If you are looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate the holiday season. Consider Live Oak Canyon Christmas Tree Farm in Redlands, CA. It’s an excellent option for families to enjoy the holiday season with free admission, Christmas-inspired activities, and more.
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Live Oak Canyon Christmas Tree Farm Visiting Information
- 32335 Live Oak Canyon Rd, Redlands, CA 92373
- Dates & Hours:
- Nov 25 – Dec 23, 2022
- Mon-Thurs: 5-9 pm
- Fri: 5-10 pm
- Sat: 2-10 pm
- Sun: 2-9 pm
- Dates and hours of operations may change. We recommend calling them or checking their website beforehand to confirm their business hours.
- Free admission
- Attraction and Ride Tickets
- $20 for 20 tickets
- $40 for 45 tickets
- $100 for 120 tickets
- These deals can be found on the website or by signing up for their newsletter to get special offers and discounts.
- Mondays: $5 for 1 hour ice skating and skate rentals plus trainers for the kids (Dec 12 & 19).
- Tuesdays (The best deal!): $25 Wristband with unlimited rides/attractions (Nov 29 + Dec 6, 13, 20)
- Includes: Petting Zoo entry, Carousel, Corn Flyer, Coronado, Pumpkin Spin, Pumpkin Wheel, Pony Adventure, Dragon Coaster, Century Wheel, plus 1 train ticket.
- Not included: Petting zoo feed and ice rink admission.
- Wednesdays: Free Century Wheel (Dec 14 & 21)
- 1 Ferris Wheel voucher with a purchase of a $20 ticket card
- 2 vouchers with a purchase of a $40 ticket card
- 4 vouchers with a purchase of a $100 ticket card.
- Thursdays: Free Petting Zoo Entrance (Dec 15 & 22)
- Food is not included (3 tickets)
- Christmas tree shopping
- Train to Santa’s Village
- Sat-Sun from 2pm-5pm- 6 tickets
- Mon-Sun after 5pm – 12 tickets
- Petting Zoo – 5 tickets
- Feed cup – 3 tickets
- Carousel – 4 tickets
- Corn Flyer – 4 tickets
- Cornado – 4 tickets
- Pumpkin Spin – 4 tickets
- Pumpkin Wheel – 5 tickets
- Pony Adventure – 5 tickets
- Dragon Coaster – 5 tickets
- Century Wheel – 7 tickets
- Ice Rink (1 hr includes skate rental) – $10 Mon-Thurs & $15 Fri-Sat
- Time spent:
- 3 1/2 hours
- Check the weather before you go. The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended. Recommend closed toe shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
- What we packed:
- Thick jackets, blankets, bug repellant, @Sud2go cap, water wipes, dinner, popcorn, s’mores kit, veggie, fruits, water, hot cocoa, kids’ pjs, toothbrush, and floss.
- Places to eat:
- Carnival food stands that sold funnel cake, pizza, and Mexican food.
- The Little Red Barn has cocoa and confections.
- Pet allowed:
- Stroller friendly:
- Yes, but lots of wood chips.
- Yes, Porta potties.
- What we observed:
- Entrance to enjoy the lights, outdoor fire pits and a movie are free. They played Home Alone when we went.
- Best value for your money is ice skating for an hour. They do have trainers for the kids.
- To meet Santa, you will need to take the train to Santa’s Village. Note that you will need 6-12 tickets per person (1 ticket = $1) depending on the time you go. For a family of 4, it will cost $48 to meet Santa in the evening.
- Attractions and food options are like the OC or LA county fair and could get pricey. A family of 4 could easily spend over $100 for tickets and food. Best to budget each family member for the rides/attractions.
- Children 2 and under are free on the rides/attractions with a paying adult.
- Make sure to purchase enough tickets. The ticket booth closed at 8:50 pm. An hour and 10 mins before closing when we visited on a Friday.
- Lots of picnic tables by the movie/food area.
- This was a great place for us to meet up with a group of 20 families for Secret Santa.
- Before we left, we changed our kids into pjs and brushed and flossed their teeth before heading home.
- Ways to save money:
- Best to come on a Tuesday to get the Wristbands for unlimited rides/attractions. Purchase the wristbands for your kids and then purchase one train ride for an adult to take the kids.
- If you are going on the weekend, ride the train to see Santa right before 5pm. It will be dark enough to enjoy the lights and it’s half the price.
- Pack a meal, snacks, hot cocoa, and s’mores kit to save money.
- If you can’t make it for Tuesday’s deal, if possible let your child ride without a parent. Our daughter rode with her friends.
- Limit your kids on the amount of rides/attractions. We gave our daughter a budget and had her walk around first to see which rides were her favorites.
- Future events:
- Pumpkin Patch: Mid-Sept until Oct 31st
- Recommended itinerary:
- Logan’s Candies Candy Demo
- 5pm – Greenspot Christmas Tree Farm or Christmas at Live Oak Canyon
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What We Said In Our Live Oak Canyon Christmas Tree Farm Video
At its core, Live Oak Canyon Christmas Tree Farm is trying to sell trees, offering a large selection of fresh Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands to decorate your home this holiday season. With a nice selection of handmade ornaments, you can buy for loved ones that will surely throw off any of their future holiday themes.
They also have a large variety of activities that everyone in the family can enjoy. From Christmas movies to Santa Claus, you might be a grinch if you can’t find something to enjoy here.
As for the atmosphere, the Christmas Tree Farm feels more like a giant Christmas Fair. With ticketed rides and mini roller coasters that kids will enjoy. Just make sure to save some tickets for the train ride if you want to visit Santa. With hours for rides beginning at 5 pm on weekdays and 2 pm on weekends.
Our favorite activity at the farm is their sizeable covered ice rink. While skating on the ice isn’t for everyone. Our oldest enjoyed it, and live oak even has ice walkers the kids can hold onto if they aren’t ready to go alone without assistance.
Live Oak Canyon also has a large petting zoo with over 400 animals worth checking out if you love farm animals. The farm also provides picturesque backdrops for holiday photos. Just walking the grounds, you’ll see great photo opportunities everywhere. Afterward, you can buy snacks and food from the different vendors in the food alley.
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