What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

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.

A gingerbread kind of day

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.


An annual discovery

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:


Where did Rudolph’s rides go?

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.

Stay warm!

WWE = What a Wonderful Elf

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!

Sweepstakes: Win Summer Fun Cards

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.

Summer Fun Card Sweepstakes


Here's a bit more information:

Summer Fun Card information

If you don't want any limitations on when you visit, take a look at our Season Pass information, so you can compare:

Holiday World's Season Passes

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!

Santa Claus at Holiday World

Stalwart Santa

Our Santa statue has proudly waved (from two different locations) for decades.

Do you have any family photos with our Santa statue?