Bakersfield Christmas Town, parades, and more holiday activities in Kern County

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Check for more activities as the holiday season gets closer!

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The holiday season has returned, along with many other Kern County activities that had to go virtual last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s a holiday activity for everyone this year, whether you’d like to stay in the comfort of your vehicle, stay active with an 8K run or try out ice skating.

Here’s an alphabetical list of activities and events happening around town.

Christmas Parades

Bakersfield Christmas Parade

The 39th annual parade is taking place on Dec. 2 beginning at 22nd and L Streets before cruising through downtown Bakersfield. A map of the parade route can be found here.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 2

Parade Start: 6 p.m.

Location: Downtown Bakersfield, beginning at 22nd and L Streets

Shafter Christmas Parade

The Shafter Lion’s Christmas Parade is taking place on Dec. 3 in downtown Shafter. Parade registration begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Shafter Veteran’s Hall.

Date: Friday, Dec. 3

Parade Start: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Downtown Shafter

Tehachapi Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

The Tehachapi Christmas Parade is taking place on Dec. 4 with a tree lighting ceremony to follow. The Christmas Tree will be located at the Historic Tehachapi Depot.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 4

Parade Start: 5:30 p.m.

Location: Downtown Tehachapi; Tree location: Historic Tehachapi Depot, 101 W. Tehachapi Blvd.

Wasco Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

The Wasco Rose Festival and Orange Heart Foundation is hosting the Wasco Christmas Parade and tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 11. The parade begins at 6 p.m. at 7th Street and Broadway and ends at Poplar Avenue. The tree lighting follows the parade in front of Wasco Union High School Auditorium.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 11

Parade Start: 6 p.m.

Tree Lighting: 7:15 p.m.

Location: 7th Street and Broadway; Tree location: Wasco Union High School Auditorium

Bakersfield Christmas Town

The Bakersfield Christmas Town is returning this year as both a walk-thru and drive-thru event. Activities include a light display, Santa Claus meet and greet, sledding hill, train ride, skating rink, laser tag, letter writing to Santa and more.

Dates: Nov. 26 – Jan. 1

Location: Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave.

*Drive-thru entrance is off of 40th Street next to Sam Lynn Ball Park


Sunday through Thursday: 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 5:30-10 p.m.

*Drive-thru only on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day


  • $20 for walk-thru admission, Children 2 and under Free
  • $25 per vehicle for drive-thru admission (Monday-Thursday)
  • $35 per vehicle for drive-thru admission (Friday, Sunday)
  • $40 per vehicle for drive-thru admission (Saturday)
  • $50 per limo or passenger van of 10 people or more (Monday-Thursday)
  • $100 per limo or passenger van of 10 people or more (Friday-Sunday)

To purchase tickets ahead of time, visit this link.

Bakersfield Christmas Tree Lighting

Help bring in the Christmas season with the 5th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Santa Claus will join Mayor Karen Goh and City Councilmembers for the ceremony. The event will feature music and a live nativity scene.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 27

Location: Centennial Plaza at Mechanics Bank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave.

Hours: 4:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

Bakersfield Menorah Lighting Ceremony

Chabad of Bakersfield is hosting the city’s annual Menorah Lighting at The Marketplace on Sunday to mark the first night of Chanukah. Hot latkes and Hanukkah doughnuts will be served, dreidels spun and live music played during the ceremony.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 28

Hours: 5 p.m.

Location: The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave.

Admission: Free

Bakersfield Nutcracker Ballet

The 44th annual presentation of Bakersfield’s Nutcracker Ballet features local ballet students and returns in December with four performances. Tickets are now available on and at the Mechanics Bank Theater box office.

Click here to buy tickets.

Dates and Hours:

  • Friday, Dec. 10 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 11 – 1 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday Dec. 12 – 1 p.m.

Location: Mechanics Bank Theater, 1001 Truxtun Ave.


  • Adults – $45
  • Students – $25
  • Children (6 and under) – $12

BMOA Holiday Weekend Tour

The Bakersfield Museum of Art is holding a holiday event on Saturday that will highlight a current exhibit. Take a guided tour of “On the Edge: Los Angeles Art 1970s-1990s from the Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection.”

Visit here for more information.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 27

Hours: 1 p.m.

Location: Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St.

Bristol Hospice Light Up A Life Virtual Event

The Bristol Hospice Foundation is hosing a virtual Light Up A Life event on Dec. 1 to honor the memory of a loved one or someone living. Community members can sponsor a light on a tree, with all donations helping to provide local hospice services.

To reserve a dedication, visit here.

Date: Monday, Dec. 1

Hours: TBA

Location: View the Light Up A Life ceremony event here.

Chez Noel Holiday Home Tours

The Assistance League of Bakersfield is bringing back the Chez Noel Holiday Home Tour fundraiser event this year. Take a tour through three holiday-decorated homes while you support programs that serve children in the community. Ticket holders can also enjoy coffee, snacks and antique shopping at the Bargain Box Thrift Store.

Face masks are required to attend a holiday tour. No cellphones, high heels and children under 12 will be allowed at the event.

For more information, visit here.

Dates: Friday – Saturday, Dec. 3, 4

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Assistance League of Bakersfield, 1924 Q St. (R Street Entrance)

Admission: $40

Purchase tickets at these locations:

  • Bargain Box Thrift Store – 1924 Q St.
  • Baby Me Simply Me – 4021 Calloway Dr.
  • The Patio Place – 6801 White Ln.
  • Sugar Daddy’s – 5512 Stockdale Hwy.
  • Victoria’s – 9000 Ming Ave.

A Drag Queen Christmas

A Drag Queen Christmas hosted by Trinity The Tuck and Monét X Change is coming to the Historic Bakersfield Fox Theater. The show will feature holiday performances from the reality television show contestants. All tickets can be purchased online at Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test are not required to attend.

Performers include: Trinity The Tuck, Monét X Change, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Kylie Sonique Love, Crystal Methyd, Heidi N Closet, Jan Sport, Alyssa Edwards

Date: Saturday, Dec. 4

Location: Historic Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St.


Doors open: 7 p.m.

Show begins: 8 p.m.

Admission: $35, $50, $75, $150

Visit this link to purchase tickets for the show.

Fox Theater Holiday Movie Screenings

The Historic Bakersfield Fox Theater has several movie screenings scheduled in December that will get you into the holiday spirit.

All tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Fox Theater at 661-324-1369.

Location: Historic Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St.

Dates and Times:

Monday, Dec. 6: “Gremlins”

Doors open: 6 p.m.

Movie begins: 7 p.m.

Admission: $5, purchase tickets here

Saturday, Dec. 20: “Miracle on 34th Street”

Doors open: 6 p.m.

Movie begins: 7 p.m.

Admission: $5, purchase tickets here

Hanukkah 8K Run

Temple Beth El Bakersfield is hosting a virtual Hanukkah 8 Krazy Kilometers run from Monday, Nov. 29 through Monday, Dec. 6. Participants will complete a virtual or solo 8K or 2K run anytime during the eight days of Hanukkah.

The virtual runs can take place anywhere. There will also be courses set up at the Panorama Vista Preserve for solo runs.

Participants will be asked to download the mobile app, RaceJoy, to track their runs and access the courses. The app will also give audio cues along the route and allow participants to post their finish time. Awards will be given to top finishers of the 8K solo run. There will also be a holiday costume contest and nightly Hanukkah cookie drawing. This year, there will be team registration for all event runs. Teams of 3 or more will receive a registration discount.

For more details, visit

Dates: Nov. 26 – Dec. 6

Location: anywhere or solo runs at Panorama Vista Preserve, 901 E. Roberts Ln.


  • $24 for 2K solo run at Panorama Vista Preserve
  • $24 for 2K virtual anywhere run
  • $32 for 8K solo run at Panorama Vista Preserve
  • $32 for 8K virtual anywhere run

Visit this link to register for the run.

Hoffmann Hospice Light Up A Life

Hoffmann Hospice is holding its Light Up A Life event on Tuesday, an annual ceremony to remember and cherish a loved one who has passed. There will be a candlelight reading of names and the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree at The Marketplace. Hoffmann Hospice said there doesn’t need to be a prior connection to Hoffmann Hospice to light a dedication, anyone can dedicate a light to their loved one.

The event will offer cookies and hot chocolate. Christmas Carols will be sung by students from Stockdale High School. With a donation of $10, you can place a symbolic light on the tree to shine throughout the season. Your loved one’s name will be added to the list of names to be read at the ceremony and be printed in the Bakersfield Californian with the purchase of a dedication.

To reserve your Light Up A Life dedication, visit here.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 30

Hours: 6:30 p.m.

Location: The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave.

Admission: Free

  • $10 for a light dedication
  • $100 for an ornament dedication
  • $250 for an angel dedication

HolidayLights at CALM

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s HolidayLights at CALM, which will be a drive-thru event. The California Living Museum says last year’s drive-thru event was a huge success and has been named one of the best holiday light shows in the country.

Dates: Nov. 27 – Jan. 1

Location: CALM Zoo, 10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy.

Hours: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Admission: $30 per vehicle

To purchase tickets, visit this link.

The Krivitsky House

The Krivitsky House set up in 2020.

Enjoy holiday lights and treats at “The Krivitsky House” on Dec. 11. Jason Krivitsky decorated his home with lots of Christmas lights and, courtesy of local bakery Warm and Toasty Mini Doughnuts & Funnel Cakes, will offer free hot cocoa and doughnuts to attendees. 

READ MORE: Christmas light display at southwest Bakersfield home offers break from difficult year

Date: Saturday, Dec. 11

Hours: 6-7 p.m.

Location: 7209 Durango Way

Admission: Free

Selfie Studio Christmas Photo Ops

The Selfie Studio in downtown Bakersfield will be hosting several Christmas events and feature different backdrops for photographers or clients to use. Santa Claus will also be making an appearance on several dates.

The Selfie Studio will be participating in Second Saturday on Dec. 11 and have a Christmas craft fair that day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Selfie Studio is open Thursday through Sunday.

Dates: Thursday through Sunday


  • Saturdays: Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18


  • Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Thursday: 4-8 p.m.

Friday through Saturday: 12 p.m. to midnight

Sunday: 12-6 p.m.

Location: The Selfie Studio, 1610 19th St.


  • General Admission: $10 – $25 for one hour
  • Santa and Grinch photos: $25

Purchase tickets ahead of time here.

23rd Annual Teddy Bear Toss

Bakersfield Condors and United Way of Kern County are teaming up for the return of the annual Teddy Bear Toss on Saturday at the Condors and San Diego Gulls match-up.

When the Condors score their first goal, fans will get the chance to throw teddy bears onto the ice. The bears will go to organizations that serve children in Kern County.

United Way of Kern County is selling discounted tickets for the game with all proceeds to go towards helping families in Kern County.

For more information, visit here.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 27

Hours: 7 p.m.

Location: Mechanics Bank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave.


  • United Way of Kern County discounted tickets cost $20

Purchase United Way of Kern County’s discounted tickets here.

  • Tickets range from $9 to $42 on

Purchase tickets on here.

Turkey Day Run

The 3rd Annual Turkey Day Run benefitting CAPK, the Kern County Food Bank is taking place Thanksgiving Day. You can do a timed 5K run or an untimed 1-mile walk at The Park at River Walk. There’s also a virtual run available.

Each participant will receive a Turkey Day Run T-shirt, medallion and a 4-inch personal pie.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 25

Location: The Park at River Walk, 11298 Stockdale Hwy.

Hours: Begins at 7:30 a.m.


  • $40 for 5K, 1-mile walk ($25 for children age 9 and under)
  • $35 for virtual run

Visit this link to register and for more information.

Valley Children’s Ice Center – Ice Skating

Valley Children’s Ice Center of Bakersfield announced the return of public ice skating. Times and admission vary based on the ice center’s schedule. They release a new schedule every week. Skate rentals are available.

Visit for more information.

Location: Valley Children’s Ice Center of Bakersfield, 1325 Q St., Ste. 100 (next to Maya Cinemas)


  • $15 for children
  • $16 for adults

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