Saturday, December 23, 2006

Merry Xmas! Jews, Gentiles and Everyone In-Between!

Hey everybody! Well, that beloved day is upon us!

The little Lord Jesus will have first laid down his sweet head approximately 2041 years ago! Talk about staying power!

Ya gotta respect Christianity's skill in the public relations department. No matter what your background, the thematic holiday of Christmas is most successful advertising campaign of all time!

A lot has been done by mankind in Jesus' name...some good and some well, not so good. One thing I'm certain he'd be proud of is, Santa's Village theme parks!

If there's one thing theme parks do best, it's to re-package a thematic concept, melt it down into a homogeneous syrup and spread it around for everybody with a colorful icing. Yummy, yum-yum!!!

This time, we'll center on the now defunct, Santa's Village in Skyforest, California.



Because I've been away and probably will be for a little bit more, I thought I'd choke you with an overdose of sugary images from this visual playground.


There's a lot so be sure not to swallow it all at once! These images consist of brochures, postcards and slides...


Of course, there's a billion reasons to love Santa's Village; colors, candy, cartoony architecture, 50s kitch, mushrooms, elves, reindeer, phallis, pixies, fat men, fat women, trains, seasonal denial...the list could go on forever.

More so than any other place, Santa's Village tip-toed the line between creepy and cute!

Now that's one way to get an underage boy into your creepy boudoir!

For the purposes of this blog, I'd like to draw your attention to yet another aspect of the Santa's Village greatness...it's shameless, wonderful, roadside/carny-esque rip-off if it's beloved neighbor to the south, Disneyland.


Not entirely on the surface mind you, but there in spirit. I'll point some out and see if you can find some others.


Of course, the biggest comparison would be Fantasyland. So many elements in Santa's Village draw from Disney's European flavored land.....

Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach and Pinocchio's Village are represented. Tinkerbell's Toy Shop with dolls of many lands can be found. There was even a "Wee Puppet Theater" at the park.


Alice In Wonderland was sure not to miss her place at Santa's pad!


Ah, yes. Main Street and it's call back to a bygone era...

Steam trains, turn of the century automobiles and hand made candy emporiums flourished here...


And here we have a Santa's Village equivalent of the Main Street Flower Mart...

Pixies selling pansies...

Not to mention dads who just tried their darndest to let the spirit overtake them....

Herman likes Santa's Village 'cause at least it's a hellavalot cheaper than Disneyland!



Santa's Village was educational too! Did you know Santa responds to more than just milk and cookies after he shimmies down your chimney?

I'd lock up my house pets and small farm animals on Christmas Eve...just to be safe.


Hey, let's not forget Tomorrowland! Here we have representation of both the Monorail and the Astro Jets!

Part Matterhorn Bobsled, part Frontierland Stagecoach, Santa's Sleigh Ride was powered by almost live Reindeer...and occupied by almost live guests!

They look like pretty happy beasts of burden, don't they?

Well, I'm certain there's many, many more comparisons out there. I have some more pics but alas, I have to save some for next year!

Anyhow, have a happy holiday theme park fans and I'll see you on the other side!

9 Comments:

Blogger Tangaroa said...

Harriet Burns worked on this park, just before starting at WED!

6:44 AM  
Blogger DisneyDutchman said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at the DisneyDutchman's familly!!!!!! DD

10:02 AM  
Blogger d_orlando said...

Wow! Thanks for the before pictures of Santa's Village. It would be morbid fun to see the after photos.

10:34 PM  
Blogger Major Pepperidge said...

Wow, these are some of the best pics I've seen of Santa's Village. Thanks for the quantity too!

2:43 PM  
Blogger d_orlando said...

What? It's still Christmas?

10:32 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Is this the Santa's Village in the Santa Cruse Mnt./Scott's Valley CA?

If it is I went there at least once. I remember driving by it a lot. Also the cement dinosaurs along the way.

7:57 PM  
Blogger Gavin Elster said...

These are truly the best pictures of that roadside eyesore. My parents took me there in 1973 and I still have the mental scars to prove it.

Do you know of anyone who has pictures of Santa Claus lane that used to be on HWY 1 pch on the way to Santa Barbara?

10:45 PM  
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