This elf says moving the entire North Pole this fall was the hardest thing he ever did

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. -- Of all the days leading up to Christmas at North Pole Adventure, this day is the elves' favorite.

Special needs kids and grown ups alike have free run of the place to write their wishlists and mail them.

They can visit the reindeer as long as they want and, this year, they get to play in real snow.

But what the head elf, John Conner, and the rest of his helpers won't tell the kids is about how close Christmas came to not happening at all.

"We weren't going to let them down," he states.

Three years ago, we showed off the North Pole Adventure facility at the old Crossroads Mall.

Conner spent eight months building this version of the North Pole.

He received notice of the mall's closing about a month and a half before he was supposed to open.

John says he was, "Clearly disappointed, not just for the North Pole but for the mall itself."

What took eight months to build took a week to tear down, two days to transport, and a month to put up in this Midwest City shopping center.

"What was the hardest part?" asks a visitor.

"Just redecorating everything," he responds. "There's 35,000 square feet of space here."

John said it's the hardest thing he's ever done, but worth it.

"We made it," he exhales.

It would be hard to pin today's guests down on what they liked best, making toys in Santa's workshop, snowball fights, milk and cookies, or seeing Santa at the end of their visit.

John Conner and crew worked extra hard this year to bring the Christmas spirit to life for children and the kids at heart.

You can go ahead and call it a Christmas miracle if you want.

"If it's not it's pretty close," argues Conner.

But, you can see a lot of visitors already think it.

The new North Pole Adventure is located at 1410 South Air Depot in Midwest City.

Click here for more information.

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