Santa Claus, Ind. Named a Top Christmas Town in the World

CNN lists Spencer County town on its list that includes other international cities

CNN has named the town of Santa Claus, Indiana one of the 10 most Christmassy destinations on the planet for 2013.

Every year since the 1930s, volunteers from the Spencer County town work as Santa's elves to help him answer letters from children. Pat Koch helps respond to those letters and said this year alone the volunteers have helped Santa answer 6,000 letters.

"It's amazing how many children from Taiwan, Russia, are writing Santa Claus, Indiana. And, the Post Office Department gets the letters to us if they say, North Pole, if they say Candy Cane Lane, if they say "the man in the big red suit", sometimes without postage," Koch said.

Koch helped co-write the history of Santa Claus, Ind. To order a copy of the book click here:

From CNN, the other destinations include:
  • Barcelona, Spain;

  •  Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland;

  • New York, New York;

  • Nuremberg, Germany;

  • Quebec City, Canada;

  • Reykjavik, Iceland;

  • San Miguel de Allende, Mexico;

  • Santa Claus, Indiana;

  • Strasbourg, France; and

  • Valkenburg, The Netherlands;

America’s Christmas Hometown: Santa Claus, Indiana, hosts a celebration of family fun on the first three weekends of December. Events include a traditional Christmas Dinner with Santa, Writing a Letter to Santa at the Santa Claus Museum & Village, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, and much more.

For more information about the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration and lodging specials call (888) 444-9252 or visit

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