Insider Tips For Planning A Holiday Visit To LEGOLAND California
We’ve experienced many a holiday visit to LEGOLAND as both long-time passholders, as well as invited guests of the media. We were recently accepted an invitation to experience the new additions to Holiday Snow Days. Here are some of our insider tips for visiting the Resort during the holidays:
Plan In Advance
When planning a holiday visit to LEGOLAND, be sure to visit the official LEGOLAND California website for days and hours of operation. The Park is closed some days during the season, and open a bit later on certain dates for Winter Nights. Make sure you plan accordingly.
Legoland’s Winter Nights includes live entertainment by The Jingle Jammers, and fireworks on select the nights. We suggest you plan to arrive to the Park at opening, and play all day. Believe us, the day will go by fast!
Pack For Holiday Snow Days
Be sure to pack mittens or gloves, and wear flat, closed toed shoes for the snow play areas, as Holiday Snow Days are included with Park admission! It’s cute to throw a scarf on the littles for snow play pics, and it might be smart to pack an extra pair of pants for those that want to sled, as they may get a bit wet. We always pack extra socks as well, just in case they get damp from the snow.
Pick Up A Map at Park Entry
Once you arrive at the Park, be sure to pick up a free Park Map and Entertainment Guide at entry. The Park Map will help you navigate around the Park, as well as give dining options. The Entertainment Guide will help you plan your day with show times and character Meet and Greet opportunities with LEGO Santa, lovable Emmet, the LEGO Friends, and other LEGO characters.
Begin Your Park Visit By Starting To The Left
Once you’re at the Park, begin your visit by starting out walking to the left, toward Explorer Island. The main areas with festivities during the holidays are in Fun Town, and Heartlake City. Heartlake City offers a cute holiday show on stage with the LEGO Friends, and Fun Town is where you’ll find the majority of the giant holiday-themed LEGO figures, bubble snow falling from the sky, and snow play areas for Holiday Snow Days.
Be sure to visit the LEGO Clubhouse, where you can play with seasonal LEGO bricks, and build a holiday scene to be placed in the Clubhouse for other visitors to view and enjoy. (If you see an employee named Renate, spark a conversation with her. She’s been at the Park forever, and has some great stories!)
Don’t Forget To Visit SEA LIFE Aquarium
If you have a Park Hopper ticket, or annual pass that includes SEA LIFE Aquarium, don’t forget to make a visit. They offer a holiday-themed daily dive show, plus festive activities and decor included with admission during the holidays.
Dine On Seasonal Eats Such As Bratwurst and Poutine
Fun Town Market, located near the snow play areas, is a restaurant that offers seasonal food eats such Poutine (a Canadian favorite!) and Churros con Chocolate. Fun Town Market has lots of seating, both indoors and outside.
Fun Town Hot Dogs, located next to Fun Town Market, offers bratwurst, knockwurst, as well as clam chowder in a bread bowl.
A walk-up stand, located to the right of the entry of the LEGO Club House and LEGO Factory Tour also sells seasonal eats such as giant soft Bavarian pretzels, cookies, and other convenient items to pick up on the go.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Some great treat options are crepes from City Park Creperie in Heartlake City, churros from the Churro Stand just past the Garden Restaurant, and a Park-favorite, Granny Apple Fries, which are available in the Castle Hill area of the Park.
Nightly LEGO Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
We highly recommend you plan your visit to include the nightly Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The LEGO Christmas Tree is really cool to see during the day, and beautiful lit up at night!
Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party On 12/31
LEGOLAND offers a New Year’s Eve celebration for kids, with an early “Brick Drop”, around 6pm. This popular event includes live entertainment and fireworks. Plan in advance, as it has a limited capacity.
Consider Staying Overnight
The LEGOLAND Hotel, located steps from the Park’s entry, is a fun way to make a visit to the Resort a memorable vacation. The hotel has seasonal decor during the holidays, and offers early entry to the Park. Be sure to check online for special offers that includes an overnight stay and entry to LEGOLAND.
The holiday season at LEGOLAND runs through January 3, 2016. If you enjoy social media, tag your posts with #HolidaySnowDays and #LEGOLANDCA, for others to find and enjoy. We plan to make another holiday visit to LEGOLAND to enjoy the snow before the end of the season. Perhaps we’ll see you there!