Santa's Workshop - North Pole, New York - Christmas-themed village, amusement park, and tourist attraction
Santa's Workshop really is at the North Pole; at least, it is if you're at North Pole, New York. This town features a Christmas-themed tourist attraction known as Santa's Workshop, which has a number of rides, shows, and other things to do. Since opening in 1949, it has become one of the most popular holiday-themed attractions in the United States.
One of the main attractions at Santa's Workshop is the Candy Cane Express. This train takes guests around the village and through the woods. The track includes a covered bridge, tunnel, and views of the mountains in this area, and free rides leave from the station every 15 minutes. There are also other rides at Santa's Workshop, such as the five-car family ride called Santa's Sleigh Coaster, the Christmas Carousel, the children's Bobsled Ride, the Kiddie Ferris Wheel, and the inflatable Yuletide Bounce House. All of the rides are free with admission.
Most of the rides at Santa's Workshop are for children, but there are other things for the whole family to do while visiting this village. Santa and Mrs. Claus are found in their house, where guests can get a picture or give the man in red their wish list. At Frosty's North Pole, which is located at the center of the town, where guests can meet characters and see the forever-frozen North Pole. Religious guests can also watch the Nativity Pageant, which is regularly scheduled, as well as visit the St. Nicholas Chapel, which has an alter and pipe organ music continuously. Other attractions at Santa's Workshop include the Tannenbaum Talking Christmas Tree, the World of Christmas Shop, the Candy Shop, and the Reindeer Barn, where guests can hand-feed a team of reindeer special cracker snacks.
One place that guests may also wish to visit before leaving is the home of Elmer "The Know it All'' Elf. Elmer chats with guests daily, takes pictures with guests, and answers any question guests may have. He also has a wishing well where visitors can drop a coin and make a wish. All the proceeds from Elmer's Wishing Well are donated to Santa's Toy Lift Fund.
Along with the Nativity Pageant, Santa's Workshop also has Christmas Capers, a show put on by the Mother Goose Guild, as well as Country Christmas, which features Frosty, Rowdy Reindeer, and a number of other Christmas characters. Guests can also watch the Santa Claus Parade, which includes a number of dancing characters, and at the beginning of every day, Santa's helpers meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus in front of their house to review the orders for the day. Members of the Mother Goose Guild and other characters also host story time and puppet shows regularly, as well as wander the park for pictures.
Santa's Workshop is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. They're also open from mid-September to mid-October on weekends from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM, and during even hours during the holiday season. General admission costs $19.95 for adults and $17.95 for seniors, with season passes available for guests who wish to visit often.
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