Did you know that when Santa delivered surprises to children on Sanibel in the past, he probably used a mule to help him? At the Sanibel Historical Village, we know that mules were able to survive the mosquitoes better than other work animals. So, wanting to keep Rudolph and the other reindeer safe, Santa probably used a local mule – a “Yule Mule” – while spending Christmas Eve on Sanibel. This holiday sticker shows what Santa might have looked like on that festive night.


Come visit the Historical Village’s “Yule Mule” and write a letter to Santa at the same time. There is a letter-writing station set up with a special Air Mail to the North Pole mailbox. Please bring the adults who love you to the Sanibel Historical Village any time before December 15 to write your letter, and Santa will write back to you wishing you holiday cheer!


The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In accordance with the city of Sanibel’s regulations, masks are required inside the buildings. Full guided tours are available only if reserved in advance for groups of no more than six, depending on docent availability. This precautionary measure is due to COVID-19. “We hope to be able to resume our regular tours, at 10:30 and 1:30, as soon as possible and within safety guidelines,” Executive Director Emilie Alfino said.


The Sanibel Historical Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access. Admission is $10 for adults over 18. Members and children are free. The village has handicap access to all but one building, the tiny Post Office. For more information, call (239) 472-4648 during museum hours or visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.