With less than two weeks remaining before the opening of Santa's Castle in Storm Lake, workers are putting together the finishing touches on the different displays of animated machines, holiday scenes and rumbling trains.
There will be several new displays for visitors to look at beginning on Thanksgiving Day, the first day the attraction will be open. One of the most noticeable of the first-time displays will be a room full of Stief items (below) such as rabbits, bears and tiny robin birds.
The addition of a new train set in the basement of the building has allowed items formerly housed downstairs to make their debut appearance on the top level of the castle. More than a dozen dolls clothed in Victorian dresses will be one of the newest highlights of the upstairs tour, and dancing raccoons, Christmas deer and other moving animals will also be out for people to see.
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. 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.