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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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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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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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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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Billie the Brownie – Milwaukee, WI

Billie the Brownie was a holiday mascot for Shuster’s Department Store in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The enchanted little fellow was created in 1917 by Schuster’s Department stores to promote their toy department during the Christmas season. “Is it time for Billie

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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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