Santa arrived in Scotts Valley, a community in the Santa Cruz Mountains, in May, 1957, and set up a workshop that delighted generations of Bay Area families.
Not content to appear only at Christmas, the jolly gentleman with the white beard and a penchant for red suits reigned over Santa's Village year-round, drawing visitors the the homey theme park on warm summer days as well as crisp winter weather.
Reindeer were among the denizens of the park's petting zoo, and Mrs. Claus served hamburgers and hot dogs from her kitchen. Elves operated the low-key carnival-style rides and "icicles" dripped from the buildings even in July. While the setting was fanciful North Pole, many attractions had storybook and fairy tale themes.
Today Santa's Village Scotts Valley is only a memory, one that still fills many Alamedans with nostalgia -- especially those who were children during the late 1950s, the '60s and the '70s.
Read about Santa's Village here, then share your memories in the comments. If you have photos of visits to the Village tucked away in family scrapbooks, scan them, then upload them here by clicking on the "Add your photos" button above.