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Dreaming up the perfect way to spend Christmas, New Year’s, or any part of the winter break? Southern California has beautiful beaches, perfect weather, and amazing theme parks with military discounts! Check out these options and remember – vacations make great gifts!
Grab your minions and fly over to Universal Studios Hollywood, home of Harry Potter World, DreamWorks Theater, world famous studio tours, and more! With shows like WaterWorld and 3-D rides such as Transformers and Minion Mayhem, there’s something for everyone. While you can get a small discount when you purchase tickets at the park, the best deals come when you pre-purchase tickets through your local base Military Ticket Office. Visit on December 1, 2, 8, 9, or 14-30 to experience the Magic of Hogwarts at Christmas and Grinchmas, complete with a Suessian tree lighting, a Who-themed show, and photo opportunities with the Grinch himself!
With thrilling roller coasters and family-friendly fun, Knott’s Berry Farm is the perfect backdrop for memories you will (k)not forget! In addition to offering discounts on tickets every day of the year, they also have Military Tribute Days where active, retired, and veteran military personnel receive free admission for themselves and one guest! This year’s Military Tribute Days are November 1-15, and November 26 – December 21. Visit between November 16 and January 6 to celebrate the season with Knott’s Merry Farm, home of the Christmas Crafts Village, Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, and various Christmas shows, including A Christmas Carol, The Gift of the Magi, and It’s The Merriest Christmas Show Ever, Charlie Brown.
If you’re heading to Southern California, you must go to SeaWorld – through their Waves of Honor program, they offer free admission to active duty military and families! That’s right, free admission for everyone! With sea-themed rides, incredible live shows, and countless opportunities to learn more about oceans and the animals that live in them, your family will make amazing memories at SeaWorld. Experience SeaWorld’s Christmas celebration from November 18 to January 6, which includes the new musical O Wondrous Night, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Santa’s Village, a Christmas-themed sea lion and otter show, and Rudolph’s Christmastown!
Discover the world’s most amazing animals in one day with a visit to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park! The zoo is home to over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species while the safari park offers the experience of a lifetime, feeding and petting some of these incredible animals. The San Diego Zoo offers complimentary 1-Day Pass admission to the Zoo and the Zoo Safari Park for active duty service members, as well as a 10% discount for military spouses and eligible dependents. Celebrate the season during the Zoo’s Jungle Bells, December 8 through January 1, with Dr. Zoolittle’s animal-themed version of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” an elf trampoline performance, and 4-D experiences, including a train ride to the North Pole and Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas.
If you were to build your perfect park, would it look like LEGOLAND? With countless incredible LEGO displays, a day at LEGOLAND will inspire creativity and innovation within the mind of each visitor. Pre-purchase tickets online or at the Military Ticket Office on base for the best deals, or receive a 10% discount on tickets at the gate. Visit from November 17 through December 31 for holiday fun, including the World’s Largest LEGO Christmas Tree, the LEGO Friends Holiday Show, and LEGO Holiday Village, home to LEGO Santa.
Save on tickets to the happiest place on earth! Active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase 3 days for just $168 or 4 days for $188! From November 9 to January 6, there’s magic around every corner with the Christmas Fantasy Parade, the “Believe… In Holiday Magic” firework show, and festive touches everywhere, from the food to the decor to the rides! Act fast- these deals end December 16 and tickets are only valid through December 19!
A day at any one of the above theme parks will make for a wonderful gift and memories that will last a lifetime! Happy planning!