Since 1959, Santa’s Village in Dundee has entertained millions. The park was born of a man who as a child had no real Christmas. Glenn Holland grew up in California during the Great Depression. His parents died by the time he was 18 years old, leaving him to care for his younger sister. As a father, he tried to give his own children the type of Christmas that he only knew in his dreams. In the early 1950s, struck with inspiration, Holland sat at his kitchen table one day and started to sketch his idea for a Christmas fairyland where all the magic of the holiday would come to life: Santa’s Village. Holland eventually built three Santa’s Villages, two in California and one in Dundee.
Phillip L. Wenz is the Dundee park’s resident Santa Claus and official historian. Utilizing his personal collection of pictures, memorabilia, and rare park photographs, he presents a vivid reminisce about the fun of Santa’s Village throughout the years. It is all here, the Christmas Tree Ride, the twirling Snowballs, Santa’s House, and the Frozen North Pole.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.
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