Santa Claus, Indiana

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2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

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

Description

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.

We love Santa Claus!
Reviewed by bjtindy
on May 16, 2012
This is the most fun town, we love the candy castle & Santa's stables.
Reviewed by coco02
on May 16, 2012
I love Santa Claus, IN!!!! One of my favorite places on earth!!!
Reviewed by jhbanter
on May 16, 2012
Nestled in the peaceful rolling farmland of Southern Indiana is the quaint little town of Santa Claus Indiana. In the midst of all this beautiful scenery is Holiday World. Family run theme park that is not only fun, but the friendliest, cleanest, and best valued park I have EVER been to across the nation. You feel like every time you go you are "coming home" to a family members amusement park in their back yard, but~in this instance, Holiday World happens to be one of the most up to date amusement parks around. Always improving their selection of rides and entertainment to the point, year after year, there is a sense of familiarity and a sense of new discovery. Never boring, always interesting, and always entertaining for the entire family, from 1 to 100. The Koch (?sp) family are wonders at making everyone feel welcome time and time again. And the value~ an amusement park and a water park for under $50, plus all the free drinks you and your family could ever want. And personally I think they have the best burgers anywhere outside a nice restaurant. Positively a must stop~
Reviewed by SuzWhelan
on May 16, 2012
Love Santa Claus and all the fun. Great place to be!!!
Reviewed by beautifulmess
on May 16, 2012
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