Around 65 years ago, the Big Guy in the red suit set up camp in and turned it into a Christmas wonderland complete with gingerbread homes, giant candy canes, a grand old sleigh, a gleaming tree and faux alpine dwellings. Fittingly, the charming Yuletide land was named Santa’s Village. However, with its ever-growing “Nice List,” it has since expanded to what is now known as SkyPark at Santa’s Village.
The theme park is filled with festive activities like Silver Bells Arena, an outdoor pond for ice skating; and Santa’s Workshop & Post Office, where you can post letters to Santa and watch the elves craft beautiful toys.
You can explore the grounds on the Northwoods Express Train Ride which takes guests on a charming tour of the alpine meadows. Get off at the NorthWoods hiking trail if you fancy a brisk winter walk — it’s even better at night during the Fantasy Forest experience where the towering trees and winding paths are illuminated with glittering lights.
You’ll always be able to stock up on scrumptious holiday treats at the quaint shops (we’re partial to the Gingerbread House Bakery & Sweet Shoppe), and enjoy the crisp air on the hiking & biking trails throughout the 230 acres of land, along with a few other merry pastimes. Thrill-seeking guests will want to take on the Adventure Zipline, which zooms through a leafy canopy 30 feet above the forest floor. Other activities include a climbing tower and ax throwing.
This retro escape oozes seasonal nostalgia and has just the right amount of kitsch to keep things fun for the whole family. Sometimes you can even catch a sprinkling of real snow.
The season is in full swing and will remain open through Jan. 7, 2024. Reservations are required and day tickets cost $69 for adults and $59 for children 4 to 12.