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After our brief visit to Denali National Park, we went up to Fairbanks to visit my mom’s cousin. She hadn’t seen him in years and I’m not sure if I’d met him before then. We ‘camped’ out at his house in the woods in a community outside of Fairbanks. But, we also did a few touristy things in the Fairbanks area. One place we HAD to visit was Santa Claus House at North Pole, Alaska.
In many ways, the site is a big tourist trap. They have some reindeer outside for people to view.
And, if you are lucky, Santa will be inside for your children to meet. We hadn’t checked his appearance schedule online and were a little disappointed to learn he wouldn’t be there for a few hours. No way we were hanging out there just to see the jolly elf when the boys were clambering for dinner. D did go pop into his chair to ‘test it out’, though.
Otherwise, it is a big gift shop. With souvenirs from North Pole, Alaska as well as other items for Christmas shopping.
Nana and Papa snuggled up by a large polar bear.
I captured a photo of a plaque I really liked.
And, J attention was focused on the big Nativity for a while.
Even though we were a little disappointed that we weren’t able to meet Santa, we still had fun. And, I can’t help but imagine what it looks like once the snow has provided a blanket of white. Maybe we’ll visit again during the winter just to see the difference.