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The Magical Holiday Light Drive Thru Experience

In 2020, Elks Recreation hosted the first Annual “Christmas in the Country” at the Elks Event Center located at 4040 S Hwy 101 in Santa Maria. In true Team Santa Maria spirit and working together with the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department we were overjoyed to create an all new holiday tradition on the Central Coast.

Visitors embarked on a magical holiday light drive-through experience at the Elks Event Center with displays presented by local businesses and families.

Along with “Christmas in the Country”, we introduced “Stuff the Stocking” to bring awareness to Pediatric Cancer. All stocking proceeds go to the Golden Circle of Champions program that is devoted to raising awareness of childhood cancer and provides financial support to families enduring childhood cancer.


Elks Recreation is excited to bring joy to the community through our “Christmas in the Country”. We have been working hard to continue to provide family entertainment on the Central Coast through an outlet that meets the guidelines of public safety while celebrating the community spirit.

If you would like to participate in "Christmas in the Country", we have many options available for displays, sponsorships, donations, and volunteers! Contact Elks Recreation by phone at (805) 925-4125 or by email at elksrodeo@elksrec.com for more information!

Happy Holidays!

Tickets Now On Sale!

There are two ways to enjoy Christmas in the Country. One is by the traditional "Single Car Entry" where you pay per car load of people. Or you can take a wagon ride through the winter wonderland as part of our "VIP Christmas Experience" which is a cost per person.

Single Vehicle Entry
is $55 per VEHICLE.

VIP Christmas Experience is $70 per PERSON.

** There is a $5 processing fee for each ticket sold. **
** There are no refunds or exchanges for different dates or times once the tickets are purchased. **
*** VIP Guests must be able to transfer to wagon by climbing small steps. Proper outdoor attire should be worn for the excursion. ***

Santa's Mailbox is a highlight of "Christmas in the Country" and collects wonderfully handwritten letters to Santa! Don't forget your letter when you visit our "Christmas in the Country" experience! We hear he responds to each letter!

Ticket Purchasing Instructions

1) Pick if you'd like to experience the SINGLE CAR ENTRY or the VIP CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE.
2) Click on the date in the calendar to confirm.
3) Click on the time you would like to attend. If there are no tickets available for that time, please select a new time.
4) Follow with the processing information.

Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded. Check your dates twice for assurance. Ticket is per vehicle and is $55.00 plus processing fees! Please no vehicles over 9.5 feet tall, no buses, no limo buses, and no motorhomes. Thank you!

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