North Pole Experience Opening Weekend and Little America Holiday Lighting Ceremony


Flagstaff’s 19th Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony Grows Brighter as Little America Flagstaff joins forces with The North Pole Experience

The North Pole Experience, Home of Santa’s Workshop will kick off their 2013 season with the Little America’s 19th Annual Christmas Lighting

It’s been known that the brightest and most decorated town in the United States is most likely to catch Santa’s eye first, so it makes perfect sense to kick off the Christmas season with the 19th annual Holiday Lights event at Little America Flagstaff. The two powerful Christmas traditions, the North Pole Experience®,(NPX) , home of Santa’s Workshop in Flagstaff and the Little America Hotel Flagstaff, Santa’s official trolley departure station, will team up on November 23, 2013, to bring Flagstaff an extraordinary holiday lighting, dressing the property in millions of Christmas lights on the first day of the 2013 NPX season and one-of-a-kind Christmas adventure.

Just like a scene out of a favorite holiday movie, the 500 acre property of beautiful forest at Little America Flagstaff will be lit with over a million Christmas lights at 6:30pm, and stay lit for the entire holiday season, making it the perfect backdrop for NPX guests.

The North Pole Experience is a new-to-Flagstaff tradition heading into their 5th year of opening their workshop doors welcoming families in to build toys with the elves. The experience is the only of it’s kind in the United States, providing Flagstaff guests and residents the upmost unique Christmas adventure of a lifetime.

The North Pole Experience takes families on a trolley ride to Santa’s official massive workshop at the North Pole through a magic portal. Once families enter Santa’s toy factory headquarters, that is where the real magic begins. Completely hands-on, families will work side-by-side with Santa and his elves, building toys and then enjoy access to Santa’s main factory floor, with soaring toy slides and ceilings. Families attend Elf University and visit Mrs. Claus and enjoy cookies and snowman soup in the bakery. Don’t forget Santa’s mailroom, office, and his top-secret “Area 47″ Sleigh Hanger, featuring his famous sleigh, jam packed with some of the most advanced technology in the world, runway lights, radar systems and more.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the 2013 Christmas season,” states Fred Reese, General Manager of Little America Flagstaff. “We are very much looking forward to our 2nd season in partnership with the North Pole Experience, and opening day of the workshop pairs absolutely perfect with our holiday lights ceremony. Last year guests raved about the experience, and with it NPX selling out early every year annually, we are really looking forward to jump starting the Christmas season with all our hotel guests and Flagstaff residents who have made Little America part of their Christmas tradition.”

The Holiday Lights event will be held from 4:00-8:00pm and is open to the public. The celebration includes a dramatic entrance by Santa, Christmas carolers, face painting, balloon sculpting, crafts, cookie decorating, a travel-themed raffle and more. Proceeds from our silent raffle will benefit the United Way of Northern Arizona. The dramatic flip of the light switch will occur around 6:30 p.m., with Santa arriving shortly thereafter.

The holiday lighting is free to the public, and tickets to NPX can be purchased at (UPDATE – November 23 is sold out, tickets still available November 24)

To learn more about Little America Hotel in Flagstaff and the Holiday Lights event, visit For NPX, visit