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‘Tis The Season: The Best Ways to Celebrate Christmastime at Theme Parks

Spending Christmas in Theme Parks

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Christmastime has always been my favorite time of year; however, it seems as my to-do list gets longer, the less I find myself enjoying and embracing the holiday magic with my family. Not this year. Come December, I’m making a list, checking it twice, and having all of my shopping done, gifts wrapped, holiday cards signed and sent, and tree up as early as I can. 


This year, I’m doing Christmas right by spending quality time with the ones I love having fun. After much thought and consideration, we decided to stick around Southern California this year and celebrate the holidays locally since we are traveling so much in 2019. 


Southern California is absolutely “holidazzling” during the month of December.  It’s all about the glitz and glam of twinkling holiday lights, Christmas-themed boat parades, and surfing Santas in board shorts. It’s quite a special place and there are so many fantastic things to see and do, so I turned to our friends at Upparent for help deciding what to take in. After reading “Christmas and Holiday Events around L.A.”  I was immediately satisfied with our decision to stay close to home. For those new to the platform, Upparent is an exciting new online destination for parents seeking information and inspiration about local events and activities from other parents. It’s a great way to plan your valuable family fun time with something for everyone to enjoy. Personal recommendations for things to do, places to go, and products to try as a family are collected on Upparent into lists and polls, so it’s easy to discover something new and save your favorites for later.


Christmas at Disneyland

Celebrating the holidays at one of the many local theme parks has always been something we’ve looked forward to as a family. From Six Flags Magic Mountain to Legoland (and everything in between,) when the parks are decked out for the holidays it is even more magical than normal. Having access to a trusted resource like Upparent gives me peace of mind because I know they offer dependable recommendations for parents, by parents. This makes it easy to decide which parks are the best when it comes to accommodating our time, budget, and family’s overall needs. And even if you live in other parts of the country, there are all sorts of lists to help you, from gift ideas to local events and more.


Christmastime in the Theme Parks


No matter which theme park or attraction best suits your family’s needs, you can be sure the parks will not disappoint. Each one is decked out in seasonal finery and filled with special events. From Knott’s Berry Farm’s transformation into Knott’s Merry Farm, complete with Santa’s Christmas cabin and falling snow shows; to Holiday in the Park with carolers and special treats (winter-themed funnel cakes, anyone?) at Six Flags Magic Mountain, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. But deciding HOW to maximize your holiday fun during peak theme park season is a talent in itself that warrants a well thought out strategy. A great way to do this is to visit Upparent.com for more information and lists full of fun holiday activities in your area!


What to Know Before You Go


  • Give yourself plenty of time
    • During peak season, the lines will be longer so you can anticipate it may take twice as long to navigate all of the rides and attractions. If you are pressed for time, look into special upgrades that will give you “front of line” access for an additional charge.


  • Seek out specific holiday goodies
    • Revolve your visit primarily around special holiday events and attractions that are seasonal. Disneyland is famous for their candy canes that are made in their sweets shop. With only 100 made available per day, it may even be easier to score a reservation at Club 33 than getting your hands on one of these legendary peppermint treats.


  • Find holiday-themed ornaments/gifts in the park
    • We’re especially excited this year to see Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. Hogsmeade and Hogwarts are magical all year long, but hot butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks is even better when you can listen to the frog choir and enjoy snow in Hogsmeade Village. The quaint shops that line Hogsmeade Village have a large selection of exclusive Hogwarts-themed holiday gifts, so you can bring the wizardry of Harry Potter home with you in the form of a snowglobe or tree ornament.



  • Layer up
    • It may be wintertime, but the weather in Southern California is unpredictable. The days are warm, and the nights are chilly. So do yourself a solid and dress appropriately. Jeans and a tee shirt are great for the day, but don’t forget a sweatshirt for once the sun goes down and it’s s’mores time!



  • Capture the memories
    • Whether you take photos yourself, or you take advantage of the park’s roaming photographers, holiday time at the theme parks is an Instagrammer’s dream come true.



  • Nighttime doesn’t mean the fun is over!
    • In fact, it’s when the fun begins! If kids are in school during the day still, take advantage of nighttime holiday activities like Let It Snow! weekends at the Four Seasons Westlake Village. You don’t have to be a guest of the hotel to enjoy this winter wonderland as tickets are made available to the public. From train rides and ice skating, to cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, and photos with St. Nick and other storybook characters, it is one of the most magical holiday experiences in all of Southern California.


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This sponsored post is presented by: Upparent. All opinions are my own.


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