Christmas in Santa Claus, Indiana

Posted by Kara Hinshaw on Friday, December 1st, 2017 at 8:37am.

“For we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute,
Candles in the window,
Carols at the spinet.
Yes, we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute.
It hasn't snowed a single flurry,
But Santa, dear, we're in a hurry;”

- “We Need a Little Christmas”


Santa Claus, Indiana, is the perfect place to spend the holiday season. Once the turkey is consumed and the pumpkin pie recipe tucked away for next year, we are more than ready to move on to the serious business of celebrating Christmas. Twinkling lights are wrapped around trees and draped from rooftops. Candy Canes and elves appear in yards. The sweet sounds of jingle bells and Christmas carols fill the air. And the magic of Christmas begins to seep into our very souls.

If you’re shopping homes for sale in Christmas Lake Village during this special time of year, you’re in for a treat. There are many ways to celebrate the season and Santa Claus, Indiana, plays host to three weekends of holiday fun in the month of December.

The annual town parade, scheduled for December 9, 2017, this year, features a huge line-up of local businesses bedecked in their holiday finest and the jolly ole’ elf himself, Santa Claus. In addition to the parade, local attractions offer events such as roasting chestnuts over an open fire (at Santa’s Candy Castle), sing-along Christmas carols or storytelling (at the Santa Claus Museum & Village), and tasty German food to warm you up at Das Nikolausfest. Don’t forget to schedule time for a visit with Santa. You can find him at the Santa Claus Christmas Store in Kringle Place Shopping Center.

Viewing Christmas lights is a time-honored tradition for many of us, and there is no better place to take in festive holiday displays than Santa Claus. During two nights in December, the gates of Christmas Lake Village open to the public for the Village Festival of Lights. Some houses feature an interactive light show with music, while others host a living nativity. Keep an eye out for Santa Claus and make sure to swing by the Recreation Center for hot cocoa and Christmas carols.

After taking in the lights of the Village, you could also drive over to Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort for their annual Land of Lights. Take a 1.2-mile drive through the campground and experience the story of Rudolph, the red nosed reindeer. Every vehicle gets one free photo with Rudolph at the Santa Claus Christmas Store too. The light show runs throughout December, visit for admission and hours.

Looking to get a little exercise to burn off some of those Christmas cookies? How about registering for Dancer’s Dash, a 5K that will be run on the new town wide trail system the first Saturday of December. After your run, you may want to stop by the Brew Ho Ho for some refreshments, including tasty and locally brewed beer. Visit for details on each event.

However, if you’re looking for ways to give back this holiday season, consider becoming one of Santa’s Elves. Every year, Santa Claus, Indiana, receives tens of thousands of letters sent to Santa. And for over 100 years, the town of Santa Claus has pulled together to help Santa answer these letters. Santa’s Elves, a non-profit organization made up of dedicated volunteers, spends countless hours each December helping Santa write responses to the letters they receive. The Elves are headquartered at the Santa Claus Museum & Village, where children can also come to write their letters, penning their wish lists while seated at antique school desks in the Original Santa Claus Post Office. The Elves are always happy to welcome new volunteers! More information can be found at

There are many, many more events scheduled this season. The town hosts the annual Christmas celebration during the first three weekends of December and a full listing of events can be found at

Finding a place to discover—or rediscover—Christmas magic is as important now as ever. We all need a little Christmas and we’re ready to hang those stockings and put the candles in the windows. Come discover America’s Christmas hometown this year. Who knows, maybe we’ll even get a little snow.

Merry Christmas!

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