SkyPark at Santa’s Village
Nestled up on the gorgeous mountains of San Bernardino National Forest lies the nostalgic winter wonderland, Skypark at Santa’s Village. Just a short ninety minutes away from the busy city of Los Angeles, you can enjoy a winter getaway at Skyforest, California.
Originally named, Santa’s Village, the park first opened its doors in 1955, just a few short weeks before Disneyland opened. Local resident, Glen Holland, dreamed of this whimsical place, and within one year, his dream became a reality. Eventually, Glen continued to open two additional parks in Santa Cruz, California and in Dundee, Illinois, and Santa’s Village became the first franchised theme park in the country. Sadly, due to financial challenges, Santa’s Village closed its doors in 1998, and the “Old Fire” in 2003, combined with a previous bark beetle infestation, Santa’s Village was nearly destroyed completely. On December 2, 2016, the redesigned park with restored buildings gladly welcomed visitors again for the first time in nearly twenty years, complete with a new name, Skypark at Santa’s Villlage.
A day pass to Skypark at Santa’s Village includes a bike park, zipline adventures, roller skating or ice skating, hiking, fishing, and more. Visit Skypark during the warm summer months to experience some of their hiking trails or incredible selection of bike trails throughout the mountains, complete with ladder bridges and challenging obstacles. From a relaxing cruise around Lady Bug Pond Bike Tour, to the intense Black Diamond Mountain Bike trail, SkyPark Bike Park has something for the entire family of biking enthusiasts. Bikes and riding equipment are available for rent during your visit, but of course, you are welcome to bring your own. Other summer activities include zipline adventures thirty feet in the air, or archery in the Serrano Archery Range. Uncover the history of the Serrano Native American Tribe while learning the basics of archery with a lesson from the trained crew. Rumor has it that you can hear Santa snoring, preparing for a busy holiday season if you knock on his door during the summer.
A visit to SkyPark at Santa’s Village during the winter season is truly a magical holiday experience. Transport to the North Pole, Santa’s House and Workshop, and even write a letter to Santa or enjoy a crafting session with some of Santa’s special elves. Silver Bells Skating Rink and skate rentals are included in the cost of admission. Adventure Crew staff is available to offer tips and tricks for all skill levels. Young children will marvel at the North Pole Express Train Ride as the conductor guides you through Candy Cane Lane and Gingerbread Square. No winter wonderland would be complete without a toasty cup of hot chocolate from Kringle’s Coffee and Gifts, or delicious homemade gingerbread from The Gingerbread House.
Judging the temperature up in the mountains can be tricky, so be sure to dress in layers. Even during summer months, the mountain air can be chilly for those used to the desert climate. Make sure everyone has closed-toed shoes as they will be required to participate in the attractions. You will definitely want a camera for this adventure. Mountain views during your summer hike, or Christmas-card-worthy pictures with Santa, there will be many opportunities for the perfect photo.
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