By Britt Bickel

Tis’ the season for Christmas music, holiday decorations and Santa visits, but one thing that’s missing from the holiday season in SoCal is snow! Nothing says it’s the holidays quite like a seeing a winter wonderland outside, but for Los Angelenos, it’s a rare sight.

Sure, there’s always driving up to the mountain locations like Big Bear or Idyllwild for skiing, snowboarding or just playing in the snow, but if you can’t make the drive this season, visit a few unlikely SoCal areas that are bringing snow to the people!

So bring out the mittens, hats and scarves and head out to play in real snow in California for an experience your family will remember for years to come!

Kidspace Children’s Museum

  • When: Wednesday, Dec. 26 – Dec.  28, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Dec. 29 &  30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Where: 480 N. Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91103

Five straight days of snow returns for the annual Snow Days at the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena! Truckloads of real snow are being delivered to give children the experience of playing in the snow, making snow angels, building snowmen and learning about how the frosty white stuff is made.

Ice Station’s Family Snow Days

  • When: Sunday, Dec. 9th & 23rd from 1:30-4:30pm
  • Where: 27745 N. Smyth Drive, Valencia, CA 91355

Enjoy all the fun of playing in the snow without being exposed to the frigid cold temperatures that comes with winter conditions at Ice Station’s Family Snow Days in Valencia! Take the whole family out for an afternoon of snow-fun, ice skating, plus a meet and greet with Santa! Afterwards, you can warm up with a cup of hot coco to complete your holiday winter experience.

The Grove in L.A.

It might not be blizzard conditions, but you can enjoy a real-life snowfall while shopping for holiday gifts for the family every night from 7-8 p.m. until Dec. 31st. Catch a snowflake on your tongue and be whisked away to a magical winter wonderland without having to bear the ice-cold temps.

ICE in Santa Monica

  • When: Runs until January 21st (check website for details on hours of operation)
  • Where: 1324 5th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue in Downtown Santa Monica)

Who knew you could find snow and ice by the beach? ICE in Santa Monica makes it happen every year for the winter season by transforming the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into an 8,000 square-foot ice rink to get a little taste of winter.


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