Santa's Motel - Christmas MI

Address: E8035 Saint Nicholas Avenue
City: Christmas
State: MI
Zip: 49862
County: Alger
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Santa's Motel does not seem to be operating today and I am not sure what the status of the structure is as I have no specific address. It was on M-28 in Christmas and featured a 6 foot snowman out front that would talk to the guests. The voice was Henry Ames who owned the motel from 1965-1972. He passed away in 1987.

I have been puzzling over what the address was of this motel. As it is with these older attractions, street addresses were rarely included in promo materials or newspaper articles. This one is an example of that. I did find the 1950 Census form on Ancestry for the Ames family. Again, no specific street address. However, the next entry after their residence was 10 empty cabins.

Put that together with the fact I know it was on the shoreline side I see there were 10 cabins on the 1978 aerial photo. It is stated there was also a Standard Gas Station at or near the site. That looks to be across the street with the trailer park mentioned. The result being the place was in the general site of the now closed Santa's Workshop business at E8035 Saint Nicholas Avenue. That probably wasn't the actual address, but it is close enough for reference. As of 2023 the business is listed as Christmas House Rental.

Finally, we have the snowman on the site of the workshop. It isn't the famous from Santa's Motel that used to talk, but it is probably an homage to it.

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Santas Motel - Vintage Post Card
Vintage Post Card
Santas Motel - Vintage Post Card
Vintage Post Card
Santas Motel - Vintage Photo
Vintage Photo
Santas Motel - Santas Workshop Photo
Santas Workshop Photo
Santas Motel - Santas Workshop Photo
Santas Workshop Photo
Santas Motel - Santas Workshop Photo
Santas Workshop Photo
Santas Motel - Santas Workshop Photo
Santas Workshop Photo
Santas Motel - Santas Workshop Photo
Santas Workshop Photo
Santas Motel - 1978 Aerial
1978 Aerial
Santas Motel - Ames Family Census Form With Empty Cabins Listed
Ames Family Census Form With Empty Cabins Listed
Santas Motel - Dec 1987 Owner Passes Away
Dec 1987 Owner Passes Away
Santas Motel - Matchbook
Matchbook
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