North Pole, NY

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The tiny hamlet of North Pole, New York, is situated in the Adirondack Park near Whiteface Mountain and Lake Placid. It is home to a pioneering theme park, Santa’s Workshop, created in 1949 with costumed characters and a small menagerie which may have been the first petting zoo, all designed by Arturo Monaco, a former Walt Disney artist. In 1953, the U.S. Post Office awarded the hamlet Rural Post Office status, and letters to Santa continue to flow in to this day, along with bundles of Christmas cards seeking the coveted “North Pole” postmark.

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