Colorado Springs, CO

Santa is always in season at Colorado's North Pole

Colorado Jill
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For sixty-seven years, guests of all ages have been delighted by the North Pole, a magical holiday-themed amusement park located a few miles west of Colorado Springs.

The popular venue on the slope of Pikes Peak is now open for the 2023 season!
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The North Pole has over twenty-four holiday-themed rides, including Peppermint Slide, Prancer's Scrambler, Tilt-a-Whirl, Santa's Train, and the world's highest Ferris wheel.

The park has a working Herschell-Spillman Carousel built in 1919 with original, hand-carved horses. This beautiful carousel has been at the North Pole since 1966, with added reindeer to fit the Christmas theme.

There are several Bavarian-style houses serving as a toy store, a candy shop, restaurants, a post office, a small chapel, and of course, Santa's house.
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There are fun, whimsical holiday pieces throughout the park and it feels like stepping into a Christmas wonderland.

In addition to the carnival rides, guests can:

  • Take a card to the post office for the "North Pole, Colorado" postmark
  • Watch "Tales from the Enchanted Forest", a live magic show with Balthazar the Christmas Wizard
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch while listening to Christmas music in the crisp mountain air
  • Take a selfie with Santa Bear (or Rudolph or an assortment of snowmen)
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  • Drop off a letter for Santa in the special mailbox outside his home (no postage required)
  • Shop for toys, decorations, Colorado-themed merchandise, and sweets in the Christmas village
  • Visit with Santa Claus
  • Play arcade games at the Skee-ball and Shooting Gallery
  • Enjoy a sandwich, hamburger, or ice cream from Miss Muffet's Snack Shop at the Sugar Plum Terrace
  • Watch Elmer the Elf sing Christmas tunes
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The North Pole: Home of Santa's Workshop is a nostalgic treasure that has been a source of joy to all ages since 1956. Admission to the park is free during the summer and fall, and no reservations are required.

Unlimited ride wristbands are $32 per person for ages three and up. There is a $5 senior (guests 60+) and military discount.

The holiday season starts in November, and reservations are required on peak days. Go here for more information on the holiday season.

The North Pole has plenty of free parking with restrooms and water-fill stations throughout the park. It is a clean, well-maintained venue with friendly employees and a wonderful year-round Christmas spirit.

  • Location: 5050 Pikes Peak Highway, Cascade, Colorado
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  • The park is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday

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Jill is based in Colorado and writes about hidden gems, history, the great outdoors, and local events.

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