Northern California December 08, 2016
It’s Not Christmas In Northern California Until You Do These 10 Enchanting Things
Every family has its own traditions over the holidays, but there are a few of them that all of us should share. That is especially true here in Northern California where there is fun to be had around every corner during the holidays. Here are just a few holiday traditions that should be on your Christmas Bucket List if they aren’t already!
1. Have a snowball fight.
Not all of Northern California is always covered with snow during the winter time, which makes it all the more important for those of us who live in warmer area to make time to drive up to the higher elevations at least once a year! Even if you only have time to throw a few snowballs, it's well worth it.
2. Enjoy seasonal citrus.
Did you know that citrus is one of the few types of fruit that comes into season around Christmas? Northern California produces some of the best oranges, tangerines, mandarins and lemons around because our cold nights make them sweet without freezing them entirely.
3. Chop down your own Christmas tree.
There are plenty of lovely, family owned Christmas Tree farms in Northern California that let you saw down your own tree. Of course, if you would rather someone else do the leg work, they are happy to do the sawing and hauling for you. These cheerful folks just found the perfect tree at McGee Christmas Tree Farm in Camino.
4. Take a holiday train ride.
There are several in Northern California that you can hop aboard, including in Fort Bragg, Willits, and Sacramento. For some reason the holidays and train rides seem to go hand in hand, perhaps because of beloved Christmas films like The Polar Express and White Christmas.
5. Bake and decorate Christmas cookies with loved ones.
Decorating your sugar cookies with seasonal colors, sprinkles, frosting and more is almost as fun as eating them!
6. Take a Christmas carriage ride.
The old fashioned stage coach pictured here takes passengers on a free ride in downtown Placerville. The jingle of sleigh bells is such a nostalgic sound of the holiday season.
7. Go sledding.
Having fun in the cold, winter weather is absolutely a must during the winter season. Whether you drag a sled out to your local hill or go to a resort like the one pictured here, there are plenty of opportunities for sliding down the snowy slopes. This photo was taken at the Granlibakken in Tahoe.
8. Shop locally for presents at festivals and bazaars.
Almost every community or county has at least one holiday craft fair, where local artisans peddle their wares to the delight of their fans. Shopping locally always gets us in the holiday spirit because it really emphasizes the old saying, "giving is receiving." Picgtured here is the Nevada City Victorian Christmas.
9. See a Christmas parade.
Community members of all ages and walks of life come together at these celebrations, and it just doesn't feel like the holiday season is complete if you miss one.
10. Get your photo taken with Santa.
Young or old, it's never too late to believe in the magic of Christmas, and Santa represents the love, light and laughter of the holiday season.
Whether we look forward to the holiday food, presents, time with family, or winter weather, there’s a ton to be grateful for each winter, and the holidays are a good reminder to slow down and appreciate what is right in front of us. What are your favorite traditions during Christmas time?