History

FIVE GENERATIONS

The Carnival business for Christiansen Amusements President, Stacy Christiansen-Brown, began over eighty years ago with her great grandfather and now spans five generations. Ralph B. Christiansen, Sr. started in the business with games at Mission Beach Park, San Diego in the 1920’s.  His son, Ralph B., Jr., continued the Carnival tradition and formed Christiansen Amusements in 1965 with his wife Anna J. (A.J.) and their son Ralph E. "Buzz" Christiansen.

TRULY A FAMILY BUSINESS

Christiansen Amusements is truly a family business.  After over 40 years as an owner “Buzz” retired at the end of the 2007 season when Stacy and her husband Tom officially acquired ownership of the company.  So the tradition continues as now many a summer day and night you may find any of Tom & Stacy's four kids parading around the grounds where she once played, literally soaking up the laughter and excitement of the business that has also been their life.  Thankfully, the family truly believes in the company slogan, “Our Business is Fun!”

MORE THAN 80 EVENTS PER YEAR

More than 80 events each year throughout Southern California have Christiansen Amusements as their Carnival entertainment.  Whether it’s a City itself, a Chamber of Commerce, a Boys & Girls Club, Kiwanis, High School, Church or any other Civic Organization, the history and commitment of Christiansen Amusements is to provide safe, quality, enjoyable family fun that is a real value.  “I just love to hear the laughter and see the smiles,” says Stacy, “and to see people everywhere carrying stuffed animals and prizes tell me they’re having fun and that’s what we’re all about!”

AN ENJOYABLE BUSINESS FOR THEIR FAMILY

 Not only is Christiansen Amusements an enjoyable business for their family and the families who attend, but the employees have developed their own extended ‘family’ amongst themselves.  Many have been with Christiansen for five, ten, fifteen and over twenty years.  Also, there’s another aspect of the family that includes the relationships which have been built over the 25 and 30 years Christiansen Amusements has been sponsoring events with the same organizations. 

SHARE THIS FUN WITH YOUR COMMUNITY

And this fun can also be shared with many others in your community. So please inquire for any stories and insights that Christiansen Amusements can provide about the Carnival business.