If you’re ready to start spending quality time with your family and friends, you may wonder about the best venue which doesn’t involve shopping that has made Christmas a highly commercialized holiday. Fret not. With our list of must-attend holiday events that everyone in the family will surely love, you won’t spend your Christmas vacation dead bored, or worse, broke from incessant shopping.
Bakersfield Christmas Town
If you’re looking for a family-friendly Christmas experience, visit Christmas Town in the Pioneer Village where you can see decorated and whimsical houses and a 40-foot lit Christmas tree, ride on a train, and let your kids frolic in the Frosty’s Play Area. But the most interesting thing about this holiday-themed venue is that it accepts walk-in and drive-thru guests.
One of the theme park’s highlights is the 100-foot sledding hill where you can spend the whole day tubing (just make sure that you dress for success, so it’s nice to have waterproof boots, wool socks, and layers of clothes to keep you warm). You should also visit their artificial ice rink where you can rent a pair of skates. And at the center of the rink, you can see a 12-foot tree with 18 poles of lights that sync with the music.
The Christmas Town also offers a train ride that brings you to a poinsettia forest, a quaint Victorian village, a toy land, lighted and decorated houses, snowflake arches, and scenes depicting the 12 Days of Christmas.
Schedule: November 26, 2021 – January 1, 2022
Location: 3801 Chester Ave. Bakersfield (drive-thru entrance is by Sam Lyn Ball Park inside the Pioneer Village)
Instead of bringing your kids to shopping centers and holiday-themed parks, why not try a less conventional venue like a zoo? If this sounds like a nice idea, check out California Living Museum (CALM), which houses gardens and non-releasable animals (some of them have been rescued, so they lose all their natural instinct, while others have physical disabilities that they could not survive in the wild).
In recent years, CALM has been consistently voted the “Best Family Attraction” in The Bakersfield Californian’s Annual Reader’s Poll because of its kid-friendly facilities, plus an extensive collection of native flora and fauna species.
Schedule: 9 am to 4 pm, every day (except major holidays)
Location: 10500 Alfred Harrel Highway (around 15 minutes from downtown Bakersfield)
Winter Art Workshops for Kids and Teens
Bakersfield Museum of Art offers art workshops for kids and teenagers during school-year holidays to give students an opportunity to hone their artistic skills and love for art. Each workshop comes with a theme – e.g., drawing, sculpture, painting, and mixed media art.
Meanwhile, the workshops cater to kids aged six to 11 and teens between 12 and 17 years old.
Schedule: December 21, 2021 – December 30, 2021 (kids’ workshop is between 9 am to 12 noon, and teens’ workshop is 1 pm to 4 pm)
Location: 1930 R St. Bakersfield
Now that you know the must-attend holiday events in Bakersfield, you might as well check out this stunning, family-friendly mobile home park community called Riverdale Village where residents enjoy numerous local community events and outdoor activities.
Considered one of the most charming mobile home parks Bakersfield CA, Riverdale Village offers amenities including swimming pool, clubhouse with a kitchen, billiards and game center, and dog pick-up stations.
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