Have you been seeing “Christmas in July” all over the media waves lately? I know the marketing elves are trying to get you to register for this, or buy that…but have you ever really experienced a “Christmas in July” before? This past month, our #familyfun vehicle drove out to Santa’s Village for a holly-jolly adventure that became the next A Mom’s Travel Guide Hot Pick for the summer! So sit back, relax with a nice cup of egg nog, and read up on Santa coming to town a tad earlier this year.
The Location: Jefferson, New Hampshire
Nestled within the White Mountains, this scenic haven is impossible to get a bad picture.
The days were sunny and warm, but never lacked a cool breeze, and the nights were always perfect for a campfire. The highlighted eateries on our trip, here, were the Wagon Wheel for breakfast and the Lancaster House Of Pizza for dinner (which had a gluten free pizza option, too!)
The Main Attraction: Santa’s Village
We were glad to have purchased the two-day pass for our trip. This way, my family was able to take their time and really enjoy the majority of the park, for the first day. The next day we knew exactly which part of the village we missed and got to hit up first, then it was back to our favorites, from the day before! Santa’s Village had rides that everyone could enjoy.
My 6-year-old did the “Jingle Bell Rock” to…
The Great Humbug Adventure, You Tubing, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (swings) and Red Hot Racers (racing tubes).
The whole family “Decked The Halls” to…
Bumper Cars, Santa’s Express Train, The Skyway Sleigh Tram, Reindeer Carousel, The Antique Cars, Rudy’s Rapid Transit Coaster and Yule Log Flume (which was my son’s favorite)!
It’s Beginning To Look A lot Like Christmas:
The rides were just one aspect of this park. The other big part was the happy holiday experience! When we first arrived, we made our way into the Elf University where Nathanael got to pick up his Elfabet Game punch card. The rest of the day was spent listening to Christmas music and looking for the Elves names that make up the 26 letters of the alphabet. This was another great way we knew we weren’t missing any part of the village.
We also got to meet the other major Christmas characters that make up Santa’s team. We stopped by the Reindeer Rendezvous stables and said “hello” to Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixon, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen! We even had a chance to play some reindeer games with them, in the form of skee-ball and ring toss. Elves were in the village mix, as well. They got to take some time off, outside of Santa’s workshop, to dance and sing with the visitors. Two mischievous elves were able to hang around with Nathanael on the Carousel!
Other candy cane treats were…
A 3D movie short, a Christmas light show, a puppet cookie caper and a water park! So even though the summer is winding down, it doesn’t mean you have missed out on this holiday-themed amusement park for the year. Santa’s Village is pretty much open all year round, even at Christmas time!
Where We Stayed: The Lantern Resort Motel and Campground
With careful Google and customer rating consideration, I had found this hidden gem right across the street from Santa’s Village! The grounds and our motel room at the Lantern Resort were very nice, well kept, and clean.
Another perk to this place was their theme weeks that the campers could enjoy. Would you like to guess the title of the theme the week we were there? Yes, it was “Christmas In July!”
So, by day, we got to hang out with old Saint Nick at Santa’s Village…
…and come evening time, we were able to go on hayrides, play bingo and sing Christmas carols with Mrs. Clause, back at the motel.
Every night we sat around the campfire and made s’mores. When it was time to return to our room, we tucked our son into bed and said our good-nights. My husband and I then sat out onto the porch and relaxed, while Nathanael slept soundly with visions of sugar-plums that danced in his head.
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