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7 Best Places to Celebrate the Holidays in California

Here are the 7 Best Places to Celebrate the Holiday Season in California in 2013…

1. Disneyland a.k.a The Happiest Place on Earth

According to their site: “From November 12, 2013 through January 6, 2014, the entire Disneyland Resort transforms into a magnificent winter wonderland.”  Special events and attractions include the Christmas Fantasy Parade, Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, Jingle Cruise and much more

2. With Exotic Animals at Safari West in Santa Rosa

Romp with the Beasts this New Years Eve at Safrai West. According to the site: “Go wild this New Year’s at Safari West’s annual…Romp with the Beasts! Make like Meryl Streep in Out of Africa and indulge in a festive dinner and dancing in the Sonoma Serengeti. Wine and beer are available for purchase with your meal. Split after midnight strikes or enjoy all the creature comforts and spend the night in a luxury safari tent.”

3. In the most Christmassy place of all- Lake Tahoe

Whether you love charging down a hill on a pair of skis or a snowboard, or prefer to read a book and relax by the fire, overlooking the beautiful lake in your slippers, Lake Tahoe really has it all. There are even casinos and nightclubs for the more restless revelers!

4. Wine Tasting in Napa Valley

Need I say more? Nothing says Happy Holidays like a delicious California Cabernet Sauvignon. Visit the wonderful Silver Oak Cellars, go ice-skating downtown or check out the Third Annual Gingerbread House Contest- whatever you fancy- there’s something for everyone! See site for more details.

5. The Ultimate Winter Wonderland- Yosemite National Park

Romp around in the great outdoors, go hiking and appreciate the wonder of nature this holidays season. And once you’ve built up an appetite, head to the world-famous Ahwahnee  for the Bracebridge Dinner. According to the site: “Celebrated annually since 1927, the Bracebridge Dinner transforms The Ahwahnee into a 17th century English manor for a feast of food, song and mirth. The inspiration for this yuletide ceremony was Washington Irving’s Sketch Book that described Squire Bracebridge and English Christmas traditions of that period.”

6. Unconventional Sun-kissed Christmas on the beaches of Los Angeles

A picture speaks a thousand words.

There are also many Holiday-themed activities, most importantly the Rose Parade. According to Visit California: “Enjoy America’s New Year’s Day celebration! Celebrate 125 years of the Rose Parade. How many years have you sat in your living room “oohing and aahing” and wondering what the spectacular floats look like in “real life”? View these one-of-a-kind works of art the day prior to the parade, then wake up early the next morning and enjoy the parade from the grandstands!”

7. Visiting the Hearst Castle in Big Sur

Been there before? Maybe yes but have you seen their Christmas decorations?! According to their site: “Beginning Thanksgiving weekend through the end of December, the main house and guest houses are decorated just as they might have been on Christmas in the 1920s and 30s, creating an impressive sight and a special atmosphere that is sure to make the season bright for you and the whole family.”

All photos by Joey & Patrick Risberg

So wherever you go in California, you’re bound to have a wonderful Holiday experience.

*~*~*Happy Holidays from California Delicious! *~*~*

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