For the past three years, we’ve found no better way to get out and enjoy nature AND the spirit of the holidays than at SkyPark at Santa’s Village in Sky Forest, CA near Arrowhead. We were invited to check out the opening weekend of the holiday season offerings and found ourselves staying for hours and hours to soak in the Christmas magic.

If you’ve never been, there’s a lot to do including…

Take in the Beauty of Nature

Hiking and Biking trails available to let you soak in the natural beauty of the mountain landscape. Wonder why they call it Sky Forest? Check out this photo below from our drive up the mountain!


Inside the park, enjoy their free hiking and biking trails.

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If looking at nature is too passive an experience for you, you can bring your bike and fishing gear to the park or rent some of Santa’s (for an additional fee).


Meet Santa and Friends

Meet Santa at his house or find Mrs. Claus around the park. You can also get some face time with the Mrs. by booking a Tea or Cookie decorating experience (for extra charge).

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Find Unique Holiday Experiences

King Celwyn tells stories during the day and invites you to explore the Fantasy Forest Trail night time lights. Grab a lantern and explore the forest and its enchanted evening display. Plus, enjoy other offerings throughout the day including puppet shows, storytelling, magicians, and other live entertainment!


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At dusk, join Santa and his friends for a tree lighting moment.

Enjoy Some Good Eats

These Wings and Chicken Sandwich are served up to order at St. Nick’s. Take your number to the table and elves will come to you with your food. If you’re in the mood for a bigger feast, you can head over to Gatherings BBQ.

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If the restaurants have a long wait, you can opt for some quicker eats at Coachworks, the Coffee Shop, or on busy days a hot dog cart.

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SkyPark Menus

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Nibble a Handmade Treat


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See some of the other goodies to tempt your taste buds!

Enjoy Adult Libations

If you’re traveling without little ones in tow — or if they’re off enjoying the zipline and other activities — you can pop into the Pedal Pub for full bar offering.


Discover Free Activities


Train rides, ziplines, Arrow’s Adventure pedal cars, ice skating, climbing towers, bouldering rooms, and play areas for the little ones are some of what’s included with admission. Plus, you can head over to Santa’s Workshop Exploratorium for free crafts or pay for a some bigger more adventerous options. You can always write a letter to Santa, too! There’s also trampoline bungies and even archery all available for free!

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Enjoy For-Pay Experiences

At the Santa Mining Co. you can pan for rock candy (get a payload of dirt with precious stones and pan it out) or grab a token inside and get some edible rock candy from Santa’s mine. It’s one of the only experiences in the park that requires an additional payment.

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Explore the Village

Take in the sights of the gorgeous and lovingly-crafted village.

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Shop To Your Heart’s Content

New this year are some beautiful hand painted ornaments from Poland depicting iconic elements of Santa’s Village. The set for 2018 includes Arrow, the Gingerbread Bakery, and a Mushroom! You’ll find an expansive collection of decor, ornaments, clothing, and other gifts to bring home the holiday spirit.

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See it for Yourself

SkyPark at Santa’s Village is open year-round but there’s a special magic for the holidays.

As always, we remind readers that this is very much a destination park so you’ll want to make sure to get your admission squared away before making the drive up to Sky Forest.

  • Adults (Age 13-59): $62
  • Child (Age 4-12) and Seniors (60-79): $52
  • Under 3 (and over 80): FREE

Prices shown are ONLINE pre-sale rates. Prices higher when purchased at the door. Group rates also available.

Visit for tickets and more info!


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