BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The holiday season started this past weekend in Bakersfield with the Christmas tree lighting at the Mechanics Bank Arena in Downtown Bakersfield.

With the start of the holiday season, community members can celebrate the holidays at different events throughout Kern County.

Here is a list of events around the county:

Toys for Tots at Rock n Wings

Rock n Wings on White Lane is hosting a Toys for Tots event on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 7 to 10:30 p.m., according to event organizers.

This outdoor event will feature a hot-wing eating contest with the armed forces, a decorated vehicle competition, the Grinch, Santa Claus and a doctor giving children vaccines.

Christmas Pajama Party

The Library and MCFRC present a Christmas Pajama Party at the Frazier Park Library on Dec. 22 at 3 p.m., according to event organizers.

According to organizers the free event will a movie, cookie decorations and coloring. Christmas attire and pajamas are encouraged.

Human Trafficking Donation Drive

Ascend real estate and property management along with the Kern County Human Trafficking Task Force will be hosting a donation drive benefitting the Kern County Family Justice Center.

According to the Family Justice Center, all too often men, women and children are found and removed from their toxic environments and move into the shelter. More often than not, victims arrive at the shelter with only the clothes on their backs while they wait for relocation services. The drive will make this transition easier for those in need.

The Kern Family Justice Center is in need of the following items:

  • Full-Sized Toiletries: hand soap, body wash, shave gel, contact lens cleaner, contact lens cases, razors, deodorant, etc.
  • Make-up/cosmetics: foundation and concealer preferred (all skin tones), to be given to clients after having injuries documented
  • Cleaning products: Lysol Wipes, dish soap, sponges, laundry detergent, multi-purpose cleaners
  • Full-Sized Haircare products: shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, dry shampoo, hair gel, silk scarves/hair bonnets, silk pillowcases, mousse, hot oil treatment, etc.
  • Winter coats/jackets (all sizes), for women, men and children. New articles only
  • blankets
  • duffle bags
  • towels

Donations will be accepted from Dec. 1 to Jan. 31, 2023 at 7606 Meany Avenue, suite 101 in Bakersfield. All items will be donated to the Kern County Family Justice Center on Feb. 1, 2023. For additional information visit their website.

Holiday Lights at CALM

You can celebrate the holiday season by driving through the Holiday Lights at CALM through Dec. 31, except Christmas Day, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., according to event organizers.

Tickets for the event are $30 per vehicle and you can purchase tickets by going to their website or at the CALM gift shop.

Event organizers said tickets are available at the gate for $40 but are not guaranteed.

Bakersfield Christmas Town

Join this walk-through or drive-through holiday event at the Kern County Fairgrounds every day, except Dec. 1, according to event organizers.

Bakersfield Christmas Town will feature ice skating, a train ride, Santa visits and more, according to event organizers.

The walk-through Christmas Town event will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 but the drive-through event will be open.

Ticket prices vary depending on if the day is a peak day or not, click here for more details.

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