Cherokee, North Carolina: Santa's Land Theme ParkMonkeys, bears, black-light elves, a choir of mannequins, a towering frightening rabbit -- and Santa.
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Visitor Tips and News About Santa's Land Theme Park
Santa's Land Theme Park & Zoo is a small, kind of retro Christmas-themed amusement park. It features giant cartoon statues, a Ferris wheel, a roller coaster, an arcade, a zoo, a few playgrounds, a train, paddle boats, etc. The animals (particularly the zebra) are kept in cages that barely simulate their natual habitats.
The roller coaster ("Rudicoaster") is supposed to be for all ages. It's not big but it's fast and I don't recommend it for small children.
There are other kiddie rides available. All of the rides are free of charge and the lines were short. For the most part, it was affordable and entertaining, but the zebra made us sad. I would recommend it to families and/or people who like retro attractions.[Amber Dawn, 08/06/2010]
I have been taking three of my grandchildren to Santa Land for the past three years. The girls talk about it all year and when we start to plan our vacation they always want to go to Santa's Land. The Rudy Coaster is a blast. Even I enjoy it at my age. We love it and hope it never changes. If you have children 10 years old or younger, don't miss this treat. You'll feel like a kid again yourself.[Linnie, 06/26/2008]
I visited Santa's Land for the first time late last year with my family and had the time of my life! It has everything you could want in a roadside attraction. There are giant fiberglass statues of rabbits, a snowman, and a kangroo that surely appear in millions of family photo albums.
One of the most surreal things at Santa's Land is the paddle boats, where you paddle through a swamp filled with giant koi that violently shake your boat and splash you with brown water as you attempt to chuck handfuls of monkey food to "Monkey Island," where sad little monkeys sit on floating playground equipment surrounded by electric fences.
If that's not enough to upset animal right activists, there are also bears behind chain link fences that rattle as you pass by. You can slide them food via a tube.
There are also funky blacklight displays of Elves and reindeers. And don't forget to end your day with a visit to Faith Chapel to hear the mannequin choir sing a garbled version of "Joy to the World" as strings move their hands slightly.
Santa's Land has been open for forty years and there is nothing to indicate that it has changed one bit. It is a step back in time. They just don't make stuff like this anymore.[Jacob Krejci, 03/06/2007]