UPDATE: Santa's Theme Park was last held Phoenix area in 2007. If it ever returns (but I doubt that it will) I will post the information here.
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A tradition was started in 2005 when Santa's - A Christmas Theme Park opened its doors to a successful season of rides, games, and holiday entertainment. It was located at Firebird International Raceway off I-10 in Chandler (subsequently rebranded as Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park). Here's a map with directions.
Santa's - A Christmas Theme Park was a holiday entertainment park with more than 50 amusement park rides, life-sized animated holiday displays and live shows. Santa's Park used over 300 miles of lights with over 2 million light bulbs!
What happened at Santa's - A Christmas Theme Park?
Located at 20000 Maricopa Rd. in Chandler, the park was more than a mile in length and featured a spectacularly-lit Holiday Fantasy Walkway entrance with thousands of festive LED lights. Once inside the park, you walked through Santa's Christmas Village with 23 Christmas fantasy themes, each with life-sized buildings and animated characters, and enjoyed more than 50 amusement park rides. Santa's Park included 12 entertainment shows each day, free with your admission, featuring puppets, live magicians, white tigers, music and more.
There was a giant, gas-lit Menorah, one huge Christmas tree, and 20 more themed trees that are more than 30 feet tall. Finally, there was live entertainment, ethnic food from around the world and special VIP tents for corporate holiday parties, birthdays and family gatherings.
What if I have more questions?
Their local phone number has been disconnected.
Is there anything similar that replaced it?
Actually, not really. Santa's - A Christmas Theme Park was really an amusement park, and it wasn't cheap. It was a large undertaking with carnival rides as well as all the themed displays that was open for about two months during the season. We have many holiday celebrations in the area, but they are typically more focused on holiday lights, parades and Christmas performances of music and theatre. You can find an extensive listing of those here.
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Tree lightings, holiday lights, festivals, holiday music and entertainment, gift guides and holiday travel tips -- find them all in the Christmas Holidays Guide for Greater Phoenix.
All dates and prices mentioned are subject to change without notice.