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.
- Santa Claus Land is super clean and fun!!!
- on May 2, 2012
Absolutely love this place. We live 6 hours away and still come every year.
- on May 2, 2012
- Santa Claus is a great place to bring the entire family! Everyone will have fun on their trip!
- on April 26, 2012
- Great place for family vacations! Cleanest theme park!
- on April 12, 2012
- Hoosier Hospitality is at its finest in America's Christmas Hometown. The Christmas spirit is alive year-round in this festive town and the people are above and beyond friendly and helpful to visitors and neighbors alike. The town is home to Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, a theme and water park known for their friendly staff and cleanliness, too!
- on March 30, 2012