With the wellbeing of the community as the primary focus, you’ll notice significant changes at the Santa Village event this year due to COVID-19 precautions but there’s still plenty to enjoy! Event organizers will still offer a in person event experience on limited days in December and are moving other components of the event online for families to enjoy in a virtual setting.
“Santa Village is a staple event in the Season of Giving,” said Jessica Korynta, Event Supervisor. “Even though Santa is unable to make it to this year’s event in person, we felt it was important to keep aspects of the traditional event while adding new experiences for families at Santa Village.”
Santa and Mrs. Claus want to make sure they make it to everyone’s house this year, so they will not be at this year’s event in person. Breakfast with Santa and Daycare Days are cancelled this year at Santa Village. Santa Village dates will be condensed to two weekends in December, starting Saturday, December 12 at Rheault Farm and masks are required.
Admission to Santa Village is free, however, guests are encouraged to bring donations of canned goods, cash and new toys to the in-person event. These donations are then used to support area organizations including the Giving Tree of Hope, the Children's Miracle Network, the YMCA 21st Century Community Learning Centers and the Great Plains Food Bank. Santa Village does not keep any of these donations.
Catch a glimpse of the Claus’s inside their North Pole workshop through a virtual livestream at Rheault Farm. You can also bring the magic of Santa Village to your home by registering to receive a personalized greeting from the Claus’s in the mail. The personalized greeting includes a photo and letter from Santa, one greeting per family. Go to FargoParks.com for more information on how to register. Registration to receive a personalized message is free but we do encourage making a free-will monetary donation which will be divided between First Link’s Giving Tree of Hope, Sanford Children’s Miracle Network, and the Great Plains Food Bank.
Other activities new to Santa Village this year include take-home crafts and two special virtual activities with video links featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus. The special video links include reading a book with Santa and baking cookies with Mrs. Claus.
While at the in-person event, don’t forget to drop your letter off for Santa and visit his real reindeer. Enjoy the light displays all around the grounds or take in a horse-drawn carriage ride (weekends from 2:00-5:00 only).
For more information on dates and start times, please call 701-499-6060 or visit FargoParks.com.