Bracebridge, ON – June 4, 2015 — 2015 marks a milestone anniversary for Santa’s Village. It was 60 years ago that Santa Claus—not as young as he once was—decided he needed to vacation in a warmer climate. Six decades of fun and fantasy, enjoyed by 6 million visitors, have followed. Even the most jaded scrooges will be filled with a little bit of Christmas magic by the unique attractions at this iconic Muskoka attraction, which include riverboat and train excursions, petting farm, splash pad, paddleboats, rides, and more.
Circle the calendar and count down the sleeps until opening day: June 13, 2015.
New for 2015
For six decades, the attractions at Santa’s Village have caused children’s faces to light up with that glow usually reserved for opening presents Christmas morning. Nevertheless, in an effort to maintain the excitement and appeal to older visitors, new amusements have been added for the 2015 season.
Muskoka Zip Lines & Aerial Park opened at Santa’s Village in 2014. This year, the aerial park—which features zip lines as long as 106 metres/350 feet, monkey lines, Tarzan ropes, and a climbing wall—will be expanded three fold. New additions include an enhanced obstacle course, a new zip line course and, for the extreme adventure seeker, a jump tower that will have platforms at 40 feet and 70 feet where participants can “jump off” platforms with the use of a Quick Jump system.
Elf Sky Challenge
Also introduced this year is Elf Sky Challenge, a new children’s aerial adventure park on Elves Island. Children as young as 3 will be able to traverse an aerial course which sees them navigate various Christmas themed obstacles along a wire rope constructed course. It’s completely safe and incredibly fun.
SantaFest and 60th Anniversary Parade
To commemorate the park’s anniversary, Santa’s Village—in partnership with the local community— will host the inaugural SantaFest, a street fair held in downtown Bracebridge on Saturday July 25 (10am to 5pm). There will be children’s entertainers such as Ronno and Johnny Toronto, gingerbread decorating, face painting, and a host of other activities ideal for the young and young-at-heart. The highlight of the day will be a special 60th anniversary parade, beginning at noon. Fuel up on the eggnog beforehand, because it promises to be a full day of fun.
A lot has happened at Santa’s Village in the sixty years since Santa made Bracebridge his summer home. It’s history—a tale filled with fun, fantasy and goodwill towards all men—is told in a new book, The Summer Home of Christmas Spirit: 60 Years of Santa’s Village, written by authors Andrew Hind and Maria Da Silva. Brought to life with dozens of photographs, it’s a loving and exhaustively-researched tribute to one of the region’s iconic attractions, and is sure to remind readers of find childhood memories. The Summer Home of Christmas Spirit will be available for purchase at the Santa’s Village giftshop, select Muskoka retailers, from Amazon.com, or through the authors (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Unwrap special promotions and deals throughout the park’s magical 60th anniversary by opting-in to the Nice List on the Santa’s Village website (www.santasvillage.ca) or like their Facebook page.
There’s no better time to visit Santa’s Village than this year.
MWM Communications (for Santa’s Village)