“Helllloooo Paigely & Decker” his voice booms out as my excited kids scamper toward the Reindeer barn. “He remembers us Mama!” Paigely turns to yell over her shoulder. We had just been granted early access to New Hampshire’s Christmas Theme Park, Santa’s Village, and were escorted to a private Reindeer feeding and carousel ride with the big man himself. The Reindeer took me by surprise; they were magnificent looking. It was such a thrill for the kids to hand feed them carrots to help them get ready for their big ride come December.
Families are welcome to stop by the Reindeer Rendezvous to feed the reindeer (sold for $2) or just pet them. You can learn a lot of fun facts about these magical beasts and reindeer games are even played in the barnyard!
I was a little nervous about Decker (3) on the You Tube by himself but he loved it and I realized that was part of the magic of Santa’s Village – most of the rides offered are designed so that even the younger kids can feel confident and have fun. We were smart this year and picked up one of the free stroller chairs in the front of the park. Giving his little legs a break from walking all over the park helped extend our day a couple more hours!
Strollers and wheel chairs are free of charge and available as soon as you get into the park in the Li’l Sleaghs pavilion.
The entire day was beautiful except for 15 minutes in the late morning when a stubborn rain cloud passed overhead. It was a welcome surprise that the park handed out free ponchos to keep everyone dry. We took a little break to tour some of the various entertainment Santa’s Village provides inside like Elf University (Paigely, 6, was obsessed with this game!), Tinker’s Tune Up, and the North Pole Workshop where kids can put on an apron and become an official “Santa’s Helper” creating T Shirts, Candle Art, Sand Art, Glitz & Glimmer, and Wood Ornaments.
I wanted to make sure we tried some of the rides we didn’t get on the previous year including the Skyway Sleigh. Plus, Riggs (3 months) could join us. There really wasn’t much of a line for any of the rides except for this one so I stayed in it while Sam took the kids to have fun on the Pixie Mix. Riggs didn’t end up seeing much but I still think the ride was worth it for the picture. We had it made into a Christmas Tree ornament for a cute keepsake from our trip.
There was no way we were leaving the park without doing the HoHoH2o Water Park. It’s located on the far left side of the park and avoidable if you don’t walk over there (once your kids see it, forget it.) Make sure to bring your bathing suits if you want to partake. We save it for the last part of the day and it feel really refreshing after walking around in the heat. There are locker rooms and a snack bar; the area, just like the entire park, is very family friendly.
We were all set to leave when the kids reminded us of the Yule Log Flume ride in the beginning of the park. They already had their suits on so we headed back over for the last ride of the day. And we’re glad we did – all three kids agreed this was the best ride at Santa’s Village! 😉
MIMS TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL TRIP
– Don’t forget bathing suits and towels for the water park section if you plan to go.
– There’s a great nursing room, take advantage!
– Plan on eating at the park. I was really impressed with the healthy food options for both kids and parents.
-If rain is in the forecast still go. The mountains protect this little area and showers don’t last long. Make sure to bring a small towel to wipe off the rides before sitting.
– Print out directions before you go. Cell phone service can be spotty.
– Log on to the free wifi once you pass through the gates.
– The ride to Santa’s Village is through very small towns and high mountains. We love to pretend we are really headed up to the North Pole when we go!
– Make sure to check the park out in the Winter, too. Apparently they have an impressive .5million Christmas lights up!
– If you go on the Himalaya ride with your kids, make sure to sit on the outside edge so you don’t crush into them. Something about centrifugal force, my kids told me. (Thanks, Blaze & The Monster Machine.)
– Play the Elf University game – it’s really fun, helps teach letters, and ensures you hit up all of the spots along the way!
– You’ll see a bunch of penguin statues all over the park. Maybe you’ll be like me and think to yourself “Cute penguins.” “Why can’t I find a garbage can?” And then your 3 year old will school you – “Mommy, the penguins are the garbage cans silly.”
– There are so many places for fun photo opportunities – take advantage!
Santa’s Village, 528 Presidential Highway (US Route 2), Jefferson, NH 03583
Open daily through Labor Day, then Saturdays & Sundays until Columbus Day.
Hours: gates open at 9:30am; park closes at 6pm through August 27, then closes at 5pm for the remainder of the season.
Admission (includes parking, stroller use, all rides, shows, attractions including the water park):
$32 per person ages 4 and above; ages one, two, and three enter for free.
This was a sponsored post. The opinions are my own.