with belly straps and handles. Beginner, intermediate and advanced slopes available. Weather permitting, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call first to confirm they are open for the season, for pricing and snow conditions. Highway 18, four miles past Running Springs. (909) 867-2640.


Snow Valley Snow Play

Through March: Enjoy a scenic chairlift ride followed by a thrilling downhill sled ride. Snow accessories, including snow boots, gloves and waterproof pants, are available for purchase in the Sport Shop. Plus, watch your friends and family take part in the Snow Play adventure while enjoying some food or a drink on a sun deck. Weather permitting, Friday – Sunday, plus holidays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call or visit their website to confirm they are open for the season, snow conditions and ticket prices. Snow Valley Mountain Resort. (909) 867-2751.


Winter in Willmore at Drake Park

December 16: Enjoy sledding and snow play, holiday lights, treats, crafts and pictures with Santa! Families can also decorate their very own gingerbread houses. Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. Free. 951 Maine Ave., Long Beach. (562) 659-9455.


Winter Wonderfest at Discovery Cube 

Opening weekend, December 16-17; open daily, December 22 – January 7: Snow is coming to Los Angeles this winter, so bundle up and investigate the science behind weather, snow play, and tubing at Winter Wonderfest. Slide down a 75-foot ramp on an inflatable tube, build snowmen, and sled in real snow during a family-fun day without leaving Southern California! Orange County, 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 542-2823. Los Angeles, 11800 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles, (818) 686-2823.


Winter Fest OC in Costa Mesa

December 21 – January 7: 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 web site for times. $10-30. OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Snow Days at Kidspace Museum

December 26-30: Play in real 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. Cookie decorating will also be available for $3 in addition to museum admission. Break out your mittens, boots, and snow hat for a day of winter wonderland fun! Tuesday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Included with museum admission. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-9144.


Snow Day in Fullerton

January 17: Snow Day in Fullerton features three 75-foot sled runs, as well as a special toddler sled run for kids 5 and under. There will also be a Kids’ Play Area, a Blast Zone, and crafts and games for a nominal fee. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  $15-21; preregistration is required. Remember to register early as Snow Day sells out every year. Register online or at City Hall. 1700 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton. (714) 738-6575.