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Near Lake Arrowhead, California

SkyPark at Santa's Village

The first franchised theme park in the world became a ghost town and is now a beautifully restored village and adventure park. 

A once-grand and ambitious North-Pole-themed amusement park, Santa’s Village in California, sat abandoned on the aptly named Rim of the World Highway. Several years later, the park has re-opened as a scenic outdoor amusement park with activities and attractions for all ages.

The popular and familiar Santa’s Village once whirred and hummed with the activity of hundreds of mechanical decorations, theme park rides, mobile and light-up characters as far as the eye could see. Now it has returned as a park offering attractions such as zip-lining, bouldering, rock climbing, and more. Guests can still return for a Nostalgic Christmas in the Woods each November.

Update: As of 2015, Santa’s Village was bought and  plans have been made to re-open it as Skypark at Santa’s Village.

Update: Dec 2, 2016, the park has reopened as of today. See website for location and hours.