Visiting SkyPark at Santa’s Village was definitely the main reason we went to Lake Arrowhead. We were deciding between Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear but I’m obsessed with Christmas and have been wanting to go to Sky Park soooo Lake Arrowhead it was! I was so happy that my dad was in town during this trip so that he was able to come with us 🙂 The kids had a blast spending some much needed quality time with their grandpa, AKA G-pop!
First of all, they are only open from Thursday-Sunday!
I’m so glad I contacted them because we literally were planning to go on a Wednesday. I would recommend going on a weekday if possible. It was pretty empty but then again we did go on “Ski Week” break which isn’t a break for all school districts so I can’t speak for the regular school breaks. As someone who doesn’t like crowds and waiting in long lines, going on Thursday was perfect!
Tickets are $59 for adults and $49 for children and senior citizens (60+).
Children 3 and under are free! You also need to sign waivers prior to entering so if you can, fill them out online before you go! I completely forgot of course, so I used one their outdoor computers to complete them. I was freezing! Lol.
They open at 10am but we didn’t check out of our cabin until 12pm so we got there around 1pm. It’s only about a 15min drive from our cabin but we stopped for a photo opp on the snow covered mountain (duh), spent a few minutes bundling up in the car and mentally preparing ourselves to step out into the cold (haha), oh and I had to fill out everyone’s waivers.
As we walked into, my initial reaction was “omg! this place is SO cute!”
It gave me all the Christmas feels. I felt like just stepped back into December lol. It doesn’t snow in San Diego so it was nice to experience “Christmas” in the snow, a true Winter Wonderland. It looks like a charming little town in the middle of Switzerland.
We were starving so as much as we wanted to walk around and explore, it was time to eat!
We decided to go to the first place we saw, St. Nick’s Patio and Grille. You can’t go wrong with some good American food. We got burgers, hotdogs and fries. They were so delicious!
Next up was Santa’s house!
I don’t know who was more excited, me or the kids lol. It was honestly so magical. The look on the kids faces were priceless. He chatted with them a little and they took some pictures that you can buy at the front. He also gave them some candy canes. What a special experience!
Food coma was starting to hit so it was time to visit the coffee shop, Kringle’s Coffee & Gifts.
I just could not with coffee shop… so stinkin’ cute!! It was like a coffee shop from a Hallmark Christmas movie lol. The people that worked there probably that I was crazy when I freaked out when I found out that they had Pumpkin Spice. I may or may not have considered moving to Lake Arrowhead for a second because they have Pumpkin Spice all year round haha.
The kids needed to burn some energy because all they wanted to do was jump in the snow so we went to the Magic Tree Bouldering Room (indoor wall climbing).
They offer shoes you can borrow. This place probably had the most people we’ve seen at the park because it did get a little busy. It wasn’t too bad though. The kids had a blast and my husband got a work out helping the kids climb lol.
After that we were going to watch the Magic Show but we had some time to skill so we went sledding!
Leo, my dad and I joined in on the fun too. The kids loved sledding so much. They went a bunch of times (thankfully it wasn’t a busy day). They were actually so sad when it was time to go! Safe to say, they had the best time 🙂 Wait, you guys have check out this video I added on TikTok – my dad’s sledding fail! LOL
Saving the Magic Show toward the end actually worked out in our favor.
We were going to go to the Magic Show first but we ended up taking too long to eat lol. Now the kids’ energy was drained so they were content with sitting down for the show. Leo and I were excited for the Magic Show too cause we heard that the magician, Wacko Magician, is from Disneyland! We all know the quality of Disney so we expected it to be good and it definitely lived up to our expectations! It was a small audience and a super interactive show so the kids got to be helpers. We loved it!
After the show, we were on our way to the exit with really sad kids because they didn’t want to leave. We walked by their outdoor play area (which was covered in snow) and they kids begged to go play for a little. We had a 2 hour drive home after so I thought why not, even though it was freeeezing lol. They had so much fun on the swing zipline thing (don’t know what it’s actually called haha).
Overall, we had such an amazing time!
It’s a wonderful experience for both adults and kids. It was so nice to step back into the holiday season. We are already planning on coming back!