I received an email earlier this week from Santa inviting me to his ribbon cutting ceremony today before the park opened. I replied, “you don’t even have to ask twice.” At 9:45, owner David related the fascinating history of the park (click this link to read the history), and then thanked the local and state officials that enabled him to achieve his goal. Was I ever overwhelmed when he next publicly thanked me also for my efforts in “getting the word out.” I sure hoped it has helped – you know I love sharing the things I enjoy and feel passionate about.
And, then it was time to “cut the ribbon” with the help of local officials
and Santa was ready to greet everyone
and the lucky visitors entered this magical wonderland – a throw back to a slower pace of life when families were starting to tour the road and stopped at Roadside Americana. (whenever you see my images side to side in a gallery, you can click to open a slideshow)
and they headed up the hill
below is a gallery tour around snow covered Santa’s Land today
but I had to ride the train again. The nice “big kid” that I am, I let a young brother and sister sit in front of me. The engineer let them operate the whistle. Maybe next time it will be my turn. You will see and hear them in the video below.
I have lost track of all my visits — I just love it here, and I hope you take the time to visit also. You may enjoy my other posts documenting Santa’s Land over the years. Click on these links to visit:
Santa’s Land will be open today, tomorrow, December 17 and December 23 until 4 PM. Mrs. Claus told me they will probably close at 2PM on Christmas Eve the 24th so her husband can get on the road with his deliveries. We wish Santa (and David) the best with preserving Santa’s Land, Putney, Vermont, for another 60 years and continue bringing joy to multiple generations. Santa’s Land will be reopening in May 2018.