Places to Visit in Santa Claus, Indiana

Santa Claus, Indiana is a destination that LOVES sharing the Christmas spirit all year round.  

They love it so much that they named their town after Santa.  

Church at Santa Claus, Indiana
1880 Santa Claus Church in Santa Claus Indiana

How did Santa Claus, Indiana get its name?

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.

Post Office in Santa Claus, Indiana

Stop By The Only Post Office in the World With Santa Claus in the Name

45 N Kringle Pl, Santa Claus, IN

The Santa Claus post office receives over 400,000 pieces of mail in December and is the only one in the world with the Santa Claus name.

Since 1983, the Santa Claus Post Office has offered the special postmark every holiday season.

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Share the Love of Christmas at the Santa Claus Christmas Store

33 N Kringle Pl, Santa Claus, IN

Find the perfect souvenir from your visit or purchase a holiday-themed gift at the store that celebrates all things Christmas. 

Spencer County Tourist Information in Santa Claus, Indiana

Learn More About the Area at Spencer County Visitors Bureau

39 N Kringle Pl, Santa Claus, IN 

Spencer County Tourism Center in Santa Claus, Indiana

The tourist 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.

I always like to ask the locals about hidden gems and great places to eat too. 

Lincoln Boyhood Home Memorial Indiana

Learn About Lincoln’s Early Life at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

3027 East South Street, Lincoln City, IN 

The boyhood home of Abe Lincoln is also not far from Santa Claus and worth stopping for. The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is located just 5 miles down the road from Santa Claus, Indiana.

During your visit, you can learn more about Abe Lincoln’s early life as a boy from age 7-21 on the farm with his family from 1816-1830.

Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana

Enjoy the Holidays Year-Round at Holiday World

452 E Christmas Blvd, Santa Claus, IN 

Even though Holiday World isn’t ironically open during the Christmas holiday months, they still help you celebrate Christmas from late spring until late fall at their holiday-themed amusement park. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari Water Park is a great amusement park for families of all ages.

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Each area of the park is divided into holiday-themed sections. (Christmas, 4th of July, Halloween, and Thanksgiving)

You can even eat a Thanksgiving dinner in the Thanksgiving section.

Thunderbird at Holiday World 2

An amusement park that gives you FREE parking, sunscreen, and UNLIMITED soft drinks with admission??!!!

Need I say more?

Bert the Conqueror in Santa Claus, Indiana

Holiday World was even in an episode of Bert the Conqueror on the Travel Channel featuring their wooden roller coaster and water coaster.

Santa Claus Museum in Santa Claus, Indiana

Learn More at the Santa Claus Museum & Village

69 North, IN-245, Santa Claus, IN

Kids can write a free letter to Santa inside the original 1856 post office and view historical documents, photos and artifacts showing the progression from the tiny settlement of Santa Fee to Santa Claus. 

Santa statue in Santa Claus, Indiana

View the Historic Santa Statue UpClose

The 22 ft tall statue was dedicated on Christmas Day in 1935, dedicated to the “children of the world.”. 

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The historic 40-ton statue has inscriptions on each side of the statue. 

Santa Claus statue in Santa Claus, Indiana

“Life hath given thee nothing more sweet than the patter of feet across thy floor.”

Santa Claus statue in Santa Claus, Indiana

“There is nothing so univeral as the spirit of Santa Claus.”

Santa's Candy Castle in Santa Claus, Indiana

Stop for a Sweet Treat at Santa’s Candy Castle

15499 IN-245, Santa Claus, IN 

Just a short distance down the road from Holiday World is Santa’s Candy Castle. The perfect stop if you are in the mood for a sweet treat with a variety of options including hard to find retro candy. 

Reasons Why Lake Rudolph Campground is So Popular

Where to Stay in Santa Claus, Indiana

78 N Holiday Blvd, Santa Claus, IN

Lake Rudolph Campground is a wonderful option for lodging. Guests who are planning a visit to the area love that it’s located next to Holiday World and offers free shuttles from the campground to the theme park.

You can bring a camper or stay in one of their cabins from May until the end of October. The atmosphere at the campground is extremely family-friendly and very clean.

Guests will enjoy lots of free activities on site -Blitzen Bay Pool and Baby Blitzen Pool, hiking trails, 2 basketball courts, 2 playgrounds, beach volleyball, and mini-golf.

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