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Santa's Magical Kingdom
Drive through the four-story doors at Santa’s Magical Kingdom in Eureka, and you’ll enter the magical world of the North Pole. Complete with a snack bar, Kringle’s General Store, pictures with Santa, larger-than life 3D displays, and more than two million lights, this park works to make every child’s Christmas fantasy come true.
“We try to figure out what kids’ fantasies are about Santa and tailor the displays to that,” says Kathy Jones, who created the kingdom with her husband 21 years ago. “All the displays are made with kids in mind—families, but especially kids.”
Scott Jones created the park after a back injury ended his professional soccer career. As a player he loved entertaining fans and families, and he wanted to find a way to continue to entertain. He got the idea for a Christmas-themed park from the memories of going to downtown St. Louis with his grandpa every year to see the light displays, and he still cherishes those memories 30 years later. He wanted to create something that would keep families coming back year after year.
Santa’s Magical Kingdom adds new touches season to season but also carries on with many displays that returning guests come to see. Some favorites include Santa’s Flying Reindeer soaring overhead, Candy Land filled with candy canes and gingerbread houses, Toy Land, Santa’s Castle, and a Waterfall of Lights that guests actually drive through. The park offers wagon rides, and the Santa Express Train to take families on tours of the displays or allows you to bundle up in pajamas, load up the car, and drive through the exhibits for $19 per vehicle.
The park is open every night from November 16, 2012 to January 6, 2013.