6 Unique Holiday Experiences Your Family Can Still Enjoy In-Person

Visit the Cabazon Dinosaurs & Santa’s Velociraptor-Pulling Sleigh

NOW – JANUARY 1: This iconic roadside attraction just got even more epic! For the first time ever, Mr. Rex has put on his Santa suit and is ready for your family Christmas photo! Santa Claus and his Velociraptor-pulling sleigh will be at the Cabazon Dinosaurs for family photos. Stroll through the Outdoor Dinosaur Trail and visit the Wafflesaurus Truck for treats on select days. $11-13.

Come Aboard a Holiday Train Adventure

Fillmore & Western Railway and Prancer’s Farm (in Santa Paula) brings you the all-new “Holiday Express” day train and “North Pole Express” night train!

The Holiday Express departs and returns to the historic Fillmore Depot. Enjoy a scenic round-trip ride as you stop to visit Prancer’s Christmas Farm and/or the Loose Caboose Garden Center & Gift Shop.

The North Pole Express departs from Prancer’s Christmas Farm. See and wave at Santa and his elves and enjoy storytelling fun. Families are welcome to wear pajamas and bring blankets to cozy up on the train.

Experience The Polar Express Photo Set at MainPlace Mall

NOW – DECEMBER 24: The Polar Express set is free and open to the public, with professional photos available for purchase. Children will still be able to talk with Santa from a safe distance to share wish lists, or place a letter in Santa’s mailbox for him to read later. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Go on a Waterfront Tour of Lights on the Long Beach Trolley

NOW – DECEMBER 30: Board a classic cable-car trolley for a waterfront tour that will showcase the best light displays around. The tour includes the famous floating trees of Alamitos Bay and beautiful Naples Island. Pick-up location is Legends Sports Bar & Restaurant on 2nd Street. Cost: Adult, $30. Child (ages 3-13), $20. Lap children (ages 2 and under), free (must sit on lap).

Get a Sparkly Clean Car at OC’s First Holiday Car Wash

There’s nothing better than Christmas lights, holiday cheer, and a clean car! Russell Fischer Xpress in Huntington Beach is bringing you a merry carwash complete with a visit from Santa and his helpers. Tickets are $25 per car (vehicle restrictions apply). Tickets are released weekly.

Ride the All-New Mineshaft Coaster in Big Bear

Mineshaft Coaster is a thrilling new mountain coaster that is fun for the entire family. Enjoy mountain scenery on your way up, then you control the speed down a mile-long track. Experience steep descents, dips, twists, hairpin turns, tunnels and 360-degree corkscrews! Single rider (over 54″ tall), $20. Child’s ticket (38″ – 54″ tall, minimum of 3 years old, and must ride with adult), $10. You can also ride the Alpine Slide and enjoy snow play, go-karts, and the new Soaring Eagle attraction.

Looking for more holiday events? Drive-thru experiences? Snow play? View the HolidayGuide!

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This post was written by Alina Na

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