Santa Claus Museum & Village
Visit the Santa Claus Museum & Village to step into the town’s fascinating history. Explore a collection of original town buildings dating back to 1856. Write a 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 museum, trace the town’s interesting history from mid-1800s to today. See historical documents, photos, and artifacts from museum founder and Chief Elf Pat Koch’s private collection. Visitors will see Holiday World archives as well as 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.
Santa Claus Museum Exhibits:
- 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; personalized replies are sent in December!
P.O. Box 1
Santa Claus, IN 47579
This attraction is open seasonally and hours may vary.
Click here to see the hours of operation for local attractions and restaurants.
Christmas in July!Reviewed 07-08-18
This was a great stop with a lot of history to review of the town. The history of Santa & Holiday World. Loved the post office and sending letters to Santa with the expectation of getting the... Read More
Neat to seeReviewed 06-14-18
We stopped by since it was recommended to us. It was neat to see all of the items they have. We LOVED reading the letters to Santa. Our son also loved watching the train. The worker was very... Read More
Fun Facts about the Santa Claus that made the city famousReviewed 06-13-18
This small museum has a collection of items that make Santa Claus Indiana a fun place to visit. They have a display of letters from around the country that have been delivered to the town. The... Read More
Write a review
On the map below, you'll find Santa Claus Museum & Village, as well as a few of the lodging, dining, and activities that are close by.
We take Christmas celebrations pretty seriously around here. There are festive places to eat, shop, and explore. Of course, there are Christmassy overnight accommodations, too! These …
We often celebrate the life and times of Abe Lincoln. One of the biggest celebrations happens at Lincoln Amphitheatre. Each year, thousands watch as the story of his …
If you haven’t noticed yet, this area is chock-full of themed attractions. Whether they’re historical, Christmassy, or focused on outdoor recreation, there are tons of things to …