Santa Claus: The North Pole
Santa Claus, Christmas Icon
Santa's Secret Village, The North Pole

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas or Kris Kringle, is a legendary Christmas Icon who calls The North Pole his hometown. Each year, on Christmas Eve, December 24th, Santa makes a miraculous journey around the globe to deliver gifts to all the good little boys and girls. The magic of Santa has been further documented by such renowned writers as L. Frank Baum, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1902), famed artist Norman Rockwell, as well as the "Father of the American Cartoon," illustrator Thomas Nast. In addition, Santa Claus has been the subject of numerous Top 40 Hits that have been recorded by the whos who of the music industry, including: Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Mariah Carey, and, of course, Alvin and the Chipmunks! However, despite his unprecedented fame, Santa still prefers to be known as a simple right jolly old elf, who enjoys a good laugh with a little round belly, that shakes when he laughs, like a bowlful of jelly.

Track Santa on Christmas Eve at NORAD and Google Earth.

image: Thomas Nast


What is your favorite word to describe Santa's Secret Village?

Winter Wonderland.

What word best reflects the people of Santa's Secret Village?


What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in Santa's Secret Village?

My workshop.

In 1879, the first department store Santa's Workshop (Gratto), entitled "Christmas Fairyland," was created at Lewis's Bon Marche Department Store in Liverpool, England and still continues today!

What is your favorite outdoor activity in Santa's Secret Village?

Watching Rudolph, and the rest of the crew, play their Reindeer Games.

What is your favorite indoor activity in Santa's Secret Village?

Sharing a wonderful meal lovingly prepared by Mrs. Claus with friends, especially Sam the Snowman-a great conversationalist!

What is your favorite sound or noise in Santa's Secret Village?

The North Pole bells chiming, reminding us that Christmas Eve has arrived!

What is your favorite smell or taste in Santa's Secret Village?

Gingerbread man.

In the 15th century, Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603) had gingerbread figures baked in the likeness of important state guests as gifts.

What drink best reflects Santa's Secret Village?

Hot chocolate for the elves, but Mrs. Claus prefers eggnog.

Hot chocolate (cocoa beverage) is thought to have been created by the Mayans around 2000 years ago. Although the history of eggnog is debated, most believe the beverage, made with beaten eggs, cream, milk, sugar, and often brandy or rum, originated in Medieval England and was popular with the aristocracy.

What song or type of music best reflects Santa's Secret Village?

"Santa Claus is Coming to Town!" I've been enjoying Justin Bieber's version , but will always love Bruce!

In 1934, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," written J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie, was first performed on Eddie Cantor's radio show!

If Heaven were Santa's Secret Village, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates?

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

On December 23, 1823, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," also known as "Twas the Night Before Christmas," was first published anonymously in the Troy, New York Sentinel. Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863) was later recognized as the poem's author.

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