The Magical Christmas Elf Village, Santa's Castle, In Iowa Where Everyone Is A Kid Again
We all know where Santa’s workshop is – the North Pole, of course! But here’s a secret that’s not as well advertised. In fact, it’s something that very few people know about the jolly Father Christmas. Did you know that, in addition to his workshop, Santa also has his very own castle? And it’s located in none other than Storm Lake. A visit to Santa’s Castle in Iowa will show you why Christmas in the Hawkeye State is so special.
Want to see one of the most exciting features at Santa’s Castle in action before you head over to this year’s event? The City of Storm Lake captured this video of the Miniature Railroad and posted it to YouTube.
This year’s event kicks off on November 23, and it’s looking like another amazing year. This is definitely the best place to meet Santa Claus in Iowa!
Do you look forward to a visit to Santa’s Castle in Iowa each Christmas? To add this to your holiday routine, head over to the Santa’s Castle website to learn more about this charming holiday event. The Santa’s Castle Facebook page has up to the minute details for this year’s event including hours, admission prices, and other details you’ll need to know to plan your visit. And don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy even more holiday cheer this season with these magical light displays in Iowa! Also, check out our seasonal guide to find the perfect gift for the traveler in your life.
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- The Pioneer Village in Le Mars is a charming Christmas village that transforms a park into a whole array of buildings filled with food, goods, and festivities every year. Decorations and lights are everywhere, Christmas carols fill the air, and Santa's Workshop is a massive filled with decked-out Christmas trees and photo ops with the Jolly Old Elf. Horse-drawn carriage rides around the village are the perfect way to end the evening.
- Reiman Gardens is one of the best attractions in Iowa, and this Ames botanical garden is most associated with the warmer months when plants are in full bloom. But when winter comes around, the entire garden transforms into the Winter Wonderscape Holiday Light Show. The trees and canopies are all draped in light, making a stunning winter walk that often feels like stepping right into the North Pole in all its holiday glory.
- The Santa Express is the big winter event at the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone, and it lives up to every bit of the holiday hype. This North Pole Adventure follows the same scenic route as the train always does, with some stunning views, but with a stop-off for kids to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. The route will be decked out in colorful lights, and guests can enjoy cookies and hot chocolate along the way.