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 BIGGEST little town ever! The spirit of Christmas all summer long!Some of the friendlest folks,and the cleanest too.A laid back place that can still offer value for a family get away where your dollar goes further!We make yearly-becaus we can afford this close to home daycation.
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on May 15, 2012
Very fun town and great people
Reviewed by iuhsr85
on May 15, 2012
Love Santa's Candy Castle. They are so friendly. I"ve gone there occasionally since I was a child .when it was new. Now 'I've been there with my great-grandchildren.
Reviewed by alichris34
on May 15, 2012
Love Santa Claus, IN!!!!
Reviewed by cgasaway
on May 14, 2012
This small town is the "Best of the Best". I have been visiting this town for the past 37 years and always leave thinking how friendly they are.
Reviewed by snowace77
on May 11, 2012
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