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Belk-Yates Elves – Thomasville, NC

The Belk-Yates Elves were 12 mechanical toys on display in the Belk-Yates Department Store windows on East Main and Commerce Street in Thomasville, NC from the 1960s through the 1980s. The magical figurines included Santa Claus and his hard-working elves

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Woods-Palsen Elves – Carlinville, IL

The Woods-Palsen Elves are three animated mechanical figures holding a saw, drill and hammer displayed in the front window of Tarrant & Harman Real Estate and Auction Co. at 252 South Side Square in Carlinville, Illinois. First seen in the

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Santa’s Little Secret Service – San Francisco, CA

Santa’s Little Secret Service was a Bay Area street theater project created by humorist EDW-Lynch, a Senior Contributing Writer at Laughing Squid, based (at the time) in Oakland, California. “I use humor to communicate complex ideas, to amuse my audience

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SantaCon – San Francisco, CA

SantaCon is an annual gathering of men and woman from all walks of life who don Santa suits and roam the city looking for fun. It is non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and non-sensical Santa Claus convention that occurs once a year

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The Shillito’s Elves – Cincinnati, OH

The Shillito’s Elves were the stars of the Christmas holiday window displays at The John Shillito Company (Shillito’s) department store at 7th and Race Streets in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The store was founded by John Shillito and William McLaughlin in

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Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth, MI

Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland is a holiday-themed retail store located at 25 Christmas Lane in Frankenmuth, Michigan (“Michigan’s Little Bavaria”). From humble beginnings, the store increased its size over several expansions to become a favorite year round tourist destination for more

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Elf Village – Glenville, NC

Elf Village is a holiday attraction located on the grounds of the Tom Sawyer Tree Farm in Cashier Valley at 240 Chimney Pond Road in town of Glenville in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Located in a woodsy hollow

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Coca-Cola Santa Claus – Atlanta, GA

Coca-Cola Santa Claus has been a perennial presence during the Christmas holiday in magazines, store displays, billboards, posters, calendars and even plush dolls for the Coca Cola company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Coca-Cola was not the first to depict the

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Santa’s Village – Skyforest, CA

Santa’s Village was an interactive Christmas theme park with over-sized candy canes, colorfully painted mushrooms and decorative gingerbread house. It was located in the San Bernardino Mountains on Route 18 (Rim of the World Highway) in an area called Skyforest

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Roadside Santa – Oxnard, CA

Roadside Santa is a 20-foot-tall sculpture of Santa Claus located in Nyeland Acres outside of Oxnard, CA. It can be seen waving to motorists along US Highway 101 (Ventura Highway) on the north side of the freeway between Rice Avenue

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Elf University – Santa’s Village, NH

Elf University is an attraction at Santa’s Village, a Christmas-themed amusement park located along Presidential Highway in Jefferson, New Hampshire. Previously, in my post ShadowQuest, I wrote about a scavenger hunt style game where kids played a high-tech game with

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Surfin’ Santas’ – Cocoa Beach, Fl

Surfin’ Santas’ is an annual charity event held on Christmas Eve at Cocoa Beach, Florida. The event benefits Grinds for Live, a non-profit organization assisting local cancer patients commute to medical treatments in Orlando, Tampa and elsewhere. The Surfin’ Santas’

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Santa Clause House – North Pole, Alaska

The Santa Claus House, the “official” home of Santa Clause, is located at 101 St. Nicholas Drive in the town of North Pole, Alaska, just outside of Fairbanks. The house is a mere 150 miles south of the Arctic Circle

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Santa’s Land Fun Park & Zoo – Cherokee, NC

Santa’s Land Fun Park & Zoo is a 25-acre amusement park located southeast of Cherokee, North Carolina at 571 Wolfetown Rd / Hwy 19N Soco Road, just east of Macedonia Rd/BIA Hwy 449. The park is near Harrah’s Cherokee Casino,

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Santa Claus, IN

Santa Claus is a town in Spencer County, Indiana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Located in Carter, Clay and Harrison Townships, it sits between Interstate 64 and the Ohio River. The town was established in 1854

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