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Roadside Santas

Homes of Santa Claus

The "Santa Claus House" is a Christmas theme gift shop in North Pole, Alaska, a town that is located 13 miles south of Fairbanks. The Santa Claus House was started in 1952 by Con and Nellie Miller. The picture on their website looks very different from the view on this postcard, which was postmarked from North Pole, Alaska in 1964. In addition to Christmas, toys, and Alaska merchandise, there are many photo opportunities there.

Santa Claus House. North Pole, Alaska


Santa Claus, California was built as a roadside attraction along the coastal highway south of Santa Barbara beginning in 1948. "Santa Claus Lane" started with a juice shop selling date shakes. The attraction grew during the 1950s when Toyland and Santa's Kitchen were added. Eventually Santa Claus Lane became rundown. The last part to operate was a Christmas train which stopped running in 1984. The famous statue of Santa coming out of a chimney was taken down in 2002 and moved to Oxnard.

Santa's Kitchen. Santa Claus, California

Toyland. Santa Claus, California

Santa Claus Statue. Santa Claus, California


There were three related Santa's Village locations. The Santa's Village in New Hampshire had different ownership than these three. The three locations and their years of operation were:

  • Skyforest, California (near Los Angeles) 1955–1998
  • Santa Cruz, California (near San Francisco) 1957–1979
  • Dundee, Illinois (near Chicago) 1959–2006

Santa's Village, Sky Forest, California

Many more postcards of the Skyforest Santa's Village are exhibited on the website.

Pixie Pantry.
Santa's Village. Dundee, Illinois


Santa's Village in Jefferson, New Hampshire opened in 1953 and is still operating. It is a family amusement park with rides, shows, and activities.

Old Saint Nick (Santa Claus).
Santa's Village. Jefferson, New Hampshire


Santa's Workshop in North Pole, New York opened in 1949 and is the first of the form of outdoor entertainment that became known as the "theme park." It was conceived as a summer home of Santa Claus that children could visit and was centered around a "North Pole" that was frozen year round.

Santa and his helpers showing visitors real ice on the North Pole.
Santa's Workshop, North Pole, New York

Santa entertaining a guest in his home.
Santa's Workshop, North Pole, New York

Santa and his gnomes open letters from children.
Santa's Workshop, North Pole, New York


Santa’s Workshop in North Pole, Colorado is a Christmas themed amusement park that opened in 1956. It was planned to be like the Santa's Workship in New York. Like the one in New York, it has a frozen "North Pole."

Santa's House. Santa's Workshop
North Pole, Colorado

Santa Claus and His Helpers.
Santa's Workshop, North Pole, Colorado


Santa Claus Land in Santa Claus, Indiana is an early theme park that opened in 1946. It is still there, but the park became Holiday World in 1984 and includes other holidays in addition to Christmas.

Santa Claus and his sleigh.
Santa Claus Land, Indiana

Santa Claus Statue.
Santa Claus Land, Indiana


Santa Claus Signs

The Christmas, Michigan Santa Claus Sign is at Santa's Workshop Gift Shop. It measures 32 feet high and 17 feet across the skirt of the jacket. It is claimed to be the world's tallest Santa.

Christmas, Michigan

I couldn't find any information on the Shelton, Washington Santa, so I assume it is long gone. According to the information on the back of the postcard this Santa was 35 feet tall. The "Christmastown U. S. A." name refers to the areas annual harvest of approximately 3,000,000 Christmas trees.

Shelton, Washington




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