Santa’s Village is 60 this year and we recently attended to visit our old favourites and to check out what’s new. Read below for a $5.00 discount per person at Santa’s Village–exclusively for AdventuresWithJennpup.com readers, and for my Santa’s Village contest!
I love Santa’s Village. I love spending a day at this family friendly amusement park nestled among tall pine trees. I love watching my kids with their elf ear hats on, gleefully hopping from ride to ride with virtually no delay. It is the perfect place for the under 10 set and grandparents can keep up with the youngsters as the distances between attractions are small (and many of the grandparents will remember visiting as children and bringing their own kids there). Ah, memory lane!
First stop – Mrs. Claus Bake Shop – help yourself to a FREE coffee. Ah, now you’re ready to go!
Santa’s Village is located smack dab on the 45th Parallel – halfway from the Equator to the North Pole – this photo opp is a must!
Greetings from the 45th Parallel!
For 2015, Santa’s Village brings back old favourites and new entertainers as well. Kitchener-Waterloo residents will be happy to see beloved entertainer Erick Traplin performing. The full entertainment schedule is available here. For our recent visit, “Johnny Toronto” was performing. Much laughter was to be heard from this fun performance! Last year, we were lucky to see Dan the Music Man in July and Erick Traplin in August.
These shows are so much fun! Plan your visit to be sure and see your favourites!
Feeding the Reindeer
Of course Santa keeps his reindeer at the village – they get to enjoy a nice Summer vacation! Feeding the reindeer and also visiting the animals at the Petting Zoo bring a lot of smiles to everyone’s faces.
One thing I really enjoyed are all of the little touches that are just waiting to be noticed. While waiting to meet Santa so the kids could make their early Christmas list requests (of course my daughter asked for a DOG) and receive their elf hats, clocks told the time from around the world as a miniature train circled the ceiling. Santa’s To Do List, a lovely lamp post with ‘snow’ swirling inside and books that you’d expect to find in Santa’s library provided entertainment and smiles.
Did Santa get your wish list item? A helmet for me – perfect!
Our first stop (after coffee) was to ride Rudolph’s Rollercoaster. I rode with my 5 year old son. My 11 year old daughter was too scared to try it, but as the day went on she became braver and we eventually rode it together 5 times! With little to no line-ups on a Thursday, we were off and on rides as much as we wanted!
After visiting Santa, the kids made a bee-line for the Airplane, Jumping Star and Merry Go Round. Both kids enjoyed all three rides, going from one to the next as much as they liked! Benches and shady pine trees make it a lovely spot for parents to wait and watch, but of course, you can join in as well! The rides are long and full of fun. There’s a big Christmas ornament ferris wheel nearby (and a perfect little ice cream stand for those afraid of heights). My son and I enjoyed the ferris wheel and I enjoyed taking pictures of Santa’s Summer Sleigh and the Splash Pad.
Pizza Pizza Time!
We enjoyed all of our favourites from last year! When we were ready for lunch, Pizza Pizza was ready for us with the ooey-gooiest cheese pizza ever – the kids were in cheese heaven! We purchased a full sized pizza family combo with 2 pops and 2 juice boxes. The pizza was ready very quickly and it was delicious!
We took a ride on the train through the park (a great way to see all the park has to offer and plan your visit).
Santa’s Village is on a beautiful waterway and you’ll definitely want to take a ride on Santa’s Summer Sleigh. Enjoy kitschy music and see the beauty of Muskoka! Young and old enjoy this boat ride.
My daughter loves the ‘games of chance’ where every player is guaranteed a pretty decent prize. This year my son picked an inflatable “Boots” monkey from Dora the Explorer. My daughter won a ‘donut bear’ and later won an inflatable elephant.
New this year to Santa’s Village is a Zip Line that takes you over the lake where Swan paddle boats paddle along. We watched a little girl get harnessed up, climb a tall ladder up a pine tree and then whiz over the lake to the other side. It looked like so much fun! The Zip Line had a cost of $10.
Elves Island was quite transformed this year! Santa’s Village has two bouncy castles, one for kids 5+ and one for kids 4 and younger. Last year, the younger kids bouncy castle was on Elves Island, but now there is a mini aerial park set up called “Elf Sky Challenge” where kids can test out their skills before heading to Sportsland for a bigger challenge. Parents and children were seen climbing around together. We witnessed lots of encouragement and help from staff and it looked like a lot of fun, too! 🙂
New for 2015 – Elf Sky Challenge – a new children’s aerial adventure park on Elves Island!
Santa’s Village has a campground in case you need a place to stay. Whispering Pines Campground, includes twenty roofed rustic cabins, full serviced sites, pool, rec hall, and nightly programmed family activities. After an extensive renovation in 2010, Whispering Pines has been voted Muskoka’s best campground four years in a row!
There are many locations picture perfect for an annual family photo! We decided to go ‘silly’ for the 2015 version!
And we all took lots of #Elfies of course!
I highly recommend a visit to Santa’s Village this Summer! It has something for everyone! My kids both enjoyed decorating gingerbread cookies and this year we gave the splash pad and beach a try.
My daughter loved the splash pad the best and my son was all about the beach! Everything about Santa’s Village just warms my heart. There is more to do and see there than ever before! Be sure and pick up their 60th Anniversary Commemorative Book and if you’re headed up soon, drop in for SantaFest: “To commemorate the park’s anniversary, Santa’s Village—in partnership with the local community— will host the inaugural SantaFest, a street fair held in downtown Bracebridge on Saturday July 25 (10am to 5pm). There will be children’s entertainers such as Ronno and Johnny Toronto, gingerbread decorating, face painting, and a host of other activities ideal for the young and young-at-heart. The highlight of the day will be a special 60th anniversary parade, beginning at noon. Fuel up on the eggnog beforehand, because it promises to be a full day of fun.”
The best part of the day for me was when my daughter decided to face her fear and ride Rudolph’s Roller Coaster Sleigh Ride. She rocked it and left feeling completely proud of herself! It was the perfect end to a perfect day!
So proud of herself! 5 times!!
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*Our family received a family pass to check out what’s new at Santa’s Village for 2015. All opinions belong to @Jennpup!