MIDWEST CITY — The magic of Christmas is real.
You can see it through the smiles the season puts on the faces of both children and adults. You can see it through the fundraisers, special events and activities held to support worthy causes.
And this year, you can see it in what ultimately was a successful, monumental effort to relocate, rebuild and reopen John Conner’s North Pole Adventure.
Conner opened the North Pole Adventure at the Plaza Mayor mall four years ago, and built the operation into a destination for area families each holiday season.
Earlier this year, though, it was far from certain the adventure would continue after the mall’s owners announced they would close their building at the end of October.
Conner feared he might not find a place where he could move and get opened in time for the season. He had less than two months to get it done.
“I can assure you, I’ve done a lot of things in my life,” he said this week, after opening the adventure on time the day after Thanksgiving at its new home in the Gateway Plaza at SE 15 and Air Depot in Midwest City. “This was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done.”
He added there’s no way he could have opened the business in a former Hobby Lobby without his four-person crew of contractors.
“I have an incredible group of guys who helped me build this. I couldn’t have gotten it done without them,” he said, adding that his family helped, even last week after he sent his contractors home to spend Thanksgiving with their families.
“We ate dinner just a few minutes before 9 p.m., then we were back here after that making snow,” Conner said.