Here are six whole pages' worth of links to a few of our favorite Santa Claus/Christmas-themed homepages! It took a lot of effort to determine which ones met our standards, and which ones did not. But we think all the sites we explored had their bytes in the right place, if you will --- which is to say, these were places in cyberspace where, hopefully, an elf could feel right at home:
NorthPole.com, a/k/a Santa's Secret Village
Santa Claus House, North Pole, Alaska --- Home of the Legend of the Clauses, a/k/a Mr. and Mrs. Con Miller!
Also straight from North Pole, Alaska: Santa's Letters & Gifts!
North Pole, Alaska's Television and Radio home --- KJNP (that's King Jesus, North Pole, by the way).
The City of North Pole, Alaska, its Fire and Police Departments, Chamber of Commerce and the Christmas in Ice Festival
The Christmas Dove
The Friends of the Flying Santa Society, Inc., Stoneham, MA --- a nearly 90-year legacy, revealed over 50 years ago in the pages of Reader's Digest!
Julenissen: Santa in Norway --- And here's how Big Red celebrates with the folks in Norge!
Kathe Wohlfhart's Christmas Shop and das Weihnachtsmuseum, Rothenburg ob der Tauer, Germany
Chicago Christkindlmarket @ Daley Center Plaza
Hershey, PA --- It's a very sweet celebration: the Sweetest Place on Earth's Christmas! And of course, Hersheypark has its own way to celebrate Christmas, too: the Christmas Candylane!
Christmas is also magical at Hershey's Dutch Wonderland in nearby Lancaster, PA! Duke the Dragon, Princess Brooke and the Knight of Safety are always ready to welcome Santa to their special Kingdom for Kids!
Christkindlmarkt @ Bethlehem, PA (also here)
The Christmas Mouse, Williamsburg, VA
Kurt S. Adler, Inc. --- the one wholesale-only source for Santa stuff.
Mr. Christmas Online
Department 56 --- the world's largest, best-known collection of Christmas miniatures!
ChristmasTopia.com and Team Santa, Mt. Arlington, NJ --- the Web's largest holiday online shopping resource!
Figi's --- one of the classic Christmas food catalogue marketers! (They truly rank among Santa's favorites!)
St. Nick Studios, Calgary, Alberta --- original craftworks featuring the Boss.
From Little, Brown & Co. Children's Books: James Patterson's SantaKid --- Santa's little girl reveals the full story behind her dad's North Pole doings; and battles a hostile takeover of the Top of the World!
Santapark Arctic Circle --- Finnish Lapland has always claimed to be the real Top of the World; and for many years, Rovaniemi, its capital city, has boasted of being Santa's real hometown. They've proven it big time with this spectacular underground theme park!
Another Finnish-based center for Big Red is Santa Claus Promotions Finland, a full-scale resource for everything Korvatunturi!
Santatelevision.com, produced in and around Rovaniemi by the appropriately named Joulupukki TV Oy (Joulupukki means Santa Claus in Finnish!), is the Internet's only all-Santa television network, broadcasting throughout Finland, the rest of Europe, and even Japan! (Yeah, they're on Facebook and YouTube, too!)
Santa Claus' Greeting Center and Post Office @ Mt. Korvatunturi, Finnish Lapland --- well, naturally, that's Big Red's home away from home, where he even hosts his very own Marathon and Half-Marathon, too! They've also named not just one hotel, but an entire hotel chain after Santa! And there's even a whole soccer team named after him as well!
Erwin van Harskamp, a popular Kringle all across the Netherlands, is the official on-air Santa for Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Holland's radio and TV networks!
The Ravintola Poro Restaurant in the Lapp Village of Yllas @ Akaslompolo, Big Red's other home in Finnish Lapland!
ProSanta Authorized Services and Joulukka.com
BlackFriday.com --- the only website created to help you survive the first day of the holiday shopping season!
Christmas in Rovaniemi --- Santa-related news and features. 'Nuff said.
Christmas City: Turku, Finland, where dwells the celebrated Brownie of historic Turku Castle, who loves the holidays as much as Santa himself! Turku is also home to an incredible Christmas Ceremony at the Olde Great Square!
The-North-Pole.com is an exclusive, all-encompassing guide to all things re the Top of the World!
Bakken, Klampenbourg, Denmark --- Founded in 1583, this Danish delight is the world's oldest continuously operational amusement park (believe it or not, admission to Bakken's grounds is always free!), and every July, Pjerrot and his young son Pjerrot, Jr. welcome over 200 Santas, Mrs. Clauses, and other Kringle fans from nearly 20 countries to the annual World Santa Claus Congress! The Danish Santa Claus Guild has its own website, too!
SantaWorld Park, Gesunda, Sweden --- another active participant in the aforementioned Santa wars with Finland and Greenland.
Nothing says Santa Claus like The Coca-Cola Company's Original Sundblom Santa! Check out his jolly old legacy, and then dive into the main Coca-Cola pages to see what else is happening in the world of the Real Thing!
Auntie Claus --- From her elegant penthouse in Midtown Manhattan's historic Bing Cherry Hotel, the Boss' big sister and her biographer, Elise Primavera, invite believers to join them for tea and strawberries! A.C.'s further adventures are also available, in Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas! A few years back, Bridgeport, Connecticut's Downtown Cabaret Theatre Children's Company gave Auntie Claus her very own stage musical; while A.C. and young Sophie Kringle, co-star of the first book, took on The Nutcracker in Auntie Claus III: Home for the Holidays! And of course, there's also Auntie Claus, The Movie!
The Elves of Christmas Present
Holiday World and Splashin' Safari, Santa Claus, Indiana --- Has Santa been known to cool off on a summer's day at this combination Christmas theme park/waterslide extravaganza? Let's put it this way: It only happens in the Town of Santa Claus, Indiana --- home of the Koch and Yellig Families, and HO HO HOldings, LLC, where you can also find Santa's Candy Castle there, too (it's open all season long, as is the fantastic Kringle Place Shopping Center, and Christmas Lake Golf Course).
What else can you find in the Town of Santa Claus, Indiana? How about The Santa Claus Museum on North Kringle Place? Santa's Christmas Store, perhaps? Maybe Santa's Lodge and St. Nick's Restaurant? Think that Santa's Lakeside Cottages are cool? And did we mention the big Santa Claus Christmas Celebration, much less the Jim Yellig Santa Claus Workshop?
Storybookland, Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Santa's Workshop Highway 24, North Pole, Colorado --- the Boss' Kingdom in the Rocky Mountains, near Denver, this year celebrating its 60th Birthday!
Santa's Workshop, North Pole, NY --- close to Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain, this is the park considered by most theme-park historians as America's first great theme park.... i.e., the one that started the whole theme-park industry to begin with. And check out their parent company, EmpireAttractions.com!
Santa's Village, Jefferson, NH --- This Realm for Santa is located near the Canadian-American border.
Christmas (and the rest of the year) @ Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN --- Santa and Dolly Parton. You can also find The Incredible Christmas Place and The Inn @ Christmas Place!
Santa Lou Knezevich's Northern Lights Santa Claus Academy, Atlanta/Fulton County, GA
The Land of Make-Believe, Lodi, NJ --- Home of Santa's Barn and Petting Zoo, and one of New Jersey's favorite places for fun & enchantment!
SixFlags.com tells you more about the first Six Flags park, Six Flags Over Texas @ Arlington --- home of the Holiday in the Park Christmas Festivals, another Santa-themed event which speaks for itself.
Santa's Wonderland @ the Demarest Farmhouse, Hillsdale, NJ
The Capital City Clauses, Inc., Raleigh-Durham, NC
Santa Goes Green: from author Anne Margaret Lewis and artist Elisa Chavarri comes a stunning holiday journey, as Santa and young Finn set out on a mission to rescue a polar bear named Leopold and the icy glaciers he calls home. Swift, fastest-movin' Elf at the Pole, hosts the Twitter version of SantaGoesGreen.org, and the book, published by Mackinac Island Press, an imprint of Charlesbridge Publishers, has been endorsed by Polar Bears International.
The Long Island Aquarium at Riverhead, formerly Atlantis Marine World
NORAD's Santa Tracking Center --- For six decades, the joint U.S.-Canadian satellite tracking system has kept loyal watch for just a glimpse of Santa's sleigh, despite having previously shut down their Cheyenne Mountain headquarters, near Colorado Springs, Colorado.
DFW SantaTracker --- And our NORAD friends aren't the only ones scanning the skies for Santa (you probably already suspected that!) --- because Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has its own SantaTracking unit, too!
Yeah, Google's got a Santa Tracking Squad, too.
Northern Lights Santa Claus Academy, Atlanta/Fulton County, GA
Rick Goldschmidt's "The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass" --- Nobody else knows his way around Rudolph and Frosty the way Rick does! Rick's newly formatted MiserBros.com site, along with the Rankin/Bass Blog, is for everybody who has ever wanted to get up close to the many series and specials developed by animation pioneers Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass! All the latest news and information is here, as one of classic TV's greatest stop-motion legacies is given a well-deserved tribute! Also, chack out AnimagicMagazine.com, where it's all Rankin/Bass, all the time! And look for some of Rankin/Bass' theatrical movies, including The Daydreamer, The Wacky World of Mother Goose, and Mad Monster Party, appearing frequently on Turner Classic Movies!
Maury Laws --- The homepage of the man behind the music for most of the Rankin/Bass series and specials!
"He Ain't a Bizarre Animated Freak, He's My Brother" ---- The definitive Rankin/Bass songs are the two that Maury and Jules wrote for the Miser Brothers, from R/B's The Year Without a Santa Claus; so now here, from the Not Your Nightmare section of SpongeAwareness.com, is an inside look at the mystery of just who fathered the Miser Brothers in the first place!
Beth Fishkind's "The Gift of the Misfit" --- from the December 1997 files of Whoosh!, journal of the International Association of Xena-oid Studies, comes this rather unorthodox essay, wherein the author compares Rankin/Bass' Rudolph to the Warrior Princess!
Joanna Wilson's The Christmas TV Companion and Christmas TV History Blog
Santas, Workin' Overtime: The Blog
Santa Claus' Department 25, Delaware
Santa's Workshop Experience, Port St. Lucie, FL ---- Ever wonder just how Santa creates his presents? Well, who better than The Man Himself to take you on a personal tour behind the scenes, where you not only meet Big Red up close and personal --- they'll even film your journey for DVD and let you purchase your very own copy!
The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes --- New York's biggest and best holiday jamboree is connected to Santa Claus: The Movie in that an on-film series of excerpts from the film's "Sleigh Ride Over Manhattan" sequence used to open the show every night! Santa Claus Hall of Fame inductee Charles Edward Hall shoulders on as you-know-who; check out his book, Santa Claus is for Real!
"The Quiltmaker's Gift" --- From Scholastic and Pfiefer/Hamilton Publishers, Jeff Brumbeau and Gail deMarcken continue the magical odyssey that starts with their inspiring story about a selfish King who discovers the wonder of sharing .... with the help of an old quiltmaker whose gifts are truly special.
The Hollywood Christmas Parade, benefitting Toys for Tots: Tim Connaghan's Parade, that is --- controlled in part by the City of Hollywood, California; and hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Montel Williams and Dean Cain!
Sylvia Lieberman's Adventures of Archibald Mouse
SantaUpdate.com brings you the latest news and updates in the hours leading up to Christmas Eve!
WPVI-TV/HD's 6abc/Dunkin' Donuts Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, where Santa and Mrs. Claus welcome the 6abc Action News Team, favorites from all the worlds of Disney, plus Miss Pennsylvania, Miss Philadelphia, Miss Maryland, Miss New Jersey, Miss Delaware, an all-superstar celebrity lineup --- and much, much more!
Chicago's State Street Thanksgiving Day Parade, presented by McDonald's, and produced and sponsored by the Chicago Festivals Association
Downtown Denver's 9news (KUSA-TV) Parade of Lights, produced by the Downtown Denver Partnership
The Pella, Iowa Historical Society's Sinterklaas Holiday Parade & Celebrations --- Big Red and his Holland-based partner, Zwarte Piet, wanna place their treasures in your shoes!
The Santa Map from Hedberg Maps, Inc.
Christmas in Newport, Rhode Island --- Santa has always weaved his magic into the lives of Newport and her people --- and this 45th Anniversary Season promises to top all the previous seasons in achieving that purpose. Be a dear, won't you, and feast your eyes upon these rawther eleghant plahns!
The Newport County Preservation Society's Holiday Mansions Tour
Bethlehem, CT Christmastown Festival
Fairfield County, CT Christmas Tree Festival at the Burr Homestead
Thompson's Chocolate Company, Meriden, CT
Christmas @ Winterthur, Wilmington, DE
Christmas @ Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA
Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg, VA --- and if you need more, then head for Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Christmas Town!
Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade --- simply put, there's only one...... and nobody else brings it into your living room like NBC! Watch the Today Show team cover all the magic as Macy*s Television and Brad Lachman Productions team up with Universal Television for television's most magical 3-hour tour! And speaking of tours, click here to find out about Macy*s Santa National Tour, along with National Believe Day and the CGI-animated drama, Yes, Virginia!, now on DVD! And head for GreenisUniversal.com to find out how green plays a continuing role, not just in the Parade, but in everything NBC Universal does!
America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit --- This is the Motor City's Santa celebration!
62nd Annual Nashville Christmas Parade --- When Santa visits Music City USA and the Mother Church of Country Music, the Grand Ole Opry, this is how those good folks welcome him downtown!
Downtown Cheyenne, WY Christmas Parade
Johnathan Burton's Santa Claus Memories
The Rogers Santa Claus Parade, Downtown Vancouver
The City of Toronto Santa Claus Parade --- Ontario's largest city welcomes Big Red with this fantastic all-star march, eh?
The Winnipeg Santa Claus Festival Parade --- Big Red Saturday Nights're comin' at ya, Manitoba!
StarMail London, Ontario Santa Claus Parade
St. Louis' Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade
Dominion Richmond, VA Christmas Parade
A Washington, D.C. tradition, it's the lighting of America's National Christmas Tree, featuring remarks from the President. The show is produced by Anschutz Entertainment Group/Bounce!, in association with the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation. Keep checking back for updates!
Susan Mesco's American Events & Promotions brings you the first-ever Santa Visits USA app, a companion to their Professional Santa School at Denver!
Gunny Claus, 1st Reindeer Division, USMC Base North Pole, Wilmington, NC
Mike Rielly's ClausNET: The Santa Claus Network and ClausNET Media: The Santa Claus Channel
Santa's Village, Sportsland and Whispering Pines Campgrounds, Bracebridge, Ontario --- Kris Kringle + football, baseball, basketball + the traditional elements of a theme park + an unexpected summertime day camp experience = this unusual equation. Click here for more about SantaFest, marking the Village's 60th Birthday!
The Ultimate Christmas Fair @ Liverpool, England Exhibition Centre
Darla Kay Photography's Santa Experience
Jeff Guide's SantaLand.com --- founded in 1991, this is the oldest Santa-themed website, and even if she's not as timely, she still has it where it counts!
TubaChristmas --- The Harvey Phillips Foundation welcomes you to its traditional celebration, held at New York's Rockefeller Center, at Walt Disney World in Florida, at CNN Center in Atlanta and at over 250 other locations worldwide! The event was founded by Professor Phillips in memory of his mentor, tuba player and teacher William Bell --- who was born on Christmas Day, 1902. Click here for our special Editorial tribute to TubaChristmas, and to Professor Phillips' legacy.
IBRBS International Santa Reunion, San Diego:Take a look back at how Tim Connagahan, Event Chairman and IBRBS National President Ron Robertson, Event Vice-Chairman, put it all together!
Creative Costume Company, NYC --- a extensive line of Santa costumes (and costumes for the rest of the year, too!).
Four more New York Santa costume powerhouses: Yonkers-based BeyondCostumes.com; Frank Bee's Costume and Carnival Shop, in the same East Tremont Avenue location at the very edge of the Bronx for over 50 years; The Long Island Costume Company of Hauppauge; and Queens' own Rubie's Costume Company. These are a few of the many places across the country where Kringles either dress like Santa or visit there to buy and/or rent the Santa suits they really wanna look serious in!
Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square, Midtown Manhattan
The Candy Land Wiki --- looks like King Kandy, Imperial Head Bonbon and Lord High Jujube of Candy Land, decided that his Candy Castle needed a Royal Extreme Makeover! Plus, take a look at how one Candy Land fan created her own King Kandy costume! And click here to see the results!
Costume Holiday House, Columbus/Toledo, OH --- Another extensive costume homepage, packed with Santa costumes and accessories (and other big franchise costume stuff, too!).
Planet Santa --- a service of 70-year-old Pierre's Costumes of Philadelphia, and the place where Santa shops for his clothes!
Cherry Hill Photo Enterprises, Inc. and its Special Events Unit --- One of the East Coast's largest suppliers of Kringles for shopping malls, and home of (the incredibly top-secret!) Santa Claus University!
The Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School, Midland, MI --- the world's oldest Santa School! Dean Tom Valent, a Santa Claus Hall of Fame Inductee, and his Mrs. Claus, the aptly named Holly, have journeyed across the Planet spreading the good Kringle word wherever they go! And go here for the ultimate Charles W. Howard tribute!
American Events & Promotions' Professional Santa Claus School, Denver, Colorado
SantaSchool.com, Calgary, Alberta, Canada --- founded by the late Victor Nevada, another Santa Claus Hall of Fame Inductee, and preserved by his chosen successor, Jennifer Andrews.
Stuart Thompson and Heatherbank Entertainment's Santa School Scotland
Santa to the Stars: That's Brady White, yet another Santa Hall of Fame Inductee, whose rendition of the Boss is so legendary that he has had his beard insured by Lloyd's of London!
Bob & Felicia Mendte's SantaforHire.com --- So, do you still wanna do a Santa gig? Here's the site you need to bookmark! A somewhat similar page, serving basically the same purpose, can be found here. Same story here, here and here.
SantaAtlanta.com --- Atlanta/Fulton County, GA: these are your Santas, and SantaAtlanta is the home of the Brotherhood of the Direct Descendants of Santa! Their site tells you what they'll be up to this holiday! Formerly called Santa's Seasonal Services, the Fulton County-based group previously ran its own newsletter, the Red Suit Gazette! Nine other Georgia-based Kringles have teamed up to host their own site, Atlanta's Santas (their Facebook presence can be found here).
Chuck Smith's Planet Christmas --- it ain't just Christmas lights anymore! Now, there's also Planet Christmas --- The Magazine!
The Tripp Family Christmas Lights: Santa loves to team up with Joey and his fellow Tripps of Cochran, GA, where the magic of the season shines at its brightest!
The International Brotherhood of Real-Bearded Santas and its Orange County, Northern California, San Diego County, Northern Pacific and Middle & Central Florida Chapters, along with RealSantas.com
He's a Kringle legend --- Dr. Carl Anderson, Ph.D. With his wife, Peyton Hayslip, Carl has created Thistle Mouse Productions to bring his Santa experience to life!
Santa A. & Dolores Claus --- Pennsylvania's #1 Kringle and his Missus welcome you to their online Kingdom!
Britain's Royal Mail --- home of Santa's Grotto, where the Boss answers e-mail letters from all over the world!
Melissa Bryan, owner of Arroyo Seco, New Mexico-based Just Me Medium LLC, has been a veteran participant in the Los Alamos Winterfest Parade!
Santa in London, England --- Mary Kerr and Damian Samuels are the elves who bring us this latest chapter in Santa's online resume! Excellent!
Santa's Cottage: Ireland's Official Santa Residence, County Down --- Yes, Santa believes in Leprechauns, too!
Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller --- Put simply, THE undisputed force of Christmas music in America today.
Tim McLoone's Holiday Express --- This nonprofit, all-volunteer musical ensemble was previously the 'house band' for NBC's local/national telecast of the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies at Rockefeller Center.
Santastic: The Experience
KringleRadio.com --- tune it in!
Santa's Official Good List --- Benson, Olivia, Riley, Phoebe, Gilbert and Yvette are the Elves who help Santa (and Dooley, of course!) in developing the ONLY worldwide publication of Santa's Good List. Make sure you're on it, too!
The "True" North Pole: Santa's Official Headquarters Page (also here)
And here are a few links for sites dealing specifically with Team Salkind and Santa Claus: The Movie ---
Ilya Salkind --- He's our hero! ('Nuff said.)
Alex Serpa's Supermovie Databases: The Movie; SuperII; SuperIII; The Quest for Peace and Supergirl!
Ben Burgraff's SupermanTV.net --- the most comprehensive online look at Superman since Hiphats' original Superman File pages!
BlueTights.net --- and click here for the KQ Beyond team's thoughts on Kal-el's return!
MargotKidder.com --- Forever Lois Lane! Oh, we can read her mind, all right. And Margot has plenty on hers! ('Nuff said.)
GeorgeCorraface.net --- Christopher Columbus himself! Dare we say more?
Jim Bowers' CapedWonder.com --- This consultant to the original Superman: The Movie Restoration brings you interviews, analysis, memories ..... and Darmesh's Superman CINEMA Archives!
Donner's Superman --- an in-depth online look at the Superman: The Movie that Richard Donner wanted you to see!
MaidofMight.net: Supergirl, nonstop, including an full-length appreciation of the Supergirl movie!
GeneralZod.net --- all Zod, all the time: as you can see, this guy has WAY TOO MUCH Salkind on his mind!
DVD Review takes a critical look at the Santa Claus: The Movie DVD.
DVD Movie Central has another viewpoint about same.
DVD Verdict --- Here's KringleQuest.com's favorite review of the Santa Claus DVD, along with an extra trial!
Carrie Kei Heim's Homepage --- Cornelia herself, a one-time practicing attorney/world traveller, is now adding the writing of fiction to her aspirations! Carrie was nice enough to call us the definitive Santa Claus: The Movie site; now, she's got her own blog of fiction stories! Cool!
JudyCornwell.com --- Anya, too, has a website: Judy lets the fans know about her days from Keeping Up Appearances, what she's up to now, and much, much more!
Joe and Cornelia: The Romance Blossoms in this first-ever Santa Claus: The Movie-inspired fanfic novelette!
SCTM's Supervising Animatronic Designer, John Coppinger, finally sets the record straight about the Santa Claus animatronics!
The Reindeer Company Limited, Cairngorm, Aviemore, Scotland --- Britain's best reindeer herd, and certainly the best ever to star in a Santa Claus movie!
Sheena Easton --- That's her voice singing Christmas All Over the World; now check out what she's up to --- as a headliner at the Las Vegas Hilton!
Melvyn Hayes, too, has his own memories of both Santa Claus: The Movie and Here Come the Double Deckers!
HenryMancini.com --- An inside look at Hank's career achievements.
VARTOX' Superboy and Holiday Pages are back! Vartox, alias Jesse Groth, was the key inspiration for the researching phase of this website. Check out the 'ToxDude's own look at Santa Claus: The Movie, plus a special look at Lana Lang!
The Superboy Homepage --- Big on Gerard Christopher, this site has the basics of the Salkinds' only regularly-produced television series, the episodes, and everything else!
The Internet Movie Database
And in case you really really need a Jeannot Szwarc fix:
The Official Somewhere in Time Fan Page --- headquarters of INSITE: the International Network of Somewhere in Time Enthusiasts! (I kid you not!)
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