Santa Claus Museum & Village

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating (Based on 88 reviews)
69 State Route 245 Santa Claus, IN 47579

Contact Information

(812) 544-2434

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Inside the The Santa Claus Museum & Village, trace the town’s interesting history from mid-1800s to today with historical documents, photos, and artifacts from museum founder and Chief Elf Pat Koch’s private collection.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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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 88 reviews

"A bit of history"

5 Reviewed 11-18-17

Neat little museum with friendly staff. There's a video to watch and some gifts to purchase. Donations are accepted and it's worth it. Read More

It was closed

2 Reviewed 08-26-17

Tried visiting this museum but it was closed. Sorry we missed it as we would have enjoyed touring it. The brochure at the rest areas in Indiana never stated the hours of operation, so they may want... Read More

Small Quick Stop

4 Reviewed 08-16-17

This museum is small and quick but there is not much to do in this town, so it really is a great stop. It explains the town of Santa Claus and has some interesting pieces, there is a church and a... Read More

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