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Bakersfield Christmas Town Logo

Christmas Town opens November 24, 2023
Located at the Kern County Fairgrounds!
Santa will be back!!

Closed November 29 and December 4th for a private event

Walk Thru and Drive Thru will be open through December 31, 2023

1142 P St, Bakersfield, CA 93307


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/Activities

Admission includes all activities2023 Price Calendar

Non Peak Day Admission

November 27-30, December 5-7,
December 13-16, & 27-30

$20 per person

Children 2 and under are free everyday!
Nov 29 & Dec 4th - Closed to the General Public for a Private Event

Peak Day Admission

Weekends & Dec 18-21

General Admission
$30 per person
Seniors & Children
$25 per person

Walk Thru is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Drive Thru Admission

Monday thru Thursday
$25 per regular vehicle
$75 per Limo/Party Bus

Friday thru Sunday
$30 per regular vehicle
$100 per Limo/Party Bus

Drive Thru is OPEN on Christmas and Christmas Eve

All occupants must have a seatbelt.
Ticket includes ONE time through the Drive Thru
Drive Thru is closed Nov 29 & Dec 4th for a Private Event.

Hours of Operation

Open Every Day November 24 - December 31, 2023*

Ticket booth opens every day at 5:30 PM


5:30 - 9:00 PM


5:30 - 10:00 PM

(9:00 PM on Christmas Eve)

* Walk Thru is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Drive Thru is OPEN on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Reservations NOT required
Nov 29th & Dec 4th - Both Walk Thru and Drive Thru are closed to the General Public for a Private Event


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. 



(CLOSED THIS YEAR DUE TO TECHNICAL ISSUES)  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.

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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 our location 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!    

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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 for the Walk Thru on Monday thru Thursday, everyone is one price, $20 per person EXCEPT DEC 18 - 21.  Children 2 and under are always free. Friday thru Sunday AND DEC 18-21, admission is $25 for children ages 3-12 and Seniors over 60.  General admission on Friday - Sunday is $30 per person. Drive Thru is $25 per vehicle Monday thru Thursdays $75 for Limos, $30 on Friday thru Sunday $100 for Limos.   

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

YES They are separate events although the Holly Jolly Hayride will take you through 95% of the drive thru.

What days are you open?

Seven (7) days a week beginning Nov 24  through Dec 31, INCLUDING  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Drive Thru only on these two days)!  We are only closed to the general public on November 29 & December 4, 2023 for a private event.

What are your hours?

Sun.-Thurs. 5:30-9 pm; Fri.-Sat., 5:30-10 pm. Except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (9:00 PM that night)

Where are you located this year?

Our elves have reconstructed Christmas Town at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield, CA . Look for the 40-ft. lighted Christmas tree towering in the sky.  The drive thru entrance is separate from the walk thru entrance.  

Are pets allowed at Christmas Town?

We located on the Kern County Fairgrounds.  The same restrictions apply to our event as the fair.   If you are doing the drive thru, pets are allowed as long as they do not exit your vehicle while on the premises.  Otherwise, pets are not permitted.

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 under 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.

Can I walk through the drive thru?

NO.  The walk thru and drive thru are completely separate for safety reasons.  The hayride (which is a part of the walk thru) will take you through 95% of the drive thru.  If all you want to do is see lights, we recommend the drive thru or make sure you ride the hayride in the walk thru.

When's the best time to visit?

If you ware trying to avoid long lines, Monday through Thursdays are usually not very busy.   Saturday is always our busiest night of the week.

Will I see Santa on the drive thru?

No.  Santa can't be in multiple places at once.  He will be inside his cozy cottage which is part of the walk thru.

Do you charge for parking?

The parking lot is owned and operated by the Kern County Fairgrounds.  They do charge $5 per vehicle.

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Location & Directions

1142 P St, Bakersfield, CA 93307

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