California is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year, but for those of you looking for a winter getaway, there are some great reasons why you should consider this your destination of choice. With fewer tourists, a warmer climate, and some brilliant seasonal events, California is especially nice to visit during the winter season.
Unconvinced? You won’t be after reading what we have to say below.
Head to the beach
Freezing temperatures are rare in California, so you may still be able to lounge on the beach in relative solitude away from tourist season. However, there are other reasons to visit some of the beaches in California at this time of year.
You could book a place at the Aqua Breeze Inn at Santa Cruz, and visit Capitola Beach for the annual Surfing Santa event in November, where Santa and his reindeer arrive by canoe to deliver toys to the kids on the beach. Alternatively, you might want to brave the chilly waters at Huntington Beach, for the annual Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day. You might also want to enter the Sand Snowman competition on Hermosa Beach, where you don’t have to miss out on that common winter pastime because of the lack of snow.
You can expect temperatures of around 65 degrees on the beaches in California this winter, so you will still be able to wear your shorts and t-shirts instead of your winter parka.
There may not be snow this Christmas in California, but you can still usher in the festive spirit with some great activities on offer.
For starters, visit the reindeer at LA Zoo, a place which looks absolutely magnificent at this time of year, with the walkways emblazoned with festive Christmas lights and laser displays. There is also an extravagant display at Riverside, with the Mission Inn Festival of Lights, so if you are looking for somewhere to stay in Southern California, this is the place to be.
There are loads for the kids to enjoy too. Check out this video of the Griffith Park winter train ride, which is an enchanting (and cheap) experience for young and old alike. You should also visit one of California’s oldest sweet stores, Logans in Ontario, who will demonstrate how to make candy canes for your Christmas tree. You can also stock up on sweet treats while you’re there.
Then, of course, there is Disneyland, who always have something magical on offer. All your favorite rides and attractions will be decked out in Christmas lights and lasers, along with unique events. Check out the Festival of Holidays, where you can taste Christmas foods from around the world, and the World of Color, which is a nighttime water spectacular, with neon light displays complementing the jets of water shot 200 feet into the air.
Not only but also…
That’s not all of course. You can also visit Death Valley which will have cooled down from the firecracker of a summer, and is one of the best spots to get a glimpse of meteor showers. You may also catch a snowfall at Yosemite Valley while checking out the frozen waterfalls. Amazing!
So, have we convinced you? Thanks for reading