SoCal attractions are kicking-off Christmas this week — yes, the week before Thanksgiving. There are so many ways for you to make merry memories with your families that you’ll need to start now to fit it all in. This list is not inclusive, just a few of our favorite things, and a few newbies we’re looking forward to experiencing this year.
Expensive But Extra-Special
It’s hard to believe that Disneyland could be any more magical for kids than it already is, but Christmas is an extra special time to visit. We were among the first to see Disneyland transformed for Christmas this week. Not only is the park beautiful and the crowds relatively light, but every night on Main Street there’s the sweetest Christmas music, the “Believe in Holiday Magic” castle lighting with “snow” fall, spectacular fireworks and a wonderful Christmas parade. This is our newest favorite family tradition.
Visiting the “North Pole” via the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum’s North Pole Christmas Limited train will cost a family of four $100 or more, but for fans of The Polar Express, it’s worth every penny. I thought about skipping this event in favor of something new this year, but the kids said “no way!” Step aboard the train, and you’ll be treated to Christmas carols led by elves, a reading of The Polar Express, hot chocolate and warm cookies baked by the Polar Express chef and a personal visit to every seat by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Kids will love taking the train to pick up Santa. It’s truly something special.
Most people know that Dr. Seuss himself lived in San Diego, so it’s only fitting that How The Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe has been a beloved San Diego tradition for 14 years. We’ve seen this show several times (even before we had children!) and think that, by far, the first Sunday performance followed by the Christmas tree lighting in Copley Plaza is the best. Not only are the tickets reasonably priced since it’s more than a month before Christmas, but the after party (aka tree lighting) is super fun with the opportunity to see the cast up close, sing carols and enjoy snowfall on the plaza.
Christian Youth Theater of San Diego presents Traditions of Christmas, a musical journey of greatest Christmas songs and traditions from around the world. We are not among the 250,000 San Diegans who have already seen this show, but it comes highly recommended by my playgroup captain who has gone for 4 straight years so it’s on our must-see list this year!
Have you gotten your tickets to A Christmas Tabernacle yet? I’m excited about this first year event and hope it turns into a San Diego tradition. Just check out this line up of wonderful musical and dance performances…all free with admission that is as low as $9 per ticket if you catch one of the daily deal specials running this month!
Last year we took the kids who, at 3 and 5, surprised us by how much they enjoyed the jazz house band at Anthology performing favorite Christmas songs. This year we’re turning it into a date night experience. The food is excellent, and the atmosphere is sultry. A perfect way to ring in the holidays with your honey.
Obviously we don’t get much real snow in San Diego County, but this holiday season you’ll be able to enjoy snowballs, sledding and snowmen with your kids at the following venues:
A Christmas Tabernacle’s Snow Hill…be sure to check out the snow board simulator too!
Legoland’s Holiday Snow Days … build a Lego snowman while you’re there!
Seaworld’s SnowWorld … we can’t wait to see The Polar Express 4-D show too!