Travel: 10 Things To Do in LEGOLAND California for the Holidays

LEGOLAND hosted my family for the purpose of a review. Our opinions, photos and love for LEGOS are 100% ours!

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We recently returned from LEGOLAND California, where everything was awesome and festive for the holidays. Starting in mid-November through January 1st, children and their families can feel the LEGO® cheer at the annual winter holiday celebration and enjoy shimmering lights, live entertainment, the world’s largest LEGO Christmas tree, festive decor and more! We can’t wait to make this a yearly tradition. Here are 10 things to do in LEGOLAND California for the holidays. 

1. Snap a photo with LEGO Santa. You can find LEGO Santa hanging out in the park or at the Bricks Family Restaurant in the LEGOLAND Hotel. LEGO Santa also helped open the park the morning we were there. Our kids were so excited to meet him!

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2. Get crafty in the Heartlake City stables. Participate in building activities with the LEGO Friends. They offered ornament coloring while we were there and meeting the LEGO Friends was the highlight of my daughter’s trip!

3. Try the churros con chocolate. We all agreed that these were the BEST churros we’ve ever tasted (don’t tell the mouse). We found the churros right outside Miniland USA. They are worth tracking down and a special seasonal treat. You can also enjoy vanilla bean hot chocolate and spiced apple cider during the holidays.

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4. Venture over to Sea Life Aquarium. SEA LIFE aquarium has a special holiday themed daily dive show and winter craft activities. We love taking a mid-day break here!

5. Spot the festive details in Miniland USA! My favorite attraction in LEGOLAND is Miniland USA, where you can see amazing masterpieces created by the master builders. During the holidays, you can find festive touches added to their creations. I could spend hours there!

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6. Stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel. The hotel offers festive decorations, holiday entertainment and its own LEGO Christmas tree. Kids will also enjoy special holiday themed games and story time at the castle, plus building contests themed for the festivities. My 4 year old won a holiday themed building contest with her candy cane creation while we were there!

7. Sing along with The Yule Tides in Fun Town. Take a break from the rides and catch a festive show. My kids loved dancing along to familiar classics beautifully performed by The Yule Tides. We also enjoyed the holiday show by the LEGO Friends in Heartlake City. 

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8. Take a stroll around Fun Town. The buildings in Fun Town are trimmed with twinkling lights and décor. You can also pose with a life-size LEGO Santa and his reindeer. You might even catch a faux snowfall while there.

9. Dress in your festive best! This isn’t required, but it was fun to wear our Santa hats around the park and spread the holiday cheer. I crafted up matching LEGO Santa shirts, using my Cricut cutting machine, for our trip and the photo opt was priceless!

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10. Don’t miss the LEGO tree lighting at the end of every night. Standing 30-feet tall and constructed out of more than 245,000 forest green DUPLO® bricks, the LEGO Christmas tree is adorned with more than 400 LEGO ornaments and 11,000 LED lights. It was even more incredible in person!

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Check out our 10 Awesome LEGOLAND California Tips for Parents and 8 Reasons to Stay at the LEGOLAND California Hotel.


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I'm Vanessa and it's my mission in life to spread my love of hot glue guns and glitter to others. I suffer from craft ADHD, regularly working on at least 10 projects at the same time and my craft room looks like a tornado hit it. My first craft book, Party in a Jar, was published in 2014. I look forward to crafting with you!

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