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Santa's Land
Putney, VT
Santa's Land opened in 1957 and closed in 2011. It reopened briefly in 2012 and closed just months later. The park is reopening in 2017. It features kiddie rides, a miniature train, a carousel, a deer park, an arcade, a chance to meet Santa, and more.

The Igloo Pancake House, an igloo-shaped building next door, was built in the 1970s. It originally served as the Santa's Land owners' residence. The restaurant has been closed for many years.

For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Santa's Workshop
Cascade, CO
Santa's Workshop opened in 1956 and is located at the base of Pikes Peak. It was designed by a former Walt Disney artist and modeled after the Santa's Workshop in North Pole, NY. Rides were added in 1960. The Santa statue on top of the Peppermint Slide appears to be from the same mold as the some of the statues at this page.

The carousel is a Herschell/Spillman two-row from 1920. It has eight wooden jumping horses, two chariots (modern, not from Herschell) and 10 metal reindeer (not Herschells and probably added when the carousel was moved here in 1966). The carousel is believed to have been originally at Crystal City Park in Tulsa, OK. Its life after that (1940-1966) is unknown. There are also two carousel band organs from the 1920s on display in glass enclosures. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Holiday World
Santa Claus, IN
Holiday World opened in 1946 as "Santa Claus Land". This was the very first Santa themed park in the country. These storybook statues were installed then. They are only visible from outside the park or from the train ride. I don't believe there are any other old statues inside the park. The name was changed to Holiday World in 1984. Other themed areas, including 4th of July and Halloween, were added at that time. Over the years, Holiday World has added numerous non-Christmas-themed coasters and other rides as well as "Splashin' Safari", a water park. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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