Playing in Snow, Real and Faux

Do you know where to find the not-cold stuff?

The relatives are finally starting to pour in from the East coast, stamping the ice off their boots while removing their frozen mittens. Ch-ch-chilled.

Shouldn't the very first thing you do here in sunny SoCal be a visit to somewhere it snows? They'll recoil. They'll say they've had enough. But then you'll show them that special brand of the wintry stuff that rules Los Angeles come December.

We're talking the not-nippy, no-shovel-required faux snow that drifts gently into your hair, and then fades within minutes. Will they be jealous? Probably, a bit. But there are several places around SoCal still making faux snow, including The Grove (twice nightly, at 7 and 8), Americana at Brand (same deal, through Christmas Eve), Disneyland, and during a certain pre-show at a certain historic theater on Hollywood Boulevard.

Yep, we can hear the cousins now. The relatives will be all, "well, that's nice, but real snow is real snow, you can make snowpeople and sled and ski" (or something to that effect). That's when you check the reports from Mammoth, Big Bear, Arrowhead and Idyllwild, and then head out for a day or overnight.

We got your snow right here, world, authentic and manmade. Right here.

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