When vacationing to Big Bear, you are probably looking forward to many of the outdoor activities that await you. Big Bear is settled in the San Bernardino Mountains and features an abundance of outdoor fun. One of closest attractions to your vacation rental will be Skypark at Santa’s Village. This outdoor park is just a short drive away and features some incredible fun to have.
Renewed Outdoor Attractions
Skypark has been operating since 1955 but what you will see is all completely new. Santa’s Village was the first franchised theme park in the country and actually opened a few weeks before Disneyland. Unfortunately, one of the big fires in the area in 2003 (known locally as the “Old Fire”) burnt much of the attraction down. Residents of the area knew how special this attraction was and made sure to bring it all back again. Now, all of the exciting Skypark activities can be found at Santa’s Village, where it is transformed into an incredible winter wonderland. And with this last remaking, the new owners had a vision that extended far beyond that of previous owners. They envisioned year-round fun and educational programs, promoting conservation and an active lifestyle, all with Santa as the main attraction.
Winter Fun for All
At Skypark at Santa’s Village, you can find an exciting selection of holiday activities that are perfect for the whole family. Skate around with Santa at the Silver Bells Arena, an outdoor frozen pond in the village. Live entertainment will be on hand including Wacko the magician, live storytelling, the Skypark Puppet Theatre, and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be all over the park featuring in activities such as Breakfast with Santa, cookie decorating, Crafting with the Elves, and Write Your Own Santa Letters. Get around the park on the Northwoods Express Train Ride. Older children will love the interactive forest exploration at night, ice cave exploring, mining for gold, and more. The park continues to add new and improved attractions every year so make sure to visit again in the future and see what has changed!
Fun All Year
Past incarnations of Santa’s Village did focus on the holiday season, but today Skypark at Santa’s Village offers kid-friendly and family-friendly fun, year-round. And the kids can still see Santa Claus even though it’s not Christmas. He’ll be at the park on weekends from 12pm to 3pm during the “off holiday” season.
Enjoy the outdoors! Hike, bike and zip through the trees on the Parks many trails. The extensive trail network of the Bike Park offers multi-use trails, hiking trails, and biking trails from beginner through expert. Plus, there are two skill areas and a pump track for younger riders. Or head to the Royal Games area where you can challenge your kids to a friendly ax throwing, sharpshooting or archery competition.
And you can enjoy the Silver Bells Arena year-round too. The Arena offers ice skating in colder months, in the summer turns into a roller-skating rink. The Adventure Zipline features over 600 feet of amazing views of the Northwoods and Skypark as you zip around 30 feet up. Do you and your kids love to climb? The Magic Tree Bouldering Room has an interior 12-foot climbing wall where you can practice your rock-climbing skills year-round and Floki’s Frozen Falls Climbing Tower is a 30-feet high challenge to climbers of all ages. Plus, there’s a great view waiting for you at the top of the tower.
And there are year-round festivals and events at the park too. Come out for the regular annual holiday events, but also Pumpkins in the Pines Fall Festival, Skypark’s Birthday Celebration in June, and live concerts once the weather turns nice.
Finding Skypark at Santa’s Village
You can find Skypark at Santa’s Village by going to 28950 California State Route 18 in Skyforest on the scenic Rim of the World Highway. The attractions at Skypark are currently scheduled to be open year round with special holiday hours. The park is open most weeks from Thursday through Sunday. Find out additional information and purchase tickets by calling Skypark at 909-744-9373 or visiting their website (www.skyparksantasvillage.com). Remember, kids under 3 and adults over 75 get in free, and they offer a 10% discount to members of the military. Admission tickets are an additional $10 at the gate, so reserve/purchase your tickets ahead of time. Your next winter wonderland awaits you any time of year!
Enjoy the Holidays in Big Bear
It is never too early to start planning for your holiday travel plans. While traveling may look a little differently this year, you can still expect the same high-quality vacation rentals we offer in Big Bear. Call today to reserve your rental that is just a short drive from Skypark and many other attractions in the area.