CREIGHTON, NE — Over 30 years and a few hundred-thousand lights later, Creighton’s Santaland is bigger and better than ever.
The holiday attraction started in 1985 on Ernie and Sharon Christiansen’s farm east of town and moved to Bruce Park in 1995. The Chamber of Commerce took over operations and grew the production.
Chamber member Brent Eggerling says Santaland is good for business.
“Well, it does bring a lot of people to town,” Eggerling said. “So it helps every business in Creighton by having all the people come into Creighton and promote our businesses.”
Santaland features a drive-through portion with display boxes and lights. Visitors can also stop by Santa’s workshop to see the elves hard at work. Maybe the most important part, is getting to see Santa himself.
Chamber president Cory Frisch says both parents and kids enjoy the attractions.
“Even the young, old enjoy this,” Frisch said. “It’s a highlight for everybody.”
Frisch says they shut down the park after Halloween and work until December to get the production ready. They try to update something every year, with the elves getting new outfits this season.
Eggerling says its an annual trip for many northeast Nebraskans.
“It’s become a family tradition for a lot of people,” Eggerling said. “Bringing their kids here, the kids love it, the people love it. Everyone that comes in here and says something about it just has nothing but positive things to say about it.”
To learn more about Santaland watch our special which airs starting next week.