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Calico Ghost Town Shines Bright for the Holiday Season

By San Bernardino County
Contributing Writer
11/14/2023 at 03:11 PM

On Saturday, Nov. 25, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Calico Ghost Town will transform into a holiday festival with a photo op with Santa and our annual tree lighting ceremony accompanied by the Dickens Carolers group singing their favorite holiday songs, which is sure to amuse the merriest of little spirits in this picturesque Old West mining town.

Festivalgoers can sing along or simply listen to their favorite holiday melodies. There will be a reading of the holiday favorite “T’was the Night Before Christmas”, contests and games for the whole family, crafts for kids, gunfighter shows performed by our very own Calico Mountain Volunteers, and The High D Boys will perform on Main Street Stage.

Other guests include Wildlife Adventure Time with educational live animal shows that engage visitors with handling a variety of rescued animals; Dany Magic, an international award-winning magician who specializes in engaging audience members and including them in mind-blowing world-class sleight of hand; and the Grinch will be onsite strolling through town.

Avoid the lines and parking nightmares at shopping malls and browse our specialty arts & craft shops for that hard-to-buy-for relative, neighbor or friend. Some of our shops will be offering special discounts for holiday shopping.

Santa arrives at 11 a.m. with a cheery “Ho! Ho! Ho!” for photos with the children and he will also lead the lighting of the Calico Christmas tree at 6:30 p.m. After the tree lighting, Lil’s Saloon will be providing complimentary cookies and hot chocolate for all our guests.

Calico will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Prices are $10 per adult, $5 for children ages 4-11, and 3 years and under are FREE.

Calico Ghost Town offers full and partial camping at the park. Reservations may be booked by calling 1-877-387-2757 or emailing Cabins, bunkhouses and RV trailers are available as rentals.

Calico Ghost Town is located off I-15 at Ghost Town Road in Yermo, just 10 miles north of Barstow. Visit for the schedule of events and more details.

About San Bernardino County: San Bernardino County is a diverse public service organization serving America’s largest county that for two consecutive years has led the nation in awards for innovation, efficiency and outstanding public service. We are governed by an elected Board of Supervisors and dedicated to creating a community where nearly 2.2 million residents can prosper and achieve well-being in fulfillment of the Countywide Vision. It is comprised of 42 departments and agencies, which are staffed by more than 22,000 public service professionals who provide a wide range of vital services in the areas of public safety, health care, social services, economic and community development and revitalization, fiscal services, infrastructure, recreation and culture, and internal support. San Bernardino County’s organizational culture is defined by the four pillars of value, innovation, service and vision. For more information, visit