The Mc Keon family is the reported founder of the world famous Santa Claus Lane in Carpinteria. In 1952, the Mc Keon’s perched a 20’ tall plaster Santa Claus atop a building and the rest, as they say, is history. Santa eventually acquired a few friends including another plaster Snowman who lived on top of a building a couple doors down from Santa. A small train was added and live reindeer were present on special occasions. Iconic businesses such as Santa’s Kitchen and The Reindeer Room were all a part of the themed Lane.
In the late 1990’s, Santa had lost the Snowman to wind and weather and he himself was looking shabby. In fact, his very presence on the rooftop was deemed dangerous. The iconic Christmas businesses were slowly fading out of popularity. In 2002, a local, Oxnard businessman acquired the then antique Santa and moved him down to Oxnard where his newly renovated self stands watch on the north bound Highway 101 lanes. His new entourage includes a new snowman, nutcrackers and reindeer.
Santa Claus Lane has now become a destination for its wide, sandy beach and the varied businesses have morphed into an thriving mix of retail and dining. Not to worry…Santa still makes an appearance every year at the” Holiday on the Lane” event in December.