Santa Claus, IN
The town of Santa Claus is home to the only post office in the world with Santa's name. Each year, this small but famous post office offers a special holiday postmark, designed by a local high school student, in December only. In addition, more than 13,000 letters written to Santa flood the town and are all answered by a group of volunteers called "Santa's Elves." Families can visit the original Santa Claus Post Office (and write a letter on site!) or pose in front of a 22-foot-tall Santa statue at the Santa Claus Museum and Village.
The historic Santa's Candy Castle hosts the centuries-old tradition of roasting chestnuts on an open fire throughout the holiday season and offers gourmet hot chocolate in more than 25 flavors. The Santa Claus Land of Lights features 1.2 miles of giant light displays telling the shining story of Rudolph. Other activities and events during Christmas include Christmas Dinner with Santa at Santa's Lodge, a Brew Ho Ho, Dancer's Dash 5K, the Santa Claus Christmas Parade, and more. Visitors can experience a festive weekend in the town of Santa Claus with a Christmas package at holiday-themed lodging such as Santa's Lakeside Cottages, Rudolph's Christmas Cabins at Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort, and Santa's Lodge.