By Paula @ Holiday World

So what’s the deal with Santa in our new television commercials?

You know, this guy:

Santa in Holiday World's TV commercials

He gives a tour of our headquarters

… he chairs the boardroom meeting

… and holds his sizable head in his hands when the Pilgrim suggests offering Free Butter Churning Lessons at the park:

Free Butter Churning Lessons?

What’s the deal? The deal is, our iconic Santa Statue has come to life!

You know – this statue:

Santa Statue at Holiday World

Chances are, you’ve taken family photos in front of our Santa Statue more than once over the years.


Santa’s been here a long, long time. This photo is from 1956, during our Santa Claus Land days:

Iconic Santa Statue at Santa Claus Land

We take really good care of this iconic symbol of our park’s legacy. Our paint shop manager makes sure of it!

Painter giving Santa a new coat

Not everyone smiles for the camera, though; four-year-old (in 2009) cutie Avery Lee chose to make a silly face for her mommy’s scrapbook photo.

Avery Lee and the Santa statue

Here’s a fellow who is nearly tall enough to reach Santa’s ear for a good whisper:

Mick Foley whispers in Santa's ear

Yep, that’s our pal Mick Foley. A bit of an icon himself.

Since our commercials were produced just weeks before Christmas (when Santa is busier than busy up at the North Pole), our beloved Santa Statue stepped up to the plate.

Here he is, side by side: Statuesque Santa and As-Seen-On-TV Santa:

Side-by-side Santas

We ho-ho-hope you’ve enjoyed previewing our 2014 television commercials and entering our Reel Picks Sweepstakes (enter daily now through 2pm CDT on March 31, 2014)!

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6 Responses to “Santa: As seen on TV”

  1. Liz Pruett

    Can’t wait to visit Holiday World. Always have such a great time and LOVE the water park.

  2. Lisa Scranton

    We’ve never been to Holiday World, but have heard so many things bout it. I would love to win the sweepstakes so we could visit !