It's fun reading through the comments with all of your favorite Christmas movies. I think I need to add a few more titles to my must-watch list for this year!"
I asked some of our full-time staff for their favorites:
It's a Wonderful Life – Jason, Food & Beverage director
White Christmas – Lori, VP; Alison, VP; and Sylvia, Admissions manager (she noted "the old one with the old guys")
Elf – Josh, HR director; Lori, Splashin' Safari Attractions director; Karen, Safety manager; and Erin, Games director
A Christmas Story – Eric, VP
Borrowed Hearts – Cathy, Cleaning director
A Christmas Carol – Keith, Security director (the version with George C. Scott as Mr. Scrooge)
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas – Andrew, Warehouse manager
Rise of the Guardians – Alex, Holiday World Attractions manager
A Charlie Brown Christmas – Nathan, Digital Media developer
The Polar Express – Lori, Holiday World Attractions manager and Jennifer, Splashin' Safari Attractions manager
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – Matt, park president
Home Alone – Heather, HR manager and Lauren, Communications coordinator
Miracle on 34th Street – Mike, VP
Christmas Child – Brandon, Guest Services director
Christmas Vacation – Steven, IT technician and Brett, Accounting & Finance director
Arthur Christmas – Jennifer, Marketing director
For me (have we met? I'm Paula, Communications director), it wouldn't be Christmas without Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol. Razzleberry Dressing and all.
God bless us. Everyone.
Did you happen to check the calendar this morning?
It's Friday the 13th!
We don't mind, though, if Kitty Claws crosses our path.
Do you have a little Kitty Claws fan in your house? We have plush versions of our Halloween mascot available here in our online HoliShop.
Today is Gingerbread House Day – did you celebrate?
We're hoping this family's home didn't smell so gingery good that they nibbled it down to the floorboards!
All of us here at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari send you our warmest wishes as we all celebrate during this special time of the year.
This happens in the news media every year – the discovery that Indiana has a town with the rather unusual (and charming) name of Santa Claus.
With social media nowadays, it's fun to watch the public's reaction. For example, on Twitter:
Have you ever walked through a closed-for-the season park?
It’s a bit … er, skeletal.
This week’s Transformation Tuesday photo gives you a look at some of the rides in Rudolph’s Reindeer Ranch back during the summer and presently, with a bit of snow and not much else.
Are you a professional wrestling fan?
It doesn't really matter when it comes to Mick Foley (aka Mankind), because this time of the year WWE means What a Wonderful Elf!
Mick, you see, loves roller coasters. And Christmas. So the thought of visiting Santa Claus, Indiana, to ride roller coasters was a treat he couldn't pass up.
His first visit to us was in 2002; he brought along two young friends from Wish Upon A Star.
That was more than a decade ago. Just look at whom Mick met up with over the weekend:
Mick, who has gained his own HoliBlog tag over the years, promises to visit us again soon – when the weather is warm and the coasters are flying.
Meanwhile, a Merry Merry Mickmas to all!
Today is Saint Nicholas Day. We wish for you the joy that is the gift of giving from the heart.
Congratulations to Michael N-B. of Evansville, Indiana, whose name was randomly drawn as our winner. Enjoy your Summer Fun Cards, Michael. Thanks to all who entered!
As I write this, the temperature just dipped below freezing and Mother Nature is trying to decide whether it's a good time to get us in the mood to sing "it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas."
Let's warm up with the thought of summer fun – and that it's only, um, five short months away.
Did you know we added a new multi-visit option for 2014? It's called the Summer Fun Card. It's for folks who want to visit us a lot over the summer, and don't mind not visiting on Saturdays.
Here's a bit more information:
If you don't want any limitations on when you visit, take a look at our Season Pass information, so you can compare:
If you'd like to enter our sweepstakes (the winner will be chosen at random), here's the magic widget:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
You may enter daily through December 18, 2013, as long as you're at least 13 years old, you're not a Holiday World & Splashin' Safari employee (or the immediate family member of one), and you haven't won any tickets from us over the past six months.
Good luck to all – and please stay safe and warm in the winter weather.
Santa says so!
Do you remember this storybook character parade from long ago?
Our Santa statue has proudly waved (from two different locations) for decades.
Do you have any family photos with our Santa statue?