Bringing Christmas back with a resounding bang, SkyPark at Santa’s Village, an outdoor adventure and winter-themed amusement park in the Skyforest section of Lake Arrowhead, California, opened in time for the holidays 2016.
The park is at 28950 California State Highway 18, Skyforest, CA. The telephone is (909) 744-9373 and the Website is www.skyparksantasvillage.com.
Closed for many years, this once preeminent amusement part was originally opened in May 1955. It was the first franchised amusement park, one of three built by developer Glenn Holland. The others were in Scotts Valley, California, and East Dundee, Illinois. The East Dundee park reopened in 2011 under new ownership as Santa’s Village AZoosment Park.
Opening more than a month before Disneyland, the 220-acre park was one of Southern California’s biggest tourist attractions. It boasted kiddies’ rides, including a bobsled, monorail, and Ferris wheel; a petting zoo; live reindeer and shops that included a bakery, candy kitchen and toy shop. All that and more has come alive once again in this new incarnation of a treasured landmark.
Reduced attendance and revenue shortfalls caused the park to close on March 1, 1998. The property sold and served as a staging area for local logging operations. The faded candy cane signpost and dilapidated buildings became a ghost town along the Rim of the World Highway.
In June 2014, the park was sold to a new owner who planned to operate it as a year-round tourist destination called SkyPark at Santa’s Village. Following extensive renovations of 18 original Santa’s Village buildings and restoration projects in the surrounding forest, it reopened as the outdoor adventure park, SkyPark at Santa’s Village, on December 2, 2016.
Now the park is full of family fun.
During the winter, the Silver Bells Arena transforms into a beautiful skating pond. The whole family can borrow some Skypark skates and start a new Christmas tradition. There’s a reason that so many Christmas carols talk about skating. It’s one of the best ways to make magical Yuletide memories – especially in a beautiful, boutique rink wreathed in pine trees.
Night skating is also available certain evenings, giving you a magnificent view of the stars as you speed and twirl over the ice. The Adventure Elves are always there to lend a hand to skaters who would like some assistance or pointers.
Join Santa Claus for the most important meal of the day!
Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy a fun filled, whole hearted breakfast party with Santa and his Elf family Friday through Sun after Thanksgiving and through Dec. 24 in his very own private dining room. All the Good Girls and Boys will have time to interact with Santa and make sure he knows what they want for Christmas. There are opportunities for pictures with Santa and the Elves.
The buffet-style breakfast is filled with all of Santa’s favorite holiday themed breakfast treats, such as Reindeer Pancakes, Snowman Waffles, Elves Special Egg Casserole, Breakfast Meats, and Fresh Fruit.
There is also the opportunity to take tea with Mrs. Claus Thursdays through Sundays during the holiday season at 1 and 3 p.m. During the holiday-themed high tea party, Mrs. Claus will teach children of all ages about tea etiquette. A variety of teas and yummy high tea treats will be served on Mrs. Claus’ impeccable china. Enjoy delicious scones, finger sandwiches and sweet little cakes.
While there, Santa’s Elves will be holding special Crafting Classes for Guests in Santa’s Workshop. Guests can choose between creating a unique Christmas scene in a magical snow globe, building a wooden toy or creating a special ornament.
Guests have the option of attending Cookie Decorating classes inside the Sky Trading Company. This is where Guests can go to learn special cookie decorating techniques and decorate a miniature gingerbread house or a giant gingerbread man cookie.
There are restaurants, a shopping area and much more to enjoy.