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It's always Christmas in North Pole, Alaska

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Carlo Klemm

It's always Christmas in North Pole, Alaska

May 16, 2018

by Amanda Bohman - Daily News Miner

 

Excerpt:  FAIRBANKS - North Pole’s town motto is “Where the spirit of Christmas lives year round,” and the city website—www.northpolealaska.com—has a counter showing how many days are left until Christmas, but there’s more to do in North Pole than check out where Santa Claus lives.

The community 14 miles southeast of Fairbanks down the Richardson Highway has a network of trails, including an exercise path with stations for doing different kinds of strength training, a new library and a growing inventory of parks, including a music park, a dog park, a newly-expanded skate park and a new memorial park dedicated to people in uniform who have died in the line of duty.

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The Santa Claus House, the red and white building beside a 42-foot tall, 900-pound Santa Claus statue, was originally a trading post and served as the first post office in North Pole. It’s now a gift shop and a top attraction along the Richardson Highway, where visitors can meet St. Nick and pick up some Christmas treasures.

Santa Claus in North Pole

The Christmas-themed town of about 2,000 people is home to a large concentration of military veterans and hosts one of the most patriotic Fourth of July parades in the area. A street fair follows with games, family-friendly activities and vendors. One of the features of the block party is an ice-carving demonstration.

 

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Santa Bill Reiller

Like to see it in person some day.

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Santa Johnny Boy

I wonder how difficult it is to get there?

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Santa G

That’s pretty cool 😀

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magicsantaphil

Very nice article!

 

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Santa Bill Reiller

Another bucket list item!!!

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Big-Un

It is a great place to visit and just a short drive from Fairbanks.

My wife and I decided to visit there when we took an Alaska cruise in August several years ago. We hailed a taxi (van) to take us to North Pole and one of the taxi stops was at another complex for more riders. A little girl about nine years old got on with her family, spotted me in my red coat, and talked her family into changing their plans and accompanying us to the town of North Pole. They were on the cruise ship with us and she was thoroughly convinced I was HER Santa Claus! It was a Monday and their regular Santa in the gift shop had the day off. The little girl convinced the store owners to let me sit in Santa's chair for a picture, which I thought was very gracious, and we took some pictures, with me talking with her and having a marvelous time. Lo and behold, when she got off my knee, there was a line of folks waiting to sit with me, from small children to more mature adults! Store staff was very understanding and allowed it to continue. Bear in mind, I was not in costume but just had on a red jacket, and it had a "Red Dog Saloon" logo on the left breast area, which didn't seem to matter. My wife had to rescue me as the taxi was about to leave without us. All in all, it was a wonderful experience and the store staff was outstanding, exhibiting Christmas Spirit with a jolly good demeanor. By all means, if you're anywhere near North Pole, AK, be sure to visit; it is well worth it.

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Santa Bill Reiller

Sounds like a great time to me!!!

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