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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.