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Calico gussies up for Christmas

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If it is the ghosts of Christmas past you are looking for . . . well you just might find them at Calico Ghost Town in Yermo, California. Calico is California’s Official State Silver Rush Ghost Town.

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And for this Christmas season, the ghosts and their helpers have decorated for Christmas. Last weekend was the official tree lighting ceremony, complete with gun fights and a visit by old St. Nick and Mrs. Claus. Ya’ll it don’t get much better than that!

This is the perfect time of year to visit Calico as the temperature is a lot milder than in summer when it often exceeds 100 degrees. That being said, bring a jacket because the desert can get chilly during late fall and winter.

Calico Ghost Town is a regional park owned by the County of San Bernardino. In its heyday it had 1,200 residents. Today, it has eight, not including any leftover spirits from the past or the many residents of the Calico Cemetery.

There are three restaurants and several shops. A train ride and horseback rides are available for extra fees.

Calico is open year round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Christmas day. Adults are $8, children ages 6-15 are $5 and 5 and under are free. Fido is $1. Yep, you’re well behaved dog is welcome but there is an entrance fee and it must be kept on a six foot or shorter lead. Service dogs are free.

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