Oxnard, California: Santa Claus StatueLast remnant of Santa Claus, California, transported here and enshrined next to a trailer park.
- 2801 Ventura Blvd., Oxnard, CA
- Visible off Highway 101 between Camarillo and Oxnard. Ventura Blvd. between Rice Road and Del Norte exits.
Visitor Tips and News About Santa Claus Statue
Santa's still there and we stopped by, he was safely locked up for the summer.[Steve, 01/28/2013]
Built in 1948, Santa was visible half-out of a giant chimney atop an attraction named Santa's Candy Kitchen. A heartless developer bulldozed the Kitchen in 2001, but Santa was saved and moved to his current spot in 2003.
Photo taken in 1956 by my uncle during a visit to Santa Claus, California.[George Murphey, 09/24/2010]
I took this photo of the Santa last summer. I drive past it to/from work everyday. When daylight savings time starts they change Santa's clear spectacles over to sunglasses.
If you would like to see video on how Santa ended up in Oxnard, then on Disc 2 of the movie, Elf, go to the section titled "infinifilm." When the new menu comes up select "Beyond The Movie Features," and then on the subsequent menu select "Santa Mania." The story of Santa coming to Oxnard is the third segment in "Santa Mania."[Greg Eaton, 06/14/2005]
Santa was built in 1948 as part of a strip mall named Santa Claus Lane (famous for its Date Shakes, which were like drinking a Fig Newton). He was moved to a vacant lot next to a mobile home park in Oxnard in 2003. The Oxnard City Council at first wanted to kick out Santa, but now that he's been cleaned up they like him.
Carpinteria, California's fat Santa statue may have a new home. After barely surviving the destruction of Santa Claus Lane by developers last year, the 20-ft.... [01/26/2003] Complete News Story
Sorry to say, Santa is struggling to stay after decades of enjoyment for roadside passers-by. The new owner wants to tear down the Santa structure and replace all buildings with a Cape Cod village motif. Historic preservationists are fighting to retain the Santa in its current position. The decision is with the county government. There is great public support for Santa but also support for private property rights.
Here is a vintage postcard from the 1950s-'60s.[Rick Closson, 07/13/2001]
News on the ongoing battle for Santa.