Celebrating 60 Years of Santa’s Village – Review and Giveaway 07/20

Santa's Village

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!

 

Village Stage

 

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.

Winners!

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!

Funny faces!

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.

Splish Splash!

 

 

 

 

 

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.”

Muskoka perfection!

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!!

Santa’s Village will be announcing various promotions and deals throughout the season to commemorate the park’s magical 60th anniversary. To keep abreast of them, people should opt-in to the Nice List on the Santa’s Village via my exclusive link below or like their Facebook page.

>>Adventures With Jennpup readers can access an exclusive $5 discount on tickets here!<<

Enter to win a Family Pass for 4 – one day’s admission this 2015 Season – click on the link below!

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Be sure and check out my Facebook page and give a LIKE – there’s a huge photo album with all of our pictures from Santa’s Village!

*Our family received a family pass to check out what’s new at Santa’s Village for 2015. All opinions belong to @Jennpup!

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Santa’s Village

Reposting my 2014 Review – check out the links at the bottom of this post for details on how to WIN tickets to Santa’s Village for use during the 2015 Season!

We are very lucky to have access to a family Cottage near Muskoka, which allows us take a vacation on a beautiful lake with minimal expenses. We have been going for years, but had never been to Santa’s Village. Thanks to a WIN from a contest run by “Help, We’ve Got Kids: Toronto” we received a Family Four Pass to use any day this Summer!

This Summer has had a lot of cool days, so we decided on one of those days in July when it was not exactly swimming weather, it would be the perfect day to keep the kids occupied at Santa’s Village!

Right away we were greeted by a giant bear!  The kids posed for a quick picture! 🙂

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Then we headed up the path and my daughter HAD to get her face painted (I was concerned about the picture with Santa, so I insisted on a ‘cheek paint’ only). The face paint artist created exactly the symbol my daughter requested!

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We arrived just as RONNO was performing (every Summer, Santa’s Village attracts some of the most talented children’s performers in Canada). Everybody was dancing (and I got to remember when my 10 year old was little and I’d take her to see Ronno at the Kitchener Market’s Kids Hop). 072

NOTE: Any children left unattended will be put to work as Elves! 083

We found SANTA – the kids posed with Santa for what will have to be our Christmas card this year! My son loved Santa’s BEARD! 091

Now that the kids met Santa, they were ELVES. There is nothing more adorable than watching your two little elves running around all day, playing and smiling at Santa’s Village.  They loved feeding Santa’s reindeer. 329

They have carnival games that are FANTASTIC. For one low price, your child can play until they win – a prize is guaranteed and it is no ‘booby prize’ – it is a full size, choose whatever you like prize!

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The RIDES!  My kids are 10 and 4. My 10 year old daughter is terrified of roller coasters (they have one at Santa’s Village, but there was no way she was going to go on it). My 4 year old son has autism and is pretty good about going on rides, but we worry about losing him and don’t always know what he ‘wants’. At Santa’s Village, there were lots of opportunities for my son to climb and slide and burn up any energy he had. The park is big enough, but not so big that we ever worried about losing him. He let us know quite clearly what rides he wanted to go on, and after one turn on the carousel with his sister, he was able to go on and off the ride independently.

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We took a ride on Santa’s Summer Sleigh (a river cruise) – it was so much fun! Beautiful waterway. Fun music played like the Gilligan’s Island Theme Song.
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We also went for a ride on the Train.

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Santa often comes out to watch the children on the rides! He waves at them and jingles his jingle bells, sometimes he gets on and goes for a ride, too!

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They have a JUMPING star ride, that looks a lot scarier than it is. The motion is much more of a gentle bounce and not a feeling of plummeting.  My TIMID 10 year old decided to get brave and try it after watching her brother and I survive and laugh a lot!  Great memories!

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When my son saw the Ferris Wheel, he had to go on it immediately!  You sit in a big Christmas ornament and enjoy the beautiful wooded views!

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I sent my family onto a paddle boat swan while I took pictures!  I love these swans!

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We followed the signs to Elves Island, where the kids bounced, climbed, coloured and went down slides. So much fun, and definitely helped them burn energy on a day when we’d have been hearing lots of “I’m BORED” from my daugher at the cottage!

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The Staff were so friendly!  The operator of the Ferris Wheel offered to take a picture of my son and I.

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Santa’s Village is so CLEAN! It seemed like every 20 minutes we were passed yet again by the two teen girls on garbage duty – they always had a friendly smile and greeting, and they were constantly keeping the park pristine! I was very impressed!

The kids were hungry and tired of all of the healthy eating we were doing at the cottage. Luckily, Santa’s Village has Pizza Pizza!  We enjoyed a family meal deal (a large pizza, 2 pops and 2 juice boxes)! The pizza was so huge we couldn’t eat it all.

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Later my daughter decorated a Gingerbread Man at Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shop and I enjoyed COMPLIMENTARY COFFEE!  This is not a park where you leave feeling overcharged and used – they treat you like family and give everyone the best experience!

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We will definitely be returning again!  Perhaps this month (in August 2014, there’s 2-for-1 admission every Friday and Monday). Thank you so much to “Help, We’ve Got Kids: Toronto” and to Santa’s Village! When they heard we were headed to the Muskoka area, they offered to hold our prize win at the front gates rather than make us wait for it to arrive in the mail.  That kind of exceptional customer service was evident the entire day!

Thank you Santa’s Village!
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Check out all of the pictures from our July 2014 visit at my Flickr Album 🙂

Ho-Ho-Ho Merry Christmas in July!

-Jennpup

Updates!  We returned again in August. During August, Santa’s Village offered 1/2 price admission (or Buy One Get One) ticketing on certain days.  We headed out on a cloudy, overcast ‘iffy’ day.  We had a great time, but it did rain – not enough to shut everything down, but enough to get the kids wet.  Later, we went to see Erick Traplin perform (a local Kitchener-Waterloo legend) and the skies opened – it poured and poured for over an hour (but we were nice and dry in the covered theatre enjoying the show)…  But don’t worry! Santa’s Village has a rainy day policy and our entire family received a ‘rain check’ so we can visit again in the following season!  We will definitely be returning in 2015!

Want to win a family pass?

Check out this contest (ends July 1st) and coupon from “SnyMed”: http://www.snymed.com/2015/06/santas-village-turns-60-5-off-coupon.html

Check out this contest (ends July 5th) from “Frugal Mom Eh”: http://www.frugalmomeh.com/2015/06/win-a-familys-pass-to-santas-village-giveaway.html

Check out this contest (ends July 11th) from Maple Mouse Mama: http://maplemousemama.com/win-a-family-pass-to-santas-village-in-bracebridge-on-open-to-canus-ends-711/

Stay tuned! Adventures with Jennpup is excited to be hosting a giveaway in July 2015!