A Cabazon Dinosaurs Christmas in Lights: Santa T-Rex, Christmas Lights & More

Ever since I started doing road trips and exploring California, the Cabazon Dinosaurs have been a roadside attraction I always look forward to seeing. This year is the first that they are doing a Christmas themed event, and since most of the normal Christmas events are canceled this year, Amie and I brought the twins and set out to have a fun night getting in the Christmas spirit with a bunch of dinosaurs. Here is all the information on this event. Be sure to check if it is open before you go, as things often change quickly in 2020.


  • Cost: $13 for adults, $11 for kids, extra $10 for the Santa Claus photo
  • More information and current hours here
  • Location: 50770 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, CA 92230


Here is a video I made of the trip with my family.

Getting There

The Cabazon Dinosaurs are located right along the 10 Freeway, after the Morongo Casino, on the way to Palm Springs. The official exit is exit 106 for Main St, and you can’t miss them as you can see them from the freeway. After getting off, you will go past the gas station and drive into the parking area next to the dinosaurs and Dino Park.

A Dinosaur Christmas

Most people’s main attraction is the T-Rex, which is 4 stories tall and has been painted like Santa Claus for the Christmas season. You can see the T-Rex from this area without paying anything, so if you want just a quick stop, this is it.

However, if you drove all the way out here, you might as well go into the dinosaur park.

The Dino Park has a quarter of a mile trail that takes you past many different dinosaurs that they showcase normally, but with Christmas lights all strewn around them.

The trail is colorful and festive, and it is fun to see the dinosaurs and the lights.

About halfway through the trail, you can veer off and go into the T-Rex. From the base, you can climb three flights of stairs and get up into the head.

This is a little hard with the crowds at the event, since the interior is pretty small, but we waited our turn and eventually made it up into the T-Rex head.

After exploring a little more, we headed over to the photo with Santa area. Since this is a pandemic year, Santa stands in the corner, and you can sit in his sleigh with your family for the photo. A velociraptor with Rudolph’s nose pulls the sleigh, so it makes for a pretty great Christmas car photo.

There is an extra charge of $10 for this, but we thought it was worth it for the photo. I think it may have to be our Christmas card photo!

After that, we left the dinosaur park and made our way over to the In-N-Out by Morongo before heading home.

This is an enjoyable Christmas attraction that my wife and I both enjoyed. Check it out if you are willing to make the drive to the desert and have a fun adventure. Let me know what you think in the comments.

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