Santa Claus, Indiana


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

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


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.

Christmas every day! This place has a ton of small town appeal, but you never lack for something to do!
Reviewed by berrybug
on September 17, 2012
Santa Claus Indiana is a great place to have fun! I am 64 years old and still enjoy taking my annual trip there! I love going to Holiday World and Splashin Safari.....Lake Rudolph is the best campground in America! Very clean and always have something for you to do.....quite relaxing and enjoyable. Very enjoyable family oriented community!
Reviewed by gmacote
on September 17, 2012
Love going on vacation here. Great people at the hotels,restaurants. Then going to the best place on world! Great times and friendly people.
Reviewed by cole61103
on September 17, 2012
LOVE going to Holiday World! It has to be the best place to take the entire family. Kids love the rides and the water park, while parents love the free drinks and how clean the park is.
Reviewed by mrsamerica
on September 17, 2012
Who doesn't love Santa Claus? There are so many fun things to do in this town, Santa Claus museum, a candy castle, camping, golfing and most fun of all Holiday World!
Reviewed by kvantin
on September 17, 2012
Showing 46 through 50 of 185 reviews



Add a Photo

You must be logged in to add photos.

Write a Review

Close ×

Vote for

You can only vote once for each town every 24 hours. You can vote again in

Vote for 2013 Best Small Town


Are you a DMO or CVB?
Explore "Best Town Travels" – Rand McNally’s new map-based digital travel guides for your website plus an iPhone and Facebook app! Learn More


Thank you for Voting!

Promote , by sharing your vote or writing a review.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter or Write a Review