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December 24, 2006 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
In its heyday, Santa's Village was one of Southern California's biggest tourist attractions -- a place to catch the holiday spirit even in July. It opened on Memorial Day weekend 1955, more than a month before Disneyland. But after 43 years of delighting young and old in the San Bernardino Mountains, the 15-acre elfin theme park -- with fanciful, life-size gingerbread and doll houses, a candy kitchen and a toy shop -- fell on hard times and closed in 1998.
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BUSINESS
December 24, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
All year long Santa keeps an eye on you. Now it's time to turn the tables. One day a year, you are invited to keep an eye on Santa as he whips around the world in his sleigh, delivering a dizzying number of presents to children all over the world. If you'd like to see where Santa is at the moment, you've got choices. Google and NORAD, which used to team up for your Santa tracking pleasure, have gone their separate ways this year and created two distinct tracking options. Google's Santa Tracker is the slicker of the two. It takes you to Santa's Dashboard, where you can see Santa's current location, his next location, the number of miles traveled, and the number of presents delivered.
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NEWS
July 28, 1997 | DIANA MARCUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This may be the last time there is Christmas in July. After 42 years in the San Bernardino Mountains, Santa's Village is closing. The towering candy canes on Highway 18 a few miles from Lake Arrowhead are entering their last season of sentry duty. The reindeer will need new homes. For decades, the small amusement park had struggled to survive. Then in February the Lollipop Lady died. She had written the puppet show scripts and designed the elf costumes.
HEALTH
November 28, 2011 | By Veronica Gomez, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Dear Parents, It's that time of year when you are probably gearing up to torture your offspring with the ever-so-necessary trip to see Santa Claus. Well, take a look at this picture and heed this advice: Don't do it! At the very least, think twice. My mom has insisted on displaying this photo in our living room for the past 20 years, so I've had plenty of time for reflection. Why do parents do this? I mean, look at that howling baby! I may not remember the terror evident on my face, but I can tell you that my Santa phobia foreshadowed fears to come.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2001 | Jesus Sanchez
The new owners of the Santa's Village in Lake Arrowhead, which closed in early 1998, plan to broaden the appeal of the amusement park by adding stores and a performance venue. Thomas Plott, owner of Plott Family Care Centers in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, purchased the 220-acre property last summer for $5.6 million and has been renovating a dozen or so buildings on the site. The renovations are scheduled to be completed by this summer, Plott said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1993 | MIMI KO
An early morning fire caused by an electrical short destroyed part of Santa's Village at Brea Mall on Wednesday, authorities said. A mall security guard spotted the fire at 5:30 a.m. No one was hurt, but the mall filled with smoke, activating sprinklers that doused the flames before firefighters arrived about 10 minutes later, said Kim Oylear, the mall's marketing director. The water from the sprinklers seeped into six stores in the center court around Santa's Village.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 1997 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nestled high in the San Bernardino Mountains among centuries-old Ponderosa pines, Fantasy Forest at Santa's Village is a family attraction that puts the theme in theme park--a place to catch the holiday spirit any time of the year. But after 42 years of delighting young and old, Santa and his reindeer are packing it up and moving back to the North Pole this spring as Santa's Village closes shop for good.
HEALTH
November 28, 2011 | By Veronica Gomez, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Dear Parents, It's that time of year when you are probably gearing up to torture your offspring with the ever-so-necessary trip to see Santa Claus. Well, take a look at this picture and heed this advice: Don't do it! At the very least, think twice. My mom has insisted on displaying this photo in our living room for the past 20 years, so I've had plenty of time for reflection. Why do parents do this? I mean, look at that howling baby! I may not remember the terror evident on my face, but I can tell you that my Santa phobia foreshadowed fears to come.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
All year long Santa keeps an eye on you. Now it's time to turn the tables. One day a year, you are invited to keep an eye on Santa as he whips around the world in his sleigh, delivering a dizzying number of presents to children all over the world. If you'd like to see where Santa is at the moment, you've got choices. Google and NORAD, which used to team up for your Santa tracking pleasure, have gone their separate ways this year and created two distinct tracking options. Google's Santa Tracker is the slicker of the two. It takes you to Santa's Dashboard, where you can see Santa's current location, his next location, the number of miles traveled, and the number of presents delivered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
J. Putnam Henck, who built Santa's Village in the 1950s on family land near Lake Arrowhead and was the owner-operator of the elfin theme park during its final two decades, has died. He was 91. Henck died Jan. 15 of kidney failure at his home in Skyforest, said his daughter, Pam Thompson. The year that he was born -- 1918 -- his parents paid $10,000 for 440 acres in the San Bernardino Mountains, planning to build a resort. After his family moved to Skyforest in 1923, his father became a pioneering developer and his mother opened Lake Arrowhead's first school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
J. Putnam Henck, who built Santa's Village in the 1950s on family land near Lake Arrowhead and was the owner-operator of the elfin theme park during its final two decades, has died. He was 91. Henck died Jan. 15 of kidney failure at his home in Skyforest, said his daughter, Pam Thompson. The year that he was born -- 1918 -- his parents paid $10,000 for 440 acres in the San Bernardino Mountains, planning to build a resort. After his family moved to Skyforest in 1923, his father became a pioneering developer and his mother opened Lake Arrowhead's first school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2006 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
In its heyday, Santa's Village was one of Southern California's biggest tourist attractions -- a place to catch the holiday spirit even in July. It opened on Memorial Day weekend 1955, more than a month before Disneyland. But after 43 years of delighting young and old in the San Bernardino Mountains, the 15-acre elfin theme park -- with fanciful, life-size gingerbread and doll houses, a candy kitchen and a toy shop -- fell on hard times and closed in 1998.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2001 | Jesus Sanchez
The new owners of the Santa's Village in Lake Arrowhead, which closed in early 1998, plan to broaden the appeal of the amusement park by adding stores and a performance venue. Thomas Plott, owner of Plott Family Care Centers in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, purchased the 220-acre property last summer for $5.6 million and has been renovating a dozen or so buildings on the site. The renovations are scheduled to be completed by this summer, Plott said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 1997 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nestled high in the San Bernardino Mountains among centuries-old Ponderosa pines, Fantasy Forest at Santa's Village is a family attraction that puts the theme in theme park--a place to catch the holiday spirit any time of the year. But after 42 years of delighting young and old, Santa and his reindeer are packing it up and moving back to the North Pole this spring as Santa's Village closes shop for good.
NEWS
July 28, 1997 | DIANA MARCUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This may be the last time there is Christmas in July. After 42 years in the San Bernardino Mountains, Santa's Village is closing. The towering candy canes on Highway 18 a few miles from Lake Arrowhead are entering their last season of sentry duty. The reindeer will need new homes. For decades, the small amusement park had struggled to survive. Then in February the Lollipop Lady died. She had written the puppet show scripts and designed the elf costumes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1993 | MIMI KO
An early morning fire caused by an electrical short destroyed part of Santa's Village at Brea Mall on Wednesday, authorities said. A mall security guard spotted the fire at 5:30 a.m. No one was hurt, but the mall filled with smoke, activating sprinklers that doused the flames before firefighters arrived about 10 minutes later, said Kim Oylear, the mall's marketing director. The water from the sprinklers seeped into six stores in the center court around Santa's Village.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
After months of negotiation and a lawsuit filed against the city, the Santa Monica City Council last week approved plans to develop a 377-unit development on a site that is currently home to a trailer park. Residents of Santa Monica's Village Trailer Park had long protested the development, which would force the demolition of the park to make way for the apartments. Park residents argued that moving would uproot their lives and shake their peace of mind. What followed was a messy back-and-forth involving two incarnations of the city council, which approved the development agreement in November, then, after some new members had been elected, rescinded that approval.
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