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Haven’t you ever wondered what it would be like to live and play at the North Pole? Every kid dreams of it!  But a day of fun at Santa’s Village in Jefferson, New Hampshire, can make this merriment come true!

A unique and special day of rides and entertainment all dedicated to Santa and Christmas brings joy to kids (and the kid in all of us) much of the year.  And while it may seem odd to step into the themes of Christmas, even in the heart of July, my kids love visiting this jolly place.  Here’s what you need to know about visiting Santa’s Village in Jefferson, New Hampshire.

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Santa's Village Sleigh with family

What Is Santa’s Village

Santa’s Village is a family-friendly Christmas-themed theme park in Jeffersonville, New Hampshire.  Opened in 1953, this quaint, super joyful place will get you into the Christmas spirit no matter what time a year you visit!

Our family has gone in both May and July and though it wasn’t as cold, it was every bit as jolly as the season of Christmas.  And, yes, Santa is there all year!

With more than 20 rides and activities themed for Winter or Christmas, a waterpark, an Elf School activity to keep kids busy throughout, and more, this is a great family day.  In fact, kids of all ages – including those who are kids at heart – will find merriment at Santa’s Village.

What You Can Do In Santa’s Village in Jefferson, New Hampshire

There are so many things for families to enjoy at Santa’s Village!  Let’s make a list, and check it twice!

Little Drummer Ride at Santa's Village

Themed Rides

  • Antique Cars
  • Bumper Cars
  • The Chimney Drop
  • The Little Drummer Boy
  • Christmas Ferris Wheel
  • Little Elf Flying School
  • Himalaya
  • Hot Shots Fire School
  • The Great Humbug Adventure
  • Santa’s Express Train
  • Yule Log Flume
  • S.S. Peppermint Twist
  • Pixie Mix
  • Poogie Penguin’s Spin-Out Coaster
  • Red Hot Racers
  • Reindeer Carousel
  • Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree Swing Ride
  • Rudy’s Rapid Transit Coaster
  • Skyway Sleigh
  • You Tubing

Some of the rides have height requirements, so be sure to check when you arrive which would be appropriate for your little ones.  My kids especially love The Little Drummer Boy, Little Elf Flying School, The Great Humbug Adventure, Rudy’s Rapid Transit Coaster, and the Skyway Sleigh (where Santa has been spotted as a passenger!)

Main Attractions

The Main Attractions at Santa’s Village are aptly named because they really are the MAIN attractions.  They were the absolute highlight of our kids’ trip, which says a lot considering all of the fun rides.  These include:

Elf University At Santa's Village

Elf University

Kids play the Elfabet game in a park-wide scavenger hunt to get stamps for all of the letters on their cards. At the end, they return their completed Elfabet cards for a special gift!

Reindeer Rendezvous

Kids can meet, pet, and feed Santa’s live reindeer!  It is a wonderful experience for kids to see the team up close!

Feeding Reindeer at Santa's Village

Reindeer Shoe Blacksmith Shop

A little fun stop to meet the blacksmith and get a complimentary special gift – a custom fit “good luck” ring!

Santa’s Home

Of course, getting to step foot inside Mr. and Mrs. Clause’s residence and get a picture with Santa is one of the biggest highlights of the trip! It is never too soon to share your Christmas wishes, so this is one not to miss.

Santa's Home At Santa's Village

St. Nicholas Chapel

This a lovely spot for a quiet moment or prayer for anyone who would like to honor and reflect the reason for the season!  It is a lovely spot for a break and includes a nativity scene out front.

Firehouse Ride at Santa's Village

Village Volunteers Firehouse Department And Fire Game

For only $1 to play, this fun game lets little ones race their firetrucks using squirters to get them to the finish line. First one there wins a prize


While you step right into a Christmas wonderland as soon as you walk through the gates, you can also enjoy special shows and entertainment while at Santa’s Village. My kids love the engaging performances and feeling like they are right at the North Pole!

Tinkerdoodle Christmas

A 3D movie that shows daily.

Santa’s Christmas Light Show

A light show that shows daily.

Christmas Time Is Here

Live performances on Main Street daily at 9:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

Tinker’s Tune-Up

Live performances daily inside the Jingle Bell Theater at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Reindeer Ride at Santa's Village

Water Park

Santa’s Village also has a festive waterpark (and lockers and changing rooms!)  So your little ones can take a splash break (though it may feel like the North Pole on cooler days.) But oh, what fun it is to ride these fun water rides my kids love!

  • Ho Ho H20
  • Joy Ride Slides
  • Polar Paradise
  • Poogee’s Splash Pad

Dining Options At Santa’s Village

Santa’s Village offers a variety of dining options that range from places for a full meal to take away to snacks.  Like any theme park, there is a food court on the property, as well as many stands for snacks and treats, and even a bakery! Yes, you can get a delicious gingerbread cookie no matter what time of year you visit!

Where Is Santa’s Village

Santa’s Village is in Jefferson, New Hampshire near the White Mountain National Forest. It is accessible from Boston, about 2.5 hours by car.  It is about 3 hours drive from Montreal, Canada.

Giant Snowman At Santas Village

Where To Stay

Because of the amount to do at Santa’s Village, you may want to book an overnight stay.  Check out these locations nearby Santa’s Village. Nearby hotels include The Jefferson Inn, Cabot Inn and Suites, and Bretton Woods Rentals or The Mount Washington Omni Resort.

Ticket Information

Children ages three and under are free. Santa’s Village also offers a variety of special rates for seniors and members of the military, as well as multi-day tickets.  Check out their latest prices.

Santa meeting family at Santa's Village

Final Thought About Santa’s Village in Jefferson, New Hampshire

Santa’s Village is such a fun place to visit for families no matter what time of year. Kids and kids at heart will have a jolly good time at this joyful gem, and get into the Christmas spirit at this wonderful family theme park!

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    1. There are a few in the area. We are big fans of Marriotts and there is a Marriott Residence Inn not far from Santa’s Village. Have a great trip!

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