The Ultimate Thanksgiving Weekend Itinerary

After the turkey has been carved, and thanks have been given, it’s officially Christmastime!

Some of us have already started listening to Christmas music, trimming our trees, and decking the halls, but now more of us are ready to embrace the holiday season.

Kick-off the holiday season with a bang in Santa Claus, Indiana!

Here’s the Ultimate Thanksgiving Weekend Itinerary:


We won’t blame you if you’re too full and tired to leave the house after dinner. But, you don’t want to miss the Santa Claus Land of Lights inside Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort! The 1.2-mile drive-through light show tells the shining story of Rudolph in brilliant LED lights.

If you don’t make it out of the house Thanksgiving night, that’s okay! The Santa Claus Land of Lights will be open nightly for the rest of the weekend.  


Have lunch at Frosty’s Fun Center, a restaurant the whole family will enjoy. Between lunch specials, sandwiches, and specialty pizzas there’s something for everyone on the menu. And, the little ones will have a blast playing the arcade games. If you didn’t get enough dessert at Thanksgiving, don’t worry. They have ice cream, too.

Work off some of those extra calories with a hike at Lincoln State Park or Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. Pay tribute to the president that declared Thanksgiving a national holiday!

Enjoy the rest of your afternoon sipping local at Pepper’s Ridge Winery and Monkey Hollow Winery and Distillery. Both wineries offer complimentary samples and indoor seating. Still hungry? Both locations are picnic-friendly, so you can bring your own snacks!  


Start (or finish if you like to plan ahead!) your Christmas shopping. Each year Small Business Saturday is celebrated the Saturday after Thanksgiving. There are plenty of small business to support from Evergreen Boutique & Christmas Shop and Mistletoe Antiques & Collectibles to Brick Oven Pizza and St. Nick’s Restaurant. Read more about shopping small in Santa Claus, Indiana, here.   

Stop by the Santa Claus Museum & Village to write a letter to Santa. It’s free, and each letter gets a reply, too! While you’re there, take a photo with the historic Santa statue. The statue has been a classic family photo op for decades.

Experience the centuries-old tradition of roasting chestnuts on an open fire at Santa’s Candy Castle. Stay warm and cozy next to the fire with a gourmet hot chocolate.


Get your Christmas wishes to Santa early. We hear he’s pretty busy this time of the year. Take the kiddos to the Santa Claus Christmas Store to visit with Santa. Browse thousands of ornaments, Christmas decorations, and light displays while you’re there. Get an ornament personalized for free, too!  

After the boys and girls have talked to Santa, take them to see real reindeer at Santa’s TOYS. The only toy store in Santa Claus, Indiana, is hosting a Live Reindeer Exhibit all weekend.

Whew, what a weekend, and this is only the beginning!

Make sure to visit us during the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration for even more special events and Christmas cheer.

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