On July 1, 1949 in Whiteface Mountain, New York, Santa’s Workshop opened to 212 guests excited to attend opening day. Last week, the park opened for its 68th season, continuing the tradition of bringing the Christmas spirit to all families during the summer. According to their website, Santa’s Workshop is “a summer home for Santa Claus where children could live their fondest fantasy.” The theme park even has a life-sized frozen North Pole, live reindeer, rides, elves, and, yes, Santa Claus himself. Since opening its doors 68 years ago, Santa’s Workshop has embraced its remote location, adding to the nostalgia and scenic experience. This hidden gem for families continues to spread the Christmas cheer.
Throughout nearly seven decades, Santa’s Workshop has established its strong commitment to the local community. During this year’s opening weekend, they gave men and women who work in emergency services free admission. In fact, the park even allowed each of these first responders to bring up to three guests free of charge. “Santa’s Workshop wants to thank all the men and women who help keep us safe, and respond in our time of need” said John Collins, general manager. “Emergency Services Weekend is our thank you for their commitment,” Collins added. Santa’s Workshop also gave free passes to every Kindergarten graduate in the area. During the first full weekend of July, Santa’s Workshop extended a promotion for Lodging Appreciation, allowing owners of a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, or AirBnb location two free passes to explore the holiday magic and rekindle the spirit that this place has to offer.
With over 20 rides, shows, and attractions that are themed in the spirit of Christmas and Santa Claus including Santa’s Sleigh Coaster that opened in 2003, this park has a little bit for everybody. Due to the nature of the park, the majority of their rides are meant for younger guests. We here at Coaster Addict still believe and hope to one day make a trip to this very special place and capture the magic and bring you photos and videos from the park. If you have any, please share them with us.
[Images courtesy of Santa’s Workshop.]