(StatePoint) When the air starts to cool and the lights start popping up around town, then you know the holiday season has arrived. So put on your winter clothes and head out to celebrate the season properly. 

California is brimming with bright holiday spots to enjoy as a couple or with the family. Here are some great ones you'll want to check out. 

Celebrate at Knott's Merry Farm in Buena Park


The City of Buena Park celebrates the joy of the season with Knott`s Merry Farm theme park, where guests are transported into a festive wonderland filled with live entertainment, a nightly tree lighting ceremony, lavish holiday decor, and of course, Santa! Get some holiday shopping done at the Christmas Crafts Fair, where you’ll find unique and unforgettable gifts, or check out the Sugar Plum Festival at Buena Park Downtown with over 125 crafters, bakers, and candy makers for the ultimate holiday shopping experience. In the evening, head over to Pirates Dinner Adventure to watch their Holiday Dinner Show to cheer on Santa Claus as he fights to save Christmas from scalawag pirates. Order a free travel guide or book your holiday getaway at VisitBuenaPark.com!

Take in the Beauty of Lake Tahoe


While it's a destination year round, there is something special about Lake Tahoe in the winter. Get your skis together and hit the slopes with Santa at Homewood Mountain Resort from Dec. 21 to 25. Merry Days & Holly Nights at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadow includes, decorations, music, ice sculptures and fireworks. Granlibakken Tahoe hosts a Christmas Torchlight Parade on Dec. 24. With so many options, anyone can find a great way to enjoy the holidays this winter. 

A Private Winter Wonderland in Majestic Yosemite National Park


Thinner crowds, beautiful, majestic scenery and trails make Yosemite National Park a great winter adventure in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. You can frequently find snow in Yosemite Valley, alongside waterfalls that still flow during the colder months -- even while other nearby waterfalls are frozen. It's the perfect season for alpine hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. And if you visit in February, Horsetail Fall can be a remarkable sight. This small waterfall typically only flows during winter and, starting in mid-February, will glow a fiery orange when backlit by the sun's rays on an evening with a clear sky. On such an evening, the grand park can feel like a private winter wonderland.

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