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.

Extremely fun town that is home to the Santa spirit all year round. It has one of the best theme parks in the world. The only theme park we make sure to go to EVERY year. Wonderful people and surprising attractions abound.
Reviewed by buggymom
on September 17, 2012
This is such a wonderful place to vacation! Holiday and Splashin Safari are a GREAT place to take the family! And it is a REALLY good price too! Two parks for the price of one! Not to mention Santa's Candy Castle!! The treats there are So yummy! And there are is so much other stuff to do too! Visit the Christmas Store, go to Abe Lincoln's BoyHood Home. There's also great places to stay! Santa's Lodge if you don't like camping... or their is either Lake Rudolph or Lincoln State Park (which has some Great trails to take walks on! Just love this place!!
Reviewed by lmekong
on September 17, 2012
Love Holiday World. Wonderful family theme and water park. Friendly and clean.
Reviewed by missijohnston
on September 17, 2012
Looove Holiday World.
Reviewed by kayka05
on September 17, 2012
Santa Claus is a great Midwest town! Holiday World is a world-class theme park with something for everyone in the family.
Reviewed by Kwitina
on September 17, 2012
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