The List: Things to do today after opening gifts


If you’re looking for something special to do today, The List has you covered. Here are five things to do and last week’s list has a few more things you can check out.

Take a Hike

Cool (but not cold) weather makes for perfect hiking conditions, and plenty of trails in Southern California will stay open on Christmas Day. Whether you’d like to visit Will Rogers State Historic Park on your way to the beach, or head up the San Gabriel Mountains for a picnic.

Winter Fest at OC Fairgrounds

If you’d rather get a more traditional taste of Christmas, the OC Fair and Event Center’s Winter Fest in Costa Mesa is about as close as you can get. There, you can enjoy ice tubing and skating, artificial snowfall, reindeer encounters, and live entertainment on Christmas Day.

Queen Mary Christmas

Don’t feel like driving to Orange County? No problem, as Long Beach gets its own winter festival on Christmas Day at the Queen Mary. Southern California’s most famous ship will deck its halls with holiday decorations, ice skating, caroling, and gingerbread housing on Christmas Day, it is perfect for a family outing.

Snow Tubing; Sledding

Last week, The List offered a preview of Southern California's beachside twist on sledding, but if you’re not a fan of sticky sand, there will be plenty of regular snow to be enjoyed. Ski slopes at Mountain High, Mt. Baldy, and other resorts are open on Christmas Day, and see less visitors. Best of all, you can pair this with a morning hike before hitting the slopes in the afternoon.


Chinatown and its assortment of authentic restaurants are a real holiday destination these days. Many of the shops and most of the restaurants in Chinatown will be open on Christmas Day. If you’ve got your heart set on that Chow Mein or Orange Chicken, today’s the day. Added bonus? No plates to clean up.


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