Santa Claus, Indiana is a great destination that LOVES sharing the Christmas spirit all year round. They love it so much that they named their town after Santa. The town was forced to come up with a new name after they were declined by the USPS for choosing a name that was already established. The town’s new name was inspired by a boy at a Christmas Eve service who thought he heard Santa’s bells and shouted, Santa Claus. An elder declared that the new name of the town would be “Santa Claus” and all of the residents agreed. In 1933 the town began the process of adding unique attractions.
The boys and I decided check out the town for a brief visit on our way to another destination. We stopped by the post office, tourism information and The Christmas store.
The tourism information center is a great place to stop and get a map of the local attractions in the area…along with a fun photo op.
The boyhood home of Abe Lincoln is also not far from Santa Claus and worth stopping for.
We also drove past Holiday World on our way to the Santa statue. Holiday World is a great amusement park for families.
We were extras for an episode of Bert the Conqueror that was filmed there featuring their wooden roller coaster and water coaster.
The amusement park gives free sunscreen and unlimited soft drinks. Need I say more?
The Santa Claus statue is near the Santa Claus Museum.
The museum wasn’t open during our visit but we did get to take in all of the quotes on the statue.
There are several businesses that go with the holiday theme.
Just a short distance down the road is also Santa’s Candy Castle.
You can get in the Holiday spirit all year round at this destination. Check out their website to plan your visit.