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At the North Pole—Santa’s Workshop, Christmas isn’t just a December affair, it’s a state of being that lives on long after the official holiday is over. This enchanting amusement park is packed with holiday cheer and a powerful Christmas spirit that would de-Scrooge even the grumpiest of holiday naysayers.

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From the moment you ascend the tree-lined roads to Santa’s Workshop entrance, you’ll begin to see why this special attraction has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike for more than 65 years. Unlike its city counterparts, the North Pole sits upon a pristine mountainside at the base of Pikes Peak, nestled in the gorgeous Colorado forest and surrounded by great views. But it’s more than just a beautiful location, the North Pole is captivating for everyone who visits, from little ones to grandparents and everyone in between — even those hard-to-impress teens.

Nearly two-dozen rides are scattered across this Christmas wonderland, with exciting experiences for every age. Wee ones (and those who like to take it slow) will love the antique carousel and the miniature train, plus a wealth of other kiddie rides that can usually fit mom and dad, too. The thrill seekers of your clan aren’t left out either — they’ll scream with joy on the Candy Cane Coaster, the classic Tilt-O-Whirl, the giant Ferris wheel overlooking the countryside and the twisty-turns of the striped Peppermint Slide. In addition to the rides, there are daily magic shows, live glass blowing presentations and an arcade with Skee Ball. Yeah, this place is definitely not skimping on the fun.

Food, Gifts, and the Jolly Man Himself

Of course, the North Pole just isn’t the North Pole without a very special man. We’re talking about Santa Claus, of course. He and his awesome elf helpers are in the park every day, waiting to meet and greet their pint-sized fans (and believing adults) and listen to Christmas wishes. A trip won’t be complete without a visit to his warm and cozy house and snapping a photo for the mantle. Santa even brought his favorite deer for you and the kids to feed!

Because it’s Christmas every day at the North Pole, you can also find the coolest Christmas-themed gifts around in the park’s adorable village gift shops, including snow globes, ornaments, collectibles and so much more. Be sure to pick up a North Pole ornament for your tree to cherish the memory of the fun you and your family will have together. You can personalize one with your family name or the name of someone special. There’s even a sweet shop loaded with candy of all kinds and the North Pole’s special homemade fudge. Finally, when your day is done, don’t miss out on the chance to dip your own candle and send a letter from the North Pole Post Office bragging about your exciting day.

Things to know

$32 / Adult

Thu - Mon: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Tue & Wed

Average time

2-4 hours

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No reservations required in the summer. Purchase your ride wristband at the gate! 

They do not allow pets in the park. Service dogs only.

They do not rent wheelchairs, but the North Pole is wheelchair accessible. Keep in mind there are many hills as they are on the side of a mountain. They do offer a handout that shows easier paths through the park.

If your child has a food allergy you are much safer bringing your own food. The risk of cross contamination and changing ingredients make it much more prudent to bring what you know your child can safely eat.

They are always open “weather permitting” so yes, they can be closed due to the weather. They know by 8:30 in the morning if they will be able to open or not. There are many factors that they must evaluate to make this decision. It can be extreme cold, icy conditions, road conditions, fog, rain, etc. If in doubt please call ahead before coming to the park. Once the decision is made to close the park, it will be closed all day even if the weather improves.

Yes, $55 per person
Purchase this pass at their main office for unlimited access to ALL rides throughout the park for the entire summer/fall season.* Height and safety requirements are in place and adults do need a ride pass to ride with children if needed.

*Valid through Oct 31, 2023 for visitors age 3+.


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