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Winter Checklist of Southern California Attractions

Escape the cold for warmer temps with a visit to Orange County, California this winter. Not only are you pretty much guaranteed some sun during your visit but you’ll find less crowds and lower prices on hotel stays during the winter months. Check out all that The OC has to offer and plan your trip today!

Snoopy on Ice at Knott's Merry Farm in Buena Park

Knott’s Merry Farm (Buena Park)
Late November-early January
Head to the winter wonderland of Knott’s Berry Farm (just 5miles from Disneyland) for nightly snowfall and holiday shows that will definitely get you in a festive spirit. You’ll find holiday treats only available this time of year, holiday decorations and World-Famous rides.

Holidays at Disneyland Resort (Anaheim)
Late November-Early January
Nightly firework displays, holiday parades, and more come to Disneyland® and Disney’s California Adventure® this holiday season. Dine on festive fare while you enjoy the seasonal decorations and performances throughout the parks.

Boat decorated in lights at the Christmas Boat Parade
Christmas Boat Parade (Newport Harbor)
December 15-19
For an oh-so-California celebration of the holiday season, head to Newport Harbor for a Christmas light parade on the water. Now in its 113th year, this celebration features yachts, boats, kayaks, and canoes all lit up for the holiday season.

Night of Lights OC (Costa Mesa)
November 26-January 2—OC Fair & Event Center
Guests will enjoy in the comfort and safety of their own vehicle a magical interactive drive-thru of a winter wonderland of lights, music, entertainers, and special effects at the Nights of Lights OC. The one-mile drive-thru at the OC Fair & Event Center will include over one million lights. Limited tickets and time slots per day!

Lucy, Snoopy and Sally with kids at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park

Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration (Buena Park)
Select weekends in January and February—Knott’s Berry Farm
It’s all about Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as special Peanuts-themed shows and interactive experiences come to the park at the beginning of 2022.

Whale Watching Season (Newport Harbor)
December-March—Newport Landing Whale Watching
See giant blue whales, finback whales, gray whales, and many more on these scenic cruises in the protected waters off Newport Bay at Newport Landing Whale Watching.
Santa and Mrs. Clause with magical chest at Pirates Take Christmas in Buena Park
Pirates Take Christmas (Buena Park)
December—Pirates Dinner Adventure
Yo-ho-ho, the pirates are gearing up to steal Christmas at Pirates Dinner Adventure in this epic dinner show that includes a three-course holiday feast and tons of audience participation. Will Santa escape? Get your pirate crew together to find out!

Christmas Train Rides (Orange)
November 26-December 23—Irvine Regional Park
Gather your friends for a festively-lit train ride to the North Pole to meet Santa! Get your photo taken with the big man in red before you head back to Santa’s Village through the tunnel of lights at Irvine Regional Park.

Where To Stay
After a long day of excitement, choose from over a dozen comfortable and affordable Buena Park hotels -- most are located within walking distance to all major attractions and several offer free shuttle service to Disneyland® and local attractions. CLICK HERE for hotel deals. To start planning your SoCal vacation, order your FREE Travel Guide HERE.

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