OC Up Close Blog
One of the great perks of So Cal living is our proximity to the mountains. Snowboarding and snow angels are only two hours out of reach. This time of year, however, time is tight and a jaunt to the local resort isn’t always an option. Luckily, Orange County has plenty of exceptional cold-weather outdoor fun for the family.
I have always loved driving around, map and travel mug of hot chocolate in hand. I remember being mesmerized by the twinkling Christmas lights as a child. This is a tradition I grew up with, and I am so excited to start doing this now that I have a family of my own.
Disneyland Resort is a spectacular destination no matter the season, but when the holidays are in full swing, it is pure magic.
Nothing gets the kids excited for Christmas like sitting down with Santa to share their Christmas wish lists! Orange County has plenty of places where you can catch up with St. Nick, but the best of the best include North Pole Villages, pictures, train rides and maybe even a reindeer or two.
Each December, I pull out several magazines and offer them to my kids to find crafts and Christmas presents to make. They pour over the pages and then rip out their favorite ideas and show me with shining eyes the things they want to make for Nana and Papa, Oma and Opa and their cousins.
Christmas at Knott’s Berry Farm, America’s first amusement park, has been a tradition in Orange County for generations. Every year, this theme park transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm, delighting thousands who enter its merry gates each holiday season.
Whether stepping through the gates for the first or twenty-first time, the magic of the Disneyland Resort continues to envelope all who attend.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year; the mall is swarming, parking lots are gridlocked and Christmas music decks every hall you step foot into. If you’re anything like me, you have a love-hate relationship with the holidays, and more specifically, holiday shopping.
Lifestyles of the rich and the famous are definitely not reality for the majority of us, but sometimes, it just feels good to treat yourself. Orange County is the perfect place to indulge in some luxuries that are out of the everyday norm, so forget feeling guilty and get ready to enjoy!