Shillito's Elves at Newport on the Levee


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Newly restored 50-year-old displays show off animatronic elves busy at work preparing for Christmas in Santa’s Workshop

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Promotional value expires Dec 15, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. Valid for up to 4 or 8 people, depending on option purchased. Not valid for Breakfast with Santa. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $14 for a family pass for up to four (a $28 value)
  • $27 for a family pass for up to eight (a $56 value) Hundreds of animatronic elves dance, sew, wave, and work in a series of displays based on Santa’s Workshop. With financial help from the community, the charming Christmas decorations have been restored to working order after spending nearly half of their 50-year existence in storage.

Shillito’s Elves at Newport on the Levee

Once the crowning holiday jewel of Shillito’s Department store, the Santa’s Workshop displays featured dozens of scenes with hundreds of animatronic elves going ceaselessly about their Christmas tasks. The exhibit drew as many as 100,000 visitors at its peak of popularity, only to be packed away in 1982 when the store went through a merger. They saw the light of day – and Christmas lights – once again in 2005, when Bill Spinnenweber acquired the collection at auction, with an eye toward fully restoring the machines to the pristine glory they enjoyed when created 50 years earlier. He got the community behind him, and they raised more than $22,000 to dust off cobwebs and restore motors. Now, the classic Christmas scenes of Shillito’s Elves come to Newport on the Levee for new generations to enjoy.

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    1 Levee Way

    Newport, KY 41071


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