It took a village to bring North Pole Experience to Flagstaff from Greer three years ago. It entailed a private-public partnership with Coconino County, a partnership with Little America and collaborations with local businesses.
North Pole Experience (NPX) brings a memorable, unique Christmas experience to all ages. It begins with a trolley ride that goes through a magical portal into the North Pole, followed by tours of Santa’s Toy Hall of Fame, Santa’s Workshop where kids help elves build toys, Mrs. Claus’s Bakery, and Santa’s Mail Room. Children also go to Elf University to learn how to be good elves and remain on Santa’s Nice List. The tour ends with a visit with Santa and his sleigh.
Since 2012, NPX partners exclusively with Little America Hotel, another popular Arizona holiday tradition and premier Flagstaff travel destination, for an “all-inclusive NPX package.” A package includes a lavish dinner buffet, a one-night stay, and breakfast with Santa. Just like a scene out of a favorite holiday movie, the Trolley Launch Station is located on Little America’s 500 acres of beautiful, private forest. Little America is decked out in over a million Christmas lights for the holiday season, making it the perfect backdrop for NPX guests, putting them in the Christmas spirit the moment they arrive. For guests that do not purchase the package, they are able to book the NPX rate at the hotel, or purchase breakfast with Santa the following morning. Little America provides the perfect check-in and gift shop for guests as they are comforted at the hotel before they are whisked off to the forest and taken to the North Pole.
Through its 40-day holiday season, NPX draws over 40,000 attendees from Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii and from around the globe, including Europe and Mexico. With over 85% tourists, NPX collaborates with local hotels, restaurants, and attractions to promote Flagstaff as a winter recreation destination. Some include Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course, Arizona Snowbowl, Doubletree Hilton, Courtyard Marriott and many other winter friendly attractions that offer special deals to NPX guests.
On its third year in Flagstaff, NPX welcomes upgrades to the experience including brand-new, state of the art trolley buses unveiling Santa’s new Aurora Borealis generator power system. The bakery is larger than previous years offering tastier cookies for all, and Elf University was expanded.
Owner and founder Scott Pace notes, “This year is the biggest year yet with day trips starting at 9:00 am and running every 15 minutes until 8:15pm on weekends and from 4:00 pm to 8:15 pm on weekdays. NPX has tens of thousands visit the North Pole Experience, and has grown at least 100% every year since the start of our operation in 2009.” Each Christmas season, NPX employs more than 120 part-time and full time employees, including all the elves.
The North Pole Experience runs until December 27, tickets range from $38 to $55. Give NPX a jingle 480-779-9679 firstname.lastname@example.org http://northpoleexperience.com/