As the year quickly draws to a close, it will soon be time to start thinking about trimming trees and hanging holiday lights. But, while we don’t usually see a lot of snowy rooftops and icicles here in southern California, it still might just be possible to partake in some real, live winter-themed fun.
That’s because the once popular Santa’s Village – closed for nearly 20 years now – may be reopening soon, albeit temporarily, just in time for this year’s holiday season. Situated just south of Lake Arrowhead, in the small town of Skyforest, Santa’s Village was at one time a popular destination for “cartoony” theme park enthusiasts, even a tad before Disneyland became a reality.
Recently, the new owners of this much loved attraction announced a plan to restore the park with many of its previous offerings, and then some. For instance, in the not so distant future, you could be gliding along on the Silver Bells Ice Skating Pond, climbing up candy covered mountains, or even zip lining high above it all.
There is also the Santa’s Village Mining Company, where you can try panning for some cool rock candy treasures. And, you might even want to explore the Magic Tree Bouldering Room – an indoor cave climbing experience for kids who are both young and old. (Climbing shoes are even provided for you).
Open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily – except for Christmas Day – there is plenty of time to take part in a long list of thrills. Skypark is located on the scenic Rim of the World Highway (California State Route 18), so it’s hard to miss this cool adventure land. But you better watch out, and you better not cry when you get there, because Santa Claus will be watching.