ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Best Christmas Destination

Updated on March 21, 2020
Kyler J Falk profile image

I am very outdoorsy, and always looking for new hiking partners.

A Winter Wonderland Year-Round

Source

I'm not typically the festive type, in fact most people love to call me "Mr. Scrooge" when it comes to the holidays. However, my frigid, icy heart was melted when I was given the privilege of experiencing all that SkyPark at Santa's Village had to offer. I will admit that the entry price is a bit daunting, but if you can foot the bill then you'll be getting much more than your money's worth both in memories and activities.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source

Unmatched Cozy and Festive Ambiance

You'll never meet someone more repulsed by the idea of compulsory holidays, like Christmas, than me; so if I'm coming to tell you that this place is a winter wonderland, well you'd do best to heed my words. The theme of the place is unmatched by anything I've ever experienced, you almost feel as if you've walked into the physical manifestation of holiday cheer itself. Normally holiday cheer would stick to me like old soda from a rot-covered soda can and I want to wash my hands immediately, but not here; SkyPark really goes out of its own way to make everyone feel welcome, festive, and cozy.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source

Activities? Activities. Activities!

It wasn't enough for them to make me feel comfortable, no, they had to go a step further in melting my frozen heart by offering a plethora of different activities from a zip-line and rock climbing wall, to ax throwing and archery. For a frugal guy like myself, having these many activities included in the price of admission was a godsend. When I got bored with those I soon found myself in the mountain cabin-like bars/restaurants having a delicious meal and a stiff drink; benefits of the elevation up on this mountain are you don't need to drink so much to start feeling it.

Though I didn't get to take part in all they offered, there was still so much left to do upon our departure. We could've waited in line to see and take pictures with Santa, gone ice skating, assembled some goodies in Santa's workshop, panned for treasures, and watched some puppet shows. Live music had been on the agenda for the evening, but my son got tired, cold, and grumpy so we departed. Even in departing early we all enjoyed ourselves.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Source
Source
Source

A Mountain Forest Photographer's Dream

The area within and around SkyPark, even the drive up, is what I could only describe as a mountain forest photographer's greatest dream. Though I could not do this topic justice with my own photos, the area was truly breathtaking and I wish I had stopped to take more photos. Vast, sprawling forestry with all manner of wildlife and extreme sports occurring around you make for amazing photo opportunities. When I make my way back up to SkyPark you can guarantee I'll be going much earlier, and rather than rushing straight to the park I'll be stopping at every turnout to really bask in the scenery. You can't come up here half way through the day and expect to have enough time to experience all the wonders available to you, make sure you head up in the morning and expect to stay until sun down or later.

Make sure you dress warm and bring extra layers!

Come Have an Adventure!

I would so love to see some familiar faces out there at SkyPark, so if you ever plan on blowing through then let me know so I can come have an adventure with you! It truly is one of the simplest, but most interesting adventures that I have ever been on and it only left me wanting more once I departed. With all that they offer for the price of admission, I could see myself going multiple times once my son is old enough to wander around by himself. Even if you don't like it, I guarantee your children will! See you out there!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      2 days ago from Corona, CA

      My son's name is Lucien (Loo-Shin), though the literal pronunciation is what I consider proper (Loo-see-en) I decided it'd be best to not have it be so French and feminine. I see so few children out on our adventures, and even fewer being allowed a lot of freedom from under their parent's wings, so I try to expose him to anything I can within reason.

      Your generous compliments continue to be quite the welcome addition to my articles!

    • bravewarrior profile image

      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 days ago from Central Florida

      What a cool place, Kyler! There seems to be so much to do in your area. Your son will remember all your adventures when he grows up. I think it's wonderful that you expose him to nature, culture, and fresh air.

      He's a lucky little boy to have you for a dad. What's your son's name?

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      4 days ago from Corona, CA

      Why sit and reflect on it when you can go and experience Christmas year-round? That is to say, when this COVID-19 mess inevitably blows over and they can reopen!

    • Eurofile profile image

      Liz Westwood 

      4 days ago from UK

      It is refreshing at this time of stress and uncertainty to reflect back on the season of Christmas. This sounds and looks like a great setting.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      7 days ago from Corona, CA

      Oh goodness, when it comes to Christmas time it warms even the hearts of the biggest "Scrooge" types such as myself. They really go all out to capture the true spirit of Christmas.

    • RoadMonkey profile image

      RoadMonkey 

      7 days ago

      I thought at first this article was posted at the wrong time of year until I read that this place is open all year round. There's something magical about Christmas. I hope it manages to capture the spirit of that time of year.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      7 days ago from Corona, CA

      Thank you, Pamela, it really is an amazing place to bring the entire family.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 days ago from Sunny Florida

      This place looks like a wonderful place to visit, especially over the Christmas holidays. I loved all your wonderful pictures and I appreciate your information, Kyler.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)