Still need proof that the holiday season is the most magical time of year? Well, look no further. From an entire town dedicated to the man in red to outdoor ice castles, these 11 winter wonderlands and holiday extravaganzas are filled with wonder and cheer— and we’re betting each one will fill you with joy. Wander through our slideshow below, and truly believe.
Santa Claus, Indiana
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. It’s a town in Indiana and the folks who live there take Christmas seriously. Holiday events abound in the month of December: chestnuts roasting over an open fire, a Santa parade (of course), the Santa Claus Land of Lights, which tells the story of Rudolph, and even dinner with Santa!
Start at the Santa Claus Museum & Village (history buffs will love the town archives and images, littles will love the original Santa Claus post office and antique toys) to learn the history of this charming town, then pop in to Santa’s Candy Castle for sweet treats and a chance to log on to the North Pole Network and chat with one of Santa’s elves! Don’t miss the Santa Claus Christmas Store, filled with holiday collectibles and seek thrills at the year-round Holiday World Theme Park.
Insider Tip: While the Christmas Celebration only last through December, many of the sights and spots in Santa Claus are open all year long.
Find out more: santaclausind.org
photo: courtesy Spencer County Visitors Bureau
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—Gabby Cullen and Ayren Jackson-Cannady