In Humboldt, Santa’s got some trains

HUMBOLDT — Among the many stops Santa will make this year to visit with children and children at heart is the Kiwanis Christmasland in Humboldt.

He’s now there and ready to hear the wish list, enjoy cookies and assure the naughty that they still have time to get off the list.

The display, which fills an entire building, is updated by the Kiwanis members each year. This year, one new animated display has been added and several have been improved.

A favorite with visitors, the train display, is still there too.

The Humboldt/Dakota City Noon Kiwanis Club opened the display in 1982. Since then, Kent Thompson, recording secretary for the club, said, more than 130,000 people have visited the display. Those include individuals from almost all 50 states and several foreign countries.

In 2016, he said, 3,600 visitors toured the display.

The group has never charged admission to see the display and it continues to be free to view. Donations are accepted though to help maintain and grow the display.

Nightly hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., except on Dec. 4 to 5 when the display is open on Monday and Tuesday.

During Saturday and Sunday afternoons through Dec. 24, the display is open from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. On Dec. 21-22 it was also be open on those hours.

The display is closed on Christmas Eve evening and Christmas Day.