Theme parks are always a great place to spend the holiday with both family and friends. California theme parks have scheduled special events and attractions to help usher in Christmas for all those that are planning a visit this year. From tree lighting ceremonies to fireworks to holiday-themed parades and even real snow, a trip to California this season will be filled with memorable attractions. To help you navigate through this year’s many holiday festivities, we’ve gathered a list of theme park attractions during Christmas 2010:
Universal Studios Hollywood – Grinchmas tree-lighting ceremony, Whoville Whobilation ceremony, caroling by the Whoville choir, a real snow play area and celebrity readings of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Celebrity readers include "True Blood" star Stephen Moyer, actors Fred Willard, Joey Lawrence and Jeffrey Tambor and Brandy. Daily Dec. 11 and 12 and Dec. 18 through Jan. 2.
Knott’s Berry Farm – Snoopy’s Calico Christmas tree lighting, A Peanuts Holiday parade, "Snoopy’s Christmas Light Spectacular" light show, "It’s Christmas, Snoopy" ice show, Elf Mountain Christmas log ride, "A Christmas Carol" and "A Gift of the Magi" stage performances, "Winter Wonderland" musical, meet Santa in his toy barn and Christmas Crafts Village. Select days from Nov. 25 through Dec. 30. Free admission with the donation of a $15 toy during the Toys for Tots Drive from Dec. 4-19.
Disneyland – Main Street USA tree lighting, Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, Believe in Holiday Magic fireworks, It’s a Small World Holiday boat ride, Haunted Mansion Holiday dark ride, A Christmas Fantasy parade and Santa’s Reindeer Round-Up crafts. Starting now through Jan. 2.
Legoland California – Lego Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, life-size Lego versions of Santa and his reindeer, miniature Santa’s and reindeer added to Miniland scenes, "Let It Snow" musical, fireworks show and strolling musicians and carolers. Select days from Nov. 29 through Dec. 31.
SeaWorld San Diego – Nightly tree lighting ceremony, "Shamu’s Christmas" killer whale show, "Clyde and Seamore’s Night Before Christmas" sea lion show, "Christmas Tails" household pets show, "Polar Express 4-D Experience" movie, ice skating rink. Select days Nov. 26 through Dec. 31.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – Main Street Festival of Lights tree-lighting ceremony, "Dolphin Holiday" show, "Super Spirited Sea Lions Save Christmas" show, "Dream" killer whale holiday show, Blitzen’s Wonderland Mountain snow hill, Looney Tunes Xmas karaoke, Christmas parade, Mr. Six Holi-Daze dance party, meet Santa in his workshop, meet Frosty the Snowman in Winter Wonderland and visit Reindeer Village and Christmas Tree Forest. Select days from Nov. 26 through Jan. 2. Enjoy free admission with the donation of a $15 toy during Toys for the Holidays. Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12.