The Christmas season is not just about receiving and giving gifts. In today’s highly commercialized world, people tend to forget that the holiday season is about spending time with family and friends to build long-lasting memories together – and what better way to do it than by undertaking some fun holiday-themed activities.
If you’re running out of ideas for holiday-themed activities in and around Bakersfield, read our tips below that you and your family will surely love.
Photos with Santa
Forget about your “shop till you drop” mantra when you go mall shopping. At Valley Plaza Mall, they hold holiday-themed events that include photos with Santa that specifically caters to pet owners and children within all spectrums of special needs and their families. (You can check out the events schedule here.)
The place also offers seasonal eats and holiday-themed beverages you should try.
Visit farmer’s markets
Valley Farmers Market is Bakersfield’s largest farmer’s market that offers certified organic produce, local dairy products, farm-fresh eggs, jellies, freshly baked goods, honey, and other seasonal produce. Additionally, they have flowers and a wide range of handcrafted items like soaps, jewelry, candles, baskets, and other knick-knacks.
You can also check out these two farmer’s markets in Bakersfield: Brimhall Farmers Market at 9500 Brimhall Rd and Haggin Oaks Farmers Market at 8800 Ming Ave,. Kaiser Permanente Parking.
When you source your ingredients (and gifts) from farmer’s markets, you can save tons of money while supporting local businesses and their families at the same time.
Skiing and other winter sports
Instead of spending your entire day snuggled up in your day, why not enjoy the cold season by doing some winter sports like skiing? Fortunately, Bakersfield is a short drive to stunning mountain resorts like Montecito Sequoia Lodge, Mount Baldy Ski Lifts, and Mountain High Resort.
If you’re looking for a kid-friendly mountain resort, we recommend Mount Baldy Ski Lifts that offer not just scenic wintery landscape but also learning sessions and rentals. But if you prefer a backcountry experience, Mountain High Resort might be a better place for you.
Hiking is a great way to avoid packing on the holiday pounds. While we understand that great food is a shared experience with families and friends, being healthy and active remains important in this holiday season. And what better way to do this than visit hiking trails around Bakersfield.
If you’re bringing along your kids, we recommend Wind Wolves Preserve at 16019 CA-166, Bakersfield, CA. As the biggest nonprofit reserve in the West Coast, it offers multiple trails (ideal for newbies and advanced hikers), unique flora and fauna, and winding creeks.
Eat to your heart’s content
While everyone loves an extended holiday leave that is spent with loved ones, some of us don’t like the demand of cooking for the family ALL the time. So every now and then, it’s nice to take a break from preparing, cooking, and serving food. If this sounds like a good idea, why not visit J’s Place at 2681 Calloway Dr. Ste 300 Bakersfield, CA?
Don’t let J’s Place’s unassuming facade fool you; they serve mouth-watering breakfast comfort foods that include fluffy pancakes, waffles, bacon, and fried chicken at an affordable price. So whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly resto for a simple family breakfast meal or a casual date, this place will not disappoint you.
You don’t need to spend a fortune to enjoy Christmas with your loved ones. With our list of holiday-themed activities, you can enjoy this special time with your friends and family without blowing your budget.
If you think Bakersfield is a nice play to raise a family and live life to the fullest, we suggest that you check out Smoke Tree Mobile Estates, which is a charming Bakersfield mobile homes community with family-friendly amenities such as a clubhouse, swimming pool, spa, public library, laundromat, and car wash facility.
Meanwhile, Smoke Tree Mobile Home Park is a short drive from Sequoia National Forest, McMurtrey Aquatic Center, and Beale Park Amphitheater.
If you want to learn more about Smoke Tree Mobile Home Park, contact us at 661.831.6154 or visit our website. We’re excited to hear from you!