Christmas Cheer at Santa’s Village- 2017 Winter Season

Christmas Cheer at Santa’s Village- 2017 Winter Season

Christmas Cheer has filled the air once again at Santa’s Village. The moment you enter the park you are taken to a place just North of the Pole. Jingle Bells on the radio and elves around to assist you with your adventure. From Santa’s house to a rock climbing wall, there is something everyone in the family will enjoy.




Our first stop was Santa’s house, where we were able to mark our names down in the “good book” while we waited a short time to see Santa. The kids were pretty excited to share their Christmas wishes with the big guy. I was thrilled to see that only one family can enter at a time, this uninterrupted moment made it even more magical. The ambiance of the room was delightful and true to what anyone would picture Santa’s house to be.

After our visit with Santa, we were off to his workshop. There are various activities to do, some of which are for a small fee but all of which are fun. You can write a letter to Santa, paint a wood toy, make an ornament and build a snow globe. All of these activities are done with the help of Santa’s elves. My children made an ornament and painted a wood toy train.

Walking around the village were friendly characters available to take pictures and tell stories. Every single one of the staff were helpful, kind and professional. I feel that it is so rare to find places with great customer service but Skypark at Santa’s Village is not lacking one bit in that department. It feels as though the employees really enjoy their job and are happy to be at work.

There are plenty of adventurous activities to do as well within the park. You can go rock climbing, zip lining, bike riding and so much more. Archery seemed to be a big hit with families and taking a bounce on Blitzen’s bungee also was a crowd pleaser.

For a small extra fee you can sign up for a workshop with Mrs. Claus. My children wanted to build a gingerbread house and so they did. Mrs. Claus and her helper elf worked with the children and although some of them didn’t quite turn out, they were delicious! All of the food at Skypark is delicious to say the least.

We finished our day watching the parade and tree lighting ceremony where we sang Christmas music and waved too all of the characters, including the resident wolf Arrow. It was truly a magical day for us as a family and honestly cannot wait to go again. Check out the webpage http://skyparksantasvillage.com/ for more information and to purchase your tickets online.

 



Skypark at Santa’s Village

Skypark at Santa’s Village





We woke up before the sun did to make the drive up the mountain. Listened to Christmas music all the way up and paused only a moment to see the sun rise. When we started to see snow on the ground, we knew we had to be getting close. Then we saw it, Santa’s Village.

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Candy canes and rocking horses surrounded by snow. Log cabins dressed with garland and poinsettias. Christmas trees all decorated in a unique fashion. In an instant we were transported to the north pole. My inner child was glowing and my daughters joy was apparent.

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As we stepped into Skypark at Santa’s Village we were greeted with warm smiles, which was exactly what we needed. The wind chill had to be negative a billion and with the temperature only set to hit a high of 28, we were already freezing to our core. I knew it was going to be cold, but never could have prepared for this.

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Arrow, Santa’s wolf, was eager to give kisses and welcome us to his home. He had to be the most beautiful K9 we had ever seen, his piercing light blue eyes told the true story of this magical place.

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A land of log cabins, Christmas tree’s and wonder awaited for us to explore and we jumped right in. We started at Arrow’s Adventure Peddle Cars where we peddled through helping Arrow collect the Santa Key. This key helps Santa gain entrance to homes with no chimney for him to wiggle down. Then jumped to the Polar Express Train ride that takes you around Silver Bells Ice Skating Ring. Stopped for a photo with Arrow and roamed the Sky Trading Company.

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There was plenty of places to eat or get a treat such as K’s Kandyshoppe and Creamery as well as St. Nick’s Patio and Grille.  Our favorite was The Gingerbread house. The building was a gingerbread house and adorned with candies and frosting. They carried many baked good items and of course made the best gingerbread cookies we have ever tasted.

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After satisfying your sweet tooth seek help from the elves in making a wonderful craft and writing your letter to Mr. Claus. Get all of your energy out taking a climb up the rock wall or up and around a gigantic dump truck. Weather permitting you can even take a spin on the strider bike course. Then it will be time to visit Santa Claus which was the highlight of our North Pole adventure.

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Scarlet pushed the door open to his home and stopped in her tracks as she saw Santa and Mrs. Claus sitting next to the fireplace. A beautifully decorated teddy bear Christmas tree behind good ol Saint Nick and a mantle full of Christmas decor was exactly what I envisioned his home looking like. This moment will forever be etched in my memories. Watching my daughter sit on Santa’s lap and recite her wish list. Santa carrying on the conversation about candy canes and hot cocoa. I never could have asked for a sweeter encounter. Leaving Santa’s home we made sure to place a hand on the always frozen North Pole.


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The wind and cold weather never let up so we made our way to Kringles and had the most delicious cup of hot cocoa. Adding our candy canes to our cocoa, as Santa had recommended, gave it that extra shot of Christmas. The log cabin decor inside was the perfect setting for my daughter and I to visit and enjoy warming up in.

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From Christmas carols to train rides and biking to rock walls, Skypark at Santa’s Village is an experience everyone should have. Bringing this old gem back to life and reimagining it to an even better establishment that can bring happiness to all ages year around. Genuinely friendly and helpful staff fill this place with the magic it takes to be, Santa’s Village.

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Visit Skypark at Santa’s Village to purchase your tickets and to get all the information you need before visiting the park.

Once you are truly in the Christmas spirit be sure to check out our Christmas Ornament DIY for a wonderful Ornament inspiration.

We would love to hear about your experience at Skypark, leave us a comment below! Merry Christmas!



Oak Glen, A Unique Mountain Town

Oak Glen, A Unique Mountain Town

My family and I took a day trip today to Oak Glen. It’s a beautiful community in the mountains that’s name to fame is apples. Its busiest time of year is between Labor Day and Thanksgiving, which is when the tree’s are full of delicious apples. Most of the orchards are only open on the weekends and only during peak season but there are a few that stay open through the year. I have been visiting Oak Glen since I was very young and have been bringing my children here since they were babies. Whenever we think about taking a day trip, Oak Glen is at the top of our list.

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My goal was to find home school lesson plan ideas by wandering some of these establishments and I did find teaching moments but I’m not sure I could create a whole week of lessons with Oak Glen being the field trip, it was still a ton of fun none the less.

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Riley’s Farm

Our first stop was Riley’s farm. It’s the first orchard you come to when you are driving in from Banning. Riley’s farm is always busy and has many activities for you to do. On the property you can visit a bakery, a restaurant, gift stores, a few you pick options, which depend on the season.

At Riley’s Farm you can learn about the Revolutionary war as well as Civil war. This includes reenactments and character involved activities. They have many places for your to walk around (watch out for snakes) and take pictures, including colonial type buildings. Being the history buff I am, I was thrilled to have options to take tours and see history re-enacted, only to find out that you have to book far in advance and have to be in a group of 30 or more. So as far as coming as a home school field trip, this venue was scratched off the list.

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We did pick strawberries, made candles and then enjoyed the nice weather on the lawn while I taught my children of the use of candles and the history behind the revolutionary war. There were many employee’s dressed in colonial attire and played to that era when they spoke with you. We found all the employees to be cheerful and helpful.

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Snow-line Orcahrd

Our next stop was Hudson’s Snow-line Orchard which is our favorite. It’s off the main road but there are signs directing you back. They have pick your own raspberries as well as apples. Snow-line has been the focus of an episode of California’s Gold by Huell Howser. It is famous for its old-time cider press that makes the most delicious apple cider we have ever tasted, you must take a moment to watch them use the cider press.

Snow-line is the only ones that make apple cider mini donuts. If you do not get there early, expect to be waiting in line to place your order. As you wait you can watch them make your donuts right in front of you which will have your mouth-watering, if it wasn’t already from the sweet smell as you enter the building. Make your way to the back of the building for apple wine and hard cider tasting. New this year they will be selling apple cider slushies, we got a first taste and I must say it was divine!

Snow-line has wonderful spots to picnic and usually a DJ playing old country music. We could spend all day here but we decided to move on to the center of town. Since apple season has not officially kicked off yet not everything is open but a few restaurants and shops were open and the deer were out and active. A corn dispenser is next to the deer fence and only costs 25 cents for a small cups worth. My children said this was their favorite part of their day. We have seen many deer in the wild and through our other adventures but to be able to feed them and touch the was magical to them.

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I enjoy going to Oak Glen before and after their peak season because I’m not a huge fan of crowds or not finding a place to park but anytime you go, you will have a great time. There is two ways to get into Oak Glen, one route coming from Yucaipa and the other from Banning, both meet in the middle. We love that within 15 minutes from leaving the freeway, we can be up in a mountain community, surrounded by nature. From bed and breakfasts to antique stores, there really is something for everyone in Oak Glen. It’s a place to stay cool, get away from the city and be one with nature.

For times and up coming events to the orchards mentioned, visit their websites at

Riley’s Farm

www.snow-line.com