SANTA’S LAND, PUTNEY, VERMONT – RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY 16 DECEMBER 2017

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 – REOPENED 25 NOVEMBER 2017

SANTA’S LAND — JULY 2013 — AND UPDATES

SANTA’S LAND — SOUVENIRS

SANTA’S LAND HISTORY

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.

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4 Responses to SANTA’S LAND, PUTNEY, VERMONT – RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY 16 DECEMBER 2017

  1. Carolyn says:

    Always a treat!

  2. Marian says:

    How lovely. Love the scenes and the train ride. Would love to visit it one day.
    Thank you for sharing Ray. Merry Christmas to you and to all.

  3. Sandy Smith says:

    I remember going there years ago with the kids and also having breakfast at the Igloo. It was a wonderful place. Thanks for sharing.
    Sandy

  4. William Moses says:

    Hope it become successful again. Took the family there many time and one year as a member of the Hubbard Farms picnic committee convinced them to hold our picnic there. In addition to giving passes to Santa’s Land, we had a catered meal and hot air balloon rides. Thanks for this story and Merry Christmas. Bill

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