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Carpinteria, California

The Reindeer Room was part of Santa Claus, California -- a tourism village concept now gone. It was on the coast, near Carpinteria, and was more a roadside strip of buildings than a village. Still, it was the year-round Christmas stop for snowless coastal California, and exploited the ubiquitous "San" in most town names.

A large Santa defined the horizon, while a large snowman puffed his pipe and pondered the vast Pacific before him. Developers have plowed away any trace of Santa Claus... though the 20 ft. tall plaster Santa survives in a vacant lot turned into a Santa memorial park in Oxnard.

Also see: Next Holiday Stop | Every Day is Christmas on America's Highways

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