Santa Claus Land of Lights

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Run Run Rudolph 5K

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Rudolph's Christmas Package

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Area Attractions

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First Snow of the Season

It is a bit sooner than normal, but we had our first snowfall of the season when we woke up this morning!

And wow, it was about four inches in some spots! Sled riding down Dasher Hill anyone? Don’t ask me how we’d stop though.


It sure is beautiful! The holly in front of our office was covered in snow.


Anyone want to volunteer to finish putting up the lights for the Santa Claus Land of Lights? It is only a teensy bit cold. Okay, I fibbed. It’s a lot cold!


But we’ll be ready for opening night on Thanksgiving!

6th Annual Santa Claus Land of Lights

Now that Halloween is over, it is time for our annual Santa Claus Land of Lights here at Lake Rudolph. Can you believe this our sixth year?!

Have you experienced the Santa Claus Land of Lights yet? It’s a magical light show that tells the Shining Story of Rudolph.


Did you know that Rudolph was born here in Santa Claus, Indiana? Well, he was. Right here at Lake Rudolph.

Entrance of Santa Claus Land of Lights

Our light show tells the story of how Rudolph worked and trained hard to one day lead Santa’s sleigh!


Rudolph on Treadmill at Santa Claus Land of Lights

2014 Santa Claus Land of Lights
5 – 9pm CT

Thanksgiving through December 14
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

December 17 – New Year’s Eve
Open Nightly

Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Costume Contest Favorites: Weeks 5, 6 & 7

Costume contest favorites from weeks 5, 6, and 7!

Haunted Trail Time Lapse

A lot goes into decorating a site for Halloween Weekends here at Lake Rudolph. Especially a first place site.

Over the course of three afternoons, we took a photo every minute of the Derringer’s Haunted Trail on 18-K. They were busy! Here’s the fun time lapse video …

Costume Favorites: Week 3 & 4

Our favorites from Halloween Weekends 3 & 4.

Rudolph’s Christmas Package

RCC-and-Santa-in-SnowWhether we want to admit it or not, Christmas is around the corner! We’ve been busy getting our Rudolph’s Christmas Package all set and working on the Santa Claus Land of Lights!

Celebrate Christmas with us at Lake Rudolph. What better place than Santa Claus, Indiana? Enjoy visiting with Santa, relaxing in your Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin in front of the fireplace, or driving through our one-of-a-kind themed light show.

Rudolph’s Christmas Package

Package Dates:

  • December 5 & 6
  • December 12 & 13
  • December 19 & 20

Our town of Santa Claus, Indiana, is also holding our Santa Claus Christmas Celebration. They’ll be plenty of time to visit with Santa, shop at the Santa Claus Christmas Store or the Arts & Crafts show, and enjoy our town Christmas parade. View the complete list of events.

Reserve Online or call us at 1-877-478-3657 to book your Christmas getaway!

7 Reasons to Camp During Fall

Our top reasons that you should be camping during the fall season. Seven of them because that’s my lucky number. :)


  1. Weather. Um, hello? Cooler weather! I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather camp when it’s cool and I can enjoy sitting around the fire roasting marshmallows, and not be sweltering hot!
  2. Better Rates. Many campgrounds and RV resorts drop their rates during the fall and offer discounts. We have a Fall Season Rate.
  3. Scenery. Beautiful orange, red, and yellow leaves. Love those colors and that slight crisp in the air!
  4. Halloween Activities. Lots of campground and resorts offer fun, Halloween-themed activities. In our case, seven weekends of Halloween activities!
  5. Fewer Crowds. Less people are camping during the fall seasons so you’ll encounter fewer crowds. Unless of course you visit us when our Halloween Weekends are in full swing. :) If you’d like to visit during a more quiet time, we suggest coming during the week … Sundays through Wednesdays.
  6. Fewer Bugs. Normally there are less pesky bugs during the fall camping season.
  7. Fall Food. Wonderful fall comfort food. Think warm Apple Crisp, Candied Apples, and One Skillet Chili.

Costume Favorites: Weeks 1 & 2

Just a few of our costume favorites from Weeks 1 and 2! Great creativity and lots of hard work!

Rudy’s Recipe: Grilled Apple Crisp

Apple crisp … perfect for a cool fall night, or morning, over the campfire. Try this during your Halloween stay, and invite me to your site! :)

Grilled Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

You Need:

  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 6 tbsp flour
  • 3 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp butter, plus more for foil
  • 3 apples (whichever type you prefer; we like golden delicious)
  • squeeze of lemon juice

Make It:

Combine oats, flour, sugars, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.  Keep the bowl in the fridge while you prepare the apples.

Wash apples and pat dry.  Core and slice apples, then toss them with a squeeze of lemon juice.

Cut two squares of foil (about a foot each) and lightly butter the center of each piece.

Place the apples onto of one of the foil pieces and then sprinkle with the crumble mixture. Place the top piece of foil (butter side down) on the package and crimp the edges inwards one at a time until the package is well sealed. Wrap the entire package in another layer of foil to help prevent burning on the edges.   

Place the foil pack on the grill (heated to a medium heat) for about 20 minutes. Let cool a minute or two before opening, it is very hot. 

Serve with vanilla ice cream!

- Recipe courtesy of

“Best of Indiana” Contest

We’re happy to announce that Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort is included in Indiana Tourism’s “Best of Indiana” contest! 

And we’re in two different categories … Best Fall Camping Adventure and Best Haunted Attraction.


Fall RV Site at Lake Rudolph

We know you think that our Halloween Weekends are the most fall fun you’ve ever had. :) So please vote for Lake Rudolph!

Vote for Lake Rudolph as Best Fall Camping Adventure
Vote for Lake Rudolph as Best Haunted Attraction

Happy Fall ya’ll!

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