Friday, December 15, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

7 Best Places to See Santa Claus

Santa is quite the busy man throughout the year, but he gets busier as it gets closer to the holiday season. After all, he is trying to get all those presents ready for all the girls and boys in the world! However, he is also spending time at some magical places, where children can visit with him and his reindeer. And, let’s face, a few of us grownups want to share our wishlists, too.
 

Here are the 7 best places to see Santa:

1    Santa’s Workshop

Santa’s Workshop can be found in North Pole, NY near Lake Placid. The attraction was built in 1949 when a little girl asked her father to take her to see Santa’s summer home. He built it for her and then opened it for everyone else to enjoy as well. It is a decidedly old-school but still magical place that is open during the summer and the weekends that lead up to the day of Christmas.

Every guest is greeted by Miranda Mouse, Chris Moose, Frosty the Snowman, and Rowdy “The Rascal” Reindeer as they enter the park. There are numerous shows held daily as well as a holiday parade. Browse the village shops and see the friendly farm animals in what boasts of being the world’s first petting zoo. The favorites at Santa’s Workshop include the reindeer and the talking Christmas tree. Be sure to touch the permanent pole of ice that marks the spot of Santa’s North Pole. This feature was a true feat of refrigeration technology and a big draw when the workshop was first built and remains a nostalgic highlight.
 
Santa’s Workshop

2    The Town of Santa Claus

The town of Santa Claus can be found in Indiana, and it was given its name way back in 1856. In the 1920’s, the little town caught national attention and its post office overflowed with letters to Santa. However, it was not until 1935 that someone realized how fabulous that name would be for the economy there. Santa’s Candy Castle opened in December 1935 as part of an entire Santa’s Town, and it is believed to have been the first themed attraction in the entire United States. The attraction closed during World War II but found new owners and a new lease on life in 2006. The re-opened Santa’s Candy Castle is fully restored and again offers a magical treat for children and their parents.
 
The Town Of Santa Claus
3    The Christmas Town of Bethlehem

This quaint little town is located within the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. It may not be the real Bethlehem that is referred to during the holiday season, but that does not stop thousands of people from going there. Everyone enjoys having their Christmas card envelopes postmarked from Bethlehem. While there is no bad time to visit this town during the holidays, many people choose to go when the Christmas Town Festival is held in the beginning of December. The fair offers a 5k run, crafts, music, a train ride and, of course, a chance to meet Santa Clause and take your picture with him
 
Christmas Town Festival Bethlehem
4    Victorian Holiday Wonderland

The Victorian Holiday Wonderland can be found in Breckenridge, Colorado, best known as a ski resort destination. All the shops on Main Street are decorated to look like a Victorian Christmas, as is the rest of the town. Visitors enjoy watching the town get lit up for the first time every year as Santa arrives via horse-drawn sleigh. The celebration goes on throughout December with German-style Christmas markets, snow sculpting competitions, pro snowsports events, and more. No one will want to miss the performance of A Christmas Carol while they are visiting.
 
Victorian Holiday Wonderland
5    The Polar Express

Throughout the United States, families and friends can gather to go on a magical Polar Express journey. Inspired by the movie and book, families are invited to don their pajamas and climb aboard the train to be taken to see Santa at the North Pole. At the North Pole, everyone can walk around and visit with elves, before stopping to tell Santa what they want for Christmas. Then it is time for some milk and cookies before the long trip home. During that trip back, every child is given a magical bell, that they can only hear if they believe. This event is offered all over the US; find the Polar Express location nearest you
 
The Polar Express
6    Christmas Candylane

Christmas Candylane can be found within the Hershey Park theme park in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The theme park transforms into a candy winter wonderland every year for the holiday season, with more than 4 million bright lights, seasonal music, ice skating, decorated rides, and a Christmas show. Meet Santa and and visit his reindeer (including Rudolph!) at the reindeer stables.
 
Christmas Candylane
7    Christmas at Disney World

Everyone knows that Disney World is down in Orlando, Florida, but not everyone realizes that the parks put on an exciting Christmas celebration every year. The festivities begin in November, when more than fifteen hundred trees are brought in and decorated. While all the parks celebrate this merry season, the biggest event happens at the Magic Kingdom. Throughout the holidays at the Magic Kingdom, there is a Very Merry Christmas Party as well as Mickey’s Very Merry Parade.

The parade features wooden soldiers, dancing gingerbread men, everyone’s favorite Disney characters, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. The party itself includes Cinderella’s castle turning into an ice castle, a show full of holiday songs, special performances, and an amazing fireworks display that features Tinkerbell. No one will want to leave until they have experienced the snow fall on Main Street.
 
Christmas At Disney World
The magic of the Christmas season does not need to wait until a day or two before Christmas. Instead, people can enjoy the entire season by visiting any of these phenomenal destinations. They all bring the true meaning of the holiday season to life, where everyone spends time together laughing, and having fun.
 

8 Comments

  1. December 1, 2017 - 12:03 pm

    Christmas at Disney world is always fun and surprising. They always do something new and amazes me. Out of 26 Christmas celebrations, I’ve celebrated 3 at Disney world. This time, I’ll be with my soul mate. This will be like mini honeymoon 😉 Can’t wait to go there.

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  2. Kristoffer Regodos
    December 1, 2017 - 12:36 pm

    This places are amazing. But you forgot something. You can visit your nearest mall during the yuletide season and see Santa there. Kidding aside this places mentioned just bring the spirit of Christmas in you.

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  3. Bernard Brown
    December 1, 2017 - 3:43 pm

    My kids wouldn’t stop talking about Santa, and why they should see him again this year. I’m glad I just found a comprehensive list of places to see Santa Claus. Disney in Orlando, Florida would be a perfect place for us this years, as we are going on a vacation to Florida.

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  4. Rebecca Sharks
    December 3, 2017 - 11:43 am

    yah, it’s Christmas season and every child would love to see a Santa Clause and get gifts. I’d take my kids to see Santa clause this season. Thanks for sharing this post and I’d love to use this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

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  5. Dammy
    December 3, 2017 - 11:46 am

    For my birthday, my dad took me to the Christmas Town of Bethlehem! OMG! I won’t forget the experience in a hurry! There was so much fun and I just couldn’t keep my excitement! The train ride, crafts, music and endless pictures were enough to make my birthday a memorable one!

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  6. KENDALL
    December 3, 2017 - 12:49 pm

    Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday! I always have my tree ready and the house decorated way before December 1st and not because I have kids, I’ve always done this. As for Santa, our kids are ecstatic whenever they see a glimpse of him in the street haha.

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  7. Jesse M.
    December 5, 2017 - 1:17 am

    Maybe it is just me and I live under a rock but I had no idea these places existed! I may not be a kid nor have any but I would love to see some of them in person. What perfect timing too. I will have to look into going to one next year with some of the family. I think it would be a great trip to do for one of the holidays seasons.

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  8. ProlificAshley
    December 6, 2017 - 3:48 pm

    Wonderful post, Santa claus has always been my favorite on christmas day. Christmas in disney world will be a perfect place this year. Wishing you all merry christmas in advance.

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