Nevada City (Gold Country).
Are you looking for scenes that resemble Christmas scene in a Charles Dicken’s novel, with narrow streets, hills, towering spines and glowing gas lamps?
Then the famous Gold Country that is Nevada may be the perfect spot for you. The city is filled with picture-perfect towns where you can enjoy the views of historic buildings and carriage ride. The Christmas Card was also shot here which has some eye-catching scenes of the city. To celebrate unforgettable Christmas Celebrations, you should visit the Grass Valley to enjoy the view of historical England vibes with jugglers, musicians, and other traditional activities.
Mammoth Lakes (High Sierra).
The city famous for snowboarding and skiing, Mammoth Lakes is the winter wonderland where you can visit Mammoth Mountain and The Valley at Mammoth for some fun-filled winter activities for kids and adults. The karaoke events and seeing Santa Claus can make your night even more special. Don’t miss the annual fireworks, torchlight parade and Christmas lights at the Night of Lights set up by Canyon Lodge.
Big Bear Lake (Inland Empire).
Situated a few hours away from San Francisco, the Big Bear Lake gives the perfect holiday vibes with its villages and snow. The Christmas tree lot is famous for saying hi to Mr and Mrs Santa Claus, between the Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends. Or you can enjoy the lake view by cruising with Santa and enjoy the beautiful views of snowcapped Miss Liberty.
Dana Point Harbor (Orange County).
If you’re into a splendid light display, then visit Dana Point Harbor from mid-November to early January. The lights are theme-based and are based on romantic “Merry Kiss Me” and Candy Cane Lane. Don’t forget the boat ride to wharf’s whale-watching vessels with Santa in early December.
Julian (San Diego County).
The historic gold mining town is known for its chilly nights and the warm glow of fireplaces. The annual Country Christmas celebration on Saturday after thanksgiving include 80-foot long Christmas tree. To get a view of Victorian Christmas trees, make sure to visit the Julian Tea and Cottage Arts. You can also find quilts and other local crafts during the tour of festively decorated houses.