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The North Pole

Cascade, Colorado

This vintage theme park is peak Christmas kitsch—and it's open all summer. 


Residents of Colorado Springs don’t need to wait until December to start celebrating Christmas. Just outside of town lies the North Pole, a Christmas-themed amusement park that’s open all summer.

The park first opened in 1956, and it’s still owned and operated by the same family. Upon opening the park was simpler—a village designed to look like Santa’s Workshop, inspired by a similar project in the Adirondacks. The first rides, which opened in 1958 according to a local news outlet, included “a mine ride where a donkey pulled a cart along tracks, an authentic fire engine, and a stagecoach.”

Over the years the park expanded and changed, but it retains an authentically saccharine mid-century kitsch more than a half-century later. The North Pole “village” has a post office, several shops selling candy, toys, and Christmas-themed trinkets, and of course, the Claus family dwellings and workshop. 

The amusement park boasts the highest-altitude Ferris wheel in North America, among other attractions like a small roller coaster and a tilt-a-whirl.

Know Before You Go

The park is closed from late December through May. Check their website for up-to-date hours and admission information.

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