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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.

Open House!

It’s time for our Lake Rudolph Open House! This year will be our 9th annual and it will take place this Saturday, June 5, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CDT.

Everyone is invited to take free guided hayride tours of the resort. A hayride tour … how fun is that? Weather permitting of course. If it rains, we’ll use the Lake Rudolph shuttle instead. All tours of the campground will include our popular rental RVs and cabins, as well as tours of our new Super King Size Rental RVs!

And we have a special treat … the tour will also include the new Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin display model. We’ll have this cabin model open for all our guests to tour throughout 2010. We plan to construct up to 50 of these new cabins for the 2011 season! We’ll just say that I showed my Mom around one last weekend and she said, “I could live in this cabin.” They will be nice.

We’ll also have FREE hamburgers and hot dogs between Noon and 2:00 p.m. CDT courtesy of Tom Raper RVs from Richmond, Indiana.  Tom Raper will have several units on display and their employees will be giving away prizes.

Come out and help us celebrate the start of summer! And hey, free hamburgers, hot dogs and prizes can’t hurt right?

Rudy’s Recipe: Easy Campfire Peach Cobbler

Peach cobbler is one of my favorite desserts. I have to think it will be even better over the campfire. 🙂

Easy Campfire Peach Cobbler

You Need:

– 2 packages of yellow cake mix
– 4 cans of sliced peaches
– 1 stick of butter

Make It:

Pour peaches in bottom of 14″ Dutch oven. Sprinkle cake mix over top of fruit. Do not stir. Cut pats of butter and place evenly on surface.

Cover and bake over medium heat until bubbly and top is lightly browned, approximately 30-45 minutes.

Recipe courtesy of KOA.

Memorial Weekend Activities

Break out the barbie … Memorial Day weekend is only a few days away! This is one of my favorite family holidays because it means summer is here!

If you’re visiting us this weekend I’ve posted our Memorial Day Weekend amenities and activities schedule below. Enjoy!

Blitzen Kitchen Hours:
Pizza, ice cream, shakes & slushies.
Call in or carry out. 812-937-3772.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday; 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m .CDT
Memorial Day; 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CDT

Blitzen Bay Pool Hours:
Cool off in Blitzen Bay Pool! The little ones will enjoy Baby Blitzen.

Monday – Thursday; 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. CDT
Friday; 3:30 – 8:00 p.m. CDT
Saturday, Sunday & Memorial Day; 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CDT

Shuttle Hours:
Daily; 9:00 a.m. CDT – Holiday World closes

Camp Store Hours:
Forget something … our well-stocked Camp Store is sure to have what you need!

Monday – Wednesday; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CDT
Thursday; 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. CDT
Friday, Saturday, Sunday; 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. CDT
Memorial Day; 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CDT

Activity Schedule


• Free Family Movie

The Tooth Fairy, featuring Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews, and Billy Crystal.
Outdoor Pavilion @ 8:30 p.m. CDT


• Church Service

Located in the Outdoor Pavilion. A 30-minute non-denominational church service.
8:15 p.m. CDT

• Karaoke

Show off your singing skills! Located in the Outdoor Pavilion.
8:00 p.m. CDT

And don’t forget the visit the Santa Claus Christmas Store while you’re in Santa Claus! It opens daily at 10:00 a.m. CDT.

Blast from the past …

Did you all know that this year is the centennial of the RV?! The RV industry is celebrating 100 years this year; 1910 – 2010.

I remember my first RV trip with my family. It was to Lincoln State Park and we also went to Holiday World. We rode our bikes around Lincoln State Park I don’t know how many times.

The following images are courtesy of collections of Al Hesselbart and the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum. They were some of my favorites on the Centennial site. Enjoy!

I also put in a photo of our new Super King Size Rentals RVs. All I have to say is … thank goodness the RV industry has come a long way!!

Rudy’s Recipe: Tropical Chicken

Tropical Chicken for this week’s Rudy Recipe. Okay, it just sounds fun (and tasty) to me.

You Need:

– 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
– 4 thin slices of cooked ham
– 1 can pineapple slices; well drained
–  Mozzarella cheese (slices are best)

Make It:

Season chicken as desired and grill. When done, leave chicken on grill and top with ham and pineapple.

Cover with slices of Mozzarella cheese. When cheese is melted, remove from grill and serve.

Recipe courtesy of KOA.

RVers … Let’s Hit the Road

Now for the second portion of our camping tips for the 2010 season. For all you RVers out there it’s time to get rolling! We’ve gathered a few tips from our employees, BetterRVing, KOA, and helpful other sites.

RV Camping Tips

Tip 1: Check It Out

It’s always a good idea to have your RV thoroughly checked out before taking off for the season. You know, the routine maintenance that you need to keep that baby running smoothly. Tire pressure check, oil change, etc.

Tip 2: Call ‘Em Up

Call the RV park or campground where you wish to stay and make reservations. Or reserve online. Don’t assume that they will have space available. Especially on weekends or holidays.

Tip 3: Distribute the Weight

There is an art to packing your RV. When loading an RV, you want to place the heaviest weight in the center between the front and rear axles. Putting heavy objects in the lower compartments and the middle keeps a good center of gravity, which will help you conserve fuel. The amount of weight you’re hauling will affect gas mileage.

Tip 4: The User Manuals are Your Friends

It sounds silly, but if you’re a new RVer you should really take the time to read your manuals. Those things are printed for a reason; I promise. Even if you’re not a new RVer … read the manuals. Did you know that only about 10% of RV owners have read their manual?

Tip 5: Do (or Know) the Following

– Check your appliances at least once a year.

– Flush the holding tanks after each trip.

– Understand the amp ratings of all your appliances.

–  Don’t always run your fridge on electricity; switch to LP occasionally.

– Always leave enough space for air to circulate around the food in your fridge.

–  Use distilled water in your batteries and brush the terminal connections to keep them clean.

– Check tire pressure before and after each trip; and check for cracks in the sidewalls of your tires.

Once again, pretty standard tips … but helpful none the less. Here’s a treat … fun RV Aps for your iPhone.

Rudy’s Recipe: Banana Boats

This week Rudy’s Recipe is Banana Boats. These sound so good that my stomach growled while typing it up!

Banana Boats

You Need:

– Bananas
– Chocolate Bars
– Marshmallows
– Aluminum foil

Make ‘Em:

Peel a banana back but don’t pull the peel completely off. Slice it longways so it looks like a hot dog bun. Put marshmallows, chocolate bar pieces, and chocolate syrup in the sliced area. Then wrap the banana back up in its peel.

Wrap the banana in foil and put in the hot coals. Leave for about 10 minutes. Unwrap the foil and the banana peel and enjoy. The banana is so soft, along with the melted marshmallows and chocolate.

Let your creative side come through … you can do caramel syrup, strawberries, peanut butter. Whatever strikes your campfire fancy. 🙂

Recipe courtesy of KOA.

Continued Construction

Photos of the continued office construction.

We should have siding and trim soon! The windows and doors are framed up inside and it’s really starting to take shape.

Winner, winner!

Everyone likes free stuff right?

This Thursday we will start taking online reservations for our 2011 season. There’s a little perk involved if you make your reservation for 2011 early and online. That perk would be a FREE $200 Lake Rudolph gift card!

Here’s how you can win:

  1. Make a 2011 reservation, online only, anytime from 8:00 a.m. CDT on May 13 until 8:00 a.m. CDT May 17.
  2. The names will then be entered into a drawing for the gift card.
  3. Reservations must be made using our online reservation system.
  4. You must be 21 to make a reservation.

    Good luck!

    We’ll start accepting reservations for 2011 by phone on Monday, May 17. 1-877-478-3657.

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