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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Santa Comes to Hiller Aviation in San Carlos

December 1, 2012

  • Join us for Christmas Carols by the San Carlos Community Band
  • Cookies, sodas and candy canes
  • Santa will be available from 10am-12pm to listen to the kids Christmas list
  • No Charge for Santa’s arrival – sponsored by the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce
  • Museum doors open at 9:30AM

Santa Arrives in San Carlos By Helicopter

December 2, 2011

Come and visit Santa when he arrives at the Hiller Aviation Museum at 601 Skyway Rd. in San Carlos on Saturday.

9:30 am to 10:30 am – Music will be provided by the West Bay Community Band. At 10:00 to noon, Santa will be at Bianchinin’s Market for visits and refreshments. Children will receive candy canes and coloring books. Santa will go to his new home on Laurel by Bank of American at 12:30. Santa will be there every Sat. and Sunday until Dec. 18th

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm  Escort by fire truck and police to Santa’s house – Bank of America Lot, 760 Laurel Street & children visits with Santa.
For more information, contact the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce at (650) 593-1068.      

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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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Belmont Carlmont Tree Lighting

November 27, 2010

A christmas tree.
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A little side history of the Belmont Tree Lighting Ceremony that we have every year. The lighting of the Christmas tree and the caroling by children represented by local public and private schools is a continuing tradition since 1974 where the tree was proclaimed the city’s official Christmas tree November 10, 1975.  We sponsor this event and give a donation as a thank you to the schools that participate in the tree lighting known as “The City of Belmont Tree”.  The festivities include an arts and craft boutique with Santa mingling amongst the crowd giving candy to the children. This is our way of sharing the spirit of giving during the holiday season.

  • Where: Carlmont Village Shopping Center, 1049 Alameda de Las Pulgas, Belmont, CA 94002
  • Date: November 29, 2010
  • Time: 3:30pm–6:30pm
  • 4:45pm Santa arrives and mingles with the crowd.
  • 5:00pm Christmas carols by Notre Dame/Serra/Mercy mixed chorus.

  •   6:15pm  Santa lights the Belmont

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