Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parks

Santa Claus is just about the most popular fictional character of all time, but that just might be because he doesn't wear out his welcome. Santa pops up once a year, fulfills children's wishes for toys, and then goes away. And because he is such a popular character, many entrepreneurs have been tempted to capitalize on Santa Claus with year-round parks and attractions, with varying success. Quite a few eventually failed and fell into ruin over the years. Check out a gallery of pictures at Atlas Obscura that takes a look at erstwhile Santa Claus attractions in California, Arizona, Vermont, Michigan, Illinois, and Brazil.    

(Image credit: Flickr user mlhradio)


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Reminds me of the time we "played tourist" and took our 4 kids to The North Pole/Santa's Workshop near Lake Placid NY. Fun times. I guess it is still in operation since 1949.
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