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 (emulating Disneyland): lots of Christmas trees, garlands, sleighs, an elf village, a miniature village, 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 summer and Christmas holidays a lot of people travel and when people are traveling during the Christmas holidays, 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.
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 and wooden soldiers.
In the picture above, you see our giant tree. This is it’s last year – last year year should have been it’s last year, but I was able to cosmetically make it last another year. All the branches are falling off. Friends have put together a GoFundMe page to help buy another one. 20’+ artificial Christmas tree’s are expensive and I’ve sold everything I could to keep this place going, which included a very extensive surf memorabilia collection. It made some people happy because I had one of kind only items. To me the tree is the center piece of our Christmas display or all of any Christmas display whether it’s Disneyland or another park. If you would like to help here is the link:
OCTOBER 18, 2020: I am setting up for this year with 4 new displays. More info on my blog – covid related.