It’s almost mid-December, and chances are you’ve already checked out from work days (maybe weeks) ago. You wouldn’t be blamed for dreaming of your 2019 winter holiday break, whether you’re traveling or just staying cozy at home. Certainly one of the most premier tourist destinations in the U.S., SoCal (Southern California) boasts many seasonal attractions that are sure to appeal to a vast number of tastes.
And, whether you’re an adventurous native or a curious traveler, SoCal’s offerings for the last winter season of the decade are definite crowd pleasers. Keep reading for an Eclipse Beverages guide to some of the exciting happenings in the area.
Los Angeles’ Annual Xmas Boat Parades
If you’re used to the neon glow of back-home landscapes, full of incredible light displays, enormous inflatable Santas, and plastic trees, then be sure to check out one of LA’s amazing Christmas boat parades. Running up until the holiday, you can catch all the action at spots like Dana Point, Los Angeles Harbor, Marina Del Rey, Ventura Harbor, Redondo Beach, Naples Island, and Newport Beach.
Santa Barbara Zoo
Families, animal lovers, and anyone looking for a great date opportunity should look no further than the Santa Barbara Zoo. Home to 146 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects – the zoo offers daily live stage shows, a play area, winter zoo camp, and even a zoo train!
Hanukkah Aboard the Battleship USS Iowa
Get into the Hanukkah spirit while checking out some military history aboard the historic USS Iowa. History buffs will be delighted to experience first-hand a relic from the Second World War, deactivated originally to San Francisco in 1948 and then the next year officially decommissioned to the Navy reserve fleets.
Outdoor Ice Skating
Outdoor ice in Los Angeles may be a strange concept, but those in the mood for a bit of movement this holiday season will want to make their way down to the outdoor ice skating rink at Pershing Square. It may not be Rockefeller Plaza in NYC, but stepping out of the rink into the relative warmth is surely a nice contrast compared to the winter cold of the east coast. An added bonus is the beautiful LA skyline!
Holidays at Universal Studios
Movie fans will love the holiday-themed attractions happening at Universal Studios (Hollywood). Through December 29th, you and your family will be able to enjoy such activities as Grinchmas, Christmas with Harry Potter, tons of cheerily-dressed characters, delicious food and much more.
We hope you take some time to visit some or all of these awesome attractions – Happy Holidays from all of us at Eclipse Beverages!