Are you a scrooge who is need of some holiday cheer? Maybe you are disheartened that your favorite time of the year is over. Christmas Lovers rejoice! It’s Christmas everyday of the year in the small, charming town of Santa Claus, Indiana. Located just an hour outside of Louisville it makes a perfect road trip for kids young and old. We opted to go a few weeks before Christmas to see how American’s Christmas Hometown celebrated. They did not disappoint.
In the true spirit of Christmas the town is all about community. While at first glance there may not seem like a lot to do, dig a little deeper to see the programs and events that local businesses, clubs, and churches put on. The weekend we went there was something to do practically every hour! The locals are amazing and very friendly or should I say very jolly! The website makes it easy to see what events are going on around town and plan your visit. Whomever is doing the social media and website for Santa Claus knows exactly what they are doing, because it is probably one of the best city websites I have ever visited. Don’t believe me…check it out. http://santaclausind.org/
Stay at Santa’s Lakeside Cottages
Where were you thinking about staying? If it is anywhere other than Santa’s Lakeside Cottages then you must be crazy! After reading some reviews about local hotels we opted rent one of the cottages and it was the best decision ever! Everything is spotless, updated and offers amazing views. I have included some photos for you to look at. It is perfect for a couple or a family! The fully stocked kitchen makes it easy to prepare meals and snacks and waking up to a lakeside view every morning was just the icing on the sugar cookie! It’s your own little piece of the North Pole while you visit. http://santascottages.com/
1880 Santa Claus Church and Village
When I first laid eyes on the historic church of Santa Claus the song O Holy night immediately came to mind. You can envision the candles flickering and folks gathered inside on a chilly Christmas Eve. Sitting high on top the hill behind the church over looking the town is a 22-ft tall statue of Santa that demands a photo op. Swing by the post office to write and send a letter to Santa. Letters received in December will receive a personalized response.
Your final stop in this little village is the Santa Claus museum. Not only will you learn about the town’s history, but you can read letters to Santa that kids have written through the years. It also takes you on a journey through history to show how Santa’s Claus iconic theme park Holiday World came to be. The museum and village is free, but bring a couple of bucks to donate to help keep this enchanting little village beautiful. Remember Santa is watching.
Breakfast with Santa
After checking the events that were happening in Santa Claus we saw that a local church was hosting breakfast with Santa. We opted to go and for the low low cost of $5.00 you had all you can eat homemade pancakes, sausage links and bakery donuts. Complete with breakfast beverages. I am also fairly certain they flew the big man in red down here directly from the North Pole because this was the realist Santa I have ever seen. Not to mention they flew Mrs. Claus in as well! As part of your visit you got a free photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. This was one Santa that not even the Baby Soph would cry at, because he is the real one!!! It was a great time and I would highly recommend this experience. You also get to mingle with locals and enjoy a local arts and crafts show as well. Skip dinner with Santa and come here instead!
Santa Claus Post Office
Be sure to make it a point to swing by the Santa Claus post office and get a special postmark that is unique to Santa Claus! Did you know back in the early 1930’s the US Postal Service suggested the town change it’s name to prevent a Christmas frenzy! Bunch of scrooges. It is here, where thousands of letters received for Santa every year and with amazing volunteers, each letter receives a response.
Do a Little Shopping
Need some rum in your rum papa pum? Swing by the Old Tyme Liquors to stock your fridge with some holiday cheer. The Holiday Food Store is located nearby so grab your supplies for your cabin, camper or whatever you maybe sleeping in. Then swing over to Santa Claus Christmas Store to see more ornaments than you ever thought possible. They make fresh cookies in store so be sure to grab some goodness while you shop or wait to see Santa. During the holidays they have crafts for the kiddos. Just remember to be good because Santa is always watching.
Plan a Visit out to Saint Meinrad Archabbey
Hit pause on your Christmas music for a bit and take a quick drive out to see one of only two Archabbeys in the United States. It is only one of 11 in all the world! Entering into the chapel you immediately feel that you have entered a place of God. Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the sanctuary and the serenity of prayer. After leaving the sanctuary stroll the grounds and revel in gorgeous architecture and gardens. You have the option to do a self guided tour or opt to take a free tour. We did the self guided tour since we had the Soph.
Find All the Santa Statues!
Is your selfie game on point? If you have perfected the duck lips and mastering the selfie stick, then this my friend is for you. Scattered all throughout the town you will find numerous Santa statues. It is your personal goal to find each and every one and get a #santaselfie. Look high and low, for one Santa could be on the roof and the other outside of Subway. There is no official map of all the Santa’s so you might have to ask around to be sure you have uncovered and photographed each one!
Try the Fire and Ice Challenge at the Candy Castle
While insane to some, including myself, the Candy Castle offers a food challenge that will leave you with intestinal distress and likely diabetes. If you can stomach a pound of fire popcorn washed down for a half gallon frozen hot chocolate then you live on in the Candy Castle hall of fame, even if you die that night from fiery shits. You also get bumper sticker and $25 gift card. You might lose your toes to diabetes, but it was worth it! My recommendation, go and get a regular size frozen hot chocolate and some of their gourmet popcorn to go. During the holiday season they roast chestnuts on an open fire free to the public. This was a pretty unique experience and I highly recommend it.
Visit for Christmas in July
What better place to be in July than in Santa Claus? Check out the local events happening and swing into their famous amusement park, Holiday World. (You know the one that advertised on the back of the Pepsi cans). Other things worth exploring is Lincoln’s boyhood home, nearby lakes and hiking trails and of course the wineries! We are going to plan another trip to Santa Claus to visit these other attractions and more. Be on the look out for one of the best sequels…Santa Claus 2! Watch out Santa we are coming back to your town!
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