Santa Claus, Indiana

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2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

165 Votes - "Most Fun"
10 Votes - "Friendliest"

Description

Located between Interstate 64 and the Ohio River, tiny Santa Claus is a place where everyone feels like a kid. The town that honors Christmas all year has many year-round attractions: Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa’s Candy Castle, Christmas Lake Golf Course, the Santa Claus Museum, and Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort. It’s no wonder that it’s consistently a contender for Most Fun Small Town in the Best of the Road Rally. Amusements at the Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari theme and water park take their inspiration from holidays, including Thanksgiving, Halloween, and the 4th of July. The park, which attracts more than 1 million visitors annually, is also home to The Voyage, repeatedly cited as one of the world’s best wooden roller coasters. The Santa Claus Museum and Village chronicles the town’s history with artifacts, vintage toys, and documents---including letters to Santa from around the world. Indeed, in the early 1900s, the town experienced controversy due to the large influx of holiday mail. The original post office as well as the Santa Claus Church and Statue are also on site. Santa’s Stables offers horseback rides of varying lengths through trails in the woods as well as pony rides for smaller kids, who also appreciate Frosty’s Fun Center with mini-golf, games, and food. You can also enjoy shopping and dining locally with St. Nick’s Restaurant, the Santa Claus Christmas Store, and Kringle Place Shopping Center. A lodge and cottages are available in addition to the campground.

Holiday World is family friendly, clean, fun, and just the best all-around.
Reviewed by robinlbe
on September 17, 2012
This town is small but mighty. The big attraction is Holiday World & Splashin' Safari. But don't overlook Lincoln State Park, just to the west of town, and the shopping. Great campgrounds, too!
Reviewed by lswiss
on September 17, 2012
Although it is a small town and really isn't near any large cities, Santa Claus is situated in one of the most scenic areas of Indiana. It's claim to fame, Holiday World, is the most sought after attraction in this area. It is a combination amusement park/water park which is continually adding more fun and exciting rides to both areas of the park. The whole town revolves around our most popular holiday (Christmas) and and sports a golf course nearby along with a community aptly named Christmas Lake Village. Lake Rudolph is a well known camping area also located in Santa Claus. Thousands of letters each year pass through the post office at Santa Claus just to get the famed post mark stamped on them.
Reviewed by Lassielois
on September 17, 2012
Been coming to Santa Claus since I was a child in the 1950's/ I now bring my children, grandchildren to enjoy this place. Fun , smiles, and they way I can show my family what fun Holiday world is. Loved it so much I moved back to the area from Washington state. I even have smiles going to the grocery, sub shop or Santa's Medical center. The name just puts a smile on your face!
Reviewed by rosy50
on September 17, 2012
Great little town with big fun!
Reviewed by cruewoman
on September 17, 2012
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