This town in central Alaska advertises its ZIP code (99705) as "Santa's ZIP Code." And why not? After all, it's got the right name -- even if the reason for it is more about economics than holiday spirit. When a development company bought the area in 1952, it decided to call it North Pole in the hopes of attracting a toy manufacturer or theme-park developer to the area. While that didn't pan out the way the developers had hoped, the town does lay claim to the Santa Claus House, the "official" home of the jolly gift-giver. A 42-foot tall, 900-pound Santa statue welcomes visitors to the sprawling store, which, predictably, specializes in Christmas-related merchandise and collectibles.
To give guests something sweet to remember them by, this happy couple set out a delightful "Sweets & Treats" station, allowing guests to fill up a bag of candy for the road. Glass containers easily displays the candy and showcases the color.
The town celebrates the holidays with a spectacular ice-carving competition. Each year, both local and international carvers use drills, chisels, hot water and heat guns to create intricate, Christmas-themed ice sculptures, which look especially stunning when illuminated at night.
While North Pole, Alaska, may claim to be Santa's ZIP code, North Pole, N.Y., is his place of business. (Yes, it is quite a commute, but the magic sleigh helps beat traffic.) Home to "Santa's Workshop," this festive mini theme park in the Adirondacks is home to Tannenbaum the Talking Christmas Tree, the Frosty North Pole (which stays frozen year round) and, of course, the occasional spotting of Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The bride and groom fell in love with this venue as soon as they saw it. Since there was a greenhouse on site, they were free to use any trees and plants they wanted. Running lights up the walls and wrapping the trees turned the space into a winter wonderland.
Originally called Santa Fe when it was established in 1854, this southern Indiana town applied to have its own post office two years later. The U.S. Postal Service, however, rejected the application because there was already another Santa Fe, Ind. The final town meeting of the year was held on Christmas Eve that year, which inspired the people to rename their hometown "Santa Claus." And when you really do have the official Santa Claus Post Office, you're bound to feel the Christmas spirit all year long.
To tie in family history and honor the people who mean the most to them, David and Kristen Wilson displayed wedding pictures of each of their parents and grandparents. The photos were glued to burlap then the burlap was glued to the back of painted window panes.