A box of goodies from Santa’s Village arrived months ago and on every Friday since I’ve heard “Is this the weekend Mommy?” Well, I finally got to say “Yes!”
As we made the trek up to Jefferson, New Hampshire we plotted out our “must-see’s” on the map while singing Christmas carols until blue (red?) in the face.
The drive thru New Hampshire was quite beautiful. When we hit the White Mountains range the kids were convinced we had reached the North Pole. When we pulled off the main road there were a series of turns in a small village that might make you question “Where are we?” (or in my husband’s case “Did you put in the right address, Kris?”), but once your cell phone reads “Extended Service” and you pass the “Moose Crossing” sign on your left you realize that it’s all part of the charm as the Santa’s Village sign sprawls ahead of you.
The feeling inside is rustic, and quaint, mesmerizing yet manageable. Family owned for multiple generations, right off the bat you realize this is the kind of amusement park that doesn’t feel “amusement-y.” The staff is super friendly and did things like offer to hold my backpack on The Himalaya, take a picture of our family on The Peppermint Twist, and carry our trays at the Burger Meister Food Court (helllloooo kid friendly and healthy.) We started off in Elf University where the kids were handed badges to wear around their necks. They were supposed to find all of the various Elves wearing letters around the park and stamp the piece of paper. Not only did this keep our kids interested from A-Z, it was a great way to ensure we saw everything (plus a little letter lesson never hurt anyone, right?)
There is a “dry section” to the park and a “wet section” – I recommend doing them in that order. Highlights of our trip were the little things like feeding reindeer and eating mini donuts (READ: DO NOT MISS THE MINI DONUTS) and big things like a private cookies-and-milk-session with the big guy…
…and of course Paigely’s first roller coaster ride. (She loved it!)
Santa’s Village is the kind of family trip that stays with you. Maybe we won’t remember the exact details of it, like the wafting smell of fried dough or the sound of Christmas music playing in the background; but the memories of a magical family trip are ours forever…
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