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Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln!

Happy Birthday to Abraham Lincoln! Lincoln’s Boyhood Home is only four miles down the road from us. Check out Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln State Park and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Plaza, and Lincoln Amphitheatre.

Just a short drive away in Rockport … you’ll also find Rockport Lincoln Pioneer Village!

Grand Funk Railroad to Perform at Lincoln Amphitheatre!

Grand Funk Railroad, the 70s classic rock band best known for iconic hits such as “We’re an American Band” and “Some Kind of Wonderful”, will perform at the Lincoln Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 26.  The legendary rockers will be joined by up and coming rockers, Evansville’s The Cold Stares.

Lincoln Amphitheatre is just four miles from Lake Rudolph … don’t miss this wonderful performance!

General admission tickets are $27.95 and a limited amount of VIP (preferred seating and parking, a free drink voucher good for Pepsi products or beer/wine, and a commemorative poster) are available for $41.95.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by phoning 812-937-2329.

Visit Santa Claus, Indiana…America’s Christmas Hometown

Visit America’s Christmas Hometown
David Lovell

Visit a town in the Midwest unlike any other in North America. Located in an area steeped in history, nostalgia, and two of the world’s most recognizable faces, Santa Claus, Indiana is a must-see vacation destination. Known as “America’s Christmas Hometown,” the town features delightful street names like Tinsel, Snowball, Garland and Reindeer Run. It’s also the second home of the jolly ole elf himself, Santa Claus!

This festive town is the home of the award-winning Holiday World Theme Park & Splashin’ Safari Water Park. Explore rides and entertainment for all ages, as well as some of the world’s top ranked roller coasters and water rides. With a convenient location near I-64 between Evansville, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky, visitors have the chance to experience all of the other local attractions that make this place so very merry.

Taste buds are tantalized with frozen hot chocolate at Santa’s Candy Castle, the nation’s very first themed attraction. The Candy Castle also features hundreds of flavors of gourmet candy canes, popcorn, and a treasure trove of other sweet confections. Across the street from the castle, learn about the town’s history at the Santa Claus Museum & Village featuring the original 22 foot tall Santa statue erected in 1935. You can also visit the original post office building where nearly 15,000 letters to Santa from all over the world are processed and answered by Santa’s elves every Christmas.

Find that perfect Christmas gift or personalized ornament at the giant Santa Claus Christmas Store.  Santa Claus himself can be found in this magical outlet, where children of all ages can give him Christmas wish lists and receive a great keepsake photo. Over 2,800 different unique toys can be found at Santa’s Toys, horseback riding is featured at Santa’s Stables, and a great round of golf awaits those who want to play at the Christmas Lake Golf Course.

Just five miles down the road from Santa Claus is the boyhood home of another world-famous face, Abraham Lincoln. From age 7 to 21, Lincoln lived and learned, eventually growing up to be one of our most beloved presidents. Experience life the way young Abraham did at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial and Living Historical Farm. Across the street, take in beautiful trees, trails, historical sites and recreation opportunities at Lincoln State Park. Enjoy plays and concerts at Lincoln Amphitheatre, one of the largest roofed amphitheatres in the nation, located right inside Lincoln State Park.

Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort

Recently named one of the 11 most family-friendly campgrounds in America by U.S. News & World Report, Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort is the perfect place to stay while visiting Santa Claus. Located next door to Holiday World, Lake Rudolph offers great amenities and plenty of ways to stay.

RVers can choose from three site options to fit their needs, while tent campers can enjoy the shade of the forest. For a special getaway, try one of the vacation rentals, including new cottages and cabins. Our Holiday Cottages feature two bedrooms, a family room, a full kitchen, air conditioning, and a screened-in porch to make your vacation the best it can be. Rudolph’s Christmas Cabins feature one bedroom with a king-size bed, a loft that can sleep up to six, and a huge covered deck with a gas grill.

Enjoy fantastic amenities that include Santa’s SplashDown WaterPark featuring multiple water slides and the Dasher Splasher Splash Pad, or relax in Blitzen Bay, our 3,700 square foot family pool. There are also two playgrounds, two basketball courts, and two game rooms, so fun is never more than a few steps away. Play a round of free miniature golf, find precious rocks and fossils at the gem mining sluice, or head down to the beach for volleyball and paddle boating. Over 200 golf carts are available to rent for cruising around this large resort, making it easy to stop by the fully stocked camp store or Blitzen Kitchen for a snack, ice cream or delicious pizza made to order.

Take advantage of end of summer and fall special savings at Lake Rudolph including 50% off all site and vacation rental stays Sunday through Thursday and special weekend promotions during August and September. More details can be found at

Call (844) 551-8562 today to make a reservation and check out all the fun at Lake Rudolph and Santa Claus, Indiana.


*Some amenities may not be available during off-season periods and minimum stay requirements vary by the season or promotion.

Time is running out …

To visit our Santa Claus Land of Lights … this is the last weekend! We will be open on January 2 and 3 from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. CST.

Here are few comments we’ve heard:

“The Land of Lights was wonderful. Six of varying ages went and all loved it!”

“LOVED the Land of Lights! The kids took turns reading the story boards and had a blast! Awesome!”

It’s been a big hit with the kiddos. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. And … you can save $2 by printing a coupon online!

Shop online and save!

If you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet we’re rewarding you. That’s a new take isn’t it? Normally you don’t get rewarded for procrastinating.

For those of you that are still scrambling around to finish shopping we are offering a chance to save by shopping online at the Santa Claus Christmas Store. Save 20% on your purchase (until midnight) on December 18! Just use promotion code Christmas20 during checkout to save!

You’ll find everything online that we also offer in the store; Christmas gifts, indoor and outdoor lights, decor, collectibles and more.

Keep in mind … we’re not encouraging this behavior. It just so happens to work to your advantage this time. 🙂

Top 5 Christmas Destinations

Santa Claus, Indiana, made the list! The list of the top five Christmas destinations for 2009, that is.

Santa Claus, Indiana– Can the celebration of Christmas ever be imagined without Santa Claus? Plan a tour to Santa Claus located in Indiana state and chill out in the Christmas festival. This Christmas festival is all about kids’ festivals, festivals of light, good food and good accommodation. Also, enjoy the Santa’s Candy Castle, Frosty’s Fun Center and Santa Claus Post office in the city.”

Might I also add that we have our Christmas celebration taking place for two more weekends, through December 20. The Santa Claus Land of Lights will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through December 20 and then nightly from December 21 through January 3. And of course don’t miss the new Santa Claus Christmas Store, which is open daily.

Read the full article here and find out what other locations made the top five.

Sneak Peek

I bet a lot of you would like a sneak peek of what Santa is bringing this Christmas season. Not too much longer to wait!

In the spirit of “sneak peeks” here is a short video tour of our Santa Claus Land of Lights. This driving tour of lights tells the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer, who if you didn’t know was born here in Santa Claus, Indiana. We all know how Rudolph was the reindeer that led Santa’s sleigh on that foggy night … but we’re telling the rest of the story.

Fore more information and the operating schedule please visit the website.


Santa Claus Christmas Celebration

This Christmas season, Santa Claus, Indiana, is hosting several weekends of family fun during our new Santa Claus Christmas Celebration.

We kicked off the celebration just last weekend and it lasts through December 20. Your family may experience a traditional Christmas in Santa Claus, Indiana! Events range from fruitcake eating contests and Christmas wood carving demonstrations to chestnut roasting and a Christmas Arts & Crafts show. For a complete schedule of events visit the Christmas celebration website.

Enjoy the photos from last weekend’s events … and make plans to visit us soon to create your own family memories!

Santa Claus Land of Lights

Tomorrow evening is the opening of our Santa Claus Land of Lights here at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort.

The Santa Claus Land of Lights is a 1.2-mile family Christmas light adventure that tells the shining story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer.

As you know, we’re a little partial to Rudolph here. There’s a reason for that … did you know that Rudolph was born here in Santa Claus, Indiana? I bet you didn’t. We’re telling the rest of the story about Rudolph’s life and how he became the reindeer to led Santa’s sleigh on that foggy night. Here’s another fun fact … this is the only light show in North America that tells a story in lights and storyboards.

We’ve teamed up with McDonald’s and they are offering coupons at 45 different locations. You can find those coupons at McDonald’s in Evansville, Vincennes, Washington, Bicknell, Boonville, Jasper, Mt. Vernon, Newburgh, Petersburg, Princeton, and Tell City, Indiana; Henderson, Owensboro, Greenville, Central City, Beaver Dam, Madisonville, Morganfield and Providence, Kentucky; and Albion, Robinson, Carmi, Olney, Fairfield and Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

The coupons will save you $4 off admission and a portion of proceeds goes to the new Ronald McDonald House in Evansville and Santa’s Elves here in Santa Claus.

For more information about the driving light tour visit our website.

The Whole Crew … and Sleepy too

During site judging last weekend we came across a site that dressed their kiddies up as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The whole crew was in attendance … Sneezy, Sleepy, Dopey, Doc, Happy, Bashful and Grumpy, as well as Snow White herself.

I caught up with them again later during the costume contest.

Sleepy was living up to his name.