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Santa's Village: 1958

Santa's Village: 1958

In its heyday, Santa's Village was one of Southern California's biggest tourist attractions -- a place to catch the holiday spirit even in July. It opened on Memorial Day weekend 1955, more than a month before Disneyland.

Here we are, in 1958, making a stop at Santa's Village just outisde of San Bernadino and Lake Arrowhead, as a part of our annual trip to visit all the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in Los Angeles. Santa's Village closed its doors in the late 1990s, but the Anscochrome slides remain. Good times for a kid that had just turned seven! View full size.

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Loved Santa's Village!

Thanks for awaking some great memories. We made the trip every December from Orange County in the 60's. I loved it, our first stop was always DK's Donuts for cocoa & sugary goodness. Then off the village. My favorite ride was the Big Bee. So happy that we were able to take our son, niece and nephew before it closed. It was like a snowy Disneyland to me with a great looking Santa.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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