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Adirondack Lifestyle ™: Dec 16, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Destination: Santa's Workshop In North Pole, New York

One of the most popular places in the Adirondacks for children of any age is Santa's Workshop, just down the road from Lake Placid. Yes, this is true: if you are interested in seeing where Santa lives and raises his reindeer, you can visit Santa's Workshop in North Pole, New York, in the Adirondack Mountains. I suggest you go to their web site and mouse over all the links with the sound on. Writing this post gave me an excuse to go to their site and play jingle bells.
Santa's Workshop is the oldest theme park in America. It opened in 1949 and is a classic. If you have an imagination and kids, or can borrow some kids, it is worth a trip. It is a self-contained, complete town where Santa and the crew live and work, making toys mostly. It is located about 3/4 of the way up the Whiteface Toll road, the Whiteface Memorial Highway, before it becomes a toll road, in Wilmington, NY. There are live reindeer, the "Candy Cane Express" train ride, elves and snow people walking around, and a chance to sit on Santa's lap. It can get pretty sweet with all the singing, etc., hokey at its best, but kids love it. Adults with the right mindset can enjoy it too.
It would be a great trip for this coming weekend since Santa closes the shop to the public after this Tuesday evening, 12/22 because he has to get ready for the big trip. Also, moms and dads we have lots of snow and skiing is great!