Plan & Play: Create the Perfect Trip

Plan Your Visit!

The Santa Claus, Indiana area and sites throughout Lincoln’s Indiana Boyhood Home feature incredible outdoor recreation and tons of family fun. From Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus to the beach inside Lincoln State Park and the Holiday Drive-In in Reo (one of few drive-in movie theaters left in the country!)… this small and welcoming destination is filled with safe activities and places to explore.

Now is the perfect time to start planning your summer visit to the Santa Claus, Indiana area!

Not sure where to start? Let us help.


Think Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is the only thing to do in the festive town of Santa Claus? Think again!

Round out your vacation itinerary with shopping at the gigantic Santa Claus Christmas Store, a frozen hot chocolate from the oh-so-sweet Santa’s Candy Castle, and be sure to snap a #SantaSelfie with any of the 20+ larger-than-life Santa statues throughout town. There’s family fun around every corner!

Did you know Abraham Lincoln grew up just five minutes from what is now Santa Claus, Indiana? That’s right, you can explore sites commemorating President Lincoln’s time in Indiana. The greatest outdoors can be found throughout the area at Lincoln State Park, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, and more.

Check out our quick list of 100 things to do this summer and browse all things to do near Holiday World and throughout the area here.


Take advantage of ample spots to rest your head during your trip. Relax at hotels and cottages near Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari or find a more remote vacation rental or B&B nestled nearby in the country.

Looking for a spot with a pool?

Or do you need a full-sized kitchen?

How about a backyard with room for the kiddos to run?

Book a place with room for the family and amenities that fit your needs. From Mistletoe Manor (sleeps 21!) to a quaint cabin in the woods, there are a variety of available places to stay. Find the best spot for your crew by searching type of lodging or location here.

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Resources for the Santa Claus Area

Our team loves travel and absolutely loves to help visitors coming to the area. Send us a message with any questions! Really, there is no such thing as a silly or unreasonable question. Let us help!

Our Trip Planner tool makes it easy to plan out a trip and share it with family or friends via email. Browse our site to find things to do, events, and more… just “Add To Planner” to create an easy itinerary for your trip!

Click here to see a map of the area. Quickly download the PDF to print or request we mail you a hard copy in advance.

Looking for savings? We add discounts and deals to our Travel Deals page all the time, so check back frequently!

Plan Ahead for Fall and Christmas

The fall events calendar is packed with local festivals, live entertainment, and Halloween fun, so now is the perfect time to start your Family Fall-O-Weekend itinerary!

Love Christmas? Then plan to visit for the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration! Festive events and activities—including a parade, roasting chestnuts, and more—take over the town the first three weekends in December.

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