Holiday World + the Village of Santa Claus

Whether your kids are joyfully screaming on a roller coaster at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari or emailing one of Santa's elves at a candy store, you’ll share moments they’ll remember forever. You can also walk in Lincoln’s childhood footsteps.

About This Road Trip

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

At Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, they celebrate Christmas, 4th of July, Halloween and Thanksgiving all season long. Cheetah Chase, the world’s first launched water coaster that lets you experience side-by-side racing, flying saucers and head-to-head racing to the finish line, is scheduled to open in July. Thunderbird was America’s first launched coaster, going from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. And then hang on—you’ll soon be upside down and seemingly crashing through things. Guinness Book of World Records has certified that Mammoth Water Slide is the world’s longest, towering seven stories. There are also wooden roller coasters, kiddie rides, free soft drinks and sunscreen, and so much more.

Santa Claus, Indiana
Santa Claus, Indiana

America’s Christmas Ho-Ho-Hometown

Expect a warm welcome in the town of Santa Claus, where you can get personalized ornaments and lots of other decor at the Santa Claus Christmas Store. Taste the famous frozen hot chocolate at Santa’s Candy Castle, where you can also log in to chat with an elf at the North Pole. At the Santa Claus Museum & Village, you can see the historic 1880 Santa Claus Church, the original Santa Claus Post Office and the 1935 Santa statue that stands 22 feet tall. Climb up in the saddle of a horse at Santa’s Stables or catch a flick at the Holiday Drive-In Movie Theater.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Walk in Lincoln’s Childhood Footsteps

The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial features a working pioneer homestead, while the memorial building features five outdoor sculptured panels depicting significant times in his life. The hiking trails let you walk the same ground Lincoln did. And speaking of hiking, you can do that and enjoy two lakes at Lincoln State Park. At the Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum, you can explore 13 Lincoln-era replica cabins and browse hundreds of fascinating artifacts, including a hutch made by Lincoln with his father’s help.

Santa's Cottages Lakefront Family Resort
Santa's Cottages Lakefront Family Resort

Cozy Cabins & Camping

Where you stay overnight can be a vacation on its own. At Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, which sits next door to Holiday World, you can rent a cabin or bring your own RV for days of fun under the sun and stars. Lake Rudolph has a pool and Santa’s Splash-Down Water Park, as well as paddle boats and golf cart rentals. Santa’s Cottages Lakefront Family Resort features a variety of sizes in their red-roofed cottages, all with beautiful waterfront views. You can fish the five lakes, take a train ride around the village, relax poolside or try the zipline. At Lincoln Pines Lakefront Resort, the Lincoln-themed cabins are lakefront or poolside, with easy access to volleyball, swimming and gameroom.

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