Christmas in California


California Theme Parks & Attractions OPEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY verified this information on the venues' websites. However, they ultimately reserve the right to change their hours. It's best to call the business before going.

BEACHES: Open every day of the year. Hours and curfews vary by location. Free beach entertainment idea: light up a bonfire.

CASINOS: Almost all casinos are open Christmas Day. Here's a New Year's Celebration list.



MOUNTAIN RESORTS: Ski lifts are open for Christmas. Check out local hours before you go.


  • Most movie theaters are open on Christmas Day. Sources include or your favorite theater nearby for times & tickets


  • ANAHEIM: Disneyland opens at 8 a.m.-closes at 12 a.m. Midnight on Christmas. Disney's California Adventure is open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 
  • BUENA PARK: Pirates Dinner Adventure: open 5 p.m. Christmas Show.
  • BUENA PARK: Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament 5 p.m. show Christmas Day.
  • CARLSBAD: Legoland open  Christmas 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • CATALINA ISLAND: Catalina Express is open Christmas Day
  • COSTA MESA: OC Winterfest open Christmas Day 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • HOLLYWOOD: Starline Tours Movie Star Homes open Christmas Day.
  • HOLLYWOOD: Madame Tussauds open Christmas 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and open
  • LONG BEACH: Queen Mary open Christmas Day
  • PALM SPRINGS: Aerial Tramway open Christmas Day 8 a.m.
  • SACRAMENTO: Global Winter Wonderland open 5-10 p.m.
  • SAN DIEGO: Christmas SeaWorld 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Madame Tussauds open Christmas 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • SANTA CLARA: Great America Closed Christmas.
  • SANTA CRUZ: Santa Cruz Boardwalk rides open Christmas Christmas Day 12-7 p.m. Holiday Ice Skating open 12-10:20 p.m.
  • SANTA MONICA: Pacific Park all rides open on Christmas Day 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • UNIVERSAL CITY: Universal Studios Hollywood open 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • VALENCIA: Six Flags Magic Mountain open 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

TRAINS: Municipal train service may be limited on Christmas Day. Amtrak Trains are operating but may have special Christmas Day schedules.

ZOOS: San Diego Zoo is open. So is San Francisco Zoo.

  • SAN DIEGO: San Diego Zoo open December 25, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
    SAN DIEGO: San Diego Zoo Safari Park December 25 open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Zoo open Christmas Day 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Zoo is open 365 days a year.
    SANTA BARBARA: Santa Barbara Zoo is open Christmas Eve & Christmas Day 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

STORES: Most chain grocery stores and pharmacies are open with limited hours. Most shopping centers and discount outlets are closed Christmas Day.

RESTAURANTS: Pickings are slim on Christmas Day. Marie Calendar's (varies per region), Buca di Beppo, Denny's, McDonald's (varies per management), Starbucks (varies per location), Applebee's and IHOP have some locations open. Check before going. Restaurants often have limited hours on Christmas Day.
Hornblower Cruise Dining Open: San Francisco, San Diego, Marina Del Rey and Newport Beach

SKI LIFTS: Open if there's snow



(subject to change)

BUENA PARK: Knott's Berry Farm closed on Christmas Day.
FAIRFIELD: Jelly Belly Factory Tours closed Christmas Day.
GILROY GARDENS: Closed Christmas Day. 
LA JOLLA: Birch Aquarium is closed Christmas Day.
LONG BEACH: Aquarium of the Pacific closed Christmas Day.
LOS ANGELES: The Getty Center is closed on Christmas Day.
LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Zoo is closed Christmas Day.
MONTEREY: Monterey Bay Aquarium closed Christmas Day.
OAKLAND: Oakland Zoo closed Christmas Day.
PALM DESERT: The Living Desert is closed.
SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Zoo closed
SAN FRANCISCO: Steinhart Aquarium closed December 25.
SAN FRANCISCO: Pier 39's Aquarium on the Bay is closed Christmas Day.
SAN MARINO: The Huntington Library & Gardens closed on Christmas Day.
SAN SIMEON: Hearst Castle is closed on Christmas Day.
VALLEJO: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom closed on Christmas Day.
YERMO: Calico Ghost Town closed Christmas Day

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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