Santa’s Workshop (North Pole, NY)

“Christmas in July” is one of those phrases that has kind of lost whatever meaning it originally had. A couple weeks ago, though, we decided to make it a reality with a visit to upstate New York’s Santa’s Workshop theme park. Located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, mere minutes from Lake Placid and several ski destinations, the park is truly a step back in time.

It originally opened in 1949, and–I can’t stress this enough–very little has changed. Walking through the park is like stepping back to the 50s. There’s a small museum in the village that showcases vintage photos of the park, any of which could have been taken this year. When a majority of theme parks continually try to reinvent themselves, add new attractions, or otherwise try to keep themselves “fresh,” Santa’s Workshop has clearly decided to rely on nostalgia.

And it works.

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