You know how Los Angeles is the greatest city in the world except for those few weeks around the holidays when the Midwest and East Coast are gorgeously covered in snow and we’re insanely jealous? No longer an issue. Snow Los Angeles is back for 2017, so we can all go tubing and selfie-ing and drinking at a nine-acre snow park at The Old Lodge in Elysian Park, right near Dodger Stadium.
Yeah, we know. You probably have questions.
The park is outdoors, at The “snow” that will blow around is technically not actual snow. Snow Day L.A. uses the same synthetic snow The Grove sprinkles down on guests (beautifully) during the holidays, and it’s all biodegradable, non-toxic, non-water-wasting, and whatnot—but maybe you should be less nosey and just enjoy something for once. As for the tube lanes, they’re comprised of a material called PowderPak, which is a synthetic carpet used by ski instructors in warm climates, with shaved ice at the top and bottom of the PowderPak runs.
In addition to marveling at snow falling in L.A. and sliding down tubing runs, you can take a whirl around an outdoor ice skating rink, stroll a path with elaborate holiday light installations, visit a life-size gingerbread house, pose for photos inside a snowglobe, and sip on a cup of steamy, marshmallow-topped hot cocoa.
General admission tickets run $12 to $29 (all ages over 18 months are welcome, but everybody will need a ticket). If you opt for a VIP ticket at $49, the upgrade includes express entry, ice skate rental, all activities, access to the adults-only Penguin VIP Bar, and your very own penguin or polar bear snuggie suit to take home and wear forever. Tickets must be bought online and, if last year is an indication, they will sell out in advance. Snow Day doesn’t have an actual weather machine, so it might not be cold out, but it gets chilly, particularly at night. Suggestions for appropriate clothing and footwear on are on the website.
This is kind of sort of what it will look like in the hills of Elysian Park soon.
Snow Los Angeles will be open November 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, and December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.