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.

My kids always have fun everytime we make a stop at Santa Claus, IN
Reviewed by cbalbach
on May 15, 2012
This town is the BEST!!!
Reviewed by hxanders
on May 15, 2012
I started going to Santa Claus as a kid with my family back in the mid 1960's. We always loved it there. We would stay at the Lincoln Motel & go to Santa Claus Land (now Holiday World) & wed go to the Lincoln park & there was always a festival in a near by town wed go to. but we always loved Santa Claus Ind! I havent been for years but i still keep up with everything that is going on there. it will always be one of my most favorite towns in the world! Lots of great memories there.
Reviewed by LMPStudio
on May 15, 2012
Best small town around!! Inexpensive F U N!!!
Reviewed by sherrill_amy
on May 15, 2012
Holiday World is somewhere I try to take my kids 3 times a season. They are now 14 1/2 and 16. We have been going since we only did baby pool things. This park is so clean, easy on the $, and all in all a great Family Fun spot. Also a great place to make as a meeting spot with friends and family.
I have been going for around 40 years.
Reviewed by Altiermom
on May 15, 2012
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