California Christmas Tree Ceremony

Bakersfield Christmas Tree Lighting

November 25, 2022


Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Mayor Goh will be joined by councilmembers and Santa Claus for the ceremony Centennial Plaza at Mechanics Bank Arena


CALM Zoo Holiday Lights

 November 27, 2021-January 1, 2022, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

More than 3 million colorful,  animated displays & lights designed and installed by Josh Barnett and his company Lightasmic!

10500 Alfred Harrell Highway
Bakersfield, CA
$12 adult admission

Closed December 25
The annual event at California Living Museum features a holiday lights extravaganza among all native-Kern County plants and trees.

  • Light shows are held with music, providing a magical, entertaining celebration with lots to see, do and taste.
  • Santa is available for pictures.
  • There are train rides a carousel, and food available with seating on grassy knoll.
  • Museum store is also open for souvenir shopping.

HolidayLights at CALM is back. Last year, some 60,000 people marveled at 2 million lights and more than 65 displays.

The show, presented by CALM and the CALM Foundation, will add new displays (including an interactive display), however; favorites such as the elephant herd, Winter Wonderland, Dinosaurs and the California Wildlife display are returning crowd pleasers. Food service will be provided by Teen Challenge and will feature an expanded menu—including those fantastic apple dumplings! You are also welcome to bring your own treats and picnic among the lights.

This event is much more than lights! Look for the Candy Cane Express to be chugging along the railroad tracks. The 40-foot Merry-Go-Round will also be returning for young and old to ride, and like the train, it is absolutely free. Gift Store features nature-related merchandise that has something for everyone including holiday items. The success of this event is made possible through the dedicated work of the HolidayLights committee and the outpouring of volunteer effort from this community.

Bakersfield enjoys a rich heritage and many traditions celebrated in the city, with some sponsored by the municipality such as the Easter Egg Hunt and annual Halloween

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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