In 1946 the retired industrialist Louis J. Koch set up Santa Claus Land, which is claimed to be the first theme park in the world. The park's name was changed to Holiday World in 1984. In 1993 water rides were added under the name Splashin' Safari. More recently the development of Christmas Lake Village as a gated community has more than doubled the population of Santa Claus .
Santa Claus Indiana Post office
Ever wondered where all those letters addressed to Santa Claus go? Well most of them end up right in Santa Claus Indiana . The small town is filled with big Christmas cheer year-round, with dozens of Santa Claus statues and with street signs storefronts named in the Christmas spirit.
A volunteer group, named Santa's Elves gather together around Christmas time, to open and reply to children's letters to Santa Claus from around the world.
In the 1920s, Jim Martin was postmaster of the Santa Claus Post Office. He noticed that a number of letters, addressed to " Santa Claus ," were being sent to his post office. After a while, he decided to answer these letters, so as not to disappoint the children. In the early 1930s, Jim Yellig from the neighboring town of Mariah Hill volunteered to help answer the children's letters–which were arriving in greater numbers each year. Yellig solicited the help of the Santa Claus American Legion to join in the project. Fund-raisers were held to secure money to pay for the letterhead, envelopes and postage. The practice of answering children's letters to Santa Claus continues to this day.
Santa Claus , Indiana 's holiday events
Spencer County Visitors Bureau
PO Box 202
Santa Claus, IN 47579