Fans of Santa's Castle in Storm Lake won't have to wait until the famous landmark opens later this winter to catch a glimpse of St. Nick displaying his white beard and jolly smile.
A new logo featuring a Victorian Santa Claus was unveiled at the City Library for the first time Wednesday, and it was installed on the corner of Santa's Castle at 5th and Erie Friday morning. It was created by Storm Lake artist and part-time librarian Jo Mead (left) to welcome visitors to the animated wonderland landmark.
"They called me and said they wanted a Victorian Santa, and I thought this would be a good project," Mead said. "It took a long time, but it was worth it."
"Our volunteers chose the theme of the new sign because there is a Victorian theme throughout Santa's Castle," Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce managing director Marilyn Monson said. "Santa's Castle is also in a 1905 Victorian building, so it fit in really well with everything. It's also a great example of our volunteers hard at work, because they are the ones that make this all possible."
Santa's Castle will open to the public for the first time on Thanksgiving Day from 1-4 p.m. It will also be open from 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, and 1-4 p.m. on both Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24. Regular hours through Dec. 31 will be 1-4 p.m. on weekdays, 6-8 p.m. on weeknights and 1-4 p.m. on weekends. Adult admission is $3, youth under age 10 get in for $1 and children can have their picture taken with Santa Claus for $2. The building will be closed on Christmas Day.
Monson said organizers are also looking for volunteers from the community to be Santa Claus in the building this holiday season. For more information, contact Monson at 732-3780.