An artist's idea of what Santa looks like as he builds toys in his workshop.
|Location||Cascade, Colorado, USA|
|Opened||16 June 1956|
Santa's Workshop is an amusement park that opened on June 16, 1956 in Cascade, Colorado, just west of Colorado Springs at the base of Pikes Peak. Modeled after the Santa's Workshop in Lake Placid, New York, the park features a charming North Pole village complete with specialty shops for boys, girls, Christmas ornaments, and candy. The village is also home to Santa's Workshop itself, where children can meet with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus year round. Many of the park's staff get into the holiday spirit as well, and children will find Santa's elves hard at work in admissions and the many shops around the premises.
In addition to the village, Santa's Workshop is a fully operational amusement park best suited for children ages 2 to 12. It is home to 28 rides, many of which are classified specifically as "kiddie" rides. Family highlights include a small roller coaster and the highest altitude Ferris wheel in United States, as well as a "genuine" North Pole made of ice that somehow never melts in the center of the park. In 2014, Santa's Sleigh, a 29.9 mph zip line was added. Several additional rides are also Christmas-themed, such as a Christmas tree ride and a peppermint giant slide (a rare American example of a popular UK slide called a Helter Skelter). Attractions also include a magic show and an arcade.
The park is generally open from mid-May through Christmas Eve, and is closed from January to May in order to let Santa and the elves rest up. As of 2015, admission is $21.00 per person for ages 2-59. Under 2 and 60 or older are free. Military and group rates are available. The park is still owned and operated by the Haggard family who opened it in 1956.