This is a guest post by Jeanne Fratello

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LEGOLAND California is all decked out for the holidays, and this year there’s more to do than ever. Of course you and your kids can enjoy all of the seasonal fun they’ve come to expect at LEGOLAND, including snow tubing and snow play, but this year LEGOLAND has added a beautiful ice skating rink (with an actual ocean view) to its Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights lineup. We’ve got the whole scoop for you on the holiday schedule – plus some secret and not-so-secret insider tips, so read on!

holiday snow days

The ice skating attraction, part of the Holiday Snow Days attractions, is located just outside the Legoland main entrance, at the back of the Legoland Hotel. It’s set up to accommodate even the most novice ice skaters, with a squishy foam patio that skaters can walk around on and get used to their skates before they head out onto the ice. And these ice skates are not the tedious lace-up sets you may remember from your childhood. These skates have two easy-to-open plastic clasps that snap shut, and – pop! – you’re ready to skate.

lego rink

On the rink, little skaters also have the option of renting a skate “bobby,” which is a plastic seal-shaped guide that they can push in front of them to keep balance. The littlest skaters can even sit on top of the seal and go for a ride if a parent is behind to push them.


The ice skating attraction is available for a separate $20 fee per skater (must be ages 3 and up), which is not included in LEGOLAND admission. The $20 fee includes ice skate rental and optional helmets. The skate ticket gives you a reserved time on the ice for a 90-minute skate session.

After you’re finished with skating, you can relax on the patio outside the Legoland Hotel and enjoy seasonal treats like hot chocolate and s’mores made on the firepit.

smore making

Inside the park, the Holiday Snow Days celebration continues in Fun Town, where kids can try out snow tubing (sledding on a giant inner tube) down a 7-foot hill covered with snow; or they can experience all the thrills of a snow day in the snow play area with 50 tons of real snow. Guests can build a snowman using Lego gadgets as accessories, or they can throw snowballs at a series of targets up against the wall (no throwing snowballs at other kids!). Extra bonus: A friendly Legoland staff member is on hand with a special gadget that makes perfectly round snowballs.


At night, the holiday festivities continue with LEGOLAND’s Winter Nights celebration, during which guests can enjoy shows, music, twinkling lights, a food truck (featuring Bavarian bratwurst), a 30-foot LEGO Christmas tree, and a life-sized LEGO Santa and reindeer for family photos. (LEGO nerd note: The 30-foot LEGO Christmas tree was built with 245,000 forest-green LEGOS and contains 400 LEGO ornaments.)

The Winter Nights schedule is as follows:

  • Winter Nights festivities at 5-7pm on November 28, 29 and December 6, 13, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.• Official Tree Lighting on December 1.

    Nightly Tree Lighting at 5pm, December 4-25th.

    Holiday Fireworks at 7pm on December 26-30th.

    Kids’ New Year’s Eve celebration with fireworks at 6pm on December 31st.

Ready to celebrate the holidays at LEGOLAND? We’ve got some insider tips for you:

Insider tip #1: You can ice skate at LEGOLAND even on days when the LEGOLAND park is closed (most Tuesdays and Wednesdays – check the LEGOLAND calendar for details). Plus, when the park is closed, you don’t have to pay the $15 LEGOLAND parking fee.

Insider tip #2: For every paid admission ticket to LEGOLAND from now through January 4, you can receive a free return ticket, which you can use from January 5 through March 1. Just visit the kiosk right inside the park on the day of your paid visit to get the complimentary ticket.

Insider tip #3: One lucky child, selected through LEGOLAND California Resort’s Facebook page, will light the LEGO Christmas tree nightly Dec. 1 through Dec. 24. Will it be your kid?


Jeanne Fratello writes about food at JollyTomato, about South Bay events and attractions at South Bay Sparkle, and about Manhattan Beach news at Dig MB. She lives with her husband and two young LEGO enthusiasts in Manhattan Beach.



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