The Today Show comes to town!

Today Show Interview with Ashley

It probably comes as no surprise to hear that our town gets a lot of attention this time of year. Over the weekend, a crew from The Today Show paid a visit. Their holly-jolly feature aired this morning: And yes, that’s our marketing director, Ashley, interviewed mid-way through: … plus a lovely scene with the Santa’s…

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Red-and-green letter day

Any little believers in your house? They're probably getting itchier (as my mom would say) with each passing day as Christmas approaches. It's so hard to wait! Have they written to Santa yet? It's such a wonderful tradition. If you plan to be in town this weekend, please stop by the Santa Claus Museum to…

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Neither rain nor snow …

There was all kinds of nasty (albeit seasonal) weather forecast for the early Tuesday morning this week. Valentine's Day. The one day every year when a red-inked letter in the mail is a good thing. It was a sweet coincidence that Valentine's Day was the day we planned to move the original Santa Claus Post…

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“Carry the church around the village”

When Nathan started posting photos of the town's 132-year-old church moving to its new home one-half mile away on the Santa Claus Museum's Facebook page, Sabine from Germany commented, "… in German we have a saying: 'carry the church around the village.'" Indeed, Mrs. Koch's dream to carry the past into the future took flight…

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Just what do Santa’s Elves do in January?

Every December, there are lots of jokes that Santa "works just one day a year." But we know better, don't we? And his Elves keep busy year-round, too. Take Millie, for instance. Here she is, over by the former Betsy Ross Doll House. Former? That's right. The doll house is moving out of the park….

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A cast of thousands

Mrs. Koch was chuckling over this encounter from the other day. Man in park: How many of you are there? Mrs. Koch: Oh, gosh…I think we have hired about 1,700 seasonal hosts and hostesses this year. Isn't that incredible? Man in park: No, that's not what I meant. How many of you are there? Mrs….

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The Claus that refreshes

Not that we like keeping secrets, but sometimes we just have to… For example, last fall we were contacted by folks representing a soft-drink giant. They were contacting communities all over the nation which help Santa answer children’s letters each December. When they found us, they knew their search was over. Not only has the…

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What all the fashionable elves are wearing

Kicking back and sleeping late during the "off season"? Ha! Or, rather, ho-ho-ho! Mrs. Koch’s days are filled with interviews and photo shoots at the Santa Claus Museum. She’s also leading the annual charge of the Santa’s Elves, who see to it that every letter to Santa Claus that comes through our post office gets…

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Collect much?

We occasionally hear from folks who collect Santa Claus Land memorabilia. Mrs. Koch is always interested to find out what's out there, and has even been known to place a bid or two on eBay to add to her collection on display in the Santa Claus Museum here in town. The one thing that galls…

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Profiling Santa

One of the travel writers we hosted last summer has landed quite a “hit.” Jackie wrote a feature for American Profile magazine, which has a circulation of five million. Click here to see the article. The “Christmas in Santa Claus” festival she mentions is lots of fun. If you’d like to take a look at…

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