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24 Things to Do in 2024

Posted on January 11, 2024

From the unveiling of a brand new coaster at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari to always popular activities like writing letters to Santa at the Santa Claus Museum & Village and exploring the great outdoors at Lincoln State Park—there are tons of fun things to do in Santa Claus, Indiana, and throughout the area. 

And whether you’re experiencing the magic of the area for the first or 50th time, our list of 24 things to do in 2024 is packed with ideas you’ll definitely want to add to your itinerary!

24 Things to Do in the Santa Claus, Indiana, Area

1. Be first in line at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari this summer to experience the debut of the park’s first family roller coaster, Good Gravy!

2. The new coaster isn’t the only summer excitement at Holiday World. The Holidays in the Sky Drone and Fireworks Spectacular is back June 22 – August 4.

3. It’s never too early to work on your Christmas wish list, so head to Santa Claus Museum & Village to write your letter to Santa in the town’s original post office.


4. Feeling hungry? Accept the Fat Santa Challenge at Fat Santa’s Pizza & More to take on a pizza that’s 16 inches, 6+ pounds, and piled high with 16 toppings!

5. Lincoln Amphitheatre's 2024 performance schedule is packed with great acts, from country great Mark Chesnut to top tribute bands, so get your tickets while they're available.

6. Hike, bike, boat, fish, swim—if you’re looking for outdoor fun, you’ll find it at Lincoln State Park!

7. For vacation fun that’s a real hole-in-one, make sure Christmas Lake Golf Club and The Rustic Golf Course are on your itinerary.


8. Discover your artistic side at Good Life Designs and take home a paint-your-own ceramic masterpiece.

9. Settle in to your perfect summer home away from home at one of the area’s cozy cottages or cabins.

10. Find everything from festive holiday décor to deliciously delectable fudge and cookies at the Santa Claus Christmas Store.

11. From burgers to beignets, you’ll find mouthwatering menus at restaurants throughout the area.

12. Gather the whole family—well-behaved pets are welcome, too—for a movie night under the stars at Holiday Drive-In.


13. Shop small, shop local, and shop ’til you drop at a variety of stores located all throughout the area.

14. Traveling with a four-legged family member? Discover ways to have a fantastic pet-friendly getaway.

15. Explore the Visitor Center at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial to learn all about a young Abe’s life in Indiana.

16. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Santa’s Candy Castle with classic candies, handmade chocolate, and, of course, frozen hot chocolate.

17. Whether your drink of choice is fruity and sweet or strong and stout, you’ll find just what you’re looking for at area wineries and breweries.


18. Find the freshest local produce, meats, and more at Lakeview Orchards, Pumpkins & More Farm Market, and Steckler Grassfed Farms.

19. Plan the perfect picnic or play day at one of the area’s beautiful community parks.

20. Experience the peaceful grounds and marvel at the magnificent architecture at Saint Meinrad Archabbey.

21. Step back in time at one of the area’s hidden gems, Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum, and get a glimpse of life as it was during Abraham Lincoln’s early years.

22. Challenge yourself to find all the Santa statues throughout town. Need help? There’s a map for that!

23. Start a fun family travel tradition while you’re visiting the area and make it your most memorable vacation ever!


24. Experience the magic of the holiday season in America's Christmas Hometown during the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration.

Plan Your 2024 Visit to the Santa Claus, Indiana, Area

Are you ready to experience all of the fun things to do in Santa Claus, Indiana, area in 2024? Well, then you need to get planning!

Download our 2024 Visitor Guide for inspiration on the best places to stay, play, and eat. And then check out the trip planner to easily build your perfect itinerary—and bring it with you on-the-go.