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Santa's Playground
Carlsbad, CA

These Santa's Playground structures are located at the Flower Fields. They were originally located at Santa's Village which opened in 1955 in Skyforest, CA. The park closed in 1998 and many of the buildings were auctioned off the following year. Paul Ecke II bought these structures and moved them to his home in Encinitas, CA. In 2008, they were restored and moved to the Flower Fields. The buildings include an Entrance Building, the Doll House, and the Crooked Treehouse Slide. The slide was originally steel. The mushrooms also came from Santa's Village. There are still ruins of the park's other buildings in Skyforest.

Santa's Village
East Dundee, IL

2006:

Snowman and Snowball Ride at Grizzly Jack's
Utica, IL

Santa's Village Azoosment Park
East Dundee, IL

2012:

Santa's Village opened in 1959 and closed in 2006. It was the third of a chain with two other locations in California. In addition to the Skyforest location mentioned above, there was another one in Scotts Valley, CA. That location closed in 1979. The buildings and unique rides at these parks all tied in with the Santa Claus theme. When I was at the East Dundee location in 2006, the best I could get were these photos from at the entrance and a couple of other shots through the fence.

When the photo above was taken in 2006, the Santa's Village Snowman from the Snowball ride was installed in the lobby of Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort. The cups from the Snowball ride were stashed behind a nearby building at Grizzy Jack's. There were plans to reassemble the ride and include it at Grizzly Jack's Enchanted Forest indoor amusement park. However, I've heard that it's unlikely at this point. By 2009, the Snowman and some of the cups had been moved in front of the Enchanted Forest building.

In 2010, the park reopened as Santa's Village Azoosment Park. It features rides, animals, and entertainment. The original Santa's Village buildings are still there. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

For some photos of the park's kiddie rides, see this page.

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