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America’s Christmas Hometown Postmark Ceremony

America’s Christmas Hometown
Postmark Ceremony
Santa Claus, Indiana
Saturday, December 1, 2012
9am CST

Each year, the festive town of Santa Claus, Indiana, offers a special picture postmark for the holidays. During the month of December alone, the little Santa Claus Post Office (the only post office in the world with the Santa Claus name by the way) receives over 400,000 pieces of mail.

This year, we’re holding a commemorative ceremony on the first day you can receive the special cancellation. The ceremony will take place this Saturday, December 1, in front of the Santa Claus Post Office. It will begin at 9am CT. Santa will postmark and mail the very letter to a 3-year-old boy from Oak Grove, Kentucky, who asked for Legos for Christmas, and also for his daddy to come  home safely from Afghanistan. Santa’s Elves, a non-profit organization formed in 1974 that answers children’s letters to Santa, received the letter earlier in the year.

  • Lieutenant Governor-elect Sue Ellspermann will speak about the Christmas destination and special postmark
  • Santa will postmark and mail the first letter featuring the 2012 holiday postmark
  • Cassie Fischer, postmark designer, will be on hand for an artist’s signing
  • Colorized postcards featuring the 2012 holiday picture postmark will be available for purchase
  • Visit with Santa

We hope you’ll join us for this special ceremony!

Flip the Switch!

Flip the switch on the Christmas lights for the Santa Claus Land of Lights! The light show opens tomorrow, November 22, on Thanksgiving night! So after you’ve gobbled up all the turkey and trimmings, take a relaxing drive through the family Christmas light adventure.

The Santa Claus Land of Lights (located inside Lake Rudolph) is an outdoor light show that tells the Shining Story of Rudolph in bright, energy-efficient LED lights. It’s the only light show in North America that tells in story in both lights and storyboards. If you haven’t visited during the Christmas season, start a new family tradition and come visit us!

Families may purchase an “Express Pass” for the Santa Claus Land of Lights online.
When you arrive you’ll have a designated lane and we’ll fast track you right into
the light show!

Discount coupons ($4 off) are also available at participating McDonald’s locations in Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. Click here for a complete list of locations.

2012 Operating Schedule:

  • Open Thanksgiving Night and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through December 9.
  • Nightly December 14 through New Year’s Eve
  • Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Rudy’s Recipe: Perfect Pie Crust

This is my favorite (and easiest!) pie crust. I wanted to share it with all of you for holiday pie baking. 🙂

Perfect Pie Crust

You Need:

  • 2 1/4 cups of flour
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 5 – 7 Tablespoons of cold water

Make ‘Em:

**Makes two crusts. Use for one pie as top and bottom or use for two pies with a bottom crust.

Mix flour and salt together in a large bowl.

Cut in shortening using a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Add water one Tablespoon at a time, mix lightly with a fork until flour mixture is evenly moistened. It will start to cling together when pressed into a ball.

Divide dough in half and shape into two rounds. Wrap each one in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Place one dough round between two sheets of wax paper and roll out, working from the center outward. Repeat for the second crust. I promise you’ll never go back to pre-made crusts … it’s that good. And I don’t even like pie crust!

Recipe courtesy of Laura Barker, Lake Rudolph’s PR Coordinator. 

Celebrate Christmas Lake Rudolph Style!

Introducing Rudolph’s Family Christmas Weekends!

Stay in Rudolph’s Christmas Cabins … $400 Value for only $250

We’ve put together a Christmas package for your family this Christmas season! Take some time to relax and create family memories during the hectic season. Slow down, sip hot cocoa in front of the fireplace in your Christmas cabin, participate in Christmas family activities, visit with Rudolph and even have breakfast with Santa!

Package Includes:

Package Dates:

  • November 23 & 24
  • November 30 & December 1
  • December 7 & 8
  • December 14 & 15

Visit the webpage for more information or to reserve online. Or give us a call at 1-877-478-3657. Merry Christmas from Santa Claus, Indiana!