10 Things to Do in Santa Claus That You Shouldn't Miss

March 3, 2018 Almeta Stockton

Santa Claus is a town in Spencer County, Indiana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Located in Carter, Clay and Harrison Townships, it sits between Interstate 64 and the Ohio River. The population was 2,481 at the 2010 census, making it the largest community in Spencer County.
Restaurants in Santa Claus

1. Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

452 E Christmas Blvd, Santa Claus, IN 47579-6152 +1 812-937-4401
Excellent
79%
Good
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari are a family-owned theme park and water park combo located in Santa Claus, Indiana. Home of Thunderbird - America’s only launched wing roller coaster, Holiday World celebrates Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and the 4th of July with roller coasters, family rides, a huge water park, live entertainment, games, attractions - and Santa Claus, himself! Splashin’ Safari, ranked one of the nation’s Top Water Parks by TripAdvisor and USA Today, includes the two longest water coasters in the world, numerous family water slides, two wave pools, plus water activities for children. Both parks have been voted the World's Cleanest for more than a dozen years by the readers of Amusement Today magazine. In 2016, Guinness World Records certified Mammoth as the World's Longest Water Coaster and in 2013, TIME magazine named The Voyage the nation’s #1 wooden roller coaster. Live entertainment includes musical shows, a country band, high dive show, and Santa’s Storytime. Both parks offer guests free soft drinks, free parking, free inner tube usage, free sunscreen and free Wi-Fi. New for 2017! Firecracker is a classic Calypso ride, one of only a handful still in operation in North America.

Reviewed By CoasterAddict - Kennesaw, Georgia

Holiday World has always been an amusement park that was super clean, super friendly, and super enjoyable. The park has arguably the world's best wooden roller coaster collection as well as a smooth launched steel roller coaster. In addition, Holiday World has one of the...MoreThanks so much for your review. We hope you come see us again!

2. Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Sr 162, Lincoln City, IN +1 812-937-4541
Excellent
63%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 158 reviews

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial hosts the site of the farm where the 16th president of the U.S. spent the majority of his youth.

Reviewed By virginia g

I am on a solo road trip stopping at as many national parks as possible. This one has been on my radar for quite some time. Impressive visitor center, beautiful ground and a legacy that is treasured. I was disappointed to see all the visitors driving the property. You will not get the same experience if you drive. It is only half mile and if you drive you will not see the 12 stones trail.

3. Saint Meinrad Archabbey

200 Hill Dr, Saint Meinrad, IN 47577-1301 +1 812-357-6515
Excellent
76%
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Saint Meinrad Archabbey

Reviewed By Daniel M - La Porte

We have been to Saint Meinrad Archabbey before when we spent a night and enjoyed the atmosphere of this place. This time we were in the area and decided to visit again. There is some construction going on but that does not stop one from going into the church and thanking the good Lord for all are blessings.

4. Santa's Candy Castle

15499 N State Road 245, Santa Claus, IN 47579-9758 +1 812-544-3900
Excellent
46%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 223 reviews

Santa's Candy Castle

Reviewed By Jeanette H

Every time I have been here the staff is also so friendly, always making the guests feel like family. The food is delicious especially the frozen hot chocolate. Can't go wrong with anything you get. Love this place.

5. Monkey Hollow Winery

11534 E County Road 1740 N, Saint Meinrad, IN 47577-9794 +1 812-357-2272
Excellent
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Monkey Hollow Winery

Reviewed By Heath G - Evansville, Indiana

We visited the Monkey Hollow Winery on a sunny September day. The grounds are beautiful and the wine tasting experience was a good one. We purchased three bottles for home and highly recommend a visit to those in the area.

6. Santa Claus Christmas Store

33 N Kringle Pl, Santa Claus, IN 47579-6153 +1 877-224-1772
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 121 reviews

Santa Claus Christmas Store

Experience the magic of Christmas year-round at the Santa Claus Christmas Store, located in Santa Claus, Indiana.The store offers a huge selection of Christmas gifts, indoor and outdoor lights, Christmas decorations, wreaths, tree trimmings, nativities, collectibles and more. Savor fudge and other tasty treats at Mrs. Claus' Sweet Treats!Visit with Santa during the Summer and Christmas seasons. Share the Love of Christmas!

Reviewed By lceventplanner - Lexington, Kentucky

It was a fun little stop if you're close by. I probably wouldn't drive an hour to get there. There is a nice selection of ornaments, but not as affordable as I would have liked/thought they would be, but if you're looking for something specific, they have it.

I wish they would have had a Santa Claus, IN one that wasn't just hand written on there. The post office is like 2 doors down if you want to send a post card from there to someone from Santa Claus, IN!

7. Santa's Stables

6709 E County Road 1475 N, Santa Claus, IN 47550-7433 +1 812-340-2288
Excellent
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5 based on 44 reviews

Santa's Stables

Visit Santa's Stables for a family friendly horseback riding experience, led by our trained guides! Also enjoy pony rides for the wee ones.

Reviewed By Jifij - Ofallon

We were vacationing at Holiday World at the end of July and thought it would be a good idea to get some other events in....so we opted for the horse back riding. Our kids really enjoyed this and so did my wife. The handlers were outstanding with us.....

8. Santa Claus Museum

69 N State Road 245, Santa Claus, IN 47579-6363 +1 812-544-2434
Excellent
47%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 89 reviews

Santa Claus Museum

The Santa Claus Museum & Village is closed for the season and will reopen in May 2018. The story of Santa Claus, Indiana, comes alive at the Santa Claus Museum & Village. Explore the town's famous history in the Santa Claus Museum and pick up the perfect souvenir in the gift shop. Visit the beautiful, 1880 Santa Claus Church and the giant Santa Claus Statue, built in 1935 and standing 22-feet-tall. Spend some time in the Original Santa Claus Post Office and write your free letters to Santa. Don't forget to include your name and address... Santa and his Elves will write back in December!

Reviewed By 446raymondr - Livonia, Michigan

This was a nice museum to learn about the town. As with most museums it was not something children would enjoy.

9. Santa Claus Land of Lights

78 N Holiday Blvd, Santa Claus, IN 47579-8500 +1 877-478-3657
Excellent
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

Santa Claus Land of Lights

Reviewed By AngelaZig - Ormond Beach, Florida

We just got back from doing this, and we loved it!! Take lots of pictures, turn off car lights and turn the radio on! Enjoy the ride! FYI, If you are in a hurry- flash your lights and go around the cars, do not ride so close to them ans disturb their experience. These lights are amazing! A lot of work goes into these lights and the music and the choreography of matching the lights with the music. We took lots of pictures and this just brings us more together! Check Groupon or living social for a discounted ticket. But surely enjoy the ride!!! And take your time!

10. Santa Claus Post Office

Santa Claus, IN
Excellent
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4.5 based on 69 reviews

Santa Claus Post Office

This post office handles up to 50,000 pieces of mail per day during the Christmas season.

Reviewed By Hitheroadwithlila - Lenexa, Kansas

During one of several road trips with my grandson, I had to swing by the town of Santa Claus. It's a fun place for a pit stop to stretch your legs and do some light shopping at the local stores in the strip mall near the post office Bring your cards and letters, especially during the days leading up to Christmas to have the postmark that tells everyone you've seen Santa at his other hangout.
FYI, there is an amusement park nearby.

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