Yes, there is a Santa Claus, Indiana, which has become known as America’s Christmas Hometown. And, beginning the 1st Of December Santa Elves will pop into the Santa Claus Indiana Post Office to start the delivery of Holiday Greetings.
The small-town post office in Santa Claus, Indiana is the only one in the world with the Santa Claus name and receives over 400,000 pieces of mail in December. About 11,000 letters are sent by children from all over the world in hopes of getting a response from Santa. All the letters sent to Santa are received by “Santa’s Elves” at the Santa Claus Museum and returned to the children with the holiday postmark.
What began in 1983 is has now become a timeless tradition adored by parents and children alike during the Holiday Season. “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.”
Postmaster Marian Balbach has a bit of advice for anyone interested in having the holiday greeting stamped with the special holiday postmark:
• 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, which means leave out the reindeer food, snowflakes, glitter, and other items
• There is no charge for postmarking; however, there is a limit of 50 picture postmarks or hand cancellations per person per day
While the busy Elves are at work in the Post Office you can enjoy many festive events in Santa Claus, Indiana. This year Santa Claus, Indiana hosts their special celebration of family fun on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the first three weekends of December. Among the holiday traditions and events are a traditional Christmas Dinner with Santa, and the lighting of America’s Hometown Christmas Tree.
There will also be Rudolph’s Holiday Hustle and a 5K Run/Walk, which a fun event for all because many participants dress up for the occasion. Runners and Walkers joining the Rudolph’s Holiday Hustle 5K Run and Walk will journey through the town of Santa Claus and into Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort. Participants are encouraged to dress in the Christmas spirit, and a prize will be given to the person with the best-dressed theme. In true holiday spirit proceeds from the Rudolph’s Holiday Hustle 5K Run and Walk will benefit the Santa Claus Parks and Recreation Department.
Come join the festivities as everyone gathers at at Santa’s Lodge where the first-ever Miss Santa Claus will be crowned to reign over the celebration. Six age divisions compete for the title and the winner will receive free entry into the 2011 American Coed Pageant. We cannot forget a visit to the “Santa Claus Land of Lights,” a 1.2-mile driving journey or the Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, the America’s Christmas Hometown Pageant and all the other festivities to enjoy that make a visit to Santa Claus, Indiana a memorable one.
Plan Your Trip - To discover all the festive events taking place in Santa Claus, Indiana, and take advantage of the special discount lodging packages available throughout Spencer County, Indiana visit www.LegendaryPlaces.org or call the Visitors Bureau at (888) 444-9252.