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Santa's Village in Skyforest to Reopen?

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Santa's Village in Skyforest to Reopen?

by Rick West, Theme Park Adventure.com, May 15th, 2014

 

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SKYFOREST, CALIFORNIA -- In 1955, a theme park opened where Southern California families could go and spend a fun-filled day together, riding unique attractions, eating delicious baked food and goods, and loading up on whimsical souvenirs, including a photo op with the Big Guy himself --- but we're not talking about Disneyland here. We're talking about Santa's Village in Skyforest, California!

 

For decades, so many SoCal residents grew up visiting that magical place, secreted within the San Bernardino National Forest, and since the park's closing in 1998, so many of us have looked back at Santa's Village with utmost fondness and growing nostalgia.

 

But in what must be called "the ultimate 'Throwback Thursday' article," Glenn Barr of The Mountain News wrote a bombshell article bound to send shockwaves across the themed entertainment community: that the 154-acre property has been sold to an "unidentified Lake Arrowhead resident" who has "big plans for the property." Those plans may call for a total renovation and re-opening of Santa's Village possibly within a year after escrow closes on the deal!

 

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Ol Santa

Well Jingles...

        ...Ol' Santa here.   Where do I go to line up to buy tickets?  I can remember taking our kids to a Christmas park in

1959 or 60 up near Lake George north of Albany, NY.   We also went to a "cowboy town" the next year called "East

Tin Cup" outside of Denver, CO.   Those were great fun!

        We have a "Six Flags over Texas" here in Arlington, TX.   It's about six or eight blocks east of where Ol' Santa sets

up shop each December.   It does a "Land Office Business" and is a lot of fun even for an ol' guy at 82.   We've got four

Great Grand Kids and they'll be ready for that kinda' stuff in a couple of years.  

        So tell me Jingles; do all Santa's never grow up?

 

Ol' Santa

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Eileen Strom

Would be nice if it happened.

I myself (as well as Dave) have fond memories of the place both as a child (with my Great Uncle as the Santa there), and then again with our daughter in the early 90's.

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Santa Gordon

This is one of two articles I have seen in the last 48 hours on the Santa's Village located in the Angeles Forest between Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear on Hwy 18. So far it is just a story but one that has made a lot of Santas excited and hopeful. Already seen one Santa and Mrs. Claus post a copy of their application letter to the "Owner".  This spot is over 4500 feet up and it was open spring to fall back in the day. It will take a lot of work and capital to bring it back but it just might be worth it to the owners. I know it would be worth it to the families that live "down the mountain" if it were to be brought back.

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Legendary Santa Claus

They have been in contact with the Dundee park for sometime now...cannot really say much...but we will see.

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Santa Bruce Geron

Let's hope for the best!

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Santa Michael-SoCal

Many wonderful childhood memories, and home movies! I pray blessings over the endeavor. I can hardly wait for the Bumble Bee's to take to the sky! 

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Bestemor Claus

Santa Carl Hansen must be smiling from heaven right now if this happens. Thank you Legendary Santa for your post. That clears up some of my questions.... But creates about a dozen more. Will wait " with bells on" for more updates.

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Elf Gary

From what i am hearing it will take a lot of money and effort but it definitely worth doing.

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Elf Without Jingles

Well Jingles...

        ...Ol' Santa here.   Where do I go to line up to buy tickets?  I can remember taking our kids to a Christmas park in

1959 or 60 up near Lake George north of Albany, NY.   We also went to a "cowboy town" the next year called "East

Tin Cup" outside of Denver, CO.   Those were great fun!

        We have a "Six Flags over Texas" here in Arlington, TX.   It's about six or eight blocks east of where Ol' Santa sets

up shop each December.   It does a "Land Office Business" and is a lot of fun even for an ol' guy at 82.   We've got four

Great Grand Kids and they'll be ready for that kinda' stuff in a couple of years.  

        So tell me Jingles; do all Santa's never grow up?

 

Ol' Santa

 

Well Jingles...

       

...Ol' Santa here. Where do I go to line up to buy tickets? I can remember taking our kids to a Christmas Park in 1959 or 1960, up near Lake George, north of Albany, NY. We also went to a "cowboy town" the next year called "East Tin Cup" outside of Denver, CO. Those visits were great fun!

       

We have a "Six Flags over Texas" here in Arlington, TX. It's about six or eight blocks east of where Ol' Santa sets up shop each December.  It does a "Land Office Business" and is a lot of fun, even for an old guy of 82. We've got four great-grandkids, and they'll be ready for that kinda stuff in a couple of years.  

       

So tell me Jingles --- do all Santas never grow up?

 

Ol' Santa

 

First and foremost, Ol' Santa, nothing has yet been cast into stone as far as getting tickets to the place is concerned. I've learned through the years that you shouldn't immediately dive in to a situation and expect things to happen right away. My old friend "Thor the Barbarian," on whose local public-access cable TV show I once co-starred, describes such situations as "jumping the gun," or, ostensibly, jumping to conclusions.

 

Those are, luckily, neat memories of those early visits, in the days before there was a theme park industry to begin with. As for your question "Do we Santas never grow up?", well, I think that one is best answered in the words of a man named Buz Kohan. In 1982, when Epcot was about to open, Smith-Hemion produced "Epcot Center: The Opening Celebration," the last major Disney show to be hosted by Danny Kaye. On that show, Danny sang these lyrics by Buz to a young Drew Barrymore, at the time fresh off of having stolen the show in Spielberg's E.T.:

 

If you can see the world for all it is,

And keep that sense of wonder in your heart,

Well, then, I do believe, some day you may achieve

That perfect state where you'll know all there is to know

And you may grow up to be a kid!

 

If you can keep alive that spark of joy,

And take delight in everything you see,

Then I would have to say that there's a chance you may

Be at that place someday where all good dreamers go,

Where you may grow up to be a kid.

 

And if you always choose this simple truth,

Then you will never lose the bloom of youth!

 

If you can walk the road that lies ahead,

Without a doubt or fear where it may lead,

Your life shall be secure, your dreams shall all endure,

And you will always feel that extra-special glow.....

And you know what?

You WILL grow up to be a kid!

 

And that's good enough an answer for me.

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