2022 Christmas Event Guide

Christmas parade float and people walking during the Santa Claus Christmas Parade

Returning favorites. New celebrations. The 2022 Christmas season is packed with family-friendly events happening all throughout the Santa Claus, Indiana, area! 

The festivities begin Thanksgiving weekend with the return of popular events, including visitor favorites like Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire at Santa’s Candy Castle and the Live Reindeer Exhibit at Santa’s TOYS. 

And the fun continues in December! Write a letter to Santa, hop aboard the Santa Claus Flyer, experience a Candlelight Evening at the Farm… and so much more! 

Want to make your visit extra merry and bright this year? Then here are the events you need to add to your family’s Christmas vacation plans! 

$ = Cost/admission for event 

Thursday, November 24 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph ($) 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Christmas in Dale Light Show  

Friday, November 26 

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

Young girl writes a letter to Santa at the Santa Claus Museum & Village while her father watches 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph ($) 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Christmas in Dale Light Show  

Saturday, November 27 

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

11:30 am – 4:00 pm  Live Reindeer Exhibit at Santa’s TOYS 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph ($) 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Christmas in Dale Light Show  

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

Guest sit around a fire at Santa's Candy Castle during the Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire event

Sunday, November 27 

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

11:30 am – 4:00 pm  Live Reindeer Exhibit at Santa’s TOYS 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph ($) 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Christmas in Dale Light Show  

Friday, December 2 

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

5:00 pm  Lighting of Santa’s Great Big LED Tree of Lights at Kringle Place Shopping Center

5:00 – 7:00 pm  Christmas at the Barn at Stir-n-Up Hope ($) 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph ($) 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Christmas in Dale Light Show 

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

Saturday, December 3 

9:00 am – 3:00 pm  Treemendous Christmas in the Village at Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum ($) 

Woman in pioneer clothing stands in front of a fireplace inside a cabin at Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum during the Treemendous Christmas in the Village

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

9:30 am  Nightmare Before Christmas Golf Scramble at Christmas Lake Golf Club ($) 

10:30 am – 7:00 pm  Food Trucks throughout the town of Santa Claus ($)

11:00 am – 3:00 pm  Prancer’s Playtime at the Santa Claus Community Center ($)

1:00 pm  Story of Santa Claus at the Santa Claus Museum & Village 

2:00 pm  Rockport Christmas Parade 

Young child is shown from behind watching the Rockport Christmas Parade

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph ($) 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Christmas in Dale Light Show 

6:00 – 7:00 pm Chestnuts 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 4 

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

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph ($) 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Christmas in Dale Light Show 

December 5 – 23 (Weekdays) 

5:00 pm  Santa Claus Flyer Train Ride ($) 

Friday, December 9 

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

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph ($) 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Christmas in Dale Light Show 

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

Saturday, December 10 

7:00 – 10:00 am  Breakfast with Santa at Santa Claus Historic Campground ($) 

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

9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Santa Claus Arts & Crafts Show at Heritage Hills Middle & High Schools 

Display of Christmas crafts is shown at the Santa Claus Arts & Crafts Show

10:00 am – 4:00 pm  Gingerbread House Cookie Decorating at Back 9 Grill ($) 

10:30 am  Brew Ho Ho Sprint for Santa 5K at Santa Claus Brewing Co. 

10:30 am – 7:00 pm  Food Trucks throughout the town of Santa Claus ($)

1:00 pm  Santa Claus Christmas Parade 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph ($) 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Christmas in Dale Light Show 

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

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

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

6:00 – 11:00 pm  Beloved Farms Bourbon Ball at Chrisney 4-H Center ($) 

Sunday, December 11 

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

10:00 am – 4:00 pm  Gingerbread House Cookie Decorating at Back 9 Grill ($) 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph ($) 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Christmas in Dale Light Show 

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

Saturday, December 17 

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

10:30 am – 7:00 pm  Food Trucks throughout the town of Santa Claus ($)

People stand in line in front of the Auntie Anne's Pretzels truck during the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration

1:00 pm  Story of Santa Claus at the Santa Claus Museum & Village 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph ($) 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Christmas in Dale Light Show 

5:30 – 7:30 pm  Candlelight Evening at the Farm at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial 

Costumed interpreters sit at a table inside the cabin at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial during the Candlelight Evening at the Farm

6:00 – 7:00 pm  Chestnuts 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 18 

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

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph ($) 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Christmas in Dale Light Show 

See our Events page for more details. 

Plan a Very Merry Stay 

Want to make your Christmas visit complete? Lodging Packages are available at select times during the first three weekends of December at Lincoln Pines Lakefront Resort, Santa’s Lakeside Cottages, Santa’s Lodge, and Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph. 

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