While some folks may be dreaming of a white Christmas, many are perfectly content to spend December celebrating amidst the sun and sand of Southern California. There's certainly no lack of holiday spirit and the list of events is potentially longer than Santa's naughty (or is it nice?) list.
There's quite an array of festivities, some free and others creating a serious deficit in the gift fund. Ice skating rinks pop up all around L.A. and Orange counties and performance halls feature holiday concerts and activities for people of all ages. And perhaps nothing screams "Southern California Holiday" more than Disneyland at Christmastime.
There's no shortage of wattage around SoCal either. Lights are strung in spectacular fashion and, while the zoo goes quiet at night, it's not going dark thanks to L.A. ZOO LIGHTS (which replaced the DWP's Griffith Park light display). Additionally, Riverside's Mission Inn once again hosts their Festival of Lights, which lights up an entire block and where you can take your sweetheart to smooch under the world's largest manmade mistletoe.
But nowhere else in the world can you ring in the new year as we do in SoCal... at the Tournament of Roses Parade – the granddaddy of them all. If you're not up for camping or splurging for seats to watch the parade live, view the floats in the days prior while they're getting their finishing touches. Then, watch the parade on T.V. in your jammies, like the rest of the world. That's what I call a happy (and chill) California holiday.