Santa’s Village Tips & Review
Santa’s Village Tips:
- If visiting during a hot month take advantage of the shaded areas while resting. We found that there were a number of areas located in direct sunlight with areas to sit, but also a handful in the shade. If you can’t find a place to sit in the shade in your immediate area walk a little further and you’re almost guaranteed to find a nice cool spot!
- Restaurants with seating get very full, but staff work hard to clean and turn over tables quickly. We were very surprised that we were able to find seating at one of the restaurants (Nick’s Pizza Emporium) for lunch after only waiting 5 minutes or so. The staff that clean the tables are incredibly courteous and work hard to turn tables over quickly once they’re no longer in use so that the next family can take a seat.
- Nick’s Pizza Emporium has gluten-free pizza, which is great if you don’t eat wheat or can’t eat wheat, but don’t have to worry about possible cross-contamination. They do not guarantee that foods aren’t cross-contaminated. The crust wasn’t bad. A bit on the dryer side, but you can’t complain too much when a theme park actually has wheat-free options aside from salad and disassembled burgers!
- Crowds are not usually excessive from what we’ve been told, but if they are plan on a decent wait for rides. Staff at Santa’s Village were generally very friendly from our experience, but we did find that they seemed a bit overwhelmed by the excessive crowds on the day we happened to visit. We were told by and overheard multiple staff members mention how much busier it was than usual and how incredibly long lines were becoming as a result. We definitely got the impression that staff were doing their best to keep lines moving, but that the crowds were excessive to the point lines were getting far larger than they normally did. We waited a solid 40 minutes for one ride, half of which was spent in direct sunlight. Again, from what we’ve been told this is not the norm, but something to be aware of if you have little ones that can’t handle that kind of wait. It may be best to choose a non-peak day or month to avoid possible crowds of this nature.
- If you have a wheat allergy there are some gluten-free options at a handful of the shops/restaurants, however, they cannot guarantee cross-contamination is avoided. As many of you know, I am allergic to wheat and avoid eating it whenever possible. However, I am not Celiac and it is not life-threatening if my food is slightly contaminated. While the gluten-free options are great for people in my position, we did notice that there was definitely cross-contamination (things like the same gloves being worn to pick up regular cookies and gluten-free cookie packaging) so that’s something to consider if you have to be excessively careful.
- Rides are definitely geared towards families with children. Unlike some other theme parks we’ve been to, many of the rides at Santa’s Village were appropriate for young children, which was fantastic!
- Santa’s Village is not totally flat, so keep that in mind if you have anyone that struggles with walking on inclines, declines or those in wheelchairs. While some areas are flat, there are a number of areas that are not, so keep this in mind if it will affect your visit.
- Family bathrooms galore! There are a number of bathrooms conveniently located throughout the park and in addition to the men’s and women’s they also have large family bathrooms and nursing rooms, which is fantastic.
- Bring or wear your rashguard and swim trunks (shirts and shorts must be worn outside of the water park) if you plan to hit up HoHo H2O or Joy Ride Slides. You can change in the locker rooms near the water park, but we found it more convenient to change after than to change before.
Santa’s Village Walk-Through
|We arrived at the park within an hour of opening and we were placed in the far end of the overflow parking because it was so busy! As you can see, the overflow parking lot is quite large.|
|This is the cute entryway to Santa’s Village. There are several corridors through which you can pass to gain admission and get our tickets.|
|These were the admission rates as of our visit. As we mentioned above, there are special discounted tickets for those with certain disabilities who meet certain criteria. Contact Santa’s Village for more info!|
|This cute Jingle Bell Railroad Crossing is one of many in the park as the Jingle Bell Railroad travels around the circumference of much of the park.|
|If you need to rent a stroller, Lil Sleighs are conveniently located near the entrance next to the North Bowl–bathrooms galore!|
|North Bowl is also located near the entrance, which is fantastic if you take a long road trip like we did to get here! They have women’s, men’s, family bathrooms and rooms for nursing–a fantastic touch.|
|Connected to the North Bowl is Elf University where little ones can grab special tags and participate in a fun Elfabet game, collecting letter hole punches throughout the park and earning and little something special if they collect all of them.|
|Elf University and the Elfabet game were a great addition to the park. Our kids loved collecting as many of the letters as they could! Unfortunately, they weren’t able to walk far enough to get all of them, but I believe they got 20 out of 26.|
|Elf University is truly adorable on the inside and looks like an old fashion schoolhouse.|
|This was the first letter elf we came across! For little ones with low muscle tone it can be difficult to use the hole punches, so Dad stepped in to offer some extra muscle.|
|Here’s a cute explanation of game along with clues about where the elves are.|
|Jolly Lolly Candy Store is near the same circle by the entrance and offers a variety of different sugary treats.|
|In addition to all of the rides and shops, Santa’s Village offers cute entertainment as well. Jack Frost was super entertaining and mischievous!|
|Again, plenty of entertainment around the park!|
|The Skyway Sleigh Monorail is super neat and covers a large area of the park from above! We wanted to take a ride on it, but by the time we reached it (it’s at the far end of the park) the line was too long, but it looked super fun and relaxing!|
|Here’s the cute Post Office and another elfabet elf!|
|Our guys were so excited every time they saw one of the elves! Our guys worked out a cute system where our oldest pulled down the levers and our youngest held his ticket in place, since it was too hard for him to do on his own. Teamwork! <3|
|Here’s our youngest having a Rocky-esque moment after getting yet another letter!|
|As we mentioned in the tips, there are a number of nice shaded areas to rest in if you look. The park in general is super clean and very picturesque.|
|The Great Humbug Adventure was the first ride we did! Guests ride through a Humbug infested mansion and try to shoot as many as possible with little laser guns. The boys loved it!|
|The little details everywhere really complete the experience. We found the street signs super fun!|
|Can’t have a partridge without a pear tree!|
|Frosty’s Homemade Ice Cream offered a number of frozen treats, which were perfect for this hot summer day. Love that it’s on Sugar Plum Ave!|
|Partybration Place was a cute indoor room for hosting parties! It looked very sweet.|
|The Polar Theater had a fun little theater, concession stand, bathrooms and guest services around the other side. This is where you go if you need to request Preferential Accessibility.|
|We didn’t do any of the shows because we weren’t there when nay of them were starting and we wanted to get through as much of the park as possible, but other families with little ones seemed to really enjoy them!|
|We peeked our heads into the North Pole Workshop and it was actually really neat. Kids could go in and make gifts ranging in price and variety from sand art to custom lip glosses.|
|Burger Meister was one of several larger restaurants scattered throughout the park.|
|Seriously, how cute are these elves?|
|Peppermint Twist was a cute ride that our oldest did very well on and that our youngest slightly warmed up to–we were so proud of them both!|
|Reindeer Rendezvous may have been one of the most magical moments for our boys. Even though our youngest was anxious, he loved seeing the reindeer in person and both boys fed them snacks!|
|A place for each of Santa’s reindeer and each of Santa’s reindeer in their place. 😉|
|These guys were super friendly and definitely working it to try to get us to feed them a snack–it worked!|
|This was about as close as our youngest went on his own, but given how anxious he is around large animals it was actually great!|
|Our older guy was super brave and loved feeding these guys apples!|
|Look at all those friendly guys!|
|Fruit Loup’s was a cute snack stand that had fresh fruit and veggie dippers, pretzels, etc. Always great to see health alternatives!|
|St. Nicholas Chapel was super pretty! We didn’t go inside because our guys were anxious to get to the next ride, but it looked like a very peaceful place to stop.|
|This was definitely one of the largest statue nativities we had ever seen!|
|If you visit Santa’s Village make sure you stop at this unassuming little cabin for a lovely souvenir!|
|This kind gentleman makes each visitor his/her own custom-sized ring made from a reindeer shoe nail!|
|This was super cute and complimentary to boot!|
|Their finished rings!|
|Santa’s Home was a popular spot filled with families waiting to have a little visit and photo with Santa.|
|Snowball Mall had some really cute Christmas and Santa’s Village themed merchandise. We grabbed some pins and a few other little things as souvenirs!|
|Mini Doe-Nut Factory smelled really yummy!|
|If you have little guys already talking about someday having their licenses (yes, our oldest started this around 5) this is a great ride! Kids get to drive antique cars on tracks around a really adorable course.|
|You even get to go through a cute car wash complete with bubbles!|
|Dasher’s Delights had some quick food options, frozen treats and drinks. We grabbed a slushie and a soft serve ice cream here for the boys. Prices were on par with what you’d expect at a theme park.|
|Red Hot Racers were just around the back of the Village Fire Department–a ride we definitely suggest!|
|Red Hot Racers was a super fun raft race down a long shoot. As you can see, our boys loved it! We were so proud of both of them for giving it a go–especially our youngest.|
|HoHo H2O is one half of the water park at Santa’s Village. There are two main areas, this area, which has a number of water features and the Joy Ride Slides–a series of 3 larger water slides.|
|Thankfully there’s just about everything you could possibly need right next to the water park!|
|Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree was a cute ride. It didn’t go too high or too fast, which was nice. Our oldest loved it and our youngest warmed up towards the end!|
|They finally got the swing of it! 😉|
Final Thoughts on Santa’s Village
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