Open November 27 thru January 3, 2021.
including 12/24 and 12/25
at the Kern County Museum
3801 Chester Ave
inside Pioneer VIllage
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 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. Normally 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 but this year is different. I'll be a Christmas Town as you drive through the mile long winter wonderland of lights and displays. I'll be waiting for you so wave to me as you drive by. You can also stop and one of the wonderful elves can snap a quick picture of me by your vehicle.
Hours & Prices
Admission per Regular Vehicle
Admission per Limo or Passenger Van
Passenger Vehicles only. No RVs or Buses
All occupants must have a seatbelt.
Hours of Operation
Open Every Day November 27 - January 3, 2021*
Ticket booth opens every day at 5:30 PM
5:30 - 9:00 PM
5:30 - 10:00 PM
* Open 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 as you drive around and under the captivating display of wonder.
Holly Jolly Hayride CLOSED DURING THE 2020 SEASON
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 CLOSED DURING THE 2020 SEASON
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 CLOSED DURING THE 2020 SEASON
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' 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! SANTA WILL OUTSIDE TO SAY HI AS YOU DRIVE THROUGH THIS YEAR.
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, have a special Winterland face painting, help Buddy the Elf save Christmas in our Laser Tag Arena, protect Christmas Town from the abominable snowman at the paintball shooting gallery, and ride our Sugar Plum Christmas Train! ALL THESE ACTIVITIES WILL RETURN IN 2021
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?
Yes! The ticket booth opens at 5:30 pm.
What does it cost?
General Admission tickets are $25 per Vehicle. NO RVs or BUSES.
What days are you open?
Seven (7) days a week beginning Nov 27 through Jan 3, INCLUDING Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!
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.
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 own camera to capture those precious memories.
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 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 experience?
No. All passengers and the driver will have to remain in their vehicle until you have exited the premises.