California Pirate Santa Revels in Holiday Spirit, Photo


Some people like to spend the holidays visiting traditional Santa with his sweet little wife by his side. The photo opportunities provide memories for parents putting their newborn on Santa’s lap, or adults still tickled by the kid inside themselves that delights at the sight and fond memories of the happy, red-suited, white-bearded man.

And then there’s Pirate Santa, who sees the world through a different set of glasses. In California where there’s a long and storied history of pirates, you may see Pirate Santa riding a bike down Main Street for the holidays.

There are many events in California throughout the year that celebrate pirate life, but only one you can enjoy year-round, and it makes for a very cool, unique present, especially for teens. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure in Buena Park is an authentically replicated 18th-century Spanish galleon with 40-foot masts, anchored in a 250,000-gallon indoor lagoon with night sky lighting. Surrounding the lagoon is a six-sided showroom of six additional “ships” where the audience sits. Audience voyagers on each ship have their own pirate on stage representing them. They cheer on as the adventure unfolds with a cast of a dozen actors, singers and stunt performers, accompanied by cannon blasts, pyrotechnics and many cheers with mugs of rootbeer for kids, and beer for older pirates.

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