We are only a few weeks away from Christmas. When people think of Christmas, often times, they will think of Santa Claus and his signature big, white beard. Who knows what Santa may have planned for Christmas? Maybe he will hand out tasty Christmas cookies or maybe sneak in a present or two. People also often imagine a winter wonderland magically happening for Christmas.
What better way to celebrate Christmas than to talk about a charming town in Indiana that just so happen to be named after Santa? Santa Claus is located in the southern part of the US state of Indiana about an hour drive east of Evansville. These are the Santa Claus, Indiana attractions that you should check out.
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is located on East Christmas Blvd in Santa Claus. This is probably the most well known attraction that Santa Claus has to offer. This attraction is split in two parts. Holiday World is a theme park while Splashin’ Safari is a water park. Holiday World is appropriately named because the theme park is divided into sections, each of which is named for a holiday.
There are four sections at Holiday World. They are Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the 4th of July. Each section at Holiday World includes attractions that are themed for the holiday of the section. The roller coasters that are available at Holiday World include The Raven, The Legend, The Voyage, Thunderbird, and Howler.
In addition to all of these roller coasters, Holiday World also offers a variety of restaurants, shops, shows, games, and non-roller coaster rides. Arguably the best thing about Holiday World is that you can get free, unlimited soft drinks during your time there.
Over at Splashin’ Safari, there are two water coasters at the water park. The are Wildebeest and Mammoth. In addition to these two water coasters, there are two wave pools. One is known as The Wave and the other one is called the Bahari Wave Pool. A lazy river, called the Bahari River, also winds it way around the water park. There are also a variety of water slides and kiddie pools available at the water park.
The ticket prices for Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari are as follows: $60 per person and $50 for those who are under 54 inches or who are at least the age of 60. Children under the age of two gets free admission. It should be noted that this attraction is only open from April through October.
Santa Claus Christmas Store
The Santa Claus Christmas Store is located on North Kringle Place in Santa Claus. This attraction is essentially your one-of-a-kind store for purchasing unique Christmas items that you may or may not be able to find anywhere else. Christmas-related items that are sold here include, but is not limited to, gifts, indoor and outdoor lights, decorations, wreaths, and collectibles.
There is also a sweet treats shop inside of the Christmas store called Mrs. Claus’ Sweet Treats. You will also have an opportunity to meet with Santa Claus himself. This attraction is open from May 1st through December 31st.
Santa’s TOYS is located on North Kringle Place in Santa Claus. If you are planning on visiting Santa Claus with young children, you will want to check out this attraction. This is a unique store where you can browse and buy toys that are handcrafted by Santa Claus himself. The categories of toys available range from plush and puppet to arts and crafts to girls and dolls.
Young children will also be given the opportunity to play around with some of the toys during their visit to this attraction.
Santa’s Candy Castle
Santa’s Candy Castle is located on State Highway 245 in Santa Claus. This was the first building ever built in Santa Claus. This attraction has a charming architecture that resembles a castle. This is a unique store where you can find a massive variety candies and other sweet treats. There are lots of gourmet confections such as handmade fudges, caramels, malt balls, and toffee.
There are around two dozen flavors of salt water taffy and gourmet popcorn to choose from. A large range of retro candies can be found at this attraction such as candy cigarettes, wax bottles, and whistle pops. There are over 35 flavors of gourmet hot chocolate drinks available to choose from. There are also two entire rooms dedicated to the large section of PEZ and jelly belly sweet treats respectively.
So, there are a lot of candies and sweet treats for you to feast your eyes on inside the walls of this attraction. Oh and also, there is a gift shop located inside.
Santa Claus Museum & Village
The Santa Claus Museum & Village is located on State Highway 245 in Santa Claus. This attraction is where the iconic post office is located. The post office is world famous because this is where thousands of letters sent by children from around the world are sent for Santa Claus himself to respond to every year. You can read some of the letters during your visit there.
Young children will also have an opportunity to sit down at a desk and write a letter to Santa Claus at the post office. You can venture inside the museum to learn about the town’s history and how the town got its iconic name. The most visually striking feature is the huge statue of Santa Claus which stands as a giant at 22 feet tall outside in front of the attraction. This attraction is open from May through December.
These are all of the Santa Claus, Indiana attractions that you should go to during your visit there. Santa Claus is a charming town that has a special connection to Santa Claus himself.
If you are in need of a hotel to stay at overnight, I have got you covered here. You may have to do just a little bit of driving between the hotel and the Santa Claus attractions though. Here are the two hotels I would suggest you to book with.
Hampton Inn Jasper
This hotel is located on Third Avenue in Jasper, about 30 minutes drive from Santa Claus via US Highway 231. This hotel offers free complimentary breakfast. There is a indoor swimming pool and hot tub. A fitness center can also be found here at the hotel. If you are hungry, there’s plenty of nearby restaurants such as Schnitzelbank Restaurant, Brew, and Los Bravos.
All of the hotel rooms comes with mini refrigerators, microwaves, and WiFi. The average rate for a standard room range from $129 to $151.
Comfort Inn Ferdinand
This hotel is located on Scenic Hill Court just north of the interchange of State Highway 162 and Interstate 64 in Ferdinand. That is about 10 minutes drive north of Santa Claus via State Highway 162. This hotel offers free complimentary breakfast. For the hungry, nearby restaurant options include, but is not limited to, Fleig’s Cafe, Tres Agaves, and China Garden.
This hotel also includes an indoor heated swimming pool and a fitness center for your usage. There is also a game room available at this hotel. All of the hotel rooms come with microwaves, mini refrigerators, and WiFi. The average rate for a standard room range from $96 to $143.