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Santa's Workshop - North Pole NY
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See also: North Pole, Alaska and Geographic North Pole

North Pole is a small hamlet located in the town of Wilmington within Essex County, New York, United States in the Adirondack Mountains.


North Pole is located in Adirondack Park at the northern edge of Essex County 44°18′N 74°00′W / 44.3°N 74°W / 44.3; -74 near Whiteface Mountain, 12 miles (19 km) from Lake Placid and approximately 30 miles (48 km) from Plattsburgh.

Fitting with the name of the hamlet, North Pole is one of the best places in the Northeast for snow, nestled in the Adirondacks. According to historical weather data that has been gathered at Tupper Lake every year since 1948, there's a 96% chance of some amount of snow for Christmas .


The United States Census Bureau treated North Pole as part of a larger area including Lake Placid, NY for its 2000 census figures. Out of 8,098 people in the region, 1,444 are under 18, 1,072 are age 65 or over, 87% are White and 10.7% are African American.

North Pole does not have its own bank, school, library, fire department, newspaper, police station or community organizations and most local businesses have closed their doors. North Pole has a small community postal station at 201 Main St, which is open only on a seasonal basis.


North Pole, New York's main attraction is Santa's Workshop on Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway, Route 431.

Coordinates: 44°24′N 73°51′W / 44.4°N 73.85°W / 44.4; -73.85

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