Plan & Play: Create the Perfect Trip

Fall in Santa Claus Indiana

Plan Your Visit!

The Santa Claus, Indiana, area and sites throughout Lincoln’s Indiana Boyhood Home feature incredible outdoor recreation and tons of family fun. From Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus to the beach inside Lincoln State Park and the Holiday Drive-In in Reo (one of few drive-in movie theaters left in the country!)… this small and welcoming destination is filled with safe activities and places to explore.


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Think summer and holiday seasons are the only times to visit the festive town of Santa Claus? Think again!

Imagine crisp fall air, magnificent fall foliage, and fantastic fall events like Happy Halloween Weekends at Holiday World, PLUS local fairs and festivals.

Stop by holiday favorites – even during the fall – like the gigantic Santa Claus Christmas Store, grab a frozen hot chocolate from the oh-so-sweet Santa’s Candy Castle, and be sure to snap a #SantaSelfie with any of the 20+ larger-than-life Santa statues throughout town. There’s family fun around every corner!

Did you know Abraham Lincoln grew up just five minutes from what is now Santa Claus, Indiana? That’s right, you can explore sites commemorating President Lincoln’s 14 years living in Indiana. The greatest outdoors can be found throughout the area at Lincoln State ParkLincoln Boyhood National Memorial, and more.

Check out our fall bucket list for more inspiration and browse all things to do throughout the area here.


Take advantage of ample spots to rest your head during your weekend getaway. Book a cabin and cottage for a “glamping” experience near Holiday World, relax at a nearby hotel, or find a more remote vacation rental or B&B nestled nearby in the country.

Looking for a spot with a pool?

Or do you need a full-sized kitchen?

How about a backyard with room for the kiddos to run?

Book a place with room for the family and amenities that fit your needs. From Mistletoe Manor (sleeps 21!) to a quaint cabin in the woods, there are a variety of available places to stay. Find the best spot for your crew by searching type of lodging or location here.

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Resources for the Santa Claus Area

Our team loves travel and absolutely loves to help visitors coming to the area. Send us a message with any questions! Really, there is no such thing as a silly or unreasonable question. Let us help!

Our Trip Planner tool makes it easy to plan out a trip and share it with family or friends via email. Browse our site to find things to do, events, and more… just “Add To Planner” to create an easy itinerary for your trip!

Click here to see a map of the area. Quickly download the PDF to print or request we mail you a hard copy in advance.

Plan Ahead for Christmas

Love Christmas? Then plan to visit for the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration!

The three-weekend celebration includes Christmassy events like Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire at Santa’s Candy Castle, Christmas Dinner with Santa at Santa’s Lodge, the Santa Claus Christmas Parade, and more! Establish – or continue! – family traditions like writing a letter to Santa inside the original Santa Claus Post Office and hand-canceling holiday mail with the famous Santa Claus Postmark at the one-and-only Santa Claus Post Office. Stay for the weekend and enjoy festive places to stay such as Santa’s Lakeside Cottages, Rudolph’s Christmas Cabins at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph, and more.

PRO TIP: Find weekend Christmas packages throughout the Santa Claus, Indiana, area here.

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