Thank you Elves
In 2016, the Santa Claus Museum & Village welcomed hundreds of volunteer Elves who responded to tens of thousands of letters sent to Santa Claus. The Elf operation ran seven days a week, often lasting twelve or thirteen hours a day. We were thrilled to have scores of veteran Elves return to help Santa, […]Read more
A 1920s Night to Remember: Join us for a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
The Santa Claus Museum & Village and Team H-A-P-P-Y of Spencer County Relay for Life invite you to take a trip back to the 1920s and help solve a murder (while eating wonderful food and enjoying locally brewed beverages of course). Jest Mysteries, a group of professional actors from St. Louis, MO, will put on […]Read more
That’s a Wrap!
The Elves have wrapped up their operation for the year and the Santa Claus Museum & Village is now closed for the season. Thank you to the Elves for all their hard work and thanks to all those who stopped by or sent a letter to Santa Claus – your support is deeply appreciated. Have […]Read more
Welcome to the Santa Claus Museum & Village
Visit the Santa Claus Museum & Village and discover the story of Santa Claus.
The Santa Claus Museum features historical documents, photos and artifacts illustrating the progression from the tiny settlement of Santa Fee (pop. 65) to the present day town of Santa Claus. Exhibits feature the story behind the town's famous name, the history of tourism, and artifacts highlighting the town's unique history. Page through decades of children's letters to Santa Claus, and listen to the voice of Santa Jim Yellig. Explore the joy behind Christmases of yesteryear with antique toy displays and a large collection of Santas of every shape, size and interpretation.
Make sure to visit the Original Santa Claus Post Office and pen your free letter to Santa. Include your full address, as Santa and his Elves will write back in December. This historic structure also serves as the headquarters for Santa’s Elves, a group of volunteers who tirelessly help Santa answer the thousands of children’s letters that arrive every year.
Stop by the 1880 Santa Claus Church, a beautiful historic structure that contains most of its original furnishings. And don't miss the opportunity to take your family photo in front of the historic 1935 Santa Claus Statue. Standing 22-feet-tall and built of solid concrete, this statue is one of a kind.
We look forward to seeing you soon at the Santa Claus Museum & Village.
February 7, 2017 - No Comments
Raymond Joseph “Jim” Yellig has received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, Indiana’s highest civilian honor. His legacy will be honored during a ceremony at the Santa Claus Museum & Village on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 11:00 am CT. The Hoosier Santas and honored guests will bestow the award to Yellig’s daughter, Pat Koch....More
January 25, 2017 - No Comments
We are now accepting applications for our 2017 Summer Internship. This position will allow students interested in history to gain experience at a non-profit museum and national park site. The internship runs approximately 12 weeks and is compensated. Housing is also available. Click HERE for more informationMore
January 6, 2017 - No Comments
In 2016, the Santa Claus Museum & Village welcomed hundreds of volunteer Elves who responded to tens of thousands of letters sent to Santa Claus. The Elf operation ran seven days a week, often lasting twelve or thirteen hours a day. We were thrilled to have scores of veteran Elves return to help Santa, […]More