The holidays are a joyous time…but sometimes an expensive one. Luckily, you can still have a great time during the holidays without breaking the bank this year. Check out these 10 fun holiday events around SoCal that you can get for a nice discount…
It is always a good time during the holidays at Knott’s Berry Farm. The 160 acre park is transformed into a winter wonderland with decorations, live entertainment, holiday food and a Christmas Crafts Village. As always, the Peanuts gang will be putting on a show, whether it’s Snoopy performing the brand new ice spectacular Merry Christmas, Snoopy! or Charlie Brown, Linus and Lucy dancing it up — and inviting you to join in! Climb aboard the Calico Railroad for a Christmasy tour of the Ghost Town and its spooky residents, or feast on Santa’s homemade cookies, decadent hot chocolate, Farm Bakery gingerbread men and other divine treats from the Knott’s culinary elves. Plus you can still get your thrills on with rides like Boomerang, the Surfside Glider and the classic Montezooma’s Revenge.
The Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert plays host to a concert featuring a dozen talented performers belting out holiday tunes like CeeLo Green’s “What Christmas Means To Me,” Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and the Miley Cyrus version of “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.” Plus enjoy classic songs such as “I’ll be Home For Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Frosty the Snowman.”
Enjoy a Friday night 90-minute evening catamaran cruise. Sip wine while taking in the gorgeous winter sunset views of Dana Point Harbor. There’s also cheese, crackers, fruit and nuts to go with the wine, and the vessel features a cash bar offering additional beverages for purchase.
Santa Anita hosts their inaugural Trackside Winter Brewfest. Featuring specialty beers from top local and national breweries (think: Golden Road, Eagle Rock, Sierra Nevada and Shock Top) and electro-swing DJ Skyler Gilmore, this beer fest let’s you lounge by the famous Santa Anita homestretch and take in the view of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains. Your ticket includes admission to the clubhouse (where you can bet on the ponies), two 12-ounce beers, a racing program, tip sheet, keepsake acrylic pint glass and entry to the Trackside Lounge.
All of your favorite fairy-tale characters are brought together in story with Disney’s new live-action movie, Into the Woods. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone) and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on them. In addition to the action and suspense, The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood also has an exclusive display about the making of the movie, complete with costumes.
Fly in a historic DC-3 airplane over some of California’s coolest light displays. ! You will take a 40-minute tour enjoying coffee, hot chocolate and cookies with flights leaving out of Chino Airport from December 19 to 21, and Riverside Municipal Airport from December 26 to 28.
It’s the inaugural year of the College Football Playoff, and you can be there for the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game, presented by Northwestern Mutual when No. 2 Oregon takes on No. 3 Florida State on New Year’s Day. Held at the Rose Bowl on Thursday, January 1, this game will decide which team will play in the College Football Playoff National Championship game.
This World War II themed Swing Dance Party, held in a hangar at The Riverside Municipal Airport, features the Pete Jacobs Wartime Radio Revue Band so you can swing all night long to that classic big band sound. There is food and an open bar.
Ring in the New Year at Medieval Times. You begin your night with the famed Medieval Times experience: a four-course banquet and cheer for your favorite knight. They will do all the things they are famous for: jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat and displays of extraordinary horsemanship. Then, after the show, medieval times give way to modern times with a DJ and dancing, party favors, a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. After your night of partying, restore your energy with a continental breakfast.
Don your best flapper attire and step back in time to the Roaring ’20s in the middle of Hollywood at Gatsby’s House 2015 New Year’s Eve party at Cashmere Nightclub. Dance into 2015 as L.A.’s top house DJs perform live all night until 3:00am. And you won’t leave the festivities empty-handed. They’ll be handing out complimentary flapper party favors and glow toys.
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