Celebrate the holidays with Santa and his Northwoods friends

Nov 19, 2020 | Recreation & Entertainment

Did you know that 65 years ago, SkyPark at Santa’s Village was simply known as Santa’s Village and celebrated its very first Christmas? So, it’s no surprise that this is the park’s favorite time of year when they can continue the tradition of making spirits bright among generations of families and friends.

From Nov. 21 through Jan. 10, SkyPark welcomes you to bring back a little nostalgia and experience new memories at Santa’s Village 65th Christmas celebration!

Visit with Santa

Christmas isn’t canceled, but Santa’s doing things a little differently this year to keep him and the park’s guests safe and ensure social distancing. Upon arrival at SkyPark, head straight to Santa’s House and you’ll receive a reservation card from his elves with a dedicated time for your own private visit! Meanwhile, you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of the attractions at Santa’s Village so you don’t have to wait in line.

Reservations to meet and take photos with Santa are complimentary and available Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests are welcome to take photos using their own personal devices. However, due to the park’s safety standards, the staff will not be permitted to use your camera or cell phone to take photos on your behalf. If you would like to purchase photos taken by Santa’s elves, you may do so in the Sky Trading Co. or the Exit Shop upon leaving the park.

If you happen to miss Santa in his house, he will appear nightly in a Village Promenade. You will also have an opportunity to see Santa in Christmas Coachworks Friday-Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa

Santa loves when we leave him cookies, but it sure makes for a lonely meal by himself. Guests of all ages are invited to come join him at Billy’s BBQ for a delicious breakfast to fuel your morning as you get ready for a full day of fun!

Feast on a mouthwatering assortment of waffles, breakfast breads, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, Elves special casseroles and breakfast meats paired with a variety of juices, coffee and Mrs. Claus’ hot cocoa. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet Santa and his elves and confirm you’ve made the Good List!

Breakfast is $40/person and includes exclusive photos with Santa before everyone else in the park. Available Fridays – Sundays at 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. from Nov. 21 to Dec. 20, this special breakfast will be limited and by reservation only, so hurry and get your tickets now before space fills up! Please plan to arrive 20 minutes in advance of your scheduled time to check-in with Santa’s elves.

Santa’s workshop and post office

Have you ever wondered what Santa and his elves do behind the scenes for everyone on his Good List? Catch a sneak peek of where the holiday magic begins and jingle all the way over to Santa’s Workshop! Here, you’ll see where he crafts his special presents for children to unwrap on Christmas morning. While you’re there, you can even grab a toy to paint so you can take home something special from the Big Guy’s workshop itself!

Haven’t sent him a letter yet? You’re in luck! You can drop off a note to Santa in the North Pole post office box right next to his house to make sure he doesn’t miss you.

Cookie decorating

National Cookie Day is on Dec. 4 but Santa celebrates cookies all year long! Have yourself a tasty little Christmas and head to the Sky Trading Company for a fun cookie decorating class with Santa’s elves. All guests will receive their own cookies and single-use supplies to let their creativity (and taste buds) run wild. Come make your day a little sweeter with us Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for $6 each.


Santa’s work couldn’t be done without the help of his elves and dear friends of the Northwoods! Guests will have an opportunity to meet them and say hello at the Creekside Lawn to enjoy the festivities throughout the day. Be sure to keep an eye out for your favorites like Arrow, Princess Evi, Princess Sugar Plum, Frosty, Snap and Crumbles or even the Big Guy himself!

But that’s not all! Wacko the magician returns with his jaw-dropping tricks. He may even be able to magically change your name from the Bad List to the Good one. And don’t miss An Elf’s Life puppet show.

Check the entertainment schedule upon your arrival. All guests are asked to wear face coverings and keep physically distanced.

Fantasy Forest of Lights

There’s always been magic living in the Northwoods, but there’s something about the Christmas spirit that brings it to life for all to see. Join us for a unique, immersive experience among the trees as you wander through the Fantasy Forest of Lights nightly from 5 p.m. to close.

Village of Lights Spectacular

You haven’t experienced Christmas at SkyPark until you’ve seen the dazzling display of colors and music that illuminate Santa’s Village! Make your spirits merry and brighter at the Village of Lights Spectacular every night at 4:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. No matter what age you are, it’ll be sure to take your breath away!

Fun facts about SkyPark

You might be familiar with SkyPark at Santa’s Village as it’s known today, but did you also know these fun facts about the park?

Santa’s Village opened in 1955, the same year the Brooklyn Dodgers won the World Series. Fast forward to 2020, the (now) Los Angeles Dodgers have won the World Series again!

Santa’s Village was opened just six weeks before Disneyland on Memorial Day weekend in 1955!

Santa’s Village was the first franchised theme park in the country. Though the franchise no longer exists, the park proudly still remains locally and privately owned.

In December 2016, Santa’s Village underwent a revival to transform into SkyPark at Santa’s Village – a unique hybrid of an outdoor adventure and mountain biking park merged with its Old World Christmas heritage.
The park is currently operating at a limited capacity, so all guests must make a reservation for admission to Santa’s Village this year. Please arrive on the date and time of your reservation as early entry will not be available.

Reservations were implemented to regulate the volume of guests arriving to the park in a given time as the county and state continues to go through phased reopenings. By doing so, it allows SkyPark to remain open for its guests.

For more information and to make reservations, visit www.skyparksantasvillage.com.



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