Attraction Action: San Diego Snow Days!

The two years I spent in Toronto affirmed my desire to live in a warm climate. True, Toronto is a lovely city, but the winters were long and brutal. I remember being snowed in, literally, where 2/3 of our house got buried and we couldn’t get out! On a few occasions, I had to cross-country ski to school. Winters spent in New York didn’t help my loathing for snowy winters either. Walking on slippery slush mixed with salt and dirt, the cumbersome layers of clothing, numbed fingers and icy toes made for hassle and discomfort during the cold months, which is why I love the year-round temperate climate of Southern California.

Having lived in San Diego for a decade now, however, I do miss the snow. My daughter has yet to experience the exhilaration of a sleigh ride, the joy of making a snow man or the thrill of a good snowball fight. Luckily, there are two San Diego attractions that answered my yearning for wintery goodness. Both Legoland and SeaWorld accomplished what nature could not: to let it snow in San Diego! Looks like we can have our snow balls, and eat them too.

Holiday Snow Days at LEGOLAND

The weather forecasts unprecedented snowfall in Carlsbad everyday, now through January 2 during LEGOLAND’s Holiday Snow Days. Visit the festive winter wonderland in Holiday Fun Town with plenty of LEGO accessories to adorn your snowman, or aim your snowball at a LEGO target. At the center of Holiday Fun Town is the 30 foot giant LEGO Christmas tree made of more than 245,000 forest green DUPLO® bricks.

If you’re looking for unique photo-ops with Santa, be sure to watch for the new life-sized LEGO Minifigure Santa as he strolls throughout Holiday Fun Town with his helpers. Or pose with the life-sized LEGO Santa, perched on his sleigh and two reindeer, of course, all made entirely out of LEGO bricks. And be sure to visit SEA LIFE™ Carlsbad Aquarium to see the underwater LEGO Christmas tree ‘planted’ at the bottom of the impressive 200,000 gallon ocean display, the Lost City of Atlantis. Other SEA LIFE holiday features include a Daily Dive Shows and crafting events.

SnowWorld at SeaWorld

SeaWorld San Diego celebrates the season with a number of Holiday themed shows and attractions. Located in Arctic Plaza, SnowWorld comprises 6,500 square feet of fresh snow made each day, where kids and families can enjoy all the delights of snowy fun. From snow angels, snow balls to snowmen, there’s plenty of frost and flakes to go around, but be sure to get there before the exhibit closes on January 1. While you’re there, don’t miss all the new shows including Shamu’s Christmas, the Christmas Tails pet show, Clyde and Seamore’s Night Before Christmas and the Polar Express 4-D experience.

Yearning for snow in San Diego too? We’re giving away two (2) sets of four (4) SEALIFE HOPPER PASSES good for entry into LEGOLAND and SEA LIFE, good for use through 12/31/2012. Leave a comment on this blog post by noon P.S.T. on Friday December 9, 2011 for a chance to win!

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About Aki

After living in 8 cities in 4 countries, I adopted San Diego as my home town 10 years ago. Everything I love is here - the Pacific Ocean as my back yard, museums and galleries exhibiting world-class art, endless dining options, the coolest attractions, friendly people, a dynamic business community… the list goes on. And after a decade of living here, there is still so much more to see!

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

As a resident of coastal North County, my perfect San Diego Day always starts with a good surf session. Packing up the family, we’ll head to our favorite beach in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. After some fun in the sun and surf, we’ll head to Swami’s Café in Encinitas for their famous Acai bowl, then hit the road down south to any of the great San Diego attractions. Maybe a day at the Zoo, or check out some museums in Balboa Park? As an art lover and former gallerist, I love checking out new exhibitions at local galleries in La Jolla or Little Italy.

In the evening (if we can get a sitter), we love seeing live music at any of the great music venues in town. A concert at Spreckels Theater, a show at the Casbah, or an outing to the Belly Up in Solana Beach is always a treat. For dinner, we'll gather up some friends and head out to Stone Brewery Bistro & Gardens, or Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill. What's the best way to cap off a perfect day in San Diego? With perfectly crafted cocktails at Starlite, Craft+Commerce, or Noble Experiment.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Surfing & hiking. I also love yoga, which you can enjoy outdoors in San Diego. And shopping too, it’s officially an outdoor sport here.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

That’s an apples and oranges question... On most days, I’m a linguine and red wine kinda gal. But I’ll go for a good Kobe burger and wash it down with a Hefeweizen.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Archade Fire, Bon Iver and The xx.

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68 thoughts on “Attraction Action: San Diego Snow Days!

  1. Great article, We are visiting SD next week from 11/21 to 11/23. Coming from TX my kids would love both Legoland and Snow world. Thanks!

  2. We’ve never been to LEGOLAND but I know my 5 and 3 year old would absolutely LOVE it! My husband, who is a firefighter, is graduating from a very long, grueling paramedic program and this would be the perfect way to celebrate and finally get to spend time with him! PLEASE pick us!!!

  3. I too come from New York City and have lived in BEAUTIFUL SAN DIEGO for the last 24 years and I wouldn’t leave for nothing in the World!! It’s just beautiful here anywhere you go and the people are just friendly!!!

  4. Haven’t been to LEGOLAND during our previous trips to SD. Daughter is LEGO-obsessed right now. Would love a reason to book a trip to San Diego!

  5. My little man has is LEGO shirt on today for some playtime with friends! Would love to win the family 4 pack for him and his sister- What a great way for us to spend our Family Day’s!

  6. Oh how I miss the snow around Christmas:( So beautiful on Christmas Eve…making snowmen, snow angels, snowball fights, building snow forts, ice skating…the list is endless.

  7. Love reading your blog I just moved to San Diego so it’s great to know what going, and where to go! Thank you so much! My family is coming to visit from Ireland and I would love to surprise them with tickets to Legoland!

  8. What an awesome giveaway! I live in Ramona, so last year my kids were able to play in some snow at my mom’s house and they’ve been asking since when it’s going to snow again! I’ve yet to be able to take them to legoland so a trip there WITH snow would be such an awesome gift to them!
    Good luck to everyone 🙂

  9. Great post! Thanks for giving us a chance to win the tickets! 🙂 Our family of 4 (kids 8yo and 3yo) love both Legoland and Seaworld, we go there at least once a year!

  10. I took my kid to Sea World and she is begging me to take her to Legoland as well. We would be ever so greatful this holiday season if we were picked the winners, it would make our year!

  11. We’re escaping the harsh Canadian winter to come to California in February. These passes would make our trip even better. Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. I’m a kid at heart (walked all around Disneyland with my Mickey Mouse ears on for my 50th birthday…everyone seemed to get a huge kick out of that!) and would love to see Legoland. And I’ve never been to SeaWorld. This would be the perfect chance!

  13. Have not been able to take my 2yr old to Lego Land or Sea life yet due to being laid off and this would be a heaven sent and what an experience!

  14. My kids are soooo excited to go to Sea World to see baby sea turtles and pet a dolphin. They have never been there (we live in WI) and ask every week how much longer before we go (we are going in July and they’ve known this for a couple of months)! The kids love LEGOland at Mall of America and would go crazy at a whole LEGO themepark. See you in July San Diego!!!

  15. I would LOVE more than anything to go to Legoland! Legos were one of the fondest memories of my childhood and I would love to pass that on to my family. Plus, what could be better than Legos + aquatic life!? That’s how we roll in San Diego!

  16. I would love to visit San Diego again!! Spent last Christmas there with my son and his wife. The temperature was great but no snow.

  17. I’m from Brazil and have been here in San Diego for four months now. And the only thing that I could complain about this city is that we can’t have snow (like in my country). Definitely it would change my mind, hehe.

  18. I love San Diego and love the snow… just don’t like the wet, coldness that comes with it. I’d love these tickets and would take my husband, nephew, and neice along.

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