Last weekend the girls and I were invited to spend the weekend in Santa Claus, Indiana. If you know anything about me then you know I’m pretty much a Grinch and a bit of a Scrooge. I don’t try to be but something about this time of year just stresses me out and makes me want to hurry the month along.
When the Spencer County Visitor’s Bureau reached out to me I took this as a sign that maybe I need to stop being so Bah Humbug about the Christmas season and try to just roll with the flow. I mean the city is named Santa Claus so clearly it’s going to be festive and get you in the mood to enjoy the holidays.
Lake Rudolph Campground & R.V. Resort
The girls and I stayed at Lake Rudolph Campground & R.V. Resort. There are several different types of cabins and RVs on the site and we stayed in the Rudolph Christmas Cabins. The Rudolph’s Christmas Cabins feature a master bedroom with a King bed, large loft with a queen mattress and 4 twin-size mattresses, 3 flat screen TVs, electric fireplace, gas grill, fire ring, and a very large covered deck with a lighted Christmas tree! It was so cute inside and totally reminded me of all the tiny houses that I always see when watching HGTV!
What Is Included
- Cabin site includes large attached covered deck, picnic table, stand up charcoal grill, fire ring with attached grill grate, gas grill
- Number of Bedrooms: 1 … includes a King-size bed, clock radio and flat screen TV
- Lofts include a 1 Queen-size mattress, 4 twin-size mattresses and a flat screen TV
- Pillows, pillowcases and fitted sheets are provided
- The bathroom includes a shower/kids tub, sink, and toilet
- Each unit includes air conditioning and heat
- Family room includes an electric fireplace, sofa and flat screen TV
- Full size refrigerator/freezer
- Microwave Oven
- Coffee Maker
- Utensils, plates, cups, glasses, pots and pans
- Dishwashing liquid and broom
- Free Wifi
What To Bring
- Towels for the Bathroom & Kitchen
- A top sheet or blanket if you prefer. Pillows, pillowcases and fitted sheets are provided.
- DVDs to play in the DVD player
- Coffee Filters
- Lawn Chairs
- Trash Bags
While staying on the campgrounds, we also had a chance to do a few crafts and meet with Santa. My youngest daughter is pretty shy so she doesn’t go out of her way to strike up a conversation with people, including Santa. I think the funniest picture during out weekend was this shot of my girls. Santa came over and asked if they wanted to take a picture and this was what we ended up with. They are a mess! I mean in her defense she did say she didn’t want to take a picture -_- haha
Santa’s Candy Castle
Every kind of candy you can think of is in Santa’s Candy Castle! There were 2 separate rooms dedicated just to my favorite Jelly Belly and PEZ. And there were brands that I thought had gone out of business years ago. It was like taking a memory walk down the aisle of your favorite store from your childhood. And they also had all the new things that kids of all ages would enjoy. Christmas themed books as well as ornaments were also available for purchase. And be sure to also get some of their frozen hot chocolate while you’re there!
Santa Claus Museum & Village
The Santa Claus Museum & Village is the perfect stop to discover the history of the town as well as visit the original post office, Santa Claus Statue and church that also has many of its original furnishings from the 1880s. While we were there Morgan had a chance to also write a letter to Santa. Some of his elves were even on hand to help assist the kids with making sure they didn’t leave out any important details. The cool part is that if you leave your mailing address on your letter, you’ll get a personalized letter back from Santa!
Santa Claus, Indiana Post Office
I can’t even remember the last time I mailed off Christmas cards but I just knew I’d have to send some to friends and family so they would get a card with a postmark with Santa stamped on there!
You can’t visit Santa’s home without a trip to the toy store…duh! Santa’s Toys was probably the highlight of the trip. It was nice that they had toys for all ages and skill levels. It was actually so much fun we ended up going back the next day. Both of my girls found some cool stuff and the my teen even played along with her little sister in there.
There’s so much more to see and do in Santa Claus, Indiana year round but there is just one more weekend left to enjoy the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration. You can visit here to learn more about the different types of holidays packages that also include accommodations. I’m looking forward to going back next summer so that we can also hit up Holiday World and enjoy some of the summer activities.