Marshall, Texas: Christmas Land (Closed)Seasonal attraction with year-round Santa statue, sometimes headless, now reduced to an entry sign.
Visitor Tips and News About Christmas Land (Closed)
In December of 2010, while driving west at about the 610 milepost on the north side of Interstate 20, we were surprised to see a rather large headless Santa off to our right amid the forest that is called Christmas Land. We were quite amused to see this strange oddity, seemingly misplaced amid the forest, almost in the middle of nowhere.
We have now visited the sight as of January 31, 2015, and we can report that there are no signs of the large Santa or other Christmas artifacts on the property, except a sign that says Christmas Land.[Randy Wolfberg, 02/01/2015]
It's official: Christmas Land is not open for business. Santa sits deconstructed amidst random piles of decorations, lights and a cement bear in pretty good condition. In a truly surreal moment, as I drove slowly beside the gate, half a dozen buzzards rose from the property and up into the trees.[Brad, 12/25/2008]
If you have children in the car as you approach exit 610 on I-20 just outside of Marshall, Texas, either find something immediately to otherwise occupy their attention or be prepared for their reoccurring nightmares about Santa's ugly demise.
The large Santa that sat at the entry to Christmas Land broke apart quite some time ago, but remains in scattered pieces ... an arm here, an arm there, and the head either missing or in pieces at his feet. Sadly it looks like this attraction will never be the same and just continue to fade away, limb by limb.[Rhonda Reddick, 03/29/2008]
The Santa has fallen over on his back last I saw him. Probably due to the wind.[Jay Redd, 07/09/2007]
Christmas Land is a seasonal Christmas drive-thru park, at other times closed to the public -- though some of the decorations are visible throughout the year. A large seated Santa Claus statue waves to cars on the interstate. The park itself appears to be a series of dioramas, buildings with North Pole themes, and ample strings of lights.[Roadsideamerica.com Team, 12/25/2006]