ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Santa Claus House in North Pole started up in 1952 and has expanded to the iconic stop it is today.
The most recent expansion, which opened around April 2018, nearly doubled the size of the shop, according to Paul Brown, the operations manager.
“We were careful when we expanded to make sure we kept the charm of Santa Claus House,” he said.
Santa Claus House has toys, gifts, ornaments and more. It also has a coffee bar and apparel store.
But the magic doesn’t just live inside of the shop.
As soon as you pull into the parking lot, you see the world’s largest Santa.
“Con and Nellie bought him in 1982,” Brown said. “And they had to haul him from Anchorage because he was so big, he couldn't fit under the overpasses.”
On the edge of the property lives eight of Santa’s reindeer. Antler Academy is where they live and take flying lessons.
The only one missing is Ruldough who is at the air force base nearby, training.
“I think looking back, my mom and dad would be very proud of the legacy we have created,” said Mike Miller, son of Con and Nellie and now CEO of the retail store. “They would not have envisioned where we had come today.”