No snow, no problem: Tips on wintertime in Los Angeles

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No snow, no problem: Tips on wintertime in Los Angeles

At Santa Monica's Ice, ice skaters skate around a rink. This rink is available during the wintertime, and opened up on Nov. 3, 2018.

At Santa Monica's Ice, ice skaters skate around a rink. This rink is available during the wintertime, and opened up on Nov. 3, 2018.

Photo credit: Amelia Stone

At Santa Monica's Ice, ice skaters skate around a rink. This rink is available during the wintertime, and opened up on Nov. 3, 2018.

Photo credit: Amelia Stone

Photo credit: Amelia Stone

At Santa Monica's Ice, ice skaters skate around a rink. This rink is available during the wintertime, and opened up on Nov. 3, 2018.

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As a former New Yorker, I often looked for snow to start my winter season. Living in Los Angeleshowever, has challenged me to think outside of the box and create some new winter traditions. Here are some of my suggestions for ways to kick off your winter:

  1.   Ice Skating

Ever since I was a kid, ice skating has been one of my favorite winter activities. Whether it’s in Pershing Square or at Santa Monica’s Ice, Los Angeles’ skating rinks have fulfilled my childhood ice skating dreams. Although it is not the same as building a snowman, ice skating has been a creative way to get my frozen fix for the winter. If Los Angeles’ warm winters are not for you, I suggest giving ice skating a try.

  1.   Get a “Doughnut of the Month” at Sidecar Santa Monica

Photo credit: Amelia Stone
Sidecar Donuts in Santa Monica creates new flavors for each month. This donut, Rose”merry” Berry flavored, is one of December’s flavors.

Winter: the season of holiday cheer, sweaters and…doughnuts? While seasonal doughnuts sounded strange to me at first, Sidecar Santa Monica never fails to impress me. With flavors like “Dulce de Leche Gingerbread” and “Chocolate Peppermint,” Sidecar brings the winter season to the doughnut shop in the best way possible. And, ten percent of the proceeds of the “Chocolate Peppermint” flavor goes to Sidecar’s Sidecares Program, which, according to their website, “[selects] six partner charities/non-profits – each from a different… philanthropic category” to donate to. This program provides a great way to give back during the season of giving.

  1.   Check out the Grove’s “Winter Wonderland

If you are looking for a snow-filled winter, the Grove is the place to go. The Grove transforms from a shopping center to a (fake) snow-covered wonderland”each night, with its bright lights, fun decorations and snowfall. Each winter, I look forward to heading to the Grove and soaking in this winter spectacle. This display is available until Dec. 25, 2018.

Although Los Angeles’ warm winters may not add to seasonal cheer, the city has many opportunities to enjoy a more festive winter.

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