'Tis the season to visit a Christmas wonderland that has been delighting all ages for over 60 years. 

Where can you find Santa year-round, rides, magic shows, and so much more? Cascade, Colorado, of course! 

Since 1956, this Christmas-themed family amusement park has been putting the ho-ho-ho in the holidays and beyond for visitors from across the world. It's like taking a step into Santa's workshop, complete with toy and gift shops, holiday music filling the air, entertainment, and even an ice-covered "north pole" that never melts! 

In addition, there are more than 25 rides and attractions, including a Ferris wheel, zip line, and sky ride, to keep the whole family entertained. And, of course, you don't want to miss the main attraction: a visit with the jolly old elf himself. 

Courtesy of the North Pole.

Courtesy of the North Pole.

The attraction was built on the slopes of Pikes Peak, just outside of Colorado Springs, and was designed to be identical to a village built in Lake Placid, NY. The original village was designed after an eight-year-old girl's vision of Santa Claus' home. A village of 12 alpine buildings was in the plans to be constructed, and as the park has grown and changed over the years, its charm and magic just gets better and better. 

It is a particularly festive place to take the family during the winter holiday season. It is even open to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, so you can visit with jolly old St. Nick before he heads out for his busy night. Please note, this time of year, the North Pole is pretty busy, so the park has compiled these tips to help you out if you choose to visit (via Facebook):

  • Come early for parking -- the park can run out of spaces over the holidays and nice weather weekends!
  • See Santa first! He is very busy this time of year.
  • If you want to avoid waiting for food in the restaurants you can always bring your own and picnic in the park! 
  • If the weather looks bad, check out the attraction's Facebook page for any important information about weather delays or closed days.

What: North Pole & Santa's Workshop
Where: 5050 Pikes Peak Hwy, Cascade 
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (weather permitting); check the website for the schedule
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