SeeCalifornia.com 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.
ICE SKATING RINKS
MOUNTAIN RESORTS: Ski lifts are open for Christmas. Check out local hours before you go.
THEME PARKS & ATTRACTIONS:
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.
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
SPECIAL EVENTS OPEN
(subject to change)
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.