Santa's Village, in Jefferson, New Hampshire, is every kid's dream. It is a pristine, charming theme park based totally on Christmas. I was expecting ridiculously overdone and tacky. But it wasn't that at all. It was tasteful and sweet, with pine trees everywhere, buildings shaped like gingerbread houses and igloos, chairs shaped like cupcakes, lollipops lining the paths, and Christmas music playing all around. All of the rides have a North Pole or Christmas theme, which is perfect for young children.
Since Santa's in charge, kids get to drive at Santa's Village too.
We rode a carousel, rode a roller coaster (not Little Brother this time -- "too scary"), road a train, decorated gingerbread men and ladies while a rain shower passed through, and watched a 3D movie about one of Santa's elves named "Tink."
The best part of the park was getting diplomas from "Elfabet University," which required each kid to complete the alphabet card-punching game by finding card-punching elves stationed around the park.
Since it's Christmas every day, we visited with Santa, met and pet the reindeer, and even got friendly with Mother Mary.
We didn't even have time to check out the HO HO H2O waterpark, but we wore ourselves out. It was a fabulous day. Merry Summer Christmas!