Tis the Season to be Socially Distanced

Here are fun things to do this Christmas and stay safe

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Kylie Mayo

A house in Tustin, Calif. is fully decorated with colorful lights surrounded by lit up candy canes. Photo taken at 6:47 p.m. on December 1, 2020.

Kylie Mayo, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Many Americans are experiencing pandemic fatigue. And as the holiday season approaches, many are in desperate need of a bit of Christmas spirit outside of their home.

But with COVID-19 cases rising again, many options for holiday festivities are limited. If you are looking for some ways to get into that holly jolly mood, we have listed a few activities that will, hopefully, lift your spirits while keeping you safe.

Advertisement photo of the Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey. (Photo taken from @magicalelfholiday Instagram page)

First up we have “The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey” which is open now to January 3, 2021 in Pomona. The one hour drive thru experience is described as an “enchanted elf-sized world” that takes you through the original story of “The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey” while taking the appropriate precautions to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. You can get tickets online or call. 

Ticket prices are about $24.95 to $75.00 per person more or less depending on the time, date, and add-ons. There must be a minimum of two people and a maximum of eight people in each car to experience the journey. Each person in the car must have a ticket unless they are under the age of two. Here’s the link to their website:   https://elfontheshelfjourney.com/

Map of Six Flags Magic Mountain showing the route of the Holiday in the Park Drive Thru Experience. (Photo taken from @sixflagsmagicmountain on Instagram)

Next, we have the “Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience” at Six Flags Magic Mountain opened now to January 3 as well. It is described as containing: festive lights, music, and characters, as one drives through the park that was transformed into a “magical winter wonderland.” Admission tickets price range from $20 to $30 depending on the date selected and can include snack or merchandise add-ons from $12.49 to $49.99 more or less. You can buy your tickets at https://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain/events/ holiday-in-the-park.

Advertisement photo for the Night of Lights OC happening from December 10 to January 10. (Photo taken from @winterfestoc on Instagram)

Going with the theme of drive, there is also the Winter Fest of OC presenting the “Night of Lights.” It is a one hour experience of magical lights happening from December 10 to January 10. Ticket pricing is from $39.99 to $79.99 more or less depending on the date, time, and amount of people in the vehicle. There is also the optional add on of merchandise and food that can be purchased online prior to the event and picked up before entering the event. You can buy your tickets at https://night oflightsoc.com/#winterfestoc

A family of four wearing masks walking in Knotts Berry Farm theme park. Text explains the event going on at the park from November 20 to January 3. (Photo taken from @knottsberryfarm on Instagram)

Knott’s “Taste of Merry Farm” is happening at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park. The amusement park was transformed to include thousands of lights with festive holiday decor. Unlike the other events this one is on foot but is taking proper social distancing and safety precautions. This experience is open from November 20 to January 3 for guests to enjoy “over 60 unique food and drink items offered on the tasting card.” The tasting card to enter the event and enjoy delicious food is $20 for ages 3 to 11 and $40 for ages 12 and above. You can purchase your very own tasting card at https://www.knotts.com/play/events/ taste-of-merry-farm before they  sell out.

Tree decorated with white and colored meteor shower lights in front of a house near Magnolia Tree Park in Tustin. Photo taken Tuesday December 1, 2020 at 6:46 p.m. (Kylie Mayo)

Now if you are trying to stick more to a budget this year, fear not, we have included options.

First if you want to see the Christmas spirit glowing through lights, it costs absolutely nothing to drive around the neighborhood seeing the neighbors’ house decorations.

Now, if your neighbors are Grinches or Christmas Scrooges and want to go to a neighborhood where the holiday spirit is extraordinary, I have the place for you. The neighborhood Peppertree Homes where Magnolia Tree Park is located in Tustin never disappoints with their house decorations. There is also an incredible nativity scene on Caper Tree Drive.

And it is never too early to start decorating your own home for the holidays. Get those lights out of the garage and get a ladder before you’re the last one in the neighborhood. While you are at it, might as well put up the tree as well. 

When you are done stir up some hot cocoa, make a gingerbread house, maybe even make a blanket fort, and relax while you watch a holiday movie because the season has arrived. And although this holiday season is different, try to make the most out of it while keeping yourself and others safe.