The City of Storm Lake is named after a major lake in Buena Vista County, Iowa. The lake offers fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, sailing, and other activities during the summer. However, in December each year, the city transforms into a winter wonderland. Stores are decorated in their Christmas finest. Swags of greenery and red ribbons line doorways. Sparkling lights surround store fronts and homes alike.
Santa’s Castle, located in the Carnegie Library at 200 East 5th Street, will receive visitors beginning November 27, 2015 through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. By 4:00 p.m. each Christmas Eve, Santa must say goodbye for another year. Rudolph, Comet, Cupid, Dasher, and the other reindeer will be waiting for Santa to deliver toys. As you may know, reindeer are not very patient animals. Admission prices and schedule are available on the official Santa’s Castle Facebook page.
The castle is filled with over 60 decorated Christmas trees. Visitors are invited to meander through the castle to view over 70 vintage animated figures spreading Christmas cheer. The collection of antique figures has been gathered from department store displays over the years. Some of the characters date back to the 1920's. Stuffed animals dressed in human attire enjoy a tea party. Animated mice assist the elves to hang garland along the fireplace mantle. Reindeer girls stand in a row to greet castle guests. Two 6-foot toy soldiers reminiscent of the Nutcracker, written in 1816 by E.T.A. Hoffmann, are on display. A favorite among annual visitors to the castle is the model train layout and village set.
Santa presents each child that visits the castle with an autographed book. Children will want to share this year’s wish list with Santa. Parents may preserve this precious memory with a picture. Certain days are set aside each year for pets to have their picture made with Santa also. Children that are unable to visit Santa’s Castle in Storm Lake this year may mail a letter addressed to:
P.O. Box 212
Storm Lake, Iowa 50588.
(Photo is courtesy of Santa’s Castle as uploaded by Storm Lake Police Department.)