Santa Claus, Indiana
(by Sharon Stewart)
Event Location: Santa Claus, Indiana [452 E Christmas Blvd, Santa Claus, IN 47579]
History: Santa Claus is a town in Spencer County, Indiana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Located in Carter, Clay and Harrison Townships, it sits between Interstate 64 and the Ohio River. The population was 2,481 at the 2010 census.
The town was established in 1854 and known as Santa Fe (pronounced "fee"). In 1856, when the town was working to establish a post office, the United States Postal Service refused their first application as there was already a Santa Fe established with the USPS. Several town meetings were held, during which the name Santa Claus was selected.
The town has the world's only post office to bear the name of Santa Claus. Because of this popular name, the post office receives thousands of letters to Santa from all over the world each year. A group of volunteers known as Santa's Elves ensures each child receives a reply from Santa Claus; this tradition has been in existence since at least 1914. Every year, the post office also creates a special Christmas hand-
Very unique little town that really makes you feel like Christmas! There are numerous Santa Claus statues throughout the city, and clever names for restaurants, street names, lodges and campgrounds all pertaining to Santa Claus and Christmas-
Santa Claus, IN Post Office -
Soon after, people flocked to the Santa Claus Post Office to get the special postmark; so much that in the early 1930s the US Postal Department suggested changing the name of the town to avoid the Christmas season frenzy. James Martin continued answering letters and eventually enlisted Jim Yellig to aid in helping him write back to children across the world. Today, the non-
Santa Claus Christmas Store & Santa’s Ornament Shop -
Lake Rudolph Campground -
Santa Claus Museum & Village -
St. Paul’s Santa Claus Church & Historic Santa Statue -
The Santa Claus Statue, dedicated to the children of the world, was erected in 1935. Twenty-