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Ho, Ho, Homeless: Abandoned Santa Parks

11/13/2013 04:57 pm ET

There's still 43 shopping days until Christmas, but at abandoned Santa parks across the world, the holidays are long since over. The tradition of the Christmas-y theme park can be seen the world over as purveyors of amusements attempt to turn the most popular holiday in the world into a year-round money maker. Unfortunately, as many of these off-season attractions found out, Chris Kringle isn't quit as popular in the heat of summer. After a lack of attendance, many Santa parks are simply abandoned, leaving St. Nick's broken grin to decay on slides, swings, roller coasters, and any other surface wide enough to paint a face. Take a look at some of the more stunning examples of this holiday decay:

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From Brazil...
Image by Paul Keller

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...to Arizona...
Image by Todd Huffman

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...to Michigan...
Image by Ed Fisher

...the jolly old fat man has seen better days. To see more of these crumbling Christmas carnivals check out Atlas Obscura's article on Abandoned Santa Parks!