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The name says it all: Santa Claus. That is, the place, not the person – although he definitely is a huge presence in the town that bears his name. “America’s Christmas Hometown,” Santa Claus, IN, holds its annual Christmas Celebration the first three weekends of December – and what a holly-jolly time for every generation.

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The name says it all: Santa Claus. That is, the place, not the person – although he definitely is a huge presence in the town that bears his name. “America’s Christmas Hometown,” Santa Claus, IN, holds its annual Christmas Celebration the first three weekends of December – and what a holly-jolly time for every generation.

 

 

Highlights include driving the 1.2-mile Santa Claus Land of Lights at Lake Rudolph; visiting the Santa Claus Museum & Village where children can write a letter to Santa; and popping into Santa’s Candy Castle to select some sweet treats and present your case – naughty or nice – to an elf on the North Pole Network.

 

 

Catch the holiday production, “Scrooge’s Christmas,” presented by the Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association at the Heritage Hills High School auditorium. Complete your shopping list at Christmas-themed shops, including the Evergreen Boutique & Christmas Shop, Santa’s TOYS and Santa Claus Christmas Store. Browse among homemade crafts and goodies at the Santa Claus Arts & Crafts Show. Choose the perfect wine to accompany your holiday parties at Monkey Hollow Winery and Pepper’s Ridge Winery.

 

 

The annual Santa Claus Christmas Parade takes place on Dec. 10. New this year is the Brew Ho Ho, a beer fest featuring local breweries, on Dec. 17.

 

 

Several packages are available for the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration, including “Rudolph’s Family Christmas” at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort. Enjoy a two-night stay in a Rudolph’s Christmas cabin, two vehicle passes to the Santa Claus Land of Lights, a continental breakfast with Santa and $20 worth of Rudy Bucks for family Christmas activities. $310. 888-929-7010, www.lakerudolph.com

 

 

The Christmas Package at Santa’s Lodge includes one or two nights’ accommodations, four breakfast buffets, a pass to Santa Claus Land of Lights, an access card to chat with an elf on the Northpole Network at Santa’s Candy Castle, story time and milk and cookies with Santa and Christmas crafts. The one-night packages start at $229.99; two-night packages start at $299.99.
812-937-1902, www.santaslodge.com

 

 

Only here: The famous Santa Claus picture postmark, created annually by a local student, that will cancel postage stamps on holiday mail is here, at only post office in the world with the Santa Claus name.

 

 

Information: 888-444-9252, SantaClausInd.org/Christmas. Download Christmas Event Guide here.

 

Kathy Witt

 

December 2, 2016

 

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The annual Santa Claus Christmas Parade takes place on Dec. 10.

Photo: Spencer County Visitors Bureau

 

The custom drive-through outdoor Santa Claus Land of Lights tells the “Shining Story of Rudolph.”

Photo: Spencer County Visitors Bureau

 

A visit with jolly old St. Nick

Photo: Spencer County Visitors Bureau

 

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