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.

This town has been fun since I was a little boy many years ago and it hasn't changed since. The people are the most friendly and nice you will ever meet. If you ever get a chance to visit you won't be sorry. While you are there check out Holiday World Santa himself visits there during the summer. great fun park great people all in the heart of of the midwest!
Reviewed by SantaJerryO
on September 17, 2012
This town has everything that a kid of all ages could want. The people go out of their way to make sure you are having fun.
Reviewed by bngoodpaster
on September 17, 2012
This has to be the most Christmasssy place in the world.
Reviewed by SantaMack
on September 17, 2012
It's Christmas year round.
Reviewed by steach
on September 17, 2012
The best place ever!
Reviewed by AshleyCl
on September 17, 2012
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