Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parks
Park Albanoel in Brazil (photograph by Paul Keller)

Whether the early displays of holiday cheer fill your heart with anticipation for the coming winter months, or dread and irritation for another long, bombastic season of endless carols and swarming lights, there's no denying that the Christmas spirit is again taking its hold.

Some places have tried to capture this fleeting joy year-round with "santa parks" where there are always prancing reindeers and busy elves. Yet even this attempt at capturing holiday joy as a sort of amusement park has its expiration date, and like a pine tree tossed to the curb with its tinsel and garland still tousled around its branches, these santa parks have been abandoned and left to ruin. 

CIDADE ALBANOEL
Brazil

Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parks
photograph by Paul Keller

Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parks
photograph by Paul Keller

Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parks
photograph by Paul Keller

Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parks
photograph by Paul Keller

Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parks
photograph by Paul Keller

SANTA CLAUS LAND
Golden Valley, Arizona

Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parks
photograph by Todd Huffman

Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parks
photograph by Todd Huffman

Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parksphotograph by Todd Huffman

Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parks
photograph by mlhradio/Flickr user

Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parks
photograph by mlhradio/Flickr user

Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parks
photograph by David Cohen

Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parks
photograph by Roadsidepictures/Flickr user

Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parks
photograph by mlhradio/Flickr user

SANTA'S VILLAGE
Lake Arrowhead, California

Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parksphotograph by Sandi Hemmerlein/Avoiding Regret

Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parks
photograph by Sandi Hemmerlein/Avoiding Regret

Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parks
via Atlas Obscura, User Submitted

SANTA'S LAND
Putney, Vermont

Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parks
photograph by RoadTripNE

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photograph by RoadTripNE

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SANTA'S WORKSHOP
Negaunee, Michigan

Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parks
photograph by Ed Fisher

SANTA'S VILLAGE
East Dundee, Illinois

Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parksphotograph by TheKarenD/Flickr user

Places in this article

Cidade Albanoel

Rio Di Janeiro , Brazil

Santa's Village

Lake Arrowhead, California

Santa's Land

Putney, Vermont

Santa Claus, Arizona

Golden Valley, Arizona

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