There's a home in Rome that is magically transformed into Santa's Village for the holiday season.

The massive Christmas display on Canterbury Hill Road is a holiday experience for the whole family that shouldn't be missed this season.

It takes weeks of preparation. Sam Kraeger and his wife Arlene start at the beginning of November to have it ready by Thanksgiving weekend.

"He spends every free minute he has setting it all up," explained Arlene.

Photo Credit - Arlene Kraeger
Photo Credit - Arlene Kraeger
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Santa's Office

Last year Sam had to find a few extra minutes for some new additions to the village.

"Santa has a new office and his reindeer have a new stable."

Credit - Arlene Kraeger
Credit - Arlene Kraeger
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Front Porch

The elves get busy in Santa's workshop to prepare for the holidays. The Kraeger's front porch is transformed.

Credit - Arlene Kraeger
Credit - Arlene Kraeger
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To Santa's Workshop

It goes from a place of peace to bustling activity with elves sorting all of Santa's mail.

Credit - Arlene Kraeger
Credit - Arlene Kraeger
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Meaning of the Season

The display starts with a reminder of the true meaning of the season - a nativity scene with Mary, Joseph, and the angels awaiting the coming of Jesus.

Photo Credit - Arlene Kraeger
Photo Credit - Arlene Kraeger
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Santa's Workshop

Once you pass the nativity scene, you'll see the elves busy in their workshop, sorting mail, as well as building and wrapping presents for Santa to put under the tree and in stockings on Christmas Eve.

Photo Credit - Frank Galante
Photo Credit - Frank Galante
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Reindeer Stable

Once the presents are wrapped the elves deliver them to the reindeer stable where they are put into Santa's sleigh. On top of the stable, you'll see a clock tower that countdowns the days until Santa’s journey around the world.

Credit - Arlene Kraeger
Credit - Arlene Kraeger
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20 Foot Snowman

Just past the stable, there's a 20-foot snowman and a Christmas tree forest where a group of girls build a snowman and decorate the trees with a little help from the reindeer.

Credit - Arlene Kraeger
Credit - Arlene Kraeger
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Santa's Sleigh

No Christmas display is complete without Santa's sleigh. You'll find the jolly old man himself and his eight tiny reindeer ready to take flight.

Credit - Arlene Kraeger
Credit - Arlene Kraeger
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Holidays on Canterbury Hill

You can take a virtual drive-by of Santa's Village at Sam and Arlene Kraeger's home in the video at the top of the page or see the 2023 display in person at 7155 Canterbury Hill Road in Rome.

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