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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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Posted in Santa's Workshop, Santas and Santa Villages

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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Posted in Props, Toys, Dolls & Puppets, Santa's Workshop, Santas and Santa Villages, Statues and Carvings

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

Elves – Colorado Springs, CO

Elves is a low-budget 1989 holiday horror movie filmed in Colorado Springs, Colorado and directed by Jeffrey Mandel. The elves in question are the product of a Nazi experiment designed to create a race of supermen. To accomplish their mission,

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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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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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The Littles – The Bigg’s House, USA

The Littles are tiny elfin-like people (six-inches tall) with pointed-ears and tails who live in the walls of a house owned by human beings on the ABC cartoon series THE LITTLES (1983-86). The television show ran on ABC Saturday mornings

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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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Posted in Santas and Santa Villages

Elf Nanny – San Francisco, CA

Elf Nanny – Diminutive caregiver (played by Niki Botelho) who was hired as a nanny for Piper’s new born baby on the WB Channel fantasy drama CHARMED (1998-2006). The Elf Nanny appeared on four episodes during the 2002-2003 seasons. On

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Littl’Bit Elves – Foothill Forest

Littl’Bit Elves – Peaceful elves only one-inch tall who lived in tiny cottages in the magical Foothill Forest on the half-hour animated series LITTL’BITS (1991-95) that aired on the Nickelodeon Network. The main characters were the children of the forest:

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The Happy Little Elves – Springfield, USA

The Happy Little Elves were the favorite cartoon characters of Lisa and baby Maggie Simpson on the Fox Network animated cartoon THE SIMPSONS (1990- ). The Happy Little Elves cartoons were aired on THE KRUSTY THE KLOWN SHOW, another children’s

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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 (www.elfyourself.com) 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

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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Posted in Parks - Amusement, Santas and Santa Villages

Smurf’s Enchanted Voyage – Kings Island, OH

Smurf’s Enchanted Voyage was a theme park attraction at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio from 1982-1991. The Omnimover dark ride transported passengers through a series of displays featuring animatronic Smurf characters frolicking through the seasons of the year (Spring, Summer,

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Posted in Parks - Amusement

Elf Balloons – New York, NY

Elf Balloons have been a part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since the late 1940s. The primary elf balloons to appear in the parade are Kit, Charlie & C.J. Elf. They are recreations of a gnome balloon who made

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Posted in Advertising Mascots, Festivals and Parades, Television

Elf Lane – Red Feather Lakes, CO

Elf Lane (aka, “Gnome Road”) is mountain trail in the quaint village of Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. The trail is a quarter-mile long between Lake Hiawatha and Lake Apache. As you enter Elf Lane, there is a sign posted on

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Posted in Fairy Houses and Doors, Gardens and Nature Trails

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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Posted in Parks - Amusement, Santas and Santa Villages

Frostie the Elf – Catonsville, MD

Frostie the Elf is the advertising mascot for the Frostie Beverage Company originally located in Catonsville, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore. The bearded elf with icicles on his hat appeared in print ads, signs and on bottle labels and caps

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Whistle Soda Elves – St. Louis, MO

The Whistle Soda Elves were the mascots for the Vess Beverage Company located in St. Louis, Missouri. The elves were introduced around 1938 and appeared on Whistle orange soda products until the early 50s. The tagline for the soda was:

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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

Sprite Boy – Atlanta, GA

Sprite Boy was an advertising mascot for the Coca-Cola Company located in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the first face used to brand Coca-Cola. Introduced in 1942, the silver-haired sprite  (“elf”) with a friendly smile debuted in magazine print ads for

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Posted in Advertising Mascots, Beverages & Beer

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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Hidden Elves – Denver, CO

The Hidden Elves can be found lurking inside the diorama murals at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science located at 2001 Colorado Boulevard in Denver, Colorado. The elves (8 to be exact) were painted by artist Kent Pendleton when

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Posted in Museums

Usinger’s Famous Sausage – Milwaukee, WI

Usinger’s Famous Sausage is located at 1030 North Old World Third Street in Milwaukee, WI. Called “America’s Finest Sausage” the company mascot is an elf named Fritzie. The idea for their corporate symbol was inspired by murals painted in the

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Posted in Advertising Mascots

Brownie Elf – Cleveland, Ohio

Brownie Elf is the sports mascot for the Ohio-based football team, the Cleveland Browns. The elfish character has pointy ears, wears pointy-tipped shoes, a belt with a big buckle and a stocking cap and carries a football tucked underneath his

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Posted in Sport Mascots

Storri and Staebjorn – Gimli, MB, Canada

Storri and Staebjorn are two elves who dwell in the town of Gimli, in Manitoba, Canada. Founded in 1875, Gimli’s population is Icelandic in hertitage. When their ancestors migrated to Canada, they brought with them their myths and traditions. One

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Posted in Fairy Houses and Doors

The Rice Krispies Elves – Battle Creek, MI

The Rice Krispie Elves are the advertising mascots for Kellogg’s, a multinational food manufacturing company based in Battle Creek, Michigan. Among their many product lines, including cookies, crackers, toaster pastries, cereal bars, fruit-flavored snacks, and frozen waffles, Kellogg’s sells Rice

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Posted in Advertising Mascots, Bakers and Bakeries, Television

Elfin Doors – Columbus, OH

Elfin doors have come to three parks in Columbus, Ohio courtesy of a project sponsored by Keebler, the baked-goods company with an animated elf mascot named Ernie. Keebler paid artists $400 each to create the doors and donated $5,000 to

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Posted in Fairy Houses and Doors, Parks - Municipal

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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Lake Harriet Elf, Minneapolis, MN

The Lake Harriet Elf (aka “Mr. Little Guy”) lives at the base of an ash tree on the south shore of Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He moved into the tree in 1995. Although never seen by the public, Mr.

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Posted in Parks - Municipal
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