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Historical Treasures & Holiday Fun

Santa Claus, Lincoln City and Rockport

Day 1

Start your trip out by having fun at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. The theme park celebrates Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and the 4th of July with rides, live entertainment, games and attractions. In 2013, TIME magazine named Holiday World’s Voyage the nation’s #1 wooden roller coaster. Splashin’ Safari, named the Best Waterpark in the U.S. by USA Today, includes the two longest water coasters in the world, numerous family raft slides and water slides, two wave pools, plus water activities for children.

Tour the Santa Claus Museum & Village that features exhibits and displays that showcase the town’s interesting history. Visit the historic 1880 Santa Claus Church, write a letter to Santa inside the original Santa Claus Post Office, and the restored 1935 Santa Claus statue that stands 22 feet tall.

Santa’s Candy Castle blends the old-world charm with a modern-day spin and provides an experience for believers of all ages. Chat with an elf on the North Pole Network, browse Christmas gifts & souvenirs, and indulge in delicious handmade confections, frozen hot chocolate, and more!

Enjoy shopping at the gigantic Santa Claus Christmas Store, featuring Christmas gifts, decorations, collectibles, fudge and other sweet treats, and nearly 5,000 ornaments. Visit with Santa, too.

Also, stop by the Holly Tree Christmas Shop, Evergreen Boutique, and Kringle Haus Werkstatt; all shops are located in Kringle Place Shopping Center within walking distance of one another.

Saint Meinrad Archabbey offers a peaceful and spiritual retreat with beautiful grounds and the opportunity for prayer with Benedictine monks. Founded in 1854, Saint Meinrad is one of only two archabbeys in the U.S. and one of eleven in the world. Visit the Archabbey Gift Shop for religious and inspirational gifts.

For a taste of the country, visit Monkey Hollow Winery and Pepper’s Ridge Winery.

A family-friendly horseback riding experience led by skilled guides awaits at Santa’s Stables. Enjoy activities for all ages and multiple quaint trails that wind through wooded surroundings.

Day 2

Learn about the lives of Abraham Lincoln and his pioneer family, who lived on a farm site that is now Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. The story of the Civil War era president's 14 formative years in Indiana springs to life at the Living Historical Farm, in the museum and film, and along the park's scenic hiking trails.

Across the street, visit Lincoln State Park. This 1,747-acre park was established in 1932 as a memorial to Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks. Recreational facilities include Lake Lincoln, boat rental, nature center, cabins, picnic areas, trails, and camp sites.

Head to Rockport, Indiana, where the Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum houses hundreds of fascinating artifacts from the area’s historic past, including a hutch made by Abraham Lincoln’s father, Thomas Lincoln. The Pioneer Village features 14 Lincoln-era replica cabins from Spencer County. This site was originally a WPA project. 

The carefully restored 1834 Federal-design Colonel Jones Home was the home of the merchant employer of Abraham Lincoln. The home offers a look at the early development of Indiana and the life of Colonel William Jones, who was also a politician.