Opening for the 2017 season on Friday, November 24!!
3825 Riverlakes Drive Bakersfield, CA 93312
(next to the Riverlakes Community Center near the corner of Coffee Rd and Riverlakes Dr)
Welcome to Christmas Town!
By way of introduction, my name is Santa Claus. I am a toy maker by trade and a lover of all things Christmas. I live at the North Pole for most of the year, where my elves and I make the toys you see on store shelves and underneath your Christmas tree on December 25th.
Many of you have never seen me, although I know each of you by name. I would like to change that, so I've been searching for the perfect place to meet in person.
After searching high and low, Mrs. Claus and I discovered a place in California called Bakersfield Christmas Town, and we knew we had to learn more! We traveled from the North Pole to meet the creators of this magical town and were surprised to find our distant relatives hard at work! Ho-Ho-Ho! We were delighted to see what our cousins have planned, including houses for my elves, stables for my reindeer, a holiday hayride, and a giant Christmas tree surrounded by a fantastical light show. They even made ME a cozy house with a roaring fire just so I can meet each of you.
I am nearly finished with my work here at the North Pole and plan to return to Christmas Town the day after Thanksgiving. Please stop by and give me a hug, write a Christmas letter, take a turn on the skating rink, or go sledding down the giant snow hill. I'll be waiting for you.
Hours & Prices
Children 3 - 9
Senior Citizens (55+)
Children under 2 are FREE. Military discount is $5 off the general admission.
Hours of Operation
Open Every Day Nov. 24 - Jan. 1!*
Ticket booth opens every day at 5:00 PM
5:30 - 9:00 PM
5:30 - 10:00 PM
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
The Sights and Sounds
St. Nick's Lighting Spectacular
Is it the North Pole? Maybe! Step into a different time and place when you move beneath the glittering canopy of lights surrounding our 40-foot lit Christmas tree! The crisp winter air will sparkle to life as holiday lights twinkle to warm and familiar Christmas music, creating a backdrop to a whimsical holiday light show. Come enjoy the magical beauty of Christmas!
Holly Jolly Hayride
Wear your scarves and warm winter hats for your holiday tour of Christmas Town! Music will fill the air as guests board specially decorated Christmas trailers for a spectacular hayride through our poinsettia forest, the snowflake arches, a Victorian village and Toyland. You will delight in the kaleidoscope of lights, our twinkling penguin family, Frosty and his family, and the 12 Days of Christmas.
Jingle Bell Sledding Hill
Ready for a snow day?! Pull on your snow boots (or tennis shoes) and climb our wintry sledding hill! See the lights twinkling all across Christmas Town from your perch 40 feet in the air, and slide down the 100-foot snow hill as you go tubing the old fashioned way! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! This sledding treat will become one of your family's favorite holiday traditions!
Under the Mistletoe Skating Rink
What's a Christmas Town experience without a turn on the skating rink? Lace up your ice skates (that we provide with admission), grab your sweetheart's hand and glide across our special skating rink. The center of the rink boasts a 12-foot tree with 18 poles of lights, all synchronized to music the entire family will enjoy. Skating, mittens, laughter and memories for a lifetime.
Santa Claus' Cozy Cottage
Ho-Ho-Ho! Santa has a little house in Bakersfield, Calif.! Children will love visiting with Santa Claus (and occasionally Mrs. Claus, too!) in his cozy cottage in Christmas Town. With his reindeer nearby, Santa can relax and spend time with each child who visits him. It may be cold outside, but it's always warm and toasty by Santa's roaring fireplace. Stop by and say Hi! Santa is so excited to see you!
And so much more!
This is exactly what Central California has been missing -- a complete Christmas experience for all ages! Christmas Town has a twinkling Elf Village with specially decorated elf houses, including the stables where Santa keeps his reindeer! Children can send letters to Santa at our Candy Cane Post Office, frolick in Frosty's Play Area for kids, climb Rudolph's Rock Wall, and ride our Sugar Plum Christmas Train! Mike's Christmas Trees will also be for sale.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I purchase tickets?
Online tickets are available for purchase HERE on the Bakersfield Christmas Town website.
Can I purchase a ticket at the gate?
What does it cost?
General Admission tickets are $20; Children 3-9 are $15; Senior Citizens are $15
Can I get a group rate?
Yes! For parties of 20 or more, the tickets are $15 for everyone in the party. The only catch is that the tickets must be purchased at the same time. Our accounting elves are very strict about this.
Do you offer military discounts?
Yes! Retired or active military showing a military I.D. will receive $5.00 off entry.
Once we are in the gate, is everything inside free?
Yes, all of the attractions are included with your gate fee. Concessions, souvenirs, and gift shop items are additional costs.
What days are you open?
Seven (7) days a week beginning Nov. 24 through Jan. 1. We are closed is Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (for obvious reasons - Santa has a lot of toys to deliver and a day to recoup). If you missed Santa before Christmas, he will be back with us until Jan1.
What are your hours?
Sun.-Thurs. 5:30-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 5:30-10pm. Box office opens daily at 5:00.
Can I bring in my own drinks?
No, We have concessions that offer a variety of drinks and food. You are always welcome to leave and return as long as you are wearing your wristband that has been marked by our gate with the correct date.
Where are you located this year?
Our elves have constructed an ALL NEW town right at 3825 Riverlakes Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93312 (next to the Riverlakes Community Center near the corner of Coffee Rd and Riverlakes Dr). Look for the 40-ft. lighted Christmas tree towering in the sky.
How often is Santa Claus there?
We just received a letter from him saying he is finished making toys for the season, so he is relocating to Christmas Town for the entire month! Bring the kids!
What do you have for kids?
We have Frosty's Playland with bounce houses, Rudolph's Rock Wall, and our Sugar Plum Christmas Train! We also have the Holly Jolly Hayride touring the town, our Under the Mistletoe Skating Rink, and our Jingle Bell Sledding Hill (with real snow!). Brrrr! Bring your mittens!
Can I have a birthday party at Christmas Town?
Yes, but due to facility constraints we cannot guarantee tables. You can purchase your tickets for your guests and leave them at Will Call or purchase your tickets in advance to distribute before your party. Once inside, all the tables in the concession area are first come first serve so you may set up your own decorations in the table area. Please contact our head elf at info@BakersfieldChristmasTown.com for any other questions
Can we have our company picnic or Christmas party at Christmas Town?
Ho-ho-hurray! Of course you can but due to facility constraints we cannot guarantee tables. You can purchase your tickets for your guests and leave them at Will Call or purchase your tickets in advance to distribute before your party. Once inside, all the tables in the concession area are first come first serve so you may set up your own decorations in the table area. If you need accommodations for a large group, we suggest renting the NOR Picnic Pavilion next door. Your guests can come and go into Christmas Town at their convenience. Please contact our head elf at info@BakersfieldCHristmasTown.com for any other questions.
Are the attractions indoors or outdoors?
They are all outdoors, except for the warm & cozy Christmas Cottage where Santa stays, so please dress accordingly for cold weather! Also, the terrain is best suited for flat shoes, not high heels. Please dress warmly!
Will you have restrooms?
Yes, There are three : one at the entrance, one near concessions, and one near the Hayride. A diaper changing station is located next to the restrooms located near concessions.
Do you charge for babies in strollers?
No. Children 2-years-old and under are angelic little cherubs and free.
Do you offer refunds?
No, the Burgermeister Meisterburger says no. However, if we close early due to weather conditions, we do offer rain checks to patrons that our present at the time we close.
Are you open if it rains?
It depends on the amount of rain. In the event of rain, please check our Facebook page for updates or closures.
What is included in the gate admission?
Everything inside except concessions. Think like Disneyland: All the activities inside are included unless you want to shop or eat. :)
Do we need to bring our own ice skates for the outdoor skating rink?
No, but you can if you have them! Most people in California don't own ice skates, so we happily provide them free of charge.
Do you charge us for photos with Santa?
No, we do not charge for photos with Santa, but you will need to bring your own camera to capture those precious memories or you can purchase pictures that we print on the spot.
Do you have food available for purchase?
Yes, we offer a variety of options.
I lost something! What do I do?
Our "Lost and Found" is at City Hall. Common items we find are credit cards, coats, and the occasional shoe. We will keep these all season. Email Jessica@bakersfieldchristmastown.com if you haven't found your lost item before you leave the park.
Are pets allowed?
Only service animals with proper certification are permitted at Christmas Town.
Do you accept credit/debit cards?
We accept all major credit cards at our box office as well as at concessions and the gift shop.