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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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Lumber Elves – Peterborough, Ontario, CA

The Lumber Elves debuted in 1955 as the stars of a Christmas window display for Peterborough Lumber on Monaghan road in Peterborough, Ontario. The six, 2 1/2-foot mechanical figurines were constructed of wood and paper mache. The elves became a

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Posted in Props, Toys, Dolls & Puppets

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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Posted in Organizations and Clubs, Santas and Santa Villages

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 Yourself – Naperville, IL

Elf Yourself is a Christmas-themed electronic resource created by Office Max, Inc. based in Naperville, Illinois. Accessible via the Internet ( during the holiday season, the program gives visitors the ability to download a facial image of themselves, which then

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Posted in Companies - Services

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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Posted in Parks - Amusement, Santas and Santa Villages

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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Posted in Santas and Santa Villages, Statues and Carvings

The Elf on the Shelf – Atlanta, GA

The Elf on the Shelf® is a children’s book company located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is owned and operated by Chanda B. Bell along with her sister Christa Pitts, (a former QVC host) and their mother Carol V. Aebersold. The

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Posted in Books and Publishers, Props, Toys, Dolls & Puppets

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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