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Opening in 1949, the oldest theme park in the United States is an expert in the field of family entertainment. Nestled on the side of scenic Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks, the village has a magical atmosphere that immediately tells the visitor that he or she has entered a very special world. Santa’s Workshop is just 12 miles northeast of Lake Placid.

For 60 years, Santa and his helpers have been making dreams come true for children ages 1 to 100. Come visit Santa at his summer home and workshop. Santa’s house is located in the center of the village, opposite the ice-coated frosty North Pole, which stays frozen year round. The quaint, comfortable log structures show the visiting children where and how Santa Claus lives. As you round the corner, the first peek of Santa emerges as he awaits each child, individually, in his living room.

A guest can wander down a flowered path and never know when Frosty the Snowman, Chris Moose, Miranda Mouse, or Rowdy the Rascal Reindeer may happen upon the scene, always ready to entertain and pose for pictures. Sam and Sandy, Santa’s favorite live rag dolls, are also around to play and amuse children of all ages. These and other members of the Mother Goose Guild perform various musical revues throughout the day. Lest we forget the real meaning of Christmas, the ageless story of the nativity is performed on a flower-covered hillside.

Amusement rides are included in this famed theme park. There’s the Candy Cane Express, a train ride which offers picturesque mountain scenery, the Mini Coaster, the Kiddie Ferris Wheel, the Reindeer Carousel, and other rides for small children. An arcade is also located in the village for the amusement of our guest.

Clustered around the frosty North Pole you’ll find Alpine style shops of the crafts people, including: the candy maker, the glass blower, the blacksmith, the hat and stocking maker, and more!

Plus, a visit with Santa’s famous reindeer is a must. The North Pole also boasts its very own US Post Office, zip code 12997. Established in 1953 as an official rural substation, it processes thousands of pieces of mail every year. Visitors from around the world bring mail to Santa’s Post Office to obtain his unique postmark.

To sign in to Santa’s guestbook or for additional information: visit www.northpoleny.com or call (800) 806-0215.

In 2009, Santa’s Workshop will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from June 27 to Sept. 7; 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 12 to Oct. 11 and on Columbus Day, Oct. 12; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 21 to Dec. 20 (plus Friday, Nov. 27).

Santa’s Workshop is located 12 miles northeast of Lake Placid, at 324 Whiteface Memorial Highway in Wilmington.