In response to Governor Burgum’s Executive Order 2020-43, the Fargo Park District is implementing additional changes to the Santa Village event. Event organizers are limiting the in person experience to outdoors only on limited days in December and have moved 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 home this year, so they will not be at this year’s event in person. You can drop off your letter for Santa in his mailbox at the farm. Outdoor events will be limited to visiting Santa’s live reindeer, enjoying the light displays, donation drop off and take-home activities pickup. There may still be the chance to catch a glimpse of the Claus’s in their workshop at the North Pole through a virtual livestream at Rheault Farm.
Included in the take-home activities are crafts along with 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. Contactless pickup will be available for the take-home activities.
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.
As previously announced, 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.
Masks are required if attending the event in person. Visit the Santa Village page for more information on dates and start times.