For the 51st consecutive year, Santa Land will light up the Lubbock night with Christmas trees, children singing, twinkling lights and Santa and Mrs. Claus ready to hear the Christmas dreams of area children. In an opening ceremony, Lubbock City Council members and special guests will welcome the Clauses, light the 60-foot Christmas tree, and officially open Santa Land on Monday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m.
The Cactus Kids from Don Caldwell Productions/Studio will perform holiday songs beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will continue to entertain the crowds after the opening ceremony. Children from Lubbock and surrounding communities are invited to be a part of this special evening.
More than 32,000 people visit Santa Land each year to see the festive holiday village with its huge lighted Christmas tree, animated displays, bonfires, traditional holiday scenes, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. For visits with Santa, parents are encouraged to bring their children early in the evening as the line is stopped on busy nights at approximately 9:00 p.m. or earlier depending on the crowd. Enjoy live entertainment most evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Hot chocolate and other refreshments are available for sale at the concession stand. Parents are welcome to bring cameras and video cameras to take photos of their children with Santa at no charge. For those who forget their cameras, keepsake digital photos may be purchased for $5.00 each. The entrance to Santa Land is from the East Broadway entrance into Mackenize Park just east of Avenue A and the South Plains Fairgrounds.
Special additions have been made to Santa Land for the 2007 season including one new scene with eight animated elves and new animated beavers that will refurbish an existing scene. Last year new reindeer for the Reindeer Barn were added, plus approximately 30 new cartoon character cut-outs made by Parks staff bringing the total to approximately 60 characters. Also added was a scene, called "Christmas in the Country" featuring a farm house and outbuildings dressed up in Christmas lights and greenery.
The City of Lubbock and the Parks and Recreation Department are grateful to its sponsors and the Lubbock community for their help in underwriting some of the costs for Santa Land and for bringing this annual event to the children of West Texas.