Santa Claus brings so much joy to people during the holiday season. Have yourself a jolly good time by visiting a destination that will bring out your Christmas spirit throughout the year. Here are a few family-friendly destinations that have a Santa theme to them:
Christmas in Michigan
Visitors to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland situated within the city of Frankenmuth, also known as Michigan’s Little Bavaria, are welcomed by a 17-foot statue of Santa Claus. This store designed to look like an Alpine chalet is open year-round and specializes in one thing … Christmas decorations! Known as the world’s largest Christmas store, Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland sales floor space is the equivalent of two football fields filled with numerous holiday themed decorations and gifts including more than 8,000 variety of Christmas tree ornaments. In fact, Bronner’s staff personalize with people’s names more than 400,000 ornaments for customers annually. That is a lot of ornaments!
Frankenmuth’s annual Zehnder’s Snowfest in January is also a nice way to keep your Christmas spirit up for a few more weeks after the holiday has passed. The Christmas lights decorating the downtown remain up and are enhanced by beautiful ice carvings and snow sculptures. Taking place for more than 25 years, Zehnder’s Snowfest has become known as one of the top snow sculpting events in North America. Enjoy the images on display as well as a number of other family-friendly activities taking place. Of course, you have to eat some of the German food that the city’s restaurants are famous for. Plus, there is a wonderful firework display to take in!
The town of Christmas, Michigan maintains the holiday spirit all year long with all of its businesses having a Santa Claus theme. While passing through take a look at the world’s largest Santa sign standing 35 feet high. Stop by the post office for a fun souvenir by sending yourself a postcard postmarked from the town. Add a unique special touch to your Christmas cards by sending them out from there.
Speaking of interesting postmarks to add to collect or send out on Christmas cards, the North Pole is a great spot to visit. How cool would it be to receive a Christmas card or Santa themed postcard from the North Pole?! You can have the chance to do this by visiting the states of Alaska, Colorado or New York.
99705 is known as the ZIP code of Santa Claus and serves the community of North Pole which has become a summertime attraction for tourists visiting the major Alaskan city of Fairbanks which is a short drive away via the Richardson Highway. This city with street lights shaped and decorated in a candy cane motif and Christmas themed roads like Santa Claus Lane and Kris Kringle Drive is a great place to mail something from to obtain a memorable North Pole postmark. Of course, while in North Pole you need to stop by Santa Claus House.
Santa Claus House is a holiday themed store that celebrates Christmas throughout the year. It has 9,000 square feet of retail space filled with Made-in-Alaska gift ideas, Christmas tree ornaments, holiday decorations, and items themed around good ole St. Nick. Visitors can also purchase a personalized letter from Santa Claus to send to a special child in their life. Each letter postmarked from North Pole, Alaska includes a note on stationery, a Santa Claus dollar, a photo of Santa, and a sticker reading “I’m on Santa’s Good List.”
The place is filled with decorations including a large fiber optic globe which highlights the ever-changing population of Earth’s naughty and nice lists. There is also a pen of live reindeer and a sleigh you can get your photo taken in. A visit to Santa Claus House would be a bit disappointing without meeting the big guy himself so Kris Kringle has regular meet and greet hours with his guests nine months out of the year. I think he goes on vacation for the three months after Christmas but hey the guy deserves a break after delivering all those holiday presents around the world!
While visiting don’t miss out on getting a picture with the nearly 50 foot tall Santa statue located on the grounds. Now that is a big photo op! It is promoted as the largest Santa Claus statue in the world. Now that is a sight to behold! Santa Claus House will be closed in 2018 from January through April as an expansion and remodel of the facilities is completed. So a summer trip in 2018 will be a great time for a trip to be one of the first people to see all the new improvements.
This community located near Lake Placid, New York is home to an amusement park called Santa’s Workshop which caters to children and has a Santa Claus theme. Santa’s Workshop focuses on entertaining children 48 inches and smaller. Looking for a vacation spot that will delight toddlers and preschoolers? Here you go!
Open from summer through Christmas, Santa’s Workshop has plenty of thrills meant for young riders including a Christmas Tree ride, Reindeer Carousel and Santa’s Sleigh Coaster. They also have family-friendly shows such as a North Pole Jamboree, Christmas Magic musical revue, and a Santa Claus parade. The park is decorated for Christmas all year long and Santa is there whenever the place is open to meet with kids.
There is also a Santa’s Workshop amusement park at a North Pole across the country that you can discover when visiting Colorado. This park has rides that are meant for both kids and adults alike. Rides include a giant Ferris Wheel, Space Shuttle rocker, and a Santa Sleigh zip line among others. The amusement park also hosts magic shows and an animatronic performance by Elmer the Elf. Meet and greets with Santa are also offered all year long.
While many people associate Santa Claus living at the North Pole you have to wonder if he actually resides in Indiana as that state has a town named after him. Visitors to Santa Claus, Indiana are greeted by a welcoming statue of Saint Nick and the city is also home to the world’s oldest Santa statue. In fact, there are Santa Claus statues and decorations throughout the city providing a joyous atmosphere to the place.
The city is also home to a Santa Claus museum, that displays antique toys and exhibits about the history of the community, and Holiday World Theme Park that is filled with roller coasters and water slides. This amusement park’s rides are themed around The Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Christmas themed rides at Holiday World include Comet’s Rockets, Prancer’s Merry-go-Round, and Rudolph’s Round-up. Other attractions in town include a Christmas-themed miniature golf course, Santa’s Candy Castle Sweet Shop and the Santa Claus Christmas Store that has a huge selection of holiday themed decorations and gifts.
If you can make it across the Atlantic Ocean, Lapland Finland claims to be the Artic Circle home of Santa Claus based upon folklore and has built a theme park to honor their famous resident. Visitors can meet with Santa in his office then take a tour of exhibits about Finnish Christmas Celebrations and Christmas festivities from around the world. They can also look over Santa’s snowmobile collection.
Activities also include dog sled and reindeer sleigh rides, snowmobile excursions, exploring underground caves, and riding an ice slide. Santa Claus Village also includes a number of stores, restaurants and overnight accommodations that include Snowman World ice bar & restaurant and an igloo hotel. A great way to experience the Santa Claus tradition in a foreign land.
Ho Ho Ho! Aren’t these Santa Claus travel destinations a great way to put you into the holiday spirit?! You’ll be in a Merry Christmas mood anytime of the year whenever you visit one of these places!