Palmdale and the Antelope Valley offer a range of winter activities, from catching a show at the Palmdale Playhouse to spotting wildlife at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, you can hit the slopes at a ski resort. Here are some of the many things to do in Palmdale and the Antelope Valley on a winter day.

Catch a Show at the Palmdale Playhouse

When it gets chilly outside, warm up with a show at the Palmdale Playhouse, offering a diverse lineup of musicals and concerts all season long.

To commemorate Black History Month and become educated on a critical time in American history, attend the inspiring, family-friendly “Letters to Harriet Tubman” performance on February 3. If you’re here mid-February, rock out to a Journey tribute band on February 16 or 17. In March, you’ll want to bring the kids along to see “Seussical,” a musical inspired by Dr. Seuss, showing across various times and days.

Go Skiing or Snowboarding at Mountain High Ski Resort 

Head to Wrightwood's Mountain High Ski Resort for a winter adventure just 30 miles from Palmdale. This resort, with its roots tracing back to 1924, comprises three distinct areas (West Resort, East Resort, and North Resort), all just a mile apart. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced skier or snowboarder, the resort offers lessons and rentals to suit all levels. Additionally, you can choose from nine dining options, ranging from mountain-top dining to casual fireside grill settings. 

The West Resort caters to all skill levels, from beginners to advanced, and is renowned for its terrain park. The East Resort boasts trails reaching heights of 8,200 feet and offers a range of snow play activities, including tubing, sledding, and scenic sky chair rides at Yeti's Snow Play. Meanwhile, the North Resort provides 70 acres of lower-level terrain, creating an ideal setting for beginners and families alike. 

Mountain High Ski Resort has its own snow-making capabilities, covering 80% of the property. Typically opening from mid to late November and extending through early spring, the resort adapts to mountain conditions. With nearly 300 acres of skiable terrain and a vertical rise of 1,600 feet, there's ample space for winter enthusiasts. The trails are well-divided, with 25% classified as beginner, 40% as intermediate, and 35% as advanced, ensuring a diverse and enjoyable experience for all.

Explore the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

While the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster tends to draw crowds during the vibrant spring bloom of the California Poppy flowers, this natural haven is a must-see spot at any time of the year, including winter.

The reserve is a stellar spot for stargazing at night due to the area’s lower levels of light pollution. Wildlife enthusiasts can stroll the eight miles of trails that traverse through the winding hills (including a paved section for wheelchairs), which make it a great place to spy on animals like meadowlarks, gopher snakes, coyotes, burrows, kangaroo rats, and scorpions, among other critters who’ve made the reserve their home. 

Go Brewery Hopping

One of our favorite winter pastimes is brewery hopping. Drink a few cold ones and hang out with friends at Lucky Luke Brewing Company and Transplants Brewing Company. Then head to neighboring Lancaster to check out Local Craft Beer & Underground Bowling and Bravery Brewing Co. 

Antelope Valley’s hops scene is bursting with hidden gems, so map your route, raise a glass, and toast to good times.

Visit Us This Winter

Winter in Palmdale and the Antelope Valley presents a variety of activities, from skiing and snowboarding to nature hikes, along with events for the entire family. Check out other things to do year-round and start planning your visit to Palmdale.