Santa's Village (Lake Arrowhead)

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Santa's Village
Santa's Village, 1958.
LocationSkyforest, California
United States
Coordinates34°14′03″N 117°10′29″W / 34.234080°N 117.174588°W / 34.234080; -117.174588Coordinates: 34°14′03″N 117°10′29″W / 34.234080°N 117.174588°W / 34.234080; -117.174588
ThemeChristmas
OpenedMay 28, 1955 (1955-05-28)
ClosedMarch 1, 1998 (1998-03-01)
 
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Santa's Village
Santa's Village, 1958.
LocationSkyforest, California
United States
Coordinates34°14′03″N 117°10′29″W / 34.234080°N 117.174588°W / 34.234080; -117.174588Coordinates: 34°14′03″N 117°10′29″W / 34.234080°N 117.174588°W / 34.234080; -117.174588
ThemeChristmas
OpenedMay 28, 1955 (1955-05-28)
ClosedMarch 1, 1998 (1998-03-01)

Santa's Village was a winter-themed amusement park in the Skyforest section of Lake Arrowhead, California. Opened in 1955, it was the first franchised amusement park, one of three built by developer Glenn Holland. The other franchises, also defunct, were in Scotts Valley, California and East Dundee, Illinois. The East Dundee park re-opened in 2011 under new ownership as Santa's Village AZoosment Park.

Opening more than a month before Disneyland, the 220-acre (0.89 km2) park was one of Southern California's biggest tourist attractions. It boasted kiddie rides, including a bobsled, monorail, and Ferris wheel; a petting zoo; live reindeer; and shops that included a bakery, candy kitchen, and toy shop.

Reduced attendance and revenue shortfalls caused Santa’s Village to close on March 1, 1998.[1] The property sold three years later for $5.6 million, and now serves as a staging area for local logging operations.[2] The park's faded candy cane signpost and dilapidated buildings have become a ghost town along the Rim of the World Highway.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Noriyuki, Duane (18 February 1998). "To All a Good Night". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ Barr, Glenn (2 June 2011). "Santa's Village Logs On Way Out". Lake Arrowhead Mountain News. 
  3. ^ Rasmussen, Cecilia (24 December 2006). "A Christmas wonderland melts away". Los Angeles Times. 

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