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SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF HOLIDAYS: At Santa's Village, where it's always Christmas, the attractions are especially spectacular during the Yuletide season. New this year is a light show that dazzles the young and young-at-heart alike. 

Magical wonderland of rides, music, light shows awaits throughout the season at Santa's Village in Jefferson

Take a trip up to Santa's Village in Jefferson during the holiday season and it truly feels like traveling to the North Pole.

It begins with passing through the White Mountains' notches, through miles and miles of Christmas tree-covered slopes with frosty peaks almost high enough to pokes holes in the sky.

At Santa's Village, where it's always Christmas, the attraction is especially spectacular during the Yuletide season, with a light show that dazzles the young and young-at-heart alike. The show, new this year, has families dancing and singing to its 20-foot cosmic color ribbon tree and 60-foot tree with a mega light display. The lights are synchronized with the music.

Don't be surprised to spontaneously break into song, too, particularly after visiting Santa's reindeer or catching the "A Tinkerdoodle Christmas" 3-D animated movie. Bruce Hicks of Santa's Village says that visitors often are heard singing carols as they walk from ride to ride.

"The atmosphere and attitude of our guests is remarkable during our Christmas season," 'he said. "Families are less rushed and in great spirits. Even though it is cold out they don't mind standing in a line for our most popular rides or to see Santa."

Maybe that's because Mrs. Claus greats each and every family as they step into Santa's Home, making them feel welcome before they have very own personal visit with Santa Claus.

The village opened its gates for the Christmas Season in 1997, at first offering its well-bundled guests just a few rides. The popularity of the holiday hours has grown every year, and now all rides, except the waterpark and water rides, are up and running.

Fourteen rides range from the Santa's Express Train to the Merry Christmas Ferris Wheel. Santa's Chimney Drop, a 20-foot drop-tower ride, will be ready for all, Hicks said. If the temperature is above freezing, Rudy's Rapid Transit Coaster will be open, too.

The antique cars have working headlights, a fun-feature as the day dims and night comes on. Riders on the Skyway Sleigh Monorail get a special treat, too, as the sky darkens - a great view of the park and all the lights.

Christmastime admission is $27 for ages four and up, with children three and younger admitted free of charge. The village is open Saturdays through Dec. 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sundays through Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For those looking for some North Pole fun after Christmas, join a more-relaxed Santa ( he magically managed to get all his presents delivered on time, once again!) for a New Year's Eve Partybration, from 4 to 9 p.m.

For more information about visiting this season, go to santasvillage.com.


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