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Journey | Christmas in California | Snow Towns


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holiday destinations

Escape the strip malls, shopping centers and traffic jams for some scenic back road adventure. Yes! Gift shopping can be better in the smaller towns, away from the big cities. Seek the unique, crave the different, give a bit of yourself (and your travels) with every gift bought 'on the road'.

gift ideas from the road:
a bottle of red wine, a music CD from an unknown artist, antiques, a gift bag of pistachios, a handmade leather satchel, rare jewelry or a trinket, a waterproof map of a nearby forest... or a gift certificate from your favorite restaurant.

Take a break this holiday & venture out beyond the freeways. Shop in uncrowded small towns, tree lined villages, sip cocoa at a cafe & window shop at the same time. It'll beat the soda, grease & commercialism of the neon food court - guaranteed!

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Christmas on the road?
Plan a scenic drive & a day trip with the family. Take a mental break from city life & explore more.

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go way past the freeway strip malls
These California towns & areas listed here are well known for their beauty, style & main street shops.

( some may be more popular than others )

California Forests

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Cool places to visit during the seasons. These towns really do it up with the decor & you can be sure to get into the holiday spirit. Why fight the mall traffic when you can turn a weekend getaway into a mini shopping trip?

Christmas Towns & Decorations

California has numerous places called "Christmas Tree Lane"

city / town neighborhood nick name
Pasadena upper Lake Avenue / Santa Rosa to Altadena Dr Christmas Tree Lane
Solvang downtown village, off Hwy 101 Danish Christmas
Idyllwild Village Circle, Nov Lighting of the Tree
Palo Alto Embarcadero Oaks, Fulton St Christmas Tree Lane
Oxnard Downtown Christmas Tree Lane
Fresno Van Ness Blvd (Shields & Shaw) Christmas Tree Lane
Placerville Along Highway 50 Christmas Tree Farm
San Diego Harbor Island / Shelter Island Boat Parade of Lights
Newport Beach Newport Back Bay Boat Parade of Lights

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