BARC magical forest an event for families

Elka Wyatt

Each year, since 2006, the top of the parking structure of the Stockdale Towers, at the corner of California Avenue and Mohawk Street, has been transformed into a Magical Forest by BARC.
“This is becoming our signature event. We love doing it,” said Karen Odle, vice president/project coordinator of BARC Foundation, of the family event, which begins Dec. 5 and ends Dec. 28, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Magical Forest is modeled after a similar project in Las Vegas. Sponsors can purchase a tree and decorate it or have BARC decorate it. For information on becoming a sponsor, contact Odle at (661)-889-5776.
There will be lots of things for families to do such as taking rides on the Magical Forest Express or on the Grinchmobile.
Various local bands will provide entertainment. There is also a food court with lots of sweets.
On the top floor, kids can write a letter, visit or take pictures with Santa.
They can also shop at Santa’s secret shop where they can wrap the gifts that they buy.
Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 55 and over, $4 for kids 6-12, and kids 5 and under are free. You can go to for a discount coupon.
All proceeds go to BARC as well as other non-profit organizations in the community. Money raised in the community stays in the community.
When asked why the Magical Forest was created, Odle said, “We felt Bakersfield needed a fun, family event. There is something for everyone.”
Volunteers are still needed. Student groups are welcome to volunteer.
Please contact (661)834-BARC (2272) for information.
Come on out, bring the family, and make it a new holiday tradition, Odle said.