Santa and Frosty on Outer Limits Smoke Shop's window
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After seeing a window painting of Santa smoking a pipe and a snowman holding a water pipe at an Oceanside smoke shop, I decided to see if there were any other businesses that had pictures of silly Santas in their store windows.

I went from Del Mar to Oceanside on Highway 101, and although I was disappointed at the lack of Christmas decorations on the hundreds of stores I saw, I found nine shops that had weird pictures of Santa Claus.

Along the highway, only a few businesses had painted wreaths, candles, or Christmas trees. One business in Oceanside had a large Baby Jesus painted on its window. I found no Santas painted on the store windows in Del Mar or Cardiff.

My neighbor Dave Yant, who is a professional sign painter, is well known for his North County window artwork. Although I only saw one of his pieces, he says he’s painted about 20 business windows this holiday season. The average cost to paint a large pane of glass is around $75.

At Woody’s Solana Beach, Santa appears drunk. Employee Jessica Shrader painted two window scenes on the Coast Hwy. bar and restaurant.

Surf Cleaners in Encinitas

Santa seems really excited to give out sprinkler heads on the Hydro-scape landscaping company’s window in Encinitas.

Surfin’ Santa’s in the barrel at Juanita’s Taco Shop in Leucadia

Santa flips pizza dough at Knockout Pizza, located on Carlsbad Boulevard (Carlsbad’s name for Coast Hwy.)

Santa after a shave (with a cocktail) at Carlsbad’s Beach Street Salon and Spa

Outer Limits Smoke Shop in Oceanside

Oceanside’s Coast Compound Pharmacy

Kingsman Cleaners in downtown Oceanside has Santa in his Marine dress blues.

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