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.

It is a great value, tons of fun. Nothing but good memories. Where else can you go and see Santa in the Summer while riding the waves?
Reviewed by dawnlynn1981
on May 10, 2012
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari take the lead in making this town fun! With top ranked wooden roller coasters and the title of #1 waterpark in the nation, every member of the family will find something fun to do. Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort next door keeps the fun going after the theme park closes! Catch the nighttime parade of campers or stop by one of the many planned activities or crafts to keep the kids from getting "cabin fever". A visit to the Historic 1935 Santa Statue, Santa Claus Museum, Santa's Candy Castle, Santa's Stables and Santa Claus Christmas Store will round out your visit to one of the nation's smallest but big on fun towns!
Reviewed by nryder
on May 10, 2012
We love to take this trip with our children. It is very family oriented and lots of fun! We have made lots of good memories there.
Reviewed by trieck
on May 10, 2012
Attended a convention in Santa Claus, Ind. and met many wonderful people especially the caring staff at Santa's Lodge. I tip my hat to Larry May and his wonderful staff for making my stay in Santa Claus a memorable one. Santa Claus is definitely Christmas' Home Town!
Reviewed by santalarrycanada
on May 10, 2012
Holiday World and Spashin' Safari are hidden gems! This small town definitely deserves the "Most Fun" award. I wish I could also vote for "friendliest" too, because they have earned that award as well!
Reviewed by holidayworld
on May 10, 2012
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