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.

The town is dedicated to everything family. From the stores to the park, everything is family friendly. We absolutely love the customer service we have gotten every time we've been there. This is the main reason we are going again, this Friday.
Reviewed by Musson
on September 17, 2012
I went there as a child to visit Santa at Santa Claus Land. My folks bought my electric train from the Toy Land just before it closed for WWII so I would have one when I got older. You can see it in the Santa Claus Museum today after all these years. I moved to Christmas Lake Village, in Santa Claus from Texas. It is a great place to live and enjoy the four seasons. Some ask what is there to do here? I tell them I don't have enough time to do all that I want to do. You have church, volunteer work, golf, fishing, sightseeing, Optimist Club, Lincoln State & National Parks and plenty more places to see and visit in the area. And the cost of living is cheaper than the big cities yet we are not far from them.
Reviewed by starman
on September 17, 2012
Great small town to visit. Holiday World is located there. Best Amusement Park ever!!!!!
Reviewed by msimms
on September 17, 2012
It's Christmas every day. Things are all decorated for Christmas. People are very nice!
Reviewed by wascpttoe
on September 17, 2012
Santa Claus has Holiday World, Campgrounds, the Candy Castle and so much more!
Reviewed by sherrywillis
on September 17, 2012
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