Last Chance for Christmastime Fun

Three photos in a grid show a girl leaning out a car window pointing at a light display, a photo of a house decorated in Christmas lights, and a tall white Santa Claus statue located at the Santa Claus Museum & Village

If you want to know what Christmastime in and near Santa Claus, Indiana, is really like, this weekend is your last chance of the season to experience chestnuts roasting, dinner with Santa, and tons more events and activities! 

Christmastime Events Happening This Weekend 

December 17 through 19 marks the third and final weekend of the annual Santa Claus Christmas Celebration and other events happening throughout the area. You can start your weekend itinerary off on Friday by writing a letter to Santa at the town’s original post office. On Saturday, indulge in a feast of food truck favorites and a delightful festival of lights. Then wrap up your visit on Sunday with a classic Christmas story and a meet-and-greet with a real live reindeer!   

Here’s the weekend schedule of events (all times listed are Central): 

Friday, December 17 

10:00 am – 3:00 pm  Write a Letter to Santa at Santa Claus Museum & Village  

5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 pm  Santa Claus Flyer Train Ride at Stone Ridge Station

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort  

5:00 – 11:00 pm  Christmas in Dale Light Show 

6:00 – 8:30 pm  Christmas Dinner with Santa at Santa’s Lodge 

Saturday, December 18 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Write a Letter to Santa at the Santa Claus Museum & Village  

11:00 am – 7:00 pm  Food Trucks at Kringle Place Shopping Center 

1:00, 3:00, 6:30 pm  “It’s A Wonderful Life” at Heritage Hills Auditorium  

4:00 pm  Live Nativity at Beloved Farms 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort  

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Festival of Lights at Christmas Lake Village  

5:00 – 11:00 pm  Christmas in Dale Light Show 

6:00 – 7:00 pmChestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire at Santa’s Candy Castle 

6:00 – 8:30 pm  Christmas Dinner with Santa at Santa’s Lodge

Sunday, December 19 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Write a Letter to Santa at the Santa Claus Museum & Village  

2:00 pm  “It’s A Wonderful Life” at Heritage Hills Auditorium  

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Christmas in Dale Light Show (Meet Comet the Reindeer and Santa until 7:00 pm) 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort
Little boy with blond hair sits at a desk with a pencil in hand and letter on desk. Blond woman squats next to the desk and rests right hand on back of chair.

Wrap Up the Season  

This coming weekend marks the official end of the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration, and things slow down around Santa Claus, Indiana, as we approach Christmas. 

You can wrap up your Christmas shopping with gifts from some of the area’s best stores. The Santa Claus Christmas Store and Santa’s Candy Castle will both close for the season on December 31. And others will adjust or reduce their hours after the new year for the winter season.  

And of course, you can always share your wishes with Santa when you visit him at the Santa Claus Haus!
Little boy in red and white shirt and glasses and a younger blond boy in a gray t-shirt sit on each of Santa's knees

Thanks for Celebrating the Season in Santa Claus, Indiana 

The holiday season is a special time of year for families. And we’re so appreciative of every visitor that chooses to celebrate in America’s Christmas Hometown! 

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