Santa’s SoCal hood is a magical, alpine adventure!
Around 65 years ago, the Big Guy in the red suit set up camp in Lake Arrowhead and turned it into a Christmas wonderland complete with gingerbread homes, giant candy canes, a grand old sleigh, a gleaming tree and faux alpine dwellings. Fittingly, the charming Yuletide land was named Santa’s Village. With the “Nice List” continually growing, it has since expanded and is now known as SkyPark at Santa’s Village.
NOTE: This year’s holiday storms have covered the park in snow, while it may add to the seasonal magic, the park will be closed in the week leading up to New Year’s Eve for the safety of guests and visitors. There are plans to reopen as soon as possible in the first few days of January.
The theme park is filled with festive activities like Silver Bells Arena (an outdoor pond for skating), Santa’s Workshop & Post Office (where you can post letters to Santa and watch the elves craft beautiful toys). You can explore the grounds on the Northwoods Express Train Ride and go on Fantasy Forest wanders. At night, the towering trees and winding paths are illuminated with glittering lights.
While only some of the usual outdoor activities like Adventure Zipline and Magic Tree Bouldering Room are currently closed, there are still many outdoor recreational options that are still happening—all modified to align with CDC guidelines. You’ll always be able to stock up on scrumptious holiday treats at the quaint shops, enjoy the crisp air on the hiking & biking trails throughout the 230 acres of land, along with a few other merry pastimes.
This retro escape oozes seasonal nostalgia and has just the right amount of kitsch to keep things fun for the whole family. Sometimes you can even catch a sprinkling of real snow and the odd bobcat roaming the grounds.
As expected, reservations are required and spaces are limited to allow for social distancing and tickets will cost $45 for adults and $35 for children 4 to 12. Masks will be required at all times, except when exercising and eating. It’s worth noting that the park is continually adapting to new rules and regulations, so check the activities section online before booking.
Hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. dailyWebsite