Santa’s workshop DOES exist, in North Pole, Alaska! Okay, so technically speaking, the actual North Pole is stuck in some chunk of floating ice in the Arctic Ocean: but who wants to take an 80 hour dog sled ride to the middle of nowhere when you could take a comfy car or sleigh ride to this cozy town in the interior of Alaska to see the Santa Claus House?! What started out as a trading post and official post office for the city of North Pole (13 miles south of Fairbanks) now serves as a community meeting spot and Christmas souvenir superstore! While some people enjoy seeing the 42 foot tall 900 lb. Santa statue, my favorite thing about North Pole is that the streets are lined with candy cane light poles – so magical!