The Christmas Celebration begins December 5 in Santa Claus, Indiana

“Named one of the “10 best places to spend Christmas 2013” by CNN last year, Santa Claus, Indiana, will host the 2014 Santa Claus Christmas Celebration the first three weekends of December, ” explains Melissa Brockman, Executive Director, Spencer County Visitors Bureau.

With Christmas Day only two months away, the famous town is preparing for the holiday season. The Christmas celebration, filled with family events and activities, will be held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from December 5 to December 21, 2014.

Holiday events throughout America’s Christmas Hometown include:

  •  International Fruitcake Eating Championship at the Santa Claus American Legion
    •    The Story of Santa Claus at the Santa Claus Museum & Village
    •    Run Run Rudolph 5K through Lake Rudolph’s Santa Claus Land of Lights
    •    Santa Claus Arts & Crafts Shows
    •    Face Painting and Christmas Woodcarving Demonstrations at Holly Tree Christmas Shop
    •    Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire at Santa’s Candy Castle
    •    Gingerbread House Decorating at the Santa Claus Christmas Store
    •    Christmas Dinner with Santa at Santa’s Lodge
    •    Lincoln Amphitheatre presents “Scrooge’s Christmas” at Heritage Hills High School
    •    Christmas Lake Village Festival of Lights

“Families visit the town of Santa Claus to create and continue festive traditions for all ages,” says Melissa Brockman, executive director of the Spencer County Visitors Bureau. “Special lodging packages and events each weekend offer families a wonderful way to spend time together and experience the magic of Christmas.”

Weekend lodging specials are available at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, Santa’s Cottages, Santa’s Lodge, Motel 6, and Rockport Comfort Inn & Suites.

For more information about the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration, lodging specials, and a schedule of events, call (888) 444-9252 or visit www.SantaClausInd.org/Christmas.

Named one of the “10 best places to spend Christmas 2013” by CNN last year, Santa Claus, Indiana, will host the 2014 Santa Claus Christmas Celebration the first three weekends of December.

With Christmas Day only two months away, the famous town is preparing for the holiday season. The Christmas celebration, filled with family events and activities, will be held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from December 5 to December 21, 2014.

Holiday events throughout America’s Christmas Hometown include:

  •  International Fruitcake Eating Championship at the Santa Claus American Legion
    •    The Story of Santa Claus at the Santa Claus Museum & Village
    •    Run Run Rudolph 5K through Lake Rudolph’s Santa Claus Land of Lights
    •    Santa Claus Arts & Crafts Shows
    •    Face Painting and Christmas Woodcarving Demonstrations at Holly Tree Christmas Shop
    •    Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire at Santa’s Candy Castle
    •    Gingerbread House Decorating at the Santa Claus Christmas Store
    •    Christmas Dinner with Santa at Santa’s Lodge
    •    Lincoln Amphitheatre presents “Scrooge’s Christmas” at Heritage Hills High School
    •    Christmas Lake Village Festival of Lights

“Families visit the town of Santa Claus to create and continue festive traditions for all ages,” says Melissa Brockman, executive director of the Spencer County Visitors Bureau. “Special lodging packages and events each weekend offer families a wonderful way to spend time together and experience the magic of Christmas.”

Weekend lodging specials are available at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, Santa’s Cottages, Santa’s Lodge, Motel 6, and Rockport Comfort Inn & Suites.

For more information about the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration, lodging specials, and a schedule of events, call (888) 444-9252 or visit www.SantaClausInd.org/Christmas.

The Santa Claus, Indiana, Post Office has selected the 2014 special picture postmark for this Christmas season. On December 1, the post office will begin offering the picture postmark to cancel the postage stamps on holiday mail again this year.

This famous small-town post office is the only one in the world with the Santa Claus name and receives over 400,000 pieces of mail in December – compared to only 13,000 pieces of mail per month the rest of the year. This special picture postmark has been offered every Christmas season since 1983.

Each year, the holiday postmark is designed by a local high school art student as part of an annual contest. This year’s winner is Shyann Smith, daughter of Troy and Tammy Smith from Fulda, Indiana. As a 2014 senior at Heritage Hills High School, Shyann enjoys hunting, fishing, listening to music, and spending time with her family and friends.

“The Santa Claus holiday postmark has become the most popular in the nation over the past two decades,” says Postmaster Marian Balbach. “Postal patrons worldwide request the picture postmark each year and many customers traditionally drive hundreds of miles to personally obtain the famous cancellation on their holiday mail.”

She asks that anyone interested in getting the special cancellation on their holiday mail to follow these guidelines:

  •  Allow at least a 2-inch by 4-inch space in the stamp area for the picture postmark;
    •    Apply postage to cards or letters before bringing or mailing them to the post office;
    •    If you wish to mail Christmas cards to the post office, package them—with postage stamps already on them—in a sturdy envelope or box, and mail to: Postmaster, Santa Claus Station, Santa Claus, IN 47579-9998;
    •    The picture postmark is available on working days between December 1 and 24;
    •    The picture postmark must be requested by the postal customer;
    •    To ensure a good postmark imprint, do not enclose large or bulky items in your holiday mail (Ex: reindeer food, snowflakes, glitter, stickers, etc.);
    •    There is no charge for postmarking; however, there is a limit of 50 picture postmarks (hand cancellations) per person per day.

 

For more information about the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration, call (888) 444-9252 or visit www.SantaClausInd.org/Christmas.

 

 

 

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