Colorado Springs Tourist Guide

Santa's Workshop, North Pole, Colorado

Discover the enchantment and magic of Santa’s Workshop on the slopes of Pikes Peak, Colorado. The family themed park has been open to the public since 1956. From May to December, it’s Christmas at Santa’s Workshop. Christmas music drifts through the air, as visitors explore the village and stop to chat with Santa.

History

On March 10, 1955, it was announced that a 25-acre Santa’s Workshop would be constructed on the slopes of Pikes Peak. The village was to be identical to the one in Lake Placid, New York, that was designed by Disney artist, Arturo Monaco.

An eight-year-old girl had described her idea of Santa’s home to Monaco in the 1940s. He turned her description into a design for the village and her dream became a reality.

Santa’s Workshop village includes the home of Mr. and Mrs. Claus, 23 alpine buildings, a gatehouse, a blacksmith shop, 3 workshops, a show house, a reindeer barn and a gift shop. A miniature chapel with a nativity and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard were integrated into the design.

Santa’s House

Though Santa’s schedule is buys, he takes great delight in chatting with the boys and girls that visit the village. Santa’s always at home when the Park is open, except for a half hour lunch break that he takes at 12:30 pm. If you want to avoid long lineups, visit Santa early in the day.

Photos with Santa are available in a wide range of packages. Santa’s helpers take the photos as a memento of your day in the Park.

Activities and Rides

For great family fun, Santa’s Workshop offers a wide range of rides for people of all ages. The rides are specifically designed for safety. Some rides have restrictions based on age, size and weight.

Rides for Kids

Some rides in the Enchanted Forest are designed just for kids. They include a child-size Ferris Wheel, the Candy Cane Roller Coaster, pony carts, several different vehicles for children to drive, Granny Bug, where kids ride a giant bug, the Christmas Tree, Starfighter and much more. These rides are all geared to young children and kids will love the wide selection and the independence that they offer.

Family Rides

Family rides are designed for those of all ages. Get a bird’s-eye-view of the Park on the world’s highest altitude Ferris Wheel. Enjoy stepping back into the past on the vintage carousel that’s vintage 1919. Spin around in a giant Cup and Saucer, or fly through the sky on a swing at Enterprise Space Shuttle. The entire family will enjoy riding together on these adventurous rides.

Shows

Santa’s Workshop offers a variety of shows for your entertainment. Watch a magician conjure illusions at Santa’s Show House. Visit the Elmer Elf Show located between the Christmas Shop and the Boys’ Shop. Stop by the Sugar Plum Terrace and take in the Chris Moose Show. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to drop in at Santa’s House for a visit with the Jolly Old Elf.

Gift Shops

There are a large variety of gift shops for the shopping pleasure of visitors to the Park. The Girl’s Shop has gifts for girls of every age. The Boys’ Shop offers gifts that will delight boys from very young to teens. Visit the Teepee to browse Indian dolls, jewelry, shirts, toys and many other souvenirs related to Native American culture.

Santa’s Gift Shop is located in the exit building. There’s no charge to visit and browse. Santa’s Gift Shop carries an exquisite collection of stained glass items.

No matter the time of year, the Christmas Shop will get you in the holiday spirit. Browse the collections of Dept. 56, Jim Shore, Precious Moments and Pipka. Inventory also includes figurines, ornaments and nativity sets in a variety of themes and sizes.

The Candle Shop is very popular and features a wide selection of specialty candles. Visitors can make their own candle in the tip tank provided in the Shop.

Important Information

· Wear comfortable shoes, as the terrain is hilly.
· The Park rents strollers, but doesn’t rent wagons or wheelchairs.
· No pets are allowed in the Park.
· Come early in the day. Inclement weather most often hits in the afternoon.
· Dress appropriately and come prepared for all types of weather.
· Santa’s Workshop is handicap accessible, but bring along someone strong to push your wheelchair over hilly terrain.

Food

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard offers hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken nuggets, pretzels, nachos and more. It’s located next to the Christmas Shop.

Carousel Café has a wide selection of lunch and snack items, sundaes, ice cream and milkshakes. It’s located behind Santa’s Showcase.

Miss Muffets offers hot and cold drinks, take-out fast food, popcorn and funnel cakes. It is located in the Enchanted Forest.

The Candy Kitchen is the place to pick up a sweet treat. Located in the Boys’ Shop, it offers Belly Jellies, homemade fudge and a wide selection of other sweets.

The North Pole

One of the main attractions at Santa’s Workshop is the North Pole, a frozen wonderland located in the center of the village. A lake with two waterfalls enhances the enchantment of the village.

Lodging

There is plenty of lodging in the Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak area surrounding Santa’s Workshop, including inns, motels and lodges. It’s a good idea to reserve lodging in advance of your visit to the Pikes Peak area.

Santa’s Workshop celebrates Christmas from mid-May to December 24th. If you’re in the Pikes Peak area, drop in for a visit with Santa and enjoy a day of enchantment, magic and family fun.

This page was last modified on 27 March 2012 at 17:09
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