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Spencer County is located in southern Indiana. The nearest airports are Louisville International Airport (SDF), approximately 80 miles to the east, and Evansville Regional Airport (EVV), approximately 47 miles to the west. Interstate 64 provides direct access to Spencer County via exits 57A and 63.

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Santa Claus

The town of Santa Claus is a small community of approximately 2,500 residents who play host to over one million visitors during summer. Though we are a small town, several attractions are spread out and there are few sidewalks. Walking is only encouraged in the Kringle Place Shopping Center. We recommend visitors plan on driving to other area attractions. Free parking is available at all lodging and attractions. There are no buses, trams, or taxi services.

Highway 162 goes right through town, separating Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s parking lots. This highway provides direct access to shopping in Kringle Place and lodging at Santa’s Lodge and Santa’s Lakeside Cottages.

The other main artery through the town of Santa Claus is Highway 245, along which you will find Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph and several vacation rentals. Heading south offers direct access to the Santa Claus Museum & Village and Santa’s Candy Castle.

Lincoln City

Lincoln City is five miles west of Santa Claus, where you will find Lincoln State Park to the left and Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial to the right. It’s a short five-minute drive. The parks are separated by Highway 162, so visitors are encouraged to drive from one to the other.

Dale

The town of Dale is eight miles north of Santa Claus on Highway 245, as well as multiple exits off of US-231, and offers hotels, including Baymont Inn and Suites and Motel 6 and several restaurants.

St. Meinrad

St. Meinrad is located less than nine miles northwest of Santa Claus. The main roads through town are SR 62 and SR 545. Great day trips include: Saint Meinrad Archabbey and the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Gift Shop, as well as Monkey Hollow Winery and Distillery.

Rockport

US-231 makes traveling south to Rockport very easy. Rockport is home to several historical sites. Step back in time inside the 13 Lincoln-era replica cabins at the Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum, visit where Abe operated his ferry boat business at Lincoln Ferry Park, as well as Lincoln Landing, where he launched a flatboat to transport produce to New Orleans for a local merchant in 1828. Restaurants and lodging are also available.

From Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum in the south end to Saint Meinrad Archabbey in the north end of the county, it’s only 32 miles to experience all Spencer County has to offer.

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Upcoming Events

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Stir-n-Up Hope Spring Fling Celebration
Mar 9 , 2024
Total Eclipse of the Park
Apr 7 , 2024
2024 Solar Eclipse Viewing Areas
Apr 8 , 2024
Mr. Lincoln’s Neighborhood 5K Run/Walk
May 4 , 2024
Music at Monkey Hollow Winery and Distillery
Mar 9 , 2024
BrewClipse 2024: Total Solar Eclipse Discussion
Mar 10 , 2024
Music at Monkey Hollow Winery and Distillery
Mar 23 , 2024
Lincoln State Park Easter Egg Hunt
Mar 30 , 2024
Spring Flings & Easter Things
Mar 30 , 2024
Professor Steve's Space & Flight Show
Apr 6 , 2024
Run to the Sun 5K
Apr 7 , 2024
Merry Eclipsemas
Apr 5 - 8, 2024
Santa Claus Brewing Co. Solar Eclipse Weekend
Apr 5 - 8, 2024
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Solar Eclipse Weekend
Apr 6 - 8, 2024
Solar Eclipse at the Library
Apr 8 , 2024
Holiday World Solar Eclipse Viewing
Apr 8 , 2024
Flex Your Muscle Car Show
Apr 27 , 2024
O Tannenbaum Day
Apr 27 , 2024
Spring Heritage Day
May 11 , 2024
Turn the Page: A Tribute to Bob Seger
May 18 , 2024
1964 The Tribute - A 60th Anniversary Beatles Celebration
June 1 , 2024
Former Chicago & Boston Singers Jason Scheff & Tommy DeCarlo
June 8 , 2024
Excitable—The Def Leppard Tribute
June 15 , 2024
Keeping Mr. Lincoln
June 27 - 29, 2024
Burning Red—A Tribute to Taylor Swift
July 13 , 2024
Holidays in the Sky Drone and Fireworks Spectacular
June 22 - Aug 4, 2024
Walker County
Aug 10 , 2024
Shake Baby Shake—A Tribute to the Golden Age of Rock & Roll
Aug 17 , 2024
Summer of '69—Music from the Woodstock Era
Aug 31 , 2024
Mark Chesnutt
Sep 7 , 2024
On the Border—The Ultimate Eagles Tribute
Sep 14 , 2024