Immerse Yourself in a Christmas Wonderland at Kersey Valley

by | Dec 7, 2023

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Creating experiences and memories that last a lifetime is the heart and soul of every event at Kersey Valley in Archdale. From their year-round events like ziplining, escape rooms and laser tag, to the seasonal events that bring families from across the state, Kersey Valley Farms creates a lasting experience that resonates with individuals from the moment that they step foot on the property.

Tony Wohlgemuth, owner of Kersey Valley, was uniquely brought to the agriculture industry and has been blessed in his journey every step of the way. “My parents moved to North Carolina from Switzerland in 1968 and I was born in 1970, making me the first American in my family,” Tony said. “My dad had always dreamed of owning a farm, so when I was 9 years old, he purchased the land that is now Kersey Valley and our journey in agriculture began.” Originally, Kersey Valley was set to be a Christmas tree farm, as Tony and his father spent many moments planting trees together on the property. However, when his father got called back to Switzerland for his job, all of that changed. “Thankfully, when my dad got transferred back to Switzerland, the farm never sold. So, I stayed here in High Point and took up the family farm at just 13 years of age,” Tony said. “My friends and I started by planting rows of corn, okra and tomatoes to sell at the farmers market, before the idea of Spookywoods was born.”

What is now one of the most popular haunted attractions in the Piedmont, started out as a small, haunted house in 1985. “Our haunted attraction actually didn’t start as Spookywoods,” Tony said. “Originally, it was located in the little homestead on the property, until my friends and I decided to cut a path through the Christmas trees that my father and I planted on the property years ago to create Spookywoods in 1996. So, the Christmas trees really did save the family farm, just not in the traditional way that many had thought.” The haunted trail encompasses 4-acres of woods with characters hiding throughout them to scare anyone on the path. In addition to the haunted event, they also offer a daytime corn maze for individuals who enjoy the fall but not being scared. Both events include a variety of fun activities, including food and games, so check out their website for more information. Corn maze experience tickets are $25 per person and Spookywoods tickets are $45 per person.

This time of year, Kersey Valley takes a complete 180-degree turn to provide a unique Christmas experience for friends and family! The Kersey Valley Christmas is unlike any other event because it is not just a light show, but an experience made up of magical moments for people to enjoy. “Our Christmas event offers so many fun experiences for families, including a 20-minute wagon ride around the property that encompasses nearly two million Christmas lights,” Tony said. “We also have rides, a train, wagon rides, marshmallow roasting stations, Santa, the Grinch and so much more.” This is the third year that Kersey Valley has offered a Christmas event, and it has grown every year since the beginning. Tony and his team start the process in August of building the light displays and setting up the layout of the farm. “As soon as people arrive for Christmas on the farm, they receive a map of the property that lists everything we have available, including the wagon ride, train ride, kiddie zipline, singing reindeer and mega slide,” Tony said. “They are free to walk around at their leisure and create memories with their family and friends. We also have several photo stations available throughout the farm for people to take pictures together and capture each moment.” General admission tickets for the Kersey Valley Christmas event are $25, or $15 for seniors, and include nearly everything available onsite. The only additional costs are pictures with Santa and the Grinch. “People can visit the Grinch free of charge and pay for the photo if desired, but Santa is a paid experience due to popularity and crowd control,” said Tony. “We allow people to join the virtual queue once they pay for the Santa experience onsite or online to join the waitlist. This allows them to experience other areas of the farm while they wait their turn to meet Santa.” See their website for additional details, including pricing and photo packages for both Santa and the Grinch.

Tickets for the Kersey Valley Christmas event can be purchased on-site but are best purchased online in advance. “We want to give people the best experience possible, so in order to do that, we cap each night at a 2,100-person limit,” Tony said. “We do timed ticketing, so people can choose which time works best for their family. Times are spread out in 30-minute increments to ensure that people can get in the gate, spread out on the farm, and truly enjoy the experience without being overcrowded or overwhelmed.” The gates open for parking at 4 p.m. and the gates to Kersey Valley Christmas open at 5:30 p.m. each night. Book online today to secure your date and time slot of choice!

Be sure to visit Santa’s workshop on your trip to Kersey Valley this Christmas and check out their Santa ornament! This ornament is extremely unique because it contains a QR code that can be scanned every morning in December for a special message from Santa himself! The ornament comes with a workbook of activities to complete each day. “We are super excited to release this product in Santa’s workshop this year,” Tony said. “Each morning when the QR code is scanned, Santa gives the kids (or adults) an assignment to complete in the kindness workbook. It’s a great way to not only get the family excited about Christmas, but also teach people how to be kind to others and spread joy throughout the season.” See full details online and purchase an ornament at the workshop during your visit.

Although Tony loves every single part of the events at Kersey Valley, his favorite part is seeing the shock and awe on people’s faces when they witness the full transition that takes place between Spookywoods and Christmas. “It really is a complete 180-degree turn,” he said. “People come for both events and don’t even recognize the farm between one and the other. It speaks to the hard work that we put in as a team to create unique and immersive experiences for people who visit our farm.” He also loves to see the joy on people’s faces as they explore the farm and make lasting memories with their friends and family. So, get your tickets now to experience a Kersey Valley Christmas and mark your calendars for their fall events next year. Fun fact: next year will be the farm’s 40th Anniversary, so events/experiences may be bigger and better than ever. We are so proud of all that the Kersey Valley team does to further the industry and can’t wait to see where the future continues to take them!