For those fortunate enough to live in the Kentuckiana area, Santa Claus, Indiana is just a handful of Interstate miles to the northeast. Known as “America’s Christmas hometown”, Santa Claus was given its name in 1852 by a child. It wasn’t until the mid-30s that the town began to build attractions that would turn it into the tourist center it is today.
Although Christmas is the perfect time to visit Santa Claus, there are activities throughout the year, including:
- Holiday World theme park and camping.
- During the four or five weeks leading up to Christmas, the town puts on some exciting holiday events.
- Santa Claus Christmas Celebration
- Santa’s Great Big LED Tree of Lights offers a tree lighting ceremony
- Visits with Santa
- Christmas light displays for families to enjoy.
If you’re looking for a place to stay, Santa’s Lodge carries on the Christmas theme year round. Have dinner at St. Nick’s Restaurant, which is located inside the lodge.
For those who fall in love with the town and don’t want to leave, you may want to look into life at Christmas Lake Village. This gated community is home to about 850 residents, but has about 2100 lots total to fill. The community offers lakes, beaches, a recreation center, and fishing.
Santa Claus sits about an hour to the northeast of Louisville, 45 minutes from New Albany, Indiana and around two to two and a half hours southeast of Indianapolis.
No matter how long you plan to stay, Santa Claus is worth a visit. Merry Christmas to all, all year long!
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