The Holidays Take Over Local Theme Parks

By Michael Berick

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The Grinch will return to Universal Studio for some Christmas mischief. PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD

Is a theme-park visit on your holiday to-do list? Here is a peek at some of the ways the parks will be celebrating the season.   

Disneyland and California Adventure (1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim; www.disneyland.com) both have special attractions through Jan. 7. Among Disneyland’s highlights are the colorful “A Christmas Fantasy” parade and the “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks show – with its lovely snowfall finale. “World of Color – Season of Light” stands out as California Adventure’s seasonal nighttime spectacular. Single-day park-hopper tickets during most of December (peak days) are $168 for ages 3-9, $174 for ages 10 and up. 

Knott’s Berry Farm (8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park; www.knotts.com) becomes Knott’s Merry Farm through Jan. 7, and with good reason. You can enjoy “It’s The Merriest Christmas Show Ever, Charlie Brown” and “A Peanuts Guide to Christmas,” as well as the “Merry Christmas, Snoopy!” ice show. “Snow and Glow” ends every night with a bit of magical snowfall. $49-$75 adults, $45 ages 3-11. 

SeaWorld (500 Sea World Dr., San Diego; www.seaworldsandiego.com) presents “Clyde and Seamore’s Christmas Special” and “Dolphin Island Christmas” during its Christmas Celebration, which continues through Jan. 6. It will also debut “O Wondrous Night,” a new production with live animals, life-size puppets and Christmas carols. $94.99 ages 10 and older, $88.99 ages 3-9. 

Universal Studios Hollywood (100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City; www.universalstudioshollywood.com) offers a variety of cool holiday entertainment through Jan. 7. You can enjoy an entertaining Grinchmas with the Who-ville folks and the Grinch, as well as the all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experience that is capped off by “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” light show. $105-$116 adults, $99-$110 children. 

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