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Creating Holiday Memories at Santa’s Village

We visited as a guest of the venue

One of my favorite childhood memories was driving up to the mountains to spend time with my family at Santa’s Village. When I learned that Santa’s Village had finally reopened to the public last year, I wanted to bring my children, but our holiday season was too busy to make the trip. This year, I made it a priority to bring my children to experience the magic of Santa’s Village, and it was an experience that they will never forget.

We had thought about spending the weekend in the mountains but decided to make it a day trip in our Kia Sorento. We left early and arrived at Santa’s Village right when they were opening. I signed the waiver, got our tickets, and the fun began.

As we entered Santa’s Village, the staff advised us to take advantage of the ziplining first to avoid the long lines in the afternoon. That advice was the best we could have received because I noticed a much larger line later in the afternoon. The zip line was the highlight of our time at Santa’s Village. The kids got to fly through the air over the beautiful pine trees with views of the mountains.

Once the kids were done with the zip line, it was time for archery and Blitzen’s Bungee jump. The two activities are located right by the zipline, and the kids had a blast participating in the fun outdoor adventure activities.

Surrounding the zip line and archery range was a bike path where children can rent dirt bikes to go on a biking adventure. It was the one activity that we didn’t have time to do, but I recommend it if your family has time before needing to head back down the mountain.

After all the fun activities, we took a break to have a cookie and hot cocoa. It can get a little chilly in the mountains this time of year, and the warm drink will help to make the experience more magical for your children.

Next, it was time to experience the bouldering room. My older son loves to boulder, so he spent extra time in this room while my younger son went outside to climb the giant rock wall. I loved how physically active my kids were while spending time in Santa’s Village.

We took another short break to have lunch at the onsite restaurant. There are multiple places to get a bite to eat, and I recommend St. Nick’s Patio and Grille because of their wide variety of menu options (including healthy choices too).

You know there is magic in the air when I can easily get my 15 and 13-year-old children to take a picture with Santa. My kids patiently waited in line with their younger brother to whisper into Santa’s ear what they wanted for Christmas this year. It also made for a perfect keepsake photo that I will cherish for years to come.

My kids ended their time at Santa’s Village by taking a ride on Arrow’s Adventure and then ice skating. They ice skated until the sun began to set and it was time to leave to return home.

Santa’s Village is back and better than ever. It is our new favorite holiday tradition, and your family is guaranteed to create memories that will last a lifetime. Santa’s Village is open until January 7th and is located at 28950 California 18, Skyforest, CA 92385.

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