By Michelle McCoy
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Southern California! There may not be snow on the ground, and the shining sun may make it feel like the perfect 75 degrees, but decorations are popping up at every corner and special holiday events are being held almost daily. There are so many special activities to enjoy with your family that we've tried to pare down the list to just 10. If you live or vacation in Southern California this December, we hope you enjoy one of these events! If you call another part of the country "home", check out this list of activities in the Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego areas. Enjoy the season, and Merry Christmas!...
Train Rides to Visit Santa
Visiting Santa is often at the top of most family's checklist for the season. How much more fun to visit him on a farm or at the end of a train ride! Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center, north of San Diego, is hosting Christmas in the Valley on Dec 12 and 13. Take a Polar Express Hay Ride to visit Santa and then enjoy live entertainment, crafts, a living nativity, and more. Hop aboard the Christmas Train on the Irvine Park Railroad to visit Santa during December; kids will be delighted to find Santa at the North Pole after their nighttime ride on the train through the park. New for 2014- pick out your fresh tree at the Christmas Tree Ranch at Irvine Park. Near Santa Clarita, take the North Pole Express to Santa's Village on the Fillmore & Western Railway Co or the Christmas Tree Holiday Train to pick out your perfect tree. Get onboard with Santa and enjoy a special dinner on a Fillmore & Western Train. Down south in Campo, reserve a ticket on the Santa Train North Pole Limited and bring kids dressed in jammies for a trip to see Santa at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum.