Skyforest, California: Santa's VillageClassic vintage theme park. Opened 1955, closed 1998. New owner reopened the park Dec. 2, 2016.
Skypark at Santa's Village
- 28950 CA-18, Skyforest, CA
- East edge of town, on the north side of Hwy 18/Rim of the World Hwy. Bring snow chains Nov.-April.
- Winter daily (weather permitting) 10-6; summer Su-Th 10-8, F-Sa 10-9 (Call to verify)
- Adults ~$60.
Visitor Tips and News About Santa's Village
I drive by the old Santa's Village property all the time. It is for sale. A logging company is using the parking lot for log storage, and some of the buildings for guard shacks. We got out of the car once to get a better look and many security guards headed in our direction. We left immediately! Some of the bigger buildings in the front are now roofed with composition shingles -- they no longer have "snow" on their roofs. So sad. You can still see the bee ride, though.[Shawna Spellacy, 12/29/2012]
Stumbled across Santa's Village when we pulled over to wait for a car that was following us. I grew up in SoCal, so I remembered it. Currently it appears to be a place to buy firewood (there were firewood signs). The men working the area were not to thrilled with us when we asked "Is this what used to be Santa's Village?" But if you leave all the buildings and the entry candy cane up, what do you expect?
Our friends caught up with us and made the turnaround, down the same driveway we used and where they were told to get out.[Kay, 03/03/2012]
It has been 10 years since the closing of the beloved Santa's Village in Skyforest California, but the vivid yellow bees of the Bee Monorail still are intact. Now mostly used as a lumber yard, the once joyful attraction of Santa's Village is fading and falling apart.
There is a creepy feel to the place; maybe it is due to the fact that it is considered trespassing to view it up close. Some of the buildings and the monorail are still visible from the street though.[Angelina Guardado, 11/08/2008]
Santa's Village is still visible from Hwy 18, though the parking lot is filled with cut logs. You can still see the Bumble Bee Monorail from the highway. I pass it when visiting my friend in Big Bear Ca.[Samantha Russell, 08/13/2008]
Nov. 2008 - Photo added.
Some former buildings from Santa's Village in the San Bernardino Mountains have a new home in Carlsbad, California. This display has the guardhouse, some mushrooms and other assorted props from the former property.[Doug Nash, 04/25/2008]