The Most Festive Town in America – Santa Claus, Indiana
As magical and lovely as the Christmas season is, it passes as quickly as it comes. But for one small town in Indiana, Christmas never ends!
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 America – Santa 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.
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!
Not only is the community friendly as jolly old St. Nick, the homes are beautiful too. If you’d like to celebrate Christmas year round, look at a few of the homes coldwellbanker.com has for sale in Santa Claus, IN.
Heather OstromDecember 13, 2012
What a fantastic post and adorable town! Love it.
gustavo_gonzalezDecember 13, 2012
Thanks Heather! It sounds like such a great town to go visit!
Gustavo GonzalezDecember 13, 2012
Thanks Heather! It seems like such a nice town to go visit!