Winter is the time for vacations, and that means exploring every little bit of your state. While you might feel like you’ve done all of the things in your city, there are always those hidden gems that take you by surprise. With a state as large as this one, can you ever see it all? Here is our list of the best secret places in California to visit this winter.\nWatch the Newport Beach Boat Parade\nPrice: Free to view; $20 for Christmas boat cruise.\nWhen: December 18 - 22; See event site for full hours\nLocation: 309 Palm St, Newport Beach, California\nWhy You Should Go: You and your friends can sip hot chocolate and watch a spectacular light display on the water.\nView this post on Instagram Do you love the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade? Help us continue this incredible Newport Beach tradition by supporting our online auction! Valued at over $30,000, over 60 items are available including... Hotel Getaways, Dining Opportunities, Sports, Boating, Entertainment and Shopping. Start your bidding! LINK IN BIO! . . . #ChristmasBoatParade #NewportBeach #Auction #OnlineAuction #VisitNewportBeach #Boats #Holidays #Christmas #HappyHolidays #MerryChristmas #yachts #NewportHarbor #NewportBeachHarbor #Fundraiser A post shared by Newport Beach Boat Parade (@christmasboatparade) on Feb 14, 2019 at 11:00am PST\nWebsite\nBook a Cozy Getaway Cabin\nPrice: A 2-person cabin begins at $139 a night. Prices vary by date.\nWhen: Year-round\nLocation: Big Bear, California (2 hours from LA)\nWhy You Should Go: You can escape from city life in these beautiful fully-stocked glamping cabins.\nView this post on Instagram Escape your wifi connection, discover your IRL connection. 📷 by @emilyjcanterbury #getawayoften #fallvibes #disconnecttoreconnect A post shared by GETAWAY (@getawayhouse) on Nov 14, 2019 at 2:54pm PST\nWebsite\nExplore the Cambria German Christmas Market\nPrice: $10 to $25 per person\nWhen: November 29 - December 23 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.\nLocation: Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Dr, Cambria, CA 93428\nWhy You Should Go: You can experience what Germany is like in the winter but in your own backyard. The markets are full of magical sights, goodies, and Christmas cheer. Who doesn't want Gluhwein and pretzels?\nView this post on Instagram ❤️ Keep Calm It’s Almost Time For The Cambria Christmas Market! 🎄 #24daystillopeningday #cambriachristmasmarket A post shared by Cambria Christmas Market (@cambriachristmasmarket) on Nov 5, 2019 at 12:39pm PST\nWebsite\nSnowshoe to Fallen Leaf Lake\nPrice: Free\nWhen: Varies by season\nLocation: South Lake Tahoe, California\nWhy You Should Go: During the winter, grabbing a pair of snowshoes and exploring is one of the most fun ways to see northern California. This frozen lake is one of the most beautiful winter destinations.\nView this post on Instagram A view that never gets old. // #laketahoe #fallenleaflake #mountainviews #lakeview #shotoniphone #california_igers #freshsnow #rawcalifornia #theemptyseries A post shared by BRIAN WALKER 📸 (@brian.walker) on Feb 27, 2019 at 7:22am PST\nWebsite\nRide an Alpine Coaster Through the Forest\nPrice: $6 per person\nWhen: Year-round; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday\nLocation: Big Bear Lakes, California\nWhy You Should Go: You can race your best friend on a giant alpine slide through the wilderness.\nView this post on Instagram 🙌😍 A post shared by Gabe/Gabriel (@sdgabethevacation) on Nov 9, 2019 at 1:13pm PST\nWebsite\nGo Sledding at Mammoth Mountain\nPrice: Varies by season\nWhen: November - February\nLocation: You can find full directions here.\nWhy You Should Go: You can fly down the mountain on a sled and feel like a kid again. Mammoth is one of the best places to go skiing, snowboarding, and tubing in California.\nView this post on Instagram Tubee or not tubee? #shred A post shared by Veronica Kwiatkowski (@veronicakallday) on Mar 12, 2016 at 6:25pm PST\nWebsite\nTour California’s Largest International Christmas Market\nPrice: Free admission\nWhen: Friday, December 6 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, December 7 from noon to 11 p.m.\nLocation: Balboa Park, San Diego, California\nWhy You Should Go: You can enjoy San Diego’s largest Christmas festival. There are beautiful lights, delicious food, and goodies from all around the world, and plenty of places to take super-fun, Instagrammable pictures.\nView this post on Instagram The two most fashionable future physical therapists❤️ #futuredpt A post shared by Lindsey Rummings, SDPT (@rummingthroughthe6) on Dec 8, 2018 at 6:59pm PST\nWebsite\nVisit Sequoia National Park During the Snowy Season\nPrice: $35 per vehicle\nWhen: November - December\nLocation: Sequoia National Park, California\nWhy You Should Go: You can walk through a forest of 275-foot tall Sequoia trees, hike by beautiful frozen lakes, and have a massive snowball fight.\nView this post on Instagram 🌲 Nothing like the redwoods of California. Credits: @everchanginghorizon. Tag: #thegreatplanet A post shared by The Great Planet ™ (@thegreatplanet) on Nov 11, 2019 at 12:08pm PST\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.