The Christmas Spirit has been alive and well in the shadow of Pikes Peak for 65 years!
How it all started
It was announced on March 10, 1955 that a 25 acre Santa’s Workshop was planned to be built on the slopes of Pikes Peak. The village was to be identical to the one built in Lake Placid, NY. The village in NY was designed by Arto Monaco, a former Walt Disney artist.
In the 1940’s an eight-year old girl told the artist what she believed Santa Claus’ home and village looked like. Mr. Monaco then translated her image of the magical land into blueprints for an actual village.
A village of 12 alpine buildings was in the plans to be constructed. A home for Mr. & Mrs. Claus, 3 workshops, a blacksmith shop, gate house, reindeer barn, souvenir shop, show house, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and a miniature chapel with nativity.
June 16, 1956 that young girl’s dream came true when Santa’s Workshop/North Pole opened for its first season.
Santa’s Workshop has grown through the years, but pure enjoyment of the Christmas spirit has remained the same for the past 65 years.