SANTA CLAUS AND HIS FRIENDS ARE ALWAYS EXCITED TO GREET GUESTS!
The characters of the NorthWoods will be roaming the park daily. Keep an eye out for King Celwyn and Queen Wysdom, Princess Evergreen, Arrow, and more!
Check with Admissions for the entertainment schedule when you arrive at the park, then join us at the Sky Pavilion for puppet shows and magic shows throughout the day.
MEET THE NORTHWOODS CHARACTERS
Santa Claus: the man, the myth, the legend!
He works hard all year, along with his industrious Elves, to create toys and treats so he can deliver them the world over on one very special night. His red suit, rosy cheeks, and round belly are always accompanied by a jovial and jolly laugh. His heart bursts with generosity and kindness not seen since the days of yore. He is a man of goodness, and wishes to reward those with kind hearts. Have you been good this year? He knows if you’ve been good or bad, so be good for goodness sake!
Santa met his best friend, Arrow the dog, when he crash-landed in the NorthWoods hundreds of years ago. Arrow helped Santa find his magic key that was stolen by Jack Frost. Since then they’ve been the best of friends. Santa set up his workshop in the NorthWoods, and eventually crafted his very own place where people could come visit him. He called it “Santa’s Village”. Now, people from all over the world can come and visit Santa right in his own home.
Mrs. Holli Claus: Santa’s wife, expert tea party hostess, and caretaker of the Elves.
She is a wonderful lady who is constantly working with the Elves of the NorthWoods to ensure a smooth holiday season. She oversees toy production, baking schedules, and cookie decorating. She also likes to see all the Elves in a tidy uniform. On certain days, you can join her during the holiday season for a fun-filled gathering of dress up, stories, and good eats. Mrs. Claus has the most fabulous collection of tea cups and tea pots for these special occasions. She will serve a variety of teas, tea sandwiches, and special treats all prepared in your honor!
Holli and Santa met many years ago, around the time that Santa’s Village was being built. In fact, it was Mrs. C that came up with the idea to call it “Santa’s Village” after names like “Northpole Land”, “The Elf Farm”, and “Jolly Toy-Making Place” were thrown out. We all thank you for that, Mrs. C! She is a very smart and crafty lady.
Arrow: the guardian of the NorthWoods and Santa’s most trusted companion.
Long ago, on a foggy and blustery Christmas Eve, Arrow was roaming the NorthWoods when he saw a bright flash of light and a strange object falling from the sky. Rushing to investigate, Arrow noticed a man with a jolly laugh and the sound of bells coming from the object.
“What is your name, pup?” Santa asked.
“Arroooooooow!” howled the excited dog.
Santa instantly fell in love with the dog and brought him home to Santa’s Village. Mrs. Claus immediately loved him as well.
Arrow is easily the most beloved creature in all of Santa’s Village, which is probably why you can find monuments of him wherever you travel in the NorthWoods. No one in the Village can resist his friendly demeanor and kind little soul. He absolutely loves greeting guests and making new friends. You can find him roaming around the NorthWoods with Princess Evergreen.
King Celwyn Claus: Santa’s brother, King of the NorthWoods, husband of Queen Wysdom, and father of Princess Evergreen.
As a young man, Celwyn won the heart of Princess Wysdom and married her. Since then, Celwyn and Wysdom have looked after the NorthWoods as King and Queen.
Celwyn loves spending time with his family, whether he is reciting poetry to his wife or singing songs with his daughter Evi. The Elves have always known King Celwyn to be a kind ruler and always carries a jolly spirit, just like his big brother. The King and his family ensure that their forest home is always in tip top shape, especially when Santa invites guests to the NorthWoods! Celwyn loves having guests over and always wants to keep the forest beautiful. He and Queen Wysdom are wise in the ways of forest care and believe that every creature in the forest, no matter how small, is an essential part of the eco-system.
King Celwyn plays a lot of other important roles in Santa’s Village. He is the Keeper of Stories of the NorthWoods, which means you can find him telling stories in the village about all of our wonderful characters. Other times you can find him singing a song with one of the princesses. On very special occasions, the King of the NorthWoods will perform a Knighting Ceremony where guests can become honorary Knights of the NorthWoods!
Queen Wysdom Claus: Queen of the NorthWoods, wife of King Celwyn, and mother of Princess Evergreen.
Many moons ago, Queen Wydsom came to the NorthWoods from the far northern reaches of the Kingdom of Borealis. The NorthWoods are her birthright, handed down by her father. Queen Wysdom spent so much time in the forest during her youth that she now knows every path and every inhabitant by name. When she came of age, Wysdom fell in love with the charming Prince Celwyn. They were married and crowned King and Queen of the NorthWoods. Soon after, Wisdom gave birth to a beautiful baby girl: Princess Evergreen, or Princess Evi, as we all call her.
When the Queen is not spending time with her family, she spends her day educating visitors about the importance of caring for the NorthWoods. She feels it is her duty as Queen to improve the lives of all who visit her kingdom. She also enjoys harvesting herbs from the forest to use as medicine. She runs her own apothecary; a place where the Elves can pick up medicine when they are feeling ill. She cares very much about the Elves, making sure they are never neglected. Queen Wysdom watches over the well-being of the entire forest, its eco-systems, and all its residents.
Princess Evergreen “Evi” Claus: born to the King and Queen of the NorthWoods on the first day of Winter.
Princess Evie as born with a full head of hair that was as red as poinsettia leaves – her mother’s favorite plant. The King and Queen named her after the Evergreen trees that cover the landscape of the NorthWoods. She learned everything about the nature within the NorthWoods from her mother ,Queen Wysdom.
Just after her tenth birthday, on a very special Christmas morning, her father King Celwyn bestowed a great gift upon her: a bow that was handcrafted by the Woodland Elves. The Elves named her bow “Hollyfrost.” Soon, they were inseparable. Evi trained with her father night and day. She became a master hunter and ranger. Princess Evi, along with Santa’s trusted pup Arrow, were named Guardians of the Northwoods. They both love being out in the forest, scouting and patrolling.
Although Princess Evi is fiercely protective of the forest and its creatures, she is also very excited that Santa has invited families to come enjoy his adventure park. She loves her home and tries very hard to make it as fun as she can for all the children and their families who come to visit.
Princess Kandy “Sugar” Sugarplum: born to King Heath Sugarplum and Queen Pixie Sugarplum, rulers of the Land of Sweets.
Queen Pixie is Santa Claus and King Celwyn’s Sister! So Princess Sugar is Santa and King Celwyn’s niece. Princess Sugar and the Elves from the Land of Sweets play a very important and tasty role in spreading the holiday spirit and Christmas cheer. Growing up, her favorite pastimes were collaborating with the Candy Elves as they develop new and tasty inventions for children all over the world during the holiday season. She makes sure they are on top of their game when helping Santa deliver Candy Canes, Sugar Plums, and all sorts of other special treats to good children.
Princess Sugar is known as the sweetest princess in all the land. She brings happiness to all the children with her bright smile and rosy cheeks. Her sweet energy is contagious around the village; guests can’t help but smile whenever she is near!
CJ Kuffelbug: Santa’s beloved Elven friend and the official ambassador to the Elves.
CJ Kuffelbug has lived in the NorthWoods for a very long time. In fact, CJ Kuffelbug has been calling the NorthWoods her home since before Santa and his brother King Celwyn arrived in the forest. She comes from the highest rank of leaders, and helps Santa and the Elves plan out all of the activities around the Village. CJ promotes camaraderie, not only among the Elves, but among guests too. CJ Kuffelbug spends a lot of her time teaching guests about the nature of the NorthWoods.
Did you know that CJ Kuffelbug is the keeper of Santa’s Magic Key?
No one really knows how Marshmallow arrived in the NorthWoods. She just crawled out from under a mushroom one day and started painting the nearest building! With her artistic abilities, Marshmallow quickly became a valued resident of Santa’s Village. Santa relies on her every season to create new works of art, and many of her paintings are always on display (especially near the Royal Games)!
She is the Keeper of Color and the guardian of the Magic Paint Brush. She sees the beauty in everything, from nature to architecture.
Princess Snowfall: born on an ice-cold winter day to King Crispin and Queen Iclyn Frost.
Princess Snowfall and her brother, Prince Jack Frost, grew up playing in the cold weather and creating snow. The Queen of Frost taught Princess Snowfall all about the four seasons, and how these seasons help the environment. Princess Snowfall’s favorite season to learn about, of course, was Winter. She believed it was the most important because the water from rain and snowfall give life to the plants that give them food.
One day, the Queen Iclyn went to the village to get food for her children. It was a very sunny day and the Queen got much too close to the sun and she melted away. When Princess Snowfall received the news about her mother, she took it very hard. She was very close to her mother. However, in time she became grateful for the time she and her mother had and promised herself that she would do her part in educating everyone in the NorthWoods about the four seasons and the importance of snow in the Winter. She makes sure not to come out during the warmer months in fear that she might melt if she gets too close to the sun like her mother. You can find her roaming the NorthWoods during the winter.
Prince Jack Frost: Princess Snowfall’s mischievous brother.
Jack loves to play pranks on everyone in the NorthWoods. Did you know he once tried to take Santa’s magic key, captured Father Time in a block of ice, and even stole the flavor from Princess Sugar’s candy!? Even though Jack can be a bit pesky at times, everyone in the NorthWoods knows that he is still suffering from a broken heart.
When he isn’t playing pranks on his friends and family, he loves making creations out of snow and ice. Jack and Princess Snowfall can only be found in the village during the Winter. They have a great fear of going out in the warm weather since they might melt easily. While Princess Snowfall is busy creating snow and educating the residents of the NorthWoods, Jack plans out his tricks.
One cold winter day, after Santa came home from a long day in the workshop with his elves, Arrow kept dragging Santa outside to play in the snow. It was the first snow of the season and so he followed. Santa also invited some of his Elves to come and play in the snow as well. At first, Arrow, Santa and the Elves wanted to see who could roll the biggest ball of snow. After they rolled three big balls of snow, they stacked them on top of each other. Then, they started looking for things around them, buried in the snow, that they could add to the snowballs to make a snowman. The Elves found some coal in their pockets and placed them on the very top snowball to make a face. Arrow dug up a carrot from Princess Sugar’s garden to make a nose and Santa removed his belt and added it to the snowman. Mrs. Claus then invited Santa, Arrow and the Elves to come inside for dinner. When she opened the door, a gust of wind took a hat and scarf from inside Santa’s House and they flew onto the snowman. The next morning, Frosty the Snowman was alive, dancing around the Village with Twinkles the Tree and Blitzen! He is now one of the most beloved Northwoods Characters in all of Santa’s Village.
Comet the Reindeer: Santa Claus’ fastest and most lovable reindeer, a true adventurer.
Many years ago, Santa was looking for magical reindeer to help him fly his sleigh. Many reindeer came from far and wide, but Comet was the first to arrive, even though he traveled the longest distance. Santa held a race to see which reindeer were quick enough and strong enough to help pull his sleigh. In the end, eight reindeer were chosen: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. Unsurprisingly, one reindeer was faster than all of the others. Because of his speed, Santa gave him the name “Comet.” One of Comet’s favorite things to do is to high-hoof, it’s just like a high-five!
Snap and Crumbles Gingerbread: the best bakers in the NorthWoods.
Have you tried Snap and Crumbles’ chocolate chip cookies? They are simply world-class. The two bakers get up in the wee-hours of the morning, and sometimes they even start their baking process in the middle of the night. They work hard to make all the delicious treats that the Gingerbread House Bakery & Sweet Shoppe has to offer.
Did you know it was Mrs. Claus and Queen Pixie Sugarplum that created Snap and Crumbles? It’s true. They rolled them out one day as the two sisters-in-law were making and baking goodies for the holiday season. It is said that Mrs. Claus and Queen Sugarplum’s conversation was so lively and so lovely that the magic in the kitchen brought Snap and Crumbles to life. No matter how it happened, we are happy they are here because Snap and Crumbles’ treats are splendiferous!
Ani and Agi Mushroom: two animated mushrooms from the NorthWoods.
Ani and Agi are a bit shy, but once you get to know them, they are really fungis. You will usually see them together and they like to stay close, because they don’t need mushroom.
Ani and Agi Mushroom have been with us here in the NorthWoods for many years, and it is always a treat to see them in the village. They love to come out when the sun starts to go down, about the time of the Candy Cane Lane Parade and Tree Lighting.
Twinkles the Tree: Santa Claus’ very own animated Christmas tree.
Twinkles the Tree is always the life of the party! She loves to keep Santa and Mrs. Claus company throughout the holidays. Santa brought Twinkles to life many years ago to light up Santa’s Village and add more holiday spirit to their home. Santa and Mrs. Claus love Twinkles very much. Twinkles is always eager to meet guests in the village. She also entertains herself by hanging out with her friends, Comet and Frosty. All three of them like to hang out and explore Santa’s Village.
Twinkles loves to throw parties, and attend them too. Everyone in Santa’s Village agrees that she is the most fun to have around! Her favorite thing to do around the village during the holidays is to attend the lighting of the village tree. She waits all year for this event. She loves to jingle all around the village when meeting new guests, and they love to sing and dance around her. Make sure you keep a lookout for her because she’s very hard to find.
Professor Owlbert Hootsworth: the smartest owl in all the NorthWoods.
One day, the Lord and Lady Winter we taking a walk in the NorthWoods when they spied a very large owl with enormous wings. It was a beautiful sight to behold. Lord and Lady Winter watched in awe as the owl flipped over and over. When the owl landed the Lord and Lady Winter approached the owl and said hello. The owl was a bit startled, but he greeted them with a bow. The Lord and Lady saw that the wings were actually handmade.
“You made those yourself,” Lady Winter observed.
“Yes, I did,” said the owl, “You see I was born with very small wings, much too small to fly. I made these so I could soar through the forest.”
The owl said that he had gone to college and became a professor. The Lord and Lady Winter were so impressed they asked the owl if he might be interested in teaching their children. He agreed! Professor Owlbert, as he is known now, went on to teach the Claus children. Santa, King Celwyn, and Queen Pixie were all tutored by Professor Owlbert when they were younger, which is why they know so much about a lot of different things.
Seamus the Leprechaun: perhaps the most elusive of the NorthWoods Characters.
Every year, Santa Claus invites Seamus (SHAY-muss) the Leprechaun to come to Santa’s Village to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Originally from Ireland, Seamus holds the emerald isle in his heart and loves to help Santa decorate. Around March 17th, you may even see gold coins scattered throughout Santa’s Village by Seamus and his friends!
One of Seamus’ favorite things to do is to play music that inspires people to dance a jig. He adores traditional folk music, and is certainly one of the liveliest characters in the village. His favorite color is green, of course, and he has been known to wear a shamrock or two in his hat. Once St. Paddy’s Day ends, however, Seamus disappears from the village, and won’t be back until the following year.
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