California Zoos


Bakersfield CALM Zoo Holiday Lights

November 30, 2019-January 4, 2020, 5:30-9 p.m. 
Closed December 25

10500  Alfred Harrell Highway
Bakersfield,  CA 
$10 age 60 years & older | age 13-17 years
$6 age 3-12 years
Free train rides on the Candy Cane Express railroad, free carousel rides, and a concession stand operated by Teen Challenge. 

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
Train rides on the Candy Cane Express
Food Booths

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.

  • 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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