Santa’s Village Loads of Family Fun [VIDEO]
Okay, so maybe it's kind of weird blending Labor Day Weekend and Christmas together, but at Santa's Village way up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire you can have both.
This 53-year-old family theme park has been delighting families with its complete tribute to Christmas, Santa, and the holiday season. Trip Advisor recently listed Santa's Village as one of their top 25 amusement parks in the country.
On Saturday, my family and I made our annual summer pilgrimage to give our son, Patrick, a back to school present. Simply put, Patrick loves this place more than any other amusement park and he has looked forward to going there ever since we brought him up there for the first time in October 2009.
For us, Santa's Village is about a three-hour drive that includes some time on the Kancamangus Highway, Bear Notch Road, Crawford Notch State Park and stunning views of Mount Washington, Adams and Jefferson in the Presidential Range. We also chose to do this as a day trip, which is why we left at 7 a.m. sharp.
The cool thing about this theme park is that it is not too large, which makes it easy for families to traverse it in an afternoon. There are rides galore, special shows, a reindeer barn where you can feed Comet, Cupid, Donna and Dasher, et al, plenty of carrots, and Ho Ho H20, Santa's Village's water park that now includes three new water slides: Fa La La Falls, Sugar Plum Flume and Kringle's Cannon. The staff are super friendly and kids love seeing Santa to tell him their special Christmas wishes regardless of the season.
If you and your family have never been to Santa's Village, I highly recommend it. You may have to drive a little further on up the road than you would if you went to Story Land or North Conway, but it's well worth it.
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