Santas & Snowmen Statues (page 1)

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According to one source, five or six of the Santa statues of the type shown on this page were produced by a boatbuilder in New Hampshire that owned a mold. If that's true, then the number is wrong or another mold must have been made since there are at least a dozen examples of these statues still known to exist. It's also possible that the boatbuilder's mold was made from another statue and he then produced copies.

Santa [gone?]
Amherst, NH
(later Mont Vernon, NH)
Santa [gone]
Westford, MA
Vassar, MI
Kalamazoo, MI
The Santa in Amherst stood in front of Creative Auto Body when this photo was taken in 2003. When the business closed, the statue was moved down the road to an antiques dealer. After that, the statue wound up at the Beaver Brook Farm and Transportation Museum in Mont Vernon where he was restored. The statue may still be behind the museum which closed in 2008. For more, see this website.

The Santa in Westford was displayed in front of a house during the Christmas holidays from around 2003-2008. This photo is from 2007. The statue is gone now. [photo thanks Tim Vincent]

The Santa in Vassar is located at Pennywick Tree Farms, a Christmas tree farm. [map]

The Santa in Kalamazoo is installed near Bronson Park each year during the Christmas holiday season. [photos thanks Mark Comstock]

Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Frankenmuth, MI
sitting Santa
Frankenmuth, MI
climbing Santa
Frankenmuth, MI
reclining Santa
Birch Run, MI
The Frankenmuth Santa is one of several owned by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. All of their classic Santa statues wear green mitts. Bronner's has at least three classic waving-type statues at their sprawling property including the one sticking out of the chimney. In addition, there are at least two waving-type Santa statues which accompany billboards on nearby northbound I-75 like the one on the left shown above. This tourist attraction promotes itself as the "largest Christmas store in the world". There are several other more contemporary Santa statues on their grounds.

The contemporary sitting Santa is located on a roof at Bronner's. The climbing Santa is installed on a billboard south of downtown. The reclining Santa statue is installed on top of a billboard in nearby Birch Run. There is another just like it at Bronner's. In addition, there are a couple giant Snowman at their store and some giant Christmas tree ornaments. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. [sitting, climbing, reclining & chimney Santa photos thanks Mark Comstock]

Santa [gone?]
Bath, OH
Since 1987, the Hesseman family has displayed this Santa statue in front of their house for the holiday season. The statue is composed of three fiberglass pieces which are bolted together. It is stored in a barn when not on display. Before the Hesseman family owned the statue, it was displayed at a building supply store in Akron, OH. When the store closed in 1984, it was displayed at a restaurant in Akron. These photos are from 2005. I don't think this statue displayed anymore. [photos thanks to Jonathan Hesseman]

Mendon, MA


This Santa statue was restored by Casey Vandervalk. It had been installed on the roof of a building in Woonsocket, RI since at least the early 1970s. The statue had been owned by Tinsel Town which went out of business around 2004. The building owner sold the Santa to Casey in 2006. During the restoration in 2006, the rotten wood inside the statue was replaced. In 2007, the paint was stripped and the fiberglass was repaired (bottom photo). The completed statue is now on display year-round at the Vandervalk Tree Farm. [photos top three rows thanks Casey Vandervalk] [map]

Taunton, MA
Santa & Santa's Mailbox
Mason, MI
The Santa in Taunton is displayed during the holiday season at Taunton Green, the city's central square. This statue wears green gloves like the ones in Frankenmuth, MI (see above).

The Santa in Mason is also only on display during the holiday season. He is installed, along with this Giant Mailbox, in front of the Ingham County Courthouse. [photos thanks Mark Comstock]

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