Every December, Greenspot Farms in the tiny town of Mentone becomes a rustic North Pole, complete with live Christmas trees, Santa, holiday movies, cookies, shopping, and festive lights. It’s sure to enchant anyone with a heart softer than Ebenezer Whatsisname.
The ideal adventure begins with a 20-minute hayride amid thousands of holiday lights. Bundle up: It’s not quite the North Pole, but it gets chilly out there near the base of the San Bernardino Mountains. Is that Mrs. Claus riding by on horseback?
Warm up by the giant fire pit and watch holiday movies while roasting s’mores and sipping hot chocolate. Decorate a Christmas cookie (because why not?) or pick up some fresh honey for deserving folks on your shopping list. And definitely stop to take a photo with Santa.
Feel free to pick up a tree (not free). Cedars, Monterey pines, and redwoods are grown right on the farm. When after plenty of discussion and disagreements about size and style, you can all agree on the perfect compromise, one of the friendly employees will cut the tree down for you. Easy!
If all this festiveness leaves you thirsty, or just in need of a damn drink, Hangar 24 Brewery is only a few minutes away, and open late. Holiday cheer plus craft beer = a perfect date night.
Greenspot Farms is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free parking. Hayride and holiday activities are available through December 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. Hayride is $10 for adults, $8 for children, free for kids 3 and under. Refreshments (including s’more kits) and gift store available. Cash or check only.
Take the I-10 east to Redlands, exit on University, and turn left. Turn right on Lugonia Ave., and then right on Ward Way. Follow Ward until it ends at Greenspot Farms. Dog-friendly!
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, 1710 Sessums Dr. in Redlands, is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Dog-friendly!