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Oxnard, California: World's Largest Half-Santa

From his jolly belly up. Built in 1950, last survivor of an attraction named Santa Claus, California. Moved here in 2003. Wears sunglasses in the summer months.

2801 Ventura Blvd., Oxnard, CA
Visible off Highway 101 between Camarillo and Oxnard. Ventura Blvd. between Rice Road and Del Norte exits.
Gated compound opened irregularly. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Santa Claus.

World's Largest Half-Santa

In early October, locked up and sort of a sketchy area, but still looking good. [Mark V, 10/23/2022]

Snowman, nutcracker.

Santa Claus Statue

Santa is nicely painted and surrounded by the nutcrackers Billy and Bo, along with a reindeer, snowman, and a poinsettia surfboard.

[Bgirlsquirrel, 02/19/2016]

Santa Claus statue.

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 1950, 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.

Santa Claus, California.

Santa Claus Lane - Vague Recollections

Photo taken in 1956 by my uncle during a visit to Santa Claus, California.

[George Murphey, 09/24/2010]

Santa Claus.

Santa Claus Statue

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.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Point Mugu Missile ParkPoint Mugu Missile Park, Port Hueneme, CA - 7 mi.
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Public Art Bus StationPublic Art Bus Station, Ventura, CA - 7 mi.
In the region:
Shopping Cart Christmas Tree, Santa Monica, CA - 40 mi.

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