Santa Claus Museum & Village
Step into the town’s history as you view a collection of original town buildings dating back to 1856. Write a FREE letter to Santa from the town’s first post office and feel the ageless beauty as you walk into the completely original, 1880 Santa Claus Church. Visit the fully restored 1935 Santa Statue, towering 22 feet tall and “dedicated to the children of the world.”
Inside the The Santa Claus Museum & Village, trace the town’s interesting history from mid-1800s to today with historical documents, photos, and artifacts from museum founder and Chief Elf Pat Koch’s private collection. See Holiday World archives, along with loaned and donated treasures from collectors with personal ties to the rich history of the town of Santa Claus.
Visitors will be surprised and delighted with the variety of memorabilia, photos, and articles on display.
The museum includes exhibits on:
- The early beginnings of Santa Claus, Indiana
- The history of the famous Santa Claus Post Office
- The start of tourism in Santa Claus with Santa’s Candy Castle and Barrett Park
- The history of Santa Claus Land and its evolution to Holiday World
- Letters to Santa and the local tradition of responding to the thousands of children who send them from all over the world
- Antique toys and dolls
Be sure to take home a piece of the magic by checking out the Santa Claus Museum Gift Shop featuring exclusive Santa Claus souvenirs and nostalgic Christmas items. Admission to the Santa Claus Museum & Village is free but donations are welcome.
Send your letter to Santa year round; he will reply in December!
P.O. Box 1
Santa Claus, IN 47579
This attraction is open seasonally and hours may vary.
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While in the area......Reviewed 06-29-17
This was a very nice little tour. Gerri and I like little musems like this. Learned a lot about the town of Santa Claus from this little gem. A nice gift shop is located here too! Read More
Family vacationReviewed 06-21-17
All of the history of the area is represented. Many photos and artifacts. The person working was very helpful and informative. Read More
Something to learn a little historyReviewed 06-10-17
Museum isn't anything spectacular but you can learn a little history of the town. It's free but they do take donations. There is also an original post office on site where kids can write letters to... Read More
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