There’s a special place in Loveland that might make you pause and give you reason to believe in better things this Holiday season.
Inside a modest building on North Lincoln Avenue, the magic and wonder of the season comes to life.
"Just kind of bringing that Christmas spirit back and having fun with it," said Mike Barbee, founder of the North Pole Unleashed.
Now in its second year, the North Pole Unleashed offers an experience that goes beyond just a few seconds on Santa's lap.
“They have you fill out a form about your child’s likes, interests and so forth," said mother of two boys, Heidi Wheeler.
Then, as each child gets his or her turn, Santa's helpers talk to the big man through an earpiece – and share details about each child, whether they've been naughty or nice and what's on their Christmas wish list.
"It was cool," said six-year-old Owen who asked for just one thing.
“A drum set.”
“Santa actually has questions and knows personal things about each child,” said Wheeler. “So, I thought it was a more personal experience."
The idea was born in Mike Barbee's heart when he was a young boy.
"I was like 10-years-old in Memphis and my parents took me to an event like this and it always stuck to me," said Barbee. "All of the sudden I go up and (Santa) knows a lot about me and I was like, 'How does he know this?' I was very good for the rest of the month, let's put it that way."
Through donations and their own kindness, the Barbee's also buy gifts for kids if families need their help.
"Just pay it forward, you know,” said Mike. “We just want to give back. Loveland is a great community and we just want to be a part of it and give back."
If it's far better to give than receive, Mike and Brenda are reaping the rewards of their amazing generosity.
"And to see the smiles on kids’ faces and everything,” Mike said. “It's just been a real fun thing to do."
"That's huge,” said Wheeler. “Every community needs that."
The North Pole Unleashed is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. ‘til 8 p.m., now through Christmas Eve.