Santa Claus, Indiana, provides its visitors with Christmas cheer all year round. You can also plan your visit during the annual Santa Claus Christmas Celebration to get the most out of the town’s seasonal festivities. This three-weekend festival features a variety of activities for people of all ages, many of which are free. Some scheduled activities span several days, while others are limited to a single day or weekend.
Families can toast chestnuts over an open fire, get face painted, and watch a choreographed light show on Santa’s Great Big LED Tree of Lights, according to Brockman. Adult visitors, on the other side, could enjoy the town’s wine tasting event or the Santa Claus Arts & Craft Show.
The southern Indiana community traces its famous name back to 1856, says Emily Thompson, director of the Santa Claus Museum & Village. Originally called Santa Fe, the town’s post office application was rejected because the name was already taken.
According to legend, town residents gathered in the old Santa Claus Church on a date near Christmas to discuss a new name. During the debate, Thompson says, “A gust of wind blows the doors open, and the sound of jingle bells are heard, and a child yells out, ‘It’s Santa Claus!’” This new name was applied for and accepted, and the rest is history.
Santa himself welcomes visitors at the Santa Claus Christmas Store. Visitors can also make a reservation at Santa’s Lodge for a dinner with Santa.
You can visit the Santa Claus Museum & Village if you prefer to write down your Christmas wishes. The grounds of this attraction include a museum highlighting the history of the town, a 22-foot-tall Santa Claus statue, historic Santa Claus Church, and the original Santa Claus Post Office. Visitors can write letters to Santa and leave them off in a mailbox on the premises. Each year, Santa’s devoted elves assist in the response to around 13,000 letters received at the museum and via mail.
The Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is one of the most popular attractions in Santa Claus, Indiana. This enchanting hideaway, which aims to channel the joy of the holidays all year long, is a great location to take the whole family. Holiday World has parts dedicated to the 4th of July, Spooky Season, and Thanksgiving, as well as plenty of Christmas theming. You’ll discover specialised meals in each zone, in addition to themed rides. Anyone up for a Thanksgiving feast in July?
No holiday getaway would be complete without a little shopping. The Santa Claus Christmas Store stocks ornaments, wreaths, stockings, village collectibles and more.
This two-in-one theme park operates seasonally into October. They have three top-rated roller coasters, the world’s longest water coaster, wonderful shows and something for all ages!
We don’t know about you but we definitely want to check out this magical town that celebrates Christmas come rain or shine!