(StatePoint) The holiday season is all about family, friends, traditions -- and fun! Here are some enjoyable experiences that Californians can savor and share this season, close to home, as you and yours make new memories together.

Take to the Slopes at Mt. Shasta Ski Park


The Mt. Shasta Ski Park is located high on the flanks of mighty, 14,162 foot high, Mt. Shasta in the Shasta Cascade area of Northern California. Discover skiing and snowboarding at one of California’s most spectacular resorts, where you and your family can rest easy and enjoy an affordable winter adventure. At about the same drive time to Tahoe from the Bay Area, you will get a ton of ski time at this undiscovered ski area. Miles of trails cater to all skill levels, thus providing fun for everyone in your entire family. A state-of-the-art snowmaking system ensures there’s always enough fresh snow to enjoy. By the time you take off, you are sure to feel like part of their community. To learn more, visit skipark.com.

Underwater Magic at Birch Aquarium’s Seas ‘n’ Greetings


Experience the magic of the holidays in the underwater world at Birch Aquarium during Seas ‘n’ Greetings, a month-long holiday celebration featuring SEAsonal decor, music and activities for the whole family. Deck the Hall (of Fishes) and get into the festive spirit every day from December 1st to 31st, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Don’t miss the Scuba Santa photo opp, an interactive scavenger hunt or the holiday card worthy ocean views. A seasonal visit to Birch Aquarium is a great way to get kids (and the whole family) in the holiday spirit, while getting them excited about learning. Advance reservations for a specific date and time are required. Visit aquarium.ucsd.edu for details.

Majestic Seasonal Beauty on a Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe


See majestic Lake Tahoe the way it was meant to be seen...from a helicopter! No matter if you are looking for a special experience to gift a loved one, are in town for a holiday escape, or are entertaining holiday guests, a helicopter tour over Lake Tahoe is a wondrous experience. Soak in peak-to-peak views, fly over pristine wilderness and see the unparalleled beauty of Lake Tahoe from above. Daily tours depart from the Lake Tahoe Airport. Expert pilots guide you through a one-of-a-kind tour over incredible destinations including Emerald Bay, Fallen Leaf Lake, Desolation Wilderness, Crystal Bay, and Sand Harbor. Experience breathtaking views of emerald green waters, granite cathedrals, teal shorelines, gorgeous lakes, and waterfalls. More information is available at www.tahoeheli.com and (530) 544-2211. 

Joyous Traditional Shopping Celebrations in Berkeley


Once upon a time, holiday shopping was an enjoyable celebration of twinkling lights and cheer. That throwback tradition is alive in Berkeley. The Telegraph Ave Holiday Street Fair, held over six days in December, offers good vibes, great music, fine food, and unique handcrafts by more than 200 of Northern California's finest multicultural artisans. The Winter Stroll runs the one-mile length of Solano Avenue on December 11, showcasing local businesses, cookie decorating, gift wrapping Girl Scouts, the Peralta Park Festival of Lights, Parking Elves and performers. The Fourth Street District is presenting dazzling holiday lights nightly, four afternoons of Santa Visits and Santa’s Mail Box, and extended shopping hours. Berkeley even offers a citywide gift card, Berkeley Bucks. More Berkeley information is at VisitBerkeley.com.

Photo 2 Credit: (c) Birch Aquarium

Photo 3 Credit: (c) Tahoe Helicopters

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