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    These days Santa has adapted and found all sorts of creative ways to make his grand entrance. At <a href="http://www.adventurewestvirginia.com/" target="external">Adventures on the Gorge</a> in West Virginia, Santa joins those taking a zip line canopy tour through the snowy tree tops.
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    When you live right next to the ocean, why not carry a surfboard, even if you are Santa? In <a href="http://www.santamonica.com/" target="external">Santa Monica</a>, Calif., Santa can be seen around town with his long board, catching a few waves.
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    . At <a href="http://www.skiloveland.com/" target="external">Loveland Ski Area</a>, in Colorado, Santa is often seen carving big turns through the powder and catching some air.
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    At the <a href="http://www.swandolphin.com/" target="external">Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel</a> the famous duo can be spotted around the resort in tropical attire -- Hawaiian shirts, sunglasses and shorts. Santa and Mrs. Claus also have their own customized Tiki hut.
    Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel
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    California's <a href="http://www.safariwest.com/" target="external">Safari West</a> has a special safari guide who gets up close and personal with the animals, including Dozer the giraffe.
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    <a href="http://www.ripleysnewyork.com/" target="external">Ripley's Believe It or Not</a> in New York's Times Square has a 4-foot, 5-inch Santa. This so-called reverse Santa actually sits on your lap.
    Ripley's Believe It or Not
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    At <a href="http://www.parkcitymountain.com/winter" target="external">Park City Mountain Resort</a>, Santa arrives in a special sleigh-like chairlift. A second appearance, a few days later, comes with 100 skiing elves.
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    The Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas meet at <a href="http://www.knotts.com/" target="external">Knott's Berry Farm</a> in Buena Park, Calif., every January. Sleighs might offer an amazing ride but there's nothing like a few dozen Santas on a roller coaster.
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    For those who love spending the holidays with their four-legged friends, <a href="http://www.kimptonhotels.com/" target="external">Kimpton hotels</a> across the country have a Santa just for pets named Santa Paws.
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    For more than a decade at the <a href="http://www.halekulani.com/" target="external">Halekulani hotel</a>, on Honolulu's Waikiki Beach, Santa arrives Christmas Eve by outrigger canoe at sunset. There might not be reindeer or snow in Hawaii, but at least jolly Saint Nick finds a way to travel.
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    The <a href="http://www.loewshotels.com/en/Coronado-Bay-Resort" target="external">Loews Coronado Bay Resort</a> in San Diego offers gondola cruises with a Santa gondolier who serenades guests with holiday carols.
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    At 10:30 a.m. at the <a href="http://www.fourseasons.com/borabora/" target="external">Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora</a>, Santa jet-skis to the resort's Otemanu Beach. After drying off, 'Ol Saint Nick hands out gifts to kids -- dolls and toys for the little ones, faux pearls for little girls to make necklaces with, little cars and the like for the little boys and mother of pearl jewelry for the older kids.
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    In Florida, the <a href="http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1522" target="external">W Fort Lauderdale</a> transformed its valet area into Santa's Workshop, complete with a one-of-a-kind Ferrari-powered sleigh and Santa's special helpers, the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders. The event is part of a food drive for charity.
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    Santa rides around the Swan and Dolphin Hotel in a decked-out golf cart that is sure to make all the elves jealous.
    Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel
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    Skiers at Colorado's <a href="http://www.skicb.com/cbmr/index.aspx" target="external">Crested Butte Mountain Resort</a> are likely to see a skiing Santa and sometimes a snowboarding Grinch.
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    > In <a href="http://www.christmasprelude.com/index.htm" target="external">Kennebunkport, Maine</a> it only makes sense that Santa would arrive on a lobster boat accompanied by life-size lobster elves.
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    At <a href="http://www.capellapedregal.com/" target="external">Capella Pedregal</a> in Mexico's Cabo San Lucas, Santa and his elves arrive at the resort each year on Harleys. It is Mexico, after all, and reindeer would seem a bit out of place.
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    St. Nick can even be found underwater at the <a href="http://www.calacademy.org/" target="external">California Academy of Sciences</a> where he dives into the Philippine Coral Reef tank twice a day. He even wears an underwater microphone so he can talk to kids on the other side of the glass.
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    At the <a href=" http://www.beaches.com/main/tc/tc-home.cfm " target="external">Beaches Resorts in Turks & Caicos</a> Santa has been known to enter on a jet ski, speed boat and even waterskiing.
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    The <a href="http://www.cabq.gov/balloon" target="external">Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum</a> has special holiday crafts, face painting and balloon hats but also places Santa in the unique perch of a hot air balloon.
    Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
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