Did you know that Santa Claus doesn’t really live in the North Pole? He calls a little corner of southern Indiana home, and he even gave the town his name. Yes, Santa Claus, Indiana really does exist and here are seven reasons to visit this sweet little country town, where it’s Christmas every single day of the year.
Enjoy a Fantastic Theme Park Experience for Less Money
A trip to Santa Claus is a fun adventure for families looking for a more affordable theme park experience. The main attraction of this small vacationers village is Holiday World, the world’s first-ever theme park, family-run since 1946. Relive a year of holidays in a single day by visiting each block of the park: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July and Christmas.
The three wooden coasters located around the park – The Raven, The Legend, and The Voyage – are fast and fun for the tweens/teens/adults in the family, while there’s also Holidog’s FunTown, a mini park within the park, that offers rides for the preschool/toddler set, as well as a splash area to cool off on hot summer days.
Splashin’ Safari, the park’s on-site water attraction rounded out the festive fun for everyone in our family. Don’t miss the three-story drop on Liberty Launch, a log ride down Frightful Falls, a whiz around the sky on Blitzer’s Airplanes and of course, a 154-foot drop at 67 mph and 2.4 seconds of “air time” on the best wooden roller coaster in the world, the Voyage. Stop and visit with Santa Claus (available for chats with both bad and good boys and girls all day long, in Christmasland). Holiday World is a first-class theme park: affordable, bright, safe and enjoyable for children and adults, minus packed-to-the-brim crowds. Free sunscreen and soft drinks make for an even more affordable (and comfortable) day.
Discover Signs of Santa and His Elves
Visit the local Santa Claus Museum, which also serves as the headquarters for Santa’s Elves – a group of volunteers who tirelessly help Santa answer the thousands of children’s letters that arrive every year – and learn more about the tiny town’s unique history. The new “Under the Christmas Tree” exhibit, highlights what children in Santa Claus, Indiana, may have received on Christmas morning in years past.
Have Some Frosty Fun.
Play a round of mini-golf at a course that circles around a melting snowman at the holiday themed Frosty’s Fun Center. Inside Frosty’s Fun Center, you’ll also find exciting arcade games such as car racing, space fighting, and more.
Enjoy Santa’s Sweet Treats
Santa’s Candy Castle is where Santa himself stocks up on candy and treats. You’ll find the largest selection of candy canes as well as frozen hot chocolate. Be sure to take a big box of the delicious hand dipped candies to go!
Spend the Night at Rudolph’s Campground
Lake Rudolph Campground offers rental cabins, RV and tent sites, making a stay in Santa Claus an affordable adventure. Adjacent to Holiday World, free shuttle service to the theme park is provided. We recommend the family cabins, which are comfortable and roomy; kids will get a kick out of the holiday decor. Lake Rudolph’s playground, pool, water slides, rental golf carts, game room, lake with rental kayaks and paddleboats, s’mores on a campfire and a wide starry sky round out the fun.
Explore Marengo Caves
Before heading home, head underground. At 4.6 miles in length, with upper-level passages and two parallel underground rivers formed more than a million years ago, a visit to the Marengo Caves, located less than a half hour from Santa Claus, is both educational and exciting. Choose from a variety of underground tours, with itineraries for both claustrophobes (the 35-minute long Crystal Palace Tour) and the ambitious spelunker (the five-hours-long Marengo Explorer adventure; helmets, lights and back-up lights are provided).
Send a Santa Claus-postmarked postcard.
Don’t forget to send a Santa Claus-postmarked, Christmas-themed postcard to your friends from the post office, located next door to the Santa Claus Museum!