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Winter Holiday Ideas

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When it comes to the holiday season, California has epic destinations and outdoor recreation. There’s more to do outdoors than look at the holiday lights!

Snowy winter wonderlands span the Sierra Nevada mountains; palm desert oasis can be found in Southern California, ghost towns in the deserts to remote hot springs, there is something for everyone.

National Parks to State Parks, National Forests, Historic Gold Country, Wine Country, most open year round.

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winter snow activities

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EVENTS & FAIRS

Holiday Towns in California

These particular locations go ‘all out’ with holiday decor, lights, craft shows, street fairs, and maybe a Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Most events are focused around the downtown areas.pinetree

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December Events, Fairs, Festivals & Parades

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Cutting Christmas Trees

Yes, you can! Cut down a Christmas Tree out of the forest.  Get a tree cutting permit from your nearest National Forest ranger station.

This half-day adventure is best done with company (more people to help haul the tree). Hot cocoa in a thermos!

Buy a forest map and bring a sturdy hand saw. Be prepared to hike on hillsides and physically haul your chosen pine tree back to the rig. Make sure your vehicle can accommodate the size of your tree; a pick-up truck would be ideal.

Measure the height of the indoor space before you leave, so you know how TALL of a tree to cut. When standing in front of the tree in the forest, there is no reference point for your living room ceiling. May need to cut additional length off the bottom, when you arrive home.

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Leisure

New Years Eve

Everyone knows about the Rose Parade, otherwise known as the New Years Day Parade, held in Pasadena, CA – but few know that    you can view these floral floats lining up the night before.

the scent of flowers fills the air

Annually on New Years Eve, the public can stroll along tree-lined Orange Grove Blvd to watch the “finishing touches” being placed on the impressive parade floats.

Be prepared to walk miles for the FREE viewing. Many streets are blocked off (closed) for the upcoming event- so public parking can be tight.

Dress warmly and wear good walking shoes; bring a flashlight and expect chilly temps. Large lights are erected along the boulevard for this last minute finale.

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City Camping California

destination: outdoors

in town campgrounds, villages, RV Parks, en route, urban camping, suburbs, metropolitan cities

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Amador City, Gold Country
Angel Island SP, San Francisco
Angeles NF, E Los Angeles
Auburn Campgrounds, Gold Country
American River Camping

Big Bear City, Los Angeles Mts
Bishop Campgrounds, Eastern Sierra
Bolsa Chica SB, Long Beach L.A.

Carlsbad State Beach, N San Diego
Carpinteria Beach, Santa Barbara
Castaic Lake RV Park, Los Angeles
Caswell Memorial SP, Stanislaus River
Cerro Alto Campground, San Luis Obispo
China Camp State Park, SF Bay
Chino Hills State Park, Riverside, CA
Cleveland NF, E San Diego
Colusa Sacramento River SRA

Doheny Beach Camping L.A.
Folsom Lake SRA, Sacramento
Fremont Peak State Park, South Bay SF

Gold Country California – Camps, Maps & Wilderness

Oroville Suspension Bridge
Oroville Suspension Bridge

Lake Oroville SRA Campgrounds
Leo Carillo State Beach, Malibu Camping
Los Angeles Forests
Los Angeles Group Camping
Los Angeles Lakes
Los Angeles Mountains
Los Padres National Forest

Morro Bay SP, San Luis Obispo
Mount Tamalpais SP, Marin SF

New Melones Reservoir, Gold Country
New Hogan Reservoir, Oak Knoll Campground

Beach Camp Pismo
On-the-Beach Camping Pismo

Oceano Dunes OHV, Pismo Beach

Oak Bottom Campground, Redding
Ojai Camping, Los Padres NF
Orange County Beach Camping

Pismo Beach Camping
Point Mugu State Park, N Los Angeles
Point Reyes Camping
Point Reyes National Seashore Campground
Pyramid Lake Camping, N Los Angeles

Redding Camping Lake Shasta
Redwoods Camping SF

Samuel P. Taylor, Redwoods Marin
San Bernardino NF, Big Bear Lake
San Diego Camping
San Diego Beach Campgrounds
San Diego Mountains
San Elijo Beach Camping, N San Diego
San Francisco RV Camps

Santa Barbara Beach Camping
Santa Barbara Camping
Santa Cruz Redwoods

Lake Shasta
Lake Shasta, Northern California

Sespe Wilderness, Los Padres NF
Silver Strand State Beach, San Diego
Sonora Camping, Gold Country
Sycamore Beach & Canyon, Pt. Mugu, N Malibu

Tahoe Camping, Lake Tahoe

Wild Plum Campground, Sierra City
William Kent State Park, Tahoe
Wine Country RV Resort, Paso Robles
Woodson Bridge SRA, Chico

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Pismo Dunes, aka Oceano
New Melones Camping
New Melones Lake, Gold Country California