Holiday and Christmas Vacation Ideas in California

You probably won’t see any snow on your Christmas vacation to California, but there’s still plenty of holiday cheer to go around. A trip to the Los Angeles and Burbank areas is sure to brighten your holiday season. Though the moderate winter temperatures most likely knock a beach day off the list, there’s plenty of fun and California sunshine to go around. If you are looking for Christmas vacation ideas in California, add these fun ideas in Burbank to your Christmas California to-do list!


Holiday Lights Display

1. Holiday Lights Display

What southern California lacks in snowflakes, it makes up for in twinkling lights. You can catch a number of holiday lights displays put on by families and neighborhoods in the Burbank area. We recommend Norton’s Winter Wonderland, a magical display put on by one family that will forever redefine outdoor Christmas lights for you.

There are a few other beautiful displays you’ll see in the neighborhood too. The city hosts a tree lighting ceremony, and if you’re a Dr. Seuss fan or have kids in tow, you’ll love Universal Studios’ annual Whoville Grinch Christmas tree display.


Ice Skating in California

2. Outdoor Ice Skating

Ice skating outside is a holiday tradition no matter where you live, but California’s more moderate winter temperatures mean you can stay comfortable outside longer. You can find ice rinks (which stay frozen all day long) at shopping malls and venues across California, including The Rink in downtown Burbank, where you can skate outside and enjoy performances.


Holiday in the Park

3. Holiday in the Park

Start the season off right with Burbank’s annual holiday street festival, Holiday in the Park, which stretches across three parking lots and eight blocks. Shop at from more than 75 stalls, enjoy live music, holiday boutiques, a vintage car show, and even a chance to meet Santa. Catch some amazing street food from food trucks and get to know the community and vibe of Burbank while ringing in the holidays.


taking a hike in Wildwood Canyon

4. Take a Hike

California winter is perfect for getting outdoors. If you’re from a snowy climate, chances are you haven’t felt the sunshine on your skin in months while getting a good workout outside. Christmas in California is a great time to get outside, work off some of your holiday calories, and get in a good hike while soaking in some Vitamin D. Chances are, no matter where you’re staying, there’s a great place to hike nearby. For example, you’ll love Wildwood Canyon Park in Burbank.

These Christmas vacation ideas in California will get you started when it comes to planning a holiday trip to remember. Book your trip today!

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