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Bakersfield CALM Zoo Holiday Lightasmic!

HolidayLights at CALM November 26-December 30, 2022, Gates open 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Closed December 25

10500  Alfred Harrell Highway
Bakersfield,  CA 

Enjoy the 20th annual HolidayLights at CALM! How long does it take the Lightasmic! team to set up both the walkthrough AutumnNights show AND drive-thru HolidayLights show? You can expect to see the Lightasmic! crew at CALM starting as early as August each year. With the introduction of AutumnNights and continuation of drive thru HolidayLights, their team works around the clock to bring TWO amazing events to CALM.

7 acres of paths
3 million lights
200+ displays
4 shows choreographed to music
1 interactive display
1,260 volunteers, 40 per evening
50,000+ annual visitors

Josh Barnett Lightasmic ( did his first show at age 8. He produces the annual CALM Holiday Lights event, usually beginning light installation in September.

The annual event at California Living Museum features a holiday lights extravaganza among all native-Kern County plants and trees.  John Barnett's Lightasmic is a lighting effects company producing professional lights displays for theme parks, zoos, resorts and custom festivals and events. This assures a professional appearance making your visit to this holiday, ticketed lights festival a warm and welcoming experience to delight the family.

Last year's info.

This drive-thru light display is a safe entertainment experience that celebrates the tradition of CALM's HolidayLights - all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Make this a family experience for all! The purchase of this ticket is an investment in the California Living Museum, as all proceeds benefit the CALM Foundation. Thank you! Please note the following details for this year's event: Tickets may be used only on the night for which they are purchased. Each ticket is valid for one vehicle (No busses, RV's or limousines allowed - no exceptions). The number of passengers must not exceed the number of safety belts / seats in your vehicle. Vehicles must be under 10 feet in height, including antennae, light mounts, etc. Attendees must remain in their vehicles at all times. Gates open at 5:30 PM and the event closes at 8:30 PM. Entrance to CALM's HolidayLights is from Lake Ming Road towards Lake Ming and the Lake Ming Boat ramps. No alcohol / drugs permitted. Photos may be taken at this event and may appear in print or digital communications or marketing materials. By attending this event, permission is granted to CALM to use your photograph in any and all use related to the promotion of HolidayLights and CALM. Thank you for your support! CALM Members - Save 20% with code CALM2021 (Must present valid CALM Membership card at HolidayLights entrance) Active Military and Veterans - Save 10% with code MILITARY2021 (Must present valid Military ID card at HolidayLights entrance) We recommend all customers purchase their tickets in advance for speed and ease at the event. Tickets may be available at the gate for $40 per ticket depending on available capacity. Need help or have questions about tickets to HolidayLights? - email or call (661) 524-7416 during regular business hours.

  • 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 2-3 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 is provided by community organizations featuring new, expanded menus and possibly 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 with admission. 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

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