If you live in North Texas, you can visit the North Pole…and it’s only a short drive away.
Santa’s Village returns to Richardson this year for what I think might be the best kid-centered Christmas event I’ve ever attended. Really – it’s that great.
Located in front of Richardson City Hall, Santa’s Village starts with a bang at 6:00 PM as Santa arrives on a Richardson fire engine, sirens blaring and horn honking. This was *great* fun to watch, and very exciting…Jack could barely contain his anticipation (Santa AND a fire engine…what more can a kid ask for?)!
The line to see Santa was long (about 90 minutes), so we bypassed Santa for many of the other activities.
The entire village is made up of kid-sized houses, each one housing a different activity. The Humane Society was there, with puppies and kittens to pet. Inside the North Pole Hospital, Jack received a little card with his medical info (weight and height) and was rewarded for being a good patient with a bottle of bubbles to take home. The North Pole Bank and Police Department were bustling with activity, and of course we had to visit the North Pole Fire Department – where Jack and Claire both were able to try on a fireman’s jacket and helmet.
Our favorite house to visit was Mrs. Clause’s bakery. But first, I had to explain to Jack who Mrs. Clause is.
“Who’s Mrs. Clause?” Jack asked.
“His wife,” I told him. ”They’re married.”
Jack looked at me in wonder and disbelief. ”Santa got…married??” he asked. ”But, why?”
Turns out he didn’t really care that Santa was married, or why, for that matter…but he certainly cared that she gave him a delicious cookie after his visit!
This event is FREE (which we couldn’t believe…we kept saying, “I can’t believe this didn’t cost us anything!”). Along with all of the houses the village has to offer, there is also entertainment (a local children’s choir was performing while we were there) and of course, the Big Guy himself (who Jack realllly wanted to see…I just wasn’t up to the long line).
Santa’s Village is open from 6-9 PM, December 6-9 and again December 13-16.
You can find more information at the City of Richardson website.
If you’re looking for more holiday fun in North Texas, you can ride the North Pole Express in Grapevine or visit The Trains at Northpark. And if you’re looking for something to do in the comfort of your own home, you can make these cute little Reindeer Donuts!