Welcome to Farley’s Christmas Wonderland website. We are a walk-in Christmas display located in the midtown of Santa Cruz, CA. Our exhibit is very traditional: lots of Christmas trees, garlands, sleighs, an elf village, miniature village’s, and a log cabin that Santa uses for his rest stops. Being Irish, where you have elves you have fairies and we have a fairy grotto with 2 waterfalls and fairies that can be viewed on special nights. Also, on those special nights, it snows here.
Unlike all other Christmas displays where you drive by, we are a walk-in, where people will spend time sitting on the bench in the Fairy Garden looking and listening to the waterfall or sitting in the rocking chairs in the log cabin in front of the fireplace. If you bring small kids especially little girls, do not expect to be leaving soon. When they discover Rivi’s house – you’re not leaving.
During the Christmas holidays a lot of people travel and where ever they go the one thing all travels want to see are Christmas decorations – they want to see how people in that country celebrate and decorate for Christmas. And every year we get more travelers from all over the world who are visiting the San Francisco Bay Area or the Monterey Bay.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 31: Due to rain, we will be closed tonight. Sunday will be our last night.
You can see us on ABC and Hulu, in the Dear Santa Series (2022). I’m in episode 5. This a link watch it on ABC: https://abc7ny.com/usps-operation-santa-christmas-wishes-dear-letters/12520382/
Department 56, who is a manufacturer that sells Christmas and holiday collectables world wide, recognized us as being one of the top 10 Christmas displays.
The “press” tab has links to newspaper and TV articles about us. View my blog for daily posts on hours and times, especially when there’s rain forecasted.
Check our hours and location page for daily updates. If it’s raining or a likely forecast, we do not open. Not all of our display is rain proof, such as flocked trees, wooden soldiers, animatronics, etc.
Parking: I recommend parking at the end of the Boardwalk and walk over the bridge (it’s lit up and it’s scenic). Walk up the pathway and we’re one block in or park down at the Rivermouth/East Cliff where’s there’s a number of parking spaces also.
The one thing I’m asking for is “donations”. It used to be our electric bill was where most of our money went, but now it’s storage and maintenance and when you look around you’ll see what our storage amounts to. This is is a year around job for me. Two months to tear down, 5 months of making and refurbishing, 3 months of setting up, and 5 weeks open.
We are open from Thanksgiving weekend to New Years day.
If you want to avoid the crowds, this is the week to come visit. The closer to Christmas, the more crowded it will be and that we are closed on rainy nights. So if you want to enjoy it, by yourself or with a few other people, come now.
This is our new 25′ tree, which we call The Rittenhouse. Thank you to the Rittenhouse’s for making this happen.
I want to thank the Rittenhouse’s, Farley Electrical, and Randy Gray Construction for their support and help.
We received our T-shirts and we will have them for sale.