article-imagePark 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

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photograph by Paul Keller

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photograph by Paul Keller

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photograph by Paul Keller

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photograph by Paul Keller

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photograph by Paul Keller

SANTA CLAUS LAND
Golden Valley, Arizona

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photograph by Todd Huffman

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photograph by Todd Huffman

article-imagephotograph by Todd Huffman

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photograph by mlhradio/Flickr user

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photograph by mlhradio/Flickr user

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photograph by David Cohen

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photograph by Roadsidepictures/Flickr user

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photograph by mlhradio/Flickr user

SANTA'S VILLAGE
Lake Arrowhead, California

article-imagephotograph by Sandi Hemmerlein/Avoiding Regret

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photograph by Sandi Hemmerlein/Avoiding Regret

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via Atlas Obscura, User Submitted

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via Atlas Obscura, User Submitted

SANTA'S LAND
Putney, Vermont

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photograph by RoadTripNE

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photograph by RoadTripNE

article-imagephotograph by RoadTripNE

SANTA'S WORKSHOP
Negaunee, Michigan

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photograph by Ed Fisher

SANTA'S VILLAGE
East Dundee, Illinois

article-imagephotograph by TheKarenD/Flickr user

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