Santa Clause Town

December 13, 2012

Nowadays, the Christmas season and spirit kicks in before we’ve even had a full day to recover from our Thanksgiving Day feasts. Christmas trees are bought and decorated, old holiday jingles reverberate from radios reminding us of childhood, gifts are given and unwrapped and a little more quality time is spent with loved ones. As magical and lovely as the Christmas season is, it passes as quickly as it comes and we collectively set our sights on the new year and eagerly await the warmer weather of spring.

Now this usually is the case across the board. But not always. For the most festive town in AmericaSanta Claus, Indiana – Christmas never ends and is celebrated every single day of the year!

This small town of nearly 2,500 was established in 1854 as “Santa Fe” but had its request to establish a post office denied because there already was a town with that name. From that serendipitous moment, they reconvened and “Santa Claus” was ultimately chosen and they’ve been working for well over 100 years to do right by their namesake and celebrate Christmas year round.

sign courtesy of route 12 The Most Festive Town in America   Santa Claus, IndianaEvery street has a holiday themed name
*Image Courtesy of: Route Twelve

Santa Claus is more than just a town name. You can find an ode to the Christmas holiday everywhere you turn. Every street name was carefully chosen to have some sort of hint of Christmas in it. Who wouldn’t want to live on Reindeer Circle, Prancer Drive, Ornament East or Rudolph Lane? Every business in town have Christmas related names as well. You can visit Santa’s Candy Castle to satisfy your sweet tooth, have a cup of coffee and listen to music at Silent Night Cafe or even grab some dinner with the family at Frosty’s Fun Center.

Beyond the phenomenally decorated homes of Christmas Lake Village and large Santa Claus statues that outwardly show cheer; the people of this small town seem to carry within them the true spirit of Christmas 24/7.This is highlighted by a group of volunteers who call themselves “Santa’s Elves” who have replied to every single letter sent to “Santa Claus” (they get thousands of them from around the globe) since 1914!

Courtesy of santa claus museum facebook post office mail The Most Festive Town in America   Santa Claus, IndianaVolunteers have answered every letter to “Santa Claus” since 1914!

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Elks Holiday Brunch

December 6, 2010

Our yearly Holiday Brunch will be on Sunday, Dec. 12th this year. Bring up the whole family to toast the holidays with friends and family. Main dish will be provided, please bring a side to share. Santa will be arriving around noon for pictures and to bring presents for the good little girls and boys.

When reserving your spot, please give us the number of children, their gender and their age. Sunday 11 – 1.

********Bring your change from your Purple Pig for an entry into a special drawing held that day***********

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San Carlos First Holiday Happenings

December 4, 2010

Tonight was a great evening, the weather was great. I was amazed at home many children we had. The best part was the train ride, the line must have been a 2 hour wait. But, it was worth it, the train was all decked out in lights and the kids loved it as well as us adults. The street was closed and everyone had a great time. One plus was the West Bay Community Band. They were great! And, yes they will be playing tomorrow to welcome Santa‘s Sleigh in town. Let’s hope it doesn’t rain on them. Another plus was the monkey man, the kids just loved the monkey who took a penny and put it in his bucket… Another plus was the “Snowman”,  he was  one of the friendliest that I have seen and most kids seem to love taking their pictures with him, or the parent’s did at least.

The snow came later with the lighting show, what a great ending to a wonderful evening. Thanks to the workers of the SC Community Center and all the volunteers who made this happen and our finest police force.

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