Christmas in Seville, December to January 6, is a wonderful time to visit with kids.
City streets glow with sparkling lights, nativity scenes are on display around Seville, families enjoy seasonal ice skating rink and amusement park, shops are filled with Christmas sweets, Feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated with Baile de los Seises in the cathedral, highlight of the holiday season is a spectacular Three Kings parade.
Every August the Gravenstein Apple Fair is a popular event for families, so we drove out to Sebastopol last weekend. At the fair, kids can eat heirloom Gravenstein apples, pet dairy cows, mini horses, pygmy goats and pigs, run around a hay maze, press fresh apple juice and climb on tractors.
One the most popular holidays in Europe is Epiphany, also called Three Kings Day. The holiday on January 6 celebrates the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem, bringing gifts to the Christ child. Epiphany is observed with special cakes and sweets, parades, and presents for children.
Last weekend we drove out to Sonoma County for fall Weekend Along the Farm Trails. It’s the perfect activity for toddlers and younger kids, to visit local farms, kids can visit local farms, see farmyard animals, pick apples and pumpkins, take tractor wagon rides, play in hay bale mazes, eat fruit pies with locally made ice cream, and more.
Monterey on the California coast is a year round destination. In December, plan your visit to include Christmas in the Adobes, a weekend living history event. Explore 19th century homes, enjoy spiced cider, Mexican hot chocolate, gingerbread, shortbread, and Christmas cookies, watch flamenco, listen to live music, try dancing Mexican California dances.
November 1 and 2 is the Day of the Dead – Dia de los Muertos – a holiday celebrated in Mexico, Central America, and Latino communities around the United States. Families remember and honor deceased relatives with special foods, flowers, candles, altars, nichos, and smiling skeletons.