Where does Santa hang his hat when he’s not at the North Pole? At Santa’s Wonderland, of course, which is the largest Christmas attraction in the state. Every year, more than 200,000 people visit the city of College Station, Texas to see and enjoy holiday lights, carriage and hay rides, campfires, delicious food, shopping opportunities, snow play and more.
The main attraction for both adults and children are the lights — approximately three million of them. Many of the dazzling light displays dance in tune with your favorite Christmas carols, and it’s an annual tradition for many families to take a photo in front of a light display in the shape of a giant Texas flag. The experience is also home to the West Pole, a snow-filled wonderland where kids can frolic as they make snow angels, snowmen, s’mores and slide down Frostbite Mountain. It’s also where you’ll find Gingerbread Lane, a massive edible village that takes a full year to craft and is made up of 1,200 pounds of icing, 300 pounds of candy and 400 pounds of gingerbread dough. But of course, the centerpiece of the holiday village is Santa’s Cottage, and in true Texas style, Santa sports a cowboy hat.
Attractions at Santa’s Wonderland are mostly outdoors, but the venue has taken extra steps to ensure families can enjoy the attractions safely, including doubling the park’s space with 10 additional acres offering a new walkable trail of lights, an outdoor ice rink and more. Hayrides will be socially-distanced, private horse and carriage rides will be offered, increased sanitation protocols will be in place, hand sanitizer readily available across the park and reservations for various attractions possible. Click here for a full list of health and safety measures.
With so much to do, it’s worth considering spreading the fun out over multiple days, and luckily, Dellrose residents can make the trip to College Station in less than an hour.
Santa’s Wonderland is open now through December 30. Ticket prices vary and can be found here. The venue will be following all pandemic guidelines.