Previously named one of the "10 best places to spend Christmas" by CNN, the town of Santa Claus, Indiana, whose population is less than 2,500, boasts the only post office offering a special "Santa Claus" postmark.
Fun Facts About Santa Claus, Indiana
- The town was originally called Santa Fe. In 1856, the United States Postal Service originally refused the town's application as there was already a Santa Fe established with the USPS. This inspired the townspeople to change the name of the town to Santa Claus.
- Every year, the post office receives thousands of letters to Santa from all over the world. A group of volunteers known as Santa's Elves ensures each child receives a reply from Santa Claus. This tradition has existed since 1914.
- Street names in Santas Claus include Christmas Boulevard, Candy Cane Lane, and Mistletoe Drive, and you'll find over 20 statues of Santa around town, offering many seasonal photo ops.
- Santa Claus has a Christmas-themed amusement park called Holiday World, but ironically it is not open during the Christmas season.
The 2017 Santa Claus Stamp
Every year, a new holiday postmark is designed by a local high school art student as part of an annual contest. The winning stamp design in 2017 can be seen here.
Christmas in Santa Claus, Indiana
The Midwest town is hosting its annual three-week Santa Claus Christmas Celebration starting December 2, 2017. Holiday events in Santa Claus include:
- Santa Claus Christmas parade
- The story of Santa Claus at the Santa Claus Museum & Village
- Run Run Rudolph 5K through Lake Rudolph's Santa Claus Land of Lights
- Face painting and Christmas woodcarving demonstrations at Holly Tree Christmas Shop
- Chestnuts roasting on an open fire at Santa's Candy Castle, which opened in 1935 as the Christmas-themed attraction in the United States.
- Gingerbread house decorating at the Santa Claus Christmas Store
- Christmas dinner with Santa at Santa's Lodge
- Christmas Lake Village Festival of Lights
Christmas Packages in Santa Claus, Indiana
Families looking to save money on a getaway to Santa Claus should consider one of the Christmas packages the local visitor center has put together to give added bang for your buck. The packages are bundled to include accommodations and a selection of events and activities for added value. Some packages offer extras such as a bedtime story with Santa and Mrs. Claus in your hotel room. Options start at under $100 a night and increase depending on quality of accommodations and the inclusions of the package.