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Bakersfield Christmas Town Logo

Drive Thru AND Walk Thru
Open November 26 thru January 1, 2022.
CLOSED DECEMBER 1st for Special Event

at the Kern County Museum
3801 Chester Ave
Reservations NOT required
Drive Thru Entrance is by Sam Lynn Ball Park

inside Pioneer VIllage


Welcome to Christmas Town!

Dear Visitor,

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 activities for my elves, munchies 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. I would love if you would 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 at Christmas Town as you drive through the mile long winter wonderland of lights and displays or walk thru and enjoy the interactive light shows.  I'll be waiting for you!! 


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Hours & Prices

Admission Prices


Walk Thru Admission
(Per person every day. Admission includes all activities)


Monday - Thursday
Drive Thru Admission
(Per regular vehicle)


Friday and Sunday
Drive Thru Admission
(Per regular vehicle)


Drive Thru Admission
(Per regular vehicle)


Monday - Thursday Admission
(Per STANDARD Limo or Passenger Van (seats 10 or more people))


Friday - Sunday Admission
(Per STANDARD Limo or Passenger Van (seats 10 or more people))

Passenger Vehicles only. No RVs or Buses
All occupants must have a seatbelt.
NO stretch Limos or Hummers

Hours of Operation

Open Every Day November 26 - January 1, 2022* Closed December 1st for Special Event

Ticket booth opens every day at 5:30 PM


5:30 - 9:00 PM


5:30 - 10:00 PM

* Drive Thru Only On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Reservations NOT required


The Sights and Sounds

Christmas Tree

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 as you drive around and under the captivating display of wonder.


Holly Jolly Train Ride

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 train ride 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 artificial 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

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 transformed Pioneer Village into a twinkling Elf Hamlet with specially decorated houses, including special houses for Santa's friends! Children can send letters to Santa at our Candy Cane Post Office, frolick in Frosty's Play Area for kids, help Buddy the Elf save Christmas in our Laser Tag Arena, and ride our Sugar Plum Christmas Train!    ALL THESE ACTIVITIES RETURN IN 2021

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I purchase tickets?

Online tickets are available for purchase HERE

Reservations NOT required.  Online tickets are valid any day we are open.

Can I purchase a ticket at the gate?

Yes!  The ticket booth opens at 5:30 pm.

What does it cost?

General Admission tickets are $20 per person for the Walk Thru.  Children 2 and under are free.  Drive Thru is $25 per vehicle Monday thru Thursdays, $35 on Friday and Sunday, $40 on Saturday.  Limos and Passenger Vans that seat 10 or more are $50 Monday thru Thursdays and $100 Friday thru Sundays.   NO RVs or BUSES.  Limos must be standard length.  Stretch Limos and Hummer Limos will not be able to make the tight turns.

Do I have to purchase separate tickets to do the drive thru and walk thru?

NO,  If you purchase two or more tickets for the walk thru, the drive thru is included in your ticket price but must be used the night you use your walk thru tickets.  If you purchase a drive thru ticket and decide to do the walk thru, the drive thru purchase price will be credited toward the purchase of walk thru tickets to be used the same night.

What days are you open?

Seven (7) days a week beginning Nov 26  through Jan 1, INCLUDING  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Drive Thru only on these two days)!  CLOSED DECEMBER 1 FOR A SPECIAL EVENT

What are your hours?

Sun.-Thurs. 5:30-9 pm; Fri.-Sat., 5:30-10 pm. 

Where are you located this year?

Our elves have reconstructed Christmas Town at 3801 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301 (inside the Kern County Museum's Pioneer Village). Look for the 40-ft. lighted Christmas tree towering in the sky.  The drive thru entrance is off of 40th St next to Sam Lunn Ballpark.

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!

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 and website for updates or closures.  www.facebook.com/BakersfieldChristmasTown

Do you charge us for photos with Santa?

No, we do not charge for photos with Santa, but you will need to bring your camera to capture that special moment.  We do offer pictures printed at Santa's house but there is no obligation to purchase them.

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.

How long is the drive thru experience?

The drive distance from start to finish is a little over one mile.  The length of time depends upon your vehicle speed however the maximum speed limit is 5 mph.

Can I exit my car during the drive thru experience?

No.  All passengers and the driver will have to remain in their vehicle until you have exited the premises.

Letter to Santa

Location & Directions

3801 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301

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