Visiting Skypark At Santa’s Village With Kids
When we told friends we were going to visit Santa’s Village near Lake Arrowhead. They were surprised. Most didn’t know it was fully renovated and reopened in 2016 under the name Skypark at Santa’s Village. Open year-round it’s now an outdoor adventure park that has plenty to do in addition to visiting Santa.
In Total, we spent over 5 hours inside the park. With a close eye on the different showtimes, we found ourselves in constant motion the entire day, jumping between activities and scheduled shows. and would have stayed longer if we didn’t have plans in the evening.
Getting to Santa’s Village at 10 am
On arrival, we made sure to snag reservations for the zipline and Santa house. Both fill up fast so we suggest doing the same if you go. Once those were taken care of, we took our time trying out everything Santa’s village had to offer.
Skypark turned out to have a lot to do. We started with the ice skating rink and kept on moving through to the power wheels track where you can sneakily remote control the kid’s cars. From there it was a ride on their little train before you took in a campfire story. I gotta say the actors did great and started sitting in on all the shows. The kids really liked the puppet show, but their favorite by far was the Wacko Show magician. He had all the kid’s complete attention with Kairi saying his show was her favorite experience of the day.
Plenty to do throughout the day
We followed that up with a late lunch and then stop by Santas house to see the jolly old man. Of course, the girls turned into stone in his presence but the setup was really nice. Afterward, the girls had a lot of fun inside the kid’s obstacle playground, with the most popular contraction in there being the mini zipline. There was a really cool climbing wall and boulder room for the kids as well. Along a pushbike track for little ones, and shooting, archery, and ax throwing higher up the mountain for older kids.
Zipline Is Included In Santa’s Village General Admission
In addition to that, the girls poked their heads into Santa’s workshop, considered mining, and begged for candy inside the bakery while I headed up to my zipline reservation. I agree being the only adult going by himself it was a little embarrassing but I had a lot of fun saying my children wanted to watch me do it. regardless, I had fun with it, with the most nerve-racking part coming at the end when you’re supposed to just fall off the catch tower. I’m pretty sure he had to push me.
Skypark’s Bike Park
Surrounding all this was a maze of mountain bikes trails, hiking paths, and a crazy suspended bike attraction they have in the works that’ll have guests riding up above the park when it opens. So if you have a mountain bike at home, bring it, cause access to the mountain is also included with Santa’s Village tickets. If you don’t own a bike, the park also rents some at and first come first serve bases.
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- 28950 California 18, Skyforest, CA 92385
- Mon-Tues: Open on selected dates from 10am-6pm
- Wed,Thurs, & Sun: 10am-6pm
- Fri-Sat: 10am-7pm
- We highly recommend buying tickets online. Admission tickets are an additional $10 at the gate. Child (Ages 0-3): FreeChild (Ages 4-12): $59Adult (Ages 13-59): $69Senior (Ages 60-74): $59Senior (Ages 75 and up): Free
- All activities are included with your general admission. There is a nominal fee for bike/buggy rentals, stroller rentals, wheelchair rentals, professional photos, mining pay dirt, candy mine, and crafts.
Skypark At Santa’s Village Parking
Random Tips from our visit
What we observed:
- Make sure to fill out their waiver form before you go. You can do this after you purchase your tickets online.
- Have your kids write a letter to Santa and bring it with you to drop it off at Santa’s Post Office.
- The bike park is included with the general admission. You can bring your own mountain bikes or rent them on a first-come, first-served basis.
- It can get cold in the area so we dressed in layers and brought our thicker jackets.
- We recommend arriving 30 minutes before they open to avoid the long line to enter the park and to make early reservations for Santa’s House and Zipline. Limited reservations are available each day and are not guaranteed. For us, the zipline reservations filled up within the first 45 mins of the park opening.
- Please check their entertainment QR code for show schedules and parade information. Shows have limited capacity so please plan your day accordingly.
- Fridays and Saturdays are their busiest days. We went on a Sunday and it wasn’t too crowded. A available weekday would be ideal.
- To save some money, we recommend packing lunch, snacks, fun candy toys, and lots of water for the day. The items they sell at the park are pretty pricey.
- You need to have closed-toe shoes to do most of the activities and make sure to bring socks for the ice skating rink. They do sell socks for $5 a pair.
- The park is pretty empty after 3 pm.
- We brought our hand wipes and portable handwash to sanitize before and after each activity.
- Internet reception isn’t great but you can use the park’s wifi.
- The employees there are extremely nice and helpful.
- The park is not that big but it is filled with lots of attractions.
- Santa’s House where you can take a photo with Santa.
- Ice skating rink
- Wacko the Magician Show
- SkyPark Puppet Theatre Show
- Kids Imagine Nation Show
- Village Tree Lighting Parade
- Santa’s Workshop and Post Office
- Ziplining (must be 60-250 pounds)
- Train ride
- Rock climbing
- Face painting
- Ax throwing
- Shooting range
- Bike trail
- Boulder room
- Bike Park
- Mining Pay Dirt (nominal fee)
- Candy Mine (nominal fee)
- Lots of great holiday photo opportunities throughout the park.
- Take photos with their Northwoods characters
- Village of the Lights Spectacular in the evening
- 5 hours
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Should you go?
All together Skypark at Santa’s Village has a TON to do. But the ticket prices are higher than most would expect at 69 to 59 dollars when we went. The food isn’t cheap either so consider packing in some snacks. But for the FUN we had girls and saw how much they enjoyed IT. We recommend bringing the kids to experience At LEAST once. Santa’s Village is even older than Disneyland so it’s cool to see it reopened giving kids the opportunities to have some seasonal holiday fun up in the mountains of SoCal.
Other holiday events:
- YouTube – Wildlights at The Living Desert
- YouTube – Lightscape at The LA Arboretum
- YouTube – LA Zoo Lights
Places to visit around the area:
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