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Santa's Workshop, North Pole

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Theme Park · Water / Amusement Park
Santa's Workshop in North Pole, a hamlet in Wilmington, New York, USA, is an amusement park that has been in operation since 1949. It was one of the first theme parks in the United States. It is open from June to December.
The idea for the village originated in a story that Lake Placid businessman Julian Reiss told his daughter about a baby bear who visits Santa Claus at the North Pole. The design of the park was done by artist Arto Monaco, of Upper Jay, and built by Harold Fortune, of Lake Placid, who also owned the site, and helped promote the park. The park drew immediate media interest, with more than 14,000 visitors on one day in September 1951.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused the 2020 season to go on hiatus.

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  • My first visit I was just two years old with my parents and grandparents. Had my kids here ant today stopped by to send our grandkids a letter from Santa. Not bad five generations.  more »
  • This place is just as adorable as I remember it being when I was 7. This is probably one of the last actual theme parks in America and it's worth the visit. We brought our 7yo here last year because we weren't sure how many more years of belief we'd enjoy. He is of average height and weight, and he was getting a little too tall for some of the rides, so it may be better if yours are 7 or under. If they are on the short side, it probably wouldn't be an issue. The main attraction is Santa, obviously, which is very well done. That everything says "North Pole" etc. is also cool; our kid is completely convinced the north pole exists and that he has touched it. Growing up, my family all had custom santa hats that I looked forward to wearing when we put up the tree. I had no idea where we got them. Well, apparently we got them here, when I was 7 - and now the next generation has a new matching set. If you would like to spend a day immersed in the magic of Christmas, the North Pole is worth a visit.
  • My first time back in 28 years! I brought my 4 kids with me and they were highly impressed with this quaint holiday park. The staff was very friendly to the kids. The rides were a lot of fun and the lines were non-existent. The train ride was really nice and the conductor happily took pictures with all the kids. The reindeer were adorable and their fur was so soft. My favorite part was the ice pole in the center of the park. I remember being a child and in awe of that pole, it still had the same effect on me even after all of these years. Glad I was able to share this experience with my children. The gift shop on the way out had many great items, from magnets, to toys, to ornaments, and sweatshirts. Santa's Workshop is a great way to spend a day.

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