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     Hooray! With December already in, we are now in the most wonderful time of the year!

    As such, the holiday season is slowly inching and it's definitely family time once again also. With plenty of plans sliding down your checklist, enjoying yourself with your family or loved ones is surely a priority.

    If taking a tour in downtown Los Angeles has been the focal point of your desired holiday experience this year, then kindly check the list below for potential destinations:


1. Capistrano Lights

Capistrano Lights | Image courtesy: Val Westover Photography/We Like L.A.


    Enjoy the beaming features and glimmering world of Capistrano Lights this holiday season. This beautiful spot in downtown Los Angeles is an enticing attraction for a lovely and calming atmosphere.

    With the season of Jesus already in, the Capistrano Lights is donning Christmas-themed designs from soothing carolers, tall Christmas trees, and Santa Clause.


Location: California Landmark #200, Mission San Juan Capistrano



2. Holiday Light Festival Train Ride


 Holiday Light Festival Train Ride | Image courtesy: Haunting

    
    Christmas is surely fun when you can at least take a stroll, and the Holiday Light Festival Train Ride can give you that.

    Perfect for families and kids, this special attraction is a must-try for a wonderful train experience. Once you get there, enjoy yourself with thousands of light decoration and Christmas designs all the way through.


Location: 4400 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 


3. Holiday Road

Holiday Road | Image courtesy: Holiday Road/Los Angeles Daily News


    Want to experience more rides like a kid? Then a holiday ride on the Holiday Road got you!

    Holiday Road has a special trail that is nearly-one mile in length which stands perfect for picture taking and Instagram purposes. It turned out to be a walk-thru attraction when the COVID pandemic started slowing down, and has been a magnet of attention for some U.S. celebrities in the likes of Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

    If you want to have a savvy social media posting and a wonderful stroll for a 2022 Christmas experience, a tour in Holiday Road around downtown Calabasas has to be placed at the top of your travel list.


Location:  26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA


4. L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow


L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow | Image courtesy: L.A. Zoo

    Based on its name already, Animals Aglow is an additional option for your holiday vacation if you want to ignite that love and interest in animals and nature.

    A key feature of the L.A. Zoo Lights, All of its feature animals are sophisticatedly bulbing, with trees and plants also delivering lively lighting that can entice your nature-loving identity.


Location: 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 


5. Six Flags Magic Mountain

 Six Flags Magic Mountain | Image Courtesy:  Six Flags Magic Mountain/Los Angeles Times


    Looking for a thrilling adventure to shaken your holiday soul? Six Flags Magic Mountain is perfect for this desire of yours!

    Six Flags Magic Mountain offers an out of this world recreational experience, from its rides, designs and joyous features of being a theme park. It also offered an unlimited dine in perks, which is considerably a desirable place to spend your holiday vacation.


Location:  26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA




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Written by Andrei de Guzman


Andrei de Guzman is a digital marketing intern for the Winter Season of PS Media Enterprise. He is currently a fourth-year Communication Research student from Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa.


 


    Move and give way as California rules the United States' food hub this year 2022.

    

    Having a wide range of delicacies and spectacular food stops that encompasses almost all kinds of culture and nationalities throughout the world, the state of California is truly a melting pot and an undisputed powerhouse in the food industry of the United States. 

    This notion can only be fortified by the fact that the three of its cities have reached reputable mark and distinction from a notable study.

    Recently, personal finance website WalletHub has released the result of their comparative study of cities across the U.S. on which place has generally the best food service and accommodation. The research is based on the preferences of "foodies", which are classified people who "enjoy discovering new and unique flavors wherever they can find them, including in their own kitchens and less prominent establishments like street food stalls."

    As such, California cities like San Francisco (fourth), Sacramento (sixth), and San Diego (tenth) have landed on their Top 10 ladder of 'Best Foodie Cities' amongst 182 ranked places. 

Bodega SF, one of the finest restaurants in San Francisco | Image courtesy: Erin Ng/ Eater San Francisco


    WalletHub based their study on 29 food-related metrics which includes restaurants per capita and sales tax. Then, these 29 standards are compiled into two categories: 1.) affordability and diversity, and; 2.) accessibility and quality.

    All of the 182 cities in the study were graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 as the best score possible. At fourth-best, San Francisco had a 65.10 score. Sacramento, being at the fourth, got 62.89 overall score. Finally, San Diego registered 60.78 points for the 10th best record.


Mourhit Drissi and his Casablanca Morrocan Restaurant in Sacramento | Image courtesy: Sacramento Bee


Dija Mara, a popular and modern Indonesian food stop in San Diego | Image courtesy: Eater San Diego


    The city of Portland in the state of Oregon earned the top place on the ranking of the best foodie cities in the U.S. with an overall score of 69.96.

    Below is the ranking of all California cities on the study of WalletHub:


    4th: San Francisco – 65.10 points

    6th: Sacramento – 62.89 points

    10th: San Diego – 60.78 points

    15th: Los Angeles – 58.16

    20th:  Oakland (Alameda County) – 56.23 points

    39th: Santa Ana (Orange County) – 51.41 points

    45th: San Jose (Santa Clara County) – 49.98 points

    49th: Anaheim (Orange County) – 49.53 points

    63rd: Fresno (Fresno County) – 48.25 points

    71st: Santa Rosa (Sonoma County) – 46.47 points

    76th: Bakersfield (Kern County) – 45.97 points

    77th: Garden Grove (Orange County) – 45.83 points

    82nd: Stockton (San Joaquin County) – 45.55 points

    84th: Long Beach (Los Angeles County) – 45.49 points

    86th: Modesto (Stanislaus County) – 45.16 points

    89th: Glendale (Los Angeles County) – 44.94 points

    90th: Oceanside (San Diego County) – 44.91 points

    98th: Chula Vista (San Diego County) – 44.12 points

    118th: Irvine (Orange County) – 42.85 points

    119th: Huntington Beach (Orange County) – 42.80 points

    130Th: Oxnard (Ventura County) – 41.56 points

    136th: Riverside (Riverside County) – 41.00 points

    139th: Fremont (Alameda County) – 40.80 points

    142nd: Santa Clarita (Los Angeles County) – 40.46 points

    161st: San Bernardino (San Bernardino County) – 38.32 points

    163rd: Ontario (San Bernardino County) – 37.89 points

    168th: Rancho Cucamonga (San Bernardino County) – 36.49 points

    177th: Fontana (San Bernardino County) – 32.10 points

    180th: Moreno Valley (Riverside County) – 32.10 points




References


Palm, I. (2022, November). 3 California cities among Top 10 ‘Best Foodie Cities’ in America. KTLA. https://ktla.com/news/california/3-california-cities-ranked-in-top-10-for-best-foodie-cities-in-america/

Stroller, G. (2022, October 6). Top 10 Foodie Cities Exclude Chicago, New York, Los Angeles. Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/garystoller/2022/10/06/top-10-foodie-cities-exclude-chicago-new-york-los-angeles/


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Written by Andrei de Guzman


Andrei de Guzman is a digital marketing intern for the Winter Season of PS Media Enterprise. He is currently a fourth-year Communication Research student from Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa


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