Christmas Date Ideas in Southern California

Tis the Season! I love Christmas, I’m the kind of person that envisions Christmas right when Halloween is over. I love the lights, decorations, vibes, everything about Christmas. From the smell of my Christmas tree walking into my house, to the classic movies we watch every year. I have compiled 5 Christmas date activities worthy of checking out this holiday season.

Ice Skating at Hotel Del Coronado

Location: Coronado / Cost: $30 online $35 in person

IMG_1781Iceskating is a must during the holiday season. There are so many ice skating rinks all over Southern California worth visiting, but my personal favorite is at the Hotel Del Coronado. The rink is spacious, and the quality of the skates is great. I love skating here because you are skating by the sea, the ocean and palm trees are in the background….only in California! The hotel is iconic and worth exploring while you’re there.


Mission Inn Festival of Lights

Location: Riverside / Cost: Free


Although the Mission Inn festival of lights is not that big, it is such a beautiful display of lights and very romantic and cute to visit. The hotel is also very historic and worth visiting. There are also a lot of cute outdoor christmas shops and spots to get hot chocolate and snacks.

Tip: Visit the Riverside Food Lab when you’re there, its a 2 minute walk from the Mission Inn, save your appetite and grab dinner!


L.A Zoo Lights

Location: Los Angeles / Cost: Value Night $15, Premium Night $ 22


So much fun! Lots of walking and intricate light displays. I’ve only been here once but each year it keeps getting bigger and better.


Christmas on the Farm & Bainbridge Circle

Location: Peltzer Winery (Temecula), Bainbridge Circle (Murrieta)


Believe it or not, Temecula has high Christmas spirts. There are so many different christmas stop spots. Two of my favorite are Peltzer Winery and Bainbridge Circle. Peltzer Winery has an Ice Skating rink and has a ton of festive activities for all ages.

Bainbridge has been a tradition for some time, Ed and I have gone together the past 8 years, this will be our ninth…wow. You can tune your radio to the designated radio station and drive through it, or find parking and walk around the magical street. There is a lot of traffic due to the popularity so be patient and don’t forget your Christmas spirit when visiting.


Here are some other recommendations I’ve seen, but have not had a chance to do! Comment below any of your favorite ones worth visiting, even in other states!


-Enchanted @ Descanso Gardens

-Moonlight Festival @ LA Arboretum

-Newport Beach Boat Parade

-Queen Mary Christmas



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