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Spend Christmas at the North Pole
Travel to the North Pole and Visit Santa!
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and he lives at the North Pole. North Pole, Alaska that is.
With it's official North Pole postmark, Santa Claus House and general all-year Christmas Spirit, North Pole, Alaska, is a place you can visit all year round to get a taste of that holiday spirit.
Your North Pole vacation can be easily be extended to a full Alaska tour. So make a list, check it twice and read on for a small taste of North Pole.
North Pole, Alaska
North Pole, Alaska is a small city near Fairbanks, Alaska. It's actual location is approximately 1,700 miles south of the actual geographical North Pole.
The true tourist season for North Pole is in the summer. During the season, folks flock to Santa Claus House, a large "trading post" dating back to the early days of the city. Con and Nellie Miller arrived in Alaska in 1949 to seek their fortune. Con Miller became a merchant and fur buyer in the villages surrounding Fairbanks and made a name for himself by dressing up in a Santa suit every holiday season.
In 1952 the Millers built a trading post approximately thirteen miles from the city of Fairbanks in an area jokingly referred to as the "North Pole." The store became known as Santa Claus House, and the City of North Pole was incorporated on January 15, 1953. Santa Claus House served as a general store, soda fountain and North Pole Post Office.
After the Richardson Highway bypassing the store was built in 1974, the Millers built a new Santa Claus House at its current location. As time went on the store shifted away from the sale of general merchandise and began to focus solely on holiday items. A huge (42 feet tall, 900 pound) statue of Santa Claus now welcomes everyone to Santa Claus House.
The streets of North Pole include Santa Claus Lane, St. Nicholas Drive, Snowman Lane, and Kris Kringle Drive. Each of the street lights are decorated in a candy cane motif and the city's police cars are green and white. Other town businesses have also joined in the fun by adorning their buildings with Christmas-themed decorations all year 'round.
The USPS in North Pole advertises the ZIP code there (99075) as the one and only true ZIP code for Santa. Hundreds of thousands of letters to Santa arrive there each yea, and thousands more arrive from people who want letters and Christmas cards re-mailed with the towns postmark. Additionally, in the last sixty years almost two million personalized letters from Santa Claus have been sent to children all over the world!
Where the Spirit of Christmas Lives Year Round
Santa Claus House
101 St. Nicholas Dr.
North Pole, Alaska 99705
Toll Free: 1-800-588-4078