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From snow machine parties to timed snowfalls while you shop, California’s dreamin’

By Joanna Schroeder

For many people, it’s hard to imagine wintertime without snow. What could be more idyllic than tromping through the drifts to choose a Christmas tree, building a snowman with your kids or seeing the warm glow of the Menorah in the window as snow gently falls outside?

For families in sunny Southern California, the wonder of sparkly flakes landing on their eyelashes seems pretty far off. But one of the advantages of living so close to Hollywood is the magic of snow machines, which aren’t just for movie sets anymore. Like the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox, which combines advanced technology with family fun, today’s snow machines make the wonder of wintertime snow available to everybody.

Making your own family holiday party snowy is now easier than ever. Jenna Bryson of Papillons Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based children’s entertainment company, explains that a wintery tableau can be created by hiring a snow-maker to blanket your yard with a layer of crisp, fresh snow. “Most young children in L.A. have rarely, if ever, seen or touched snow, so just imagine what adding snow to your holiday party would do for them,” Bryson says.

If hosting a snow party isn’t your cup of holiday tea, there are snowy events all over Southern California. So dig out your mittens and snow suits and pile into your Equinox, which is everything you need in a family vehicle: efficiency, comfort and style.

1. SnowWorld at SeaWorld

San Diego’s SeaWorld features a yearly SnowWorld complete with 6,500 square feet of snow for sledding, snow angels and snowman building. Open daily from November 16 – January 4, 2014.

2. Snow Leopard Festival & Sledding at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Make snowmen and snow angels surrounded by palm trees and animals at Santa Barbara’s picturesque zoo. If 80 tons of snow isn’t enough winter for your kids, wander over and see Lucky the penguin! Sunday, December 8 from 10:00am – 3:00pm.

3. Holiday Shopping at The Grove

Imagine snow gently falling around you in one of Los Angeles’ most beautiful outdoor malls, as you collect gifts for the people you love. Starting November 12, snow will fall nightly at 7pm and 8pm.

4. Star of Wonder Christmas Festival

Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village features 95 tons of snow for sledding, playing and Christmas joy. Sunday, December 8.

5. Aliso Viejo Snowfest

Celebrating winter in Orange Country means 50 tons of snow, a long sledding run, a bunny hill and a snowman park. Snowfest 2014 is Saturday, February 2, 10:30am – 3:30pm.

6. Snow Days at the Kidspace Children’s Museum

Pasadena’s Kidspace Children’s Museum features Snow Days where kids will not only get to play in the white stuff, but also learn about the science of snow and how snow forms in nature. Snow Days 2013 are December 26, 27 and 28 from 9:30am – 5:00pm.

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Joanna Schroeder is Senior Editor of The Good Men Project and a freelance writer whose work has appeared on xoJane,, The Huffington Post, The Weeklings and more. Joanna loves playing with her sons and skateboarding with her husband. You can follow her on Twitter @iproposethis.


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