California Dreaming

dsc01622fThe Black Friday deals were so incredible we used our vacation money this month for Christmas presents instead.   Therefore we decided to postpone our California excursion. Fortunately we have another beach vacation lurking just around the corner in the New Year. Until then, I am California Dreaming with a few of my favorite California Beach shots, which I have made available into a 4 pack panoramic gift card set, just in time for the holidays, which include… Continue reading

Christmas Decorating

img_5571fIt has become a bit of a family Tradition to begin decorating for Christmas around the third week of November. Putting up the Christmas lights outside and bringing a live tree inside. Nothing puts me in the Christmas mood quicker than the smell of a fresh Christmas tree…

Gingerbread House

img_4801fEnjoying the Christmas season would not be complete without baking and building a Ginger bread house. Or, even easier, just decorating a pre-built one. Regardless of what you choose, put on some Christmas tunes and begin piecing one of these together. This has always been a fun part of gearing up for Christmas. It is also one of the fun indoor activities to enjoy when the weather outside is frightful…

Downtown Disney Christmas


Downtown Disney also becomes very festive at Christmas time, with Christmas trees, lights, decorations and holiday treats. This year you can even go ice skating on Olaf’s Frozen ice rink, set up for you to enjoy right beside the ESPN zone. You will also find a winter village set up where you can browse gifts, souvenirs and treats.

California Adventure Christmas


California adventure also has a great Christmas Overlay with decorations around every corner. Although the spectacular Christmas tree on Main Street USA in Disneyland is pretty hard to beat, The World of Color Winter Dreams show alone is worth dragging yourself out of Disneyland and into California Adventure for even more Christmas fun.

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Disneyland Top Christmas Treats


If you like Candy Canes you will love the handmade ones available at the Candy Palace on Main Street USA. Make sure you stop by first thing in the morning as they sell out quickly for the day. You will also love the peppermint ice cream or peppermint mocha, which will surely put you in the Christmas spirit, here are a few more treats worth trying…

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Vancouver Christmas Market


This little German Christmas market complete with a carousel offers a wide variety of Christmas crafts and a number of delicious food and treats. Many beverage options are available for adults. For the kids, you will find a magnificent real hot chocolate that is out of this world. Get into the spirit with christmas carols and unique gifts at The Vancouver Christmas Market which runs Nov 21 – Dec 24