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Santa's Village hits a snag on opening day

Santa's Village in 1965. The theme park included the Bumble Bee Monorail, Whirling Christmas Tree, Gingerbread House, Welcome House and of course, Santa and an always frozen North Pole.
Santa's Village in 1965. The theme park included the Bumble Bee Monorail, Whirling Christmas Tree, Gingerbread House, Welcome House and of course, Santa and an always frozen North Pole.
Alison Martino

Santa's beard was combed and his belt was shined. The reindeer were ready to hoof it in their stables. The trees were trimmed and the tchotchkes were all laid out.

After an 18-year closure, Santa's Village in Lake Arrowhead was set to reopen on Friday. Unfortunately, the festivities hit a snag, a force of nature even Santa Claus couldn't control: wind.

Gusty Santa Ana winds knocked out power to the park on Friday, forcing the attraction to close early. But the Christmas spirit stayed strong and the park rebounded on Saturday.

Bill Johnson, a spokesman for Santa's Village, tells KPCC: "We actually had to close the park down early, which was really a bummer. But we got everything back up to speed yesterday and we're running great."

Between Saturday and Sunday, Johnson estimates about 2,000 people have visited the park.