By Paula @ Holiday World

Thanks to all who entered! Here are our winners:

  • Bryan B. from Strongsville, Ohio
  • Linda K. from Fenton, Missouri
  • Kim H. from Henderson, Kentucky

Each winner receives two one-day tickets.

Didn’t win? Be sure to subscribe to the HoliBlog and watch our Facebook page for more opportunities to “enter to win.”


He sees you when you’re sleeping

He knows when you’re awake

He knows if you’ve been bad or good

So be good for goodness sake

When you live and work in a town named Santa Claus, you almost get used to it.

Santa’s got to eat, right? So he grocery shops.

Oh, hello Santa – great price on fresh strawberries this week!

Santa needs a trim once in a while, so he makes a stop at the barber shop.

A little less off the top this time, Mr. Claus?

And Santa enjoys taking a nice walk and stopping by a restaurant for a good meal.

Be sure to leave a little room for dessert, Santa!

You expect to see Santa at Holiday World, of course. But even then, it can be a little shocking to see Santa on, say Wildebeest with the host of NatGeo Channel’s World’s Toughest Fixes, Sean Riley:

Santa & Sean Riley ride Wildebeest

Santa will be back in the park on Opening Day, May 3. He can’t wait to visit with his friends of all ages in the remodeled Mrs. Klaus’ Kitchen!

Meanwhile, have you seen how our Santa statue comes to life in our new television commercials?

Side By Side Santas

The Santa statue character will make several public appearances this spring, so we’re going to name this our #SantaSighting Sweepstakes.

We’ll have three winners, randomly chosen, who will each receive two one-day admission tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.

Good stuff, right? Enough to make you ho-ho-ho?

2014 Santa Sighting Sweepstakes

Ready to enter? Let’s start with a few necessaries:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter.
  • Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari employees (and the immediate family members of employees) are not eligible to enter.
  • Have you won tickets from us in the past six months? Please wait half a year before entering again – let’s give others a chance to win, too.
  • Use the widget, below, to enter daily. There are lots of options, so you can earn extra entries by posting on our HoliBlog, tweeting about us, and following us on Pinterest.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, please tell us about your most memorable Santa Sighting. (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the comment’s language and content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)
  • Ready to enter? Simply enter our sweepstakes here from a mobile device; or if you’re using an immobile device, enter by using the widget, below. And not just today – daily through April 21 at 10am CDT.

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Good luck to all! We hope you’ll have plenty of wonderful #SantaSightings this year!


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745 Responses to “#SantaSighting Sweepstakes”

  1. Michael Neal

    It has to be when I was around 5 and remember on the way to my grandparents house Christmas eve night seeing a red light in the sky. My dad told me that was Rudolph nose I was seeing and he was pulling Santa’s sleigh. I was very excited and told everyone. Now I get to see that same excitement in my 7 year old nephews eyes. Ill be taking him to Holiday World this year and get to see that thrill in his eyes just like I had that Christmas eve night many years ago. 🙂

  2. Ann Snarr

    I remember coming to Holiday World when it was Santa Claus Land and sitting on Santa’s lap. I thought it was so magical to see Santa in the Summer!

  3. Bambi

    When I was a kid we went every year, sometimes two or three times, my brother and I got most excited when we saw the first billboard on the way. It wasn’t just Santa. It was the whole park we loved.

  4. Tracy Groves

    The first time my son had his picture taken with Santa was priceless. We didn’t let him see who’s lap he was sitting on until after the picture was taken. We got a beautiful smile. Then, he turned around and saw Santa, that’s when he started screaming. Will never forget that!

  5. Tricia

    The Very first thing we do every visit is a picture with Santa at the front of the park!!

  6. Alyssa

    We take at least 4 trips to holiday world every year and can’t wait to go again and see what is new!!!! Our staycation always happens at the same place 🙂

  7. Pam Monks Jones

    I remember taking my kids to Santa Claus Land every summer when they were smaller. I’ve now been lucky enough to continue the tradition with my grand children. I still call it Santa Claus Land, but my oldest granddaughter always corrects me, “It’s called Holiday World Mamaw.

  8. Richard

    I saw Santa next to my future mother in law for the first time at Holiday World 8 years ago. Now we take our 2 kids!

  9. tracey

    We love Holiday World. Only amusement park we go to, love to spend the weekend in the trailers at Rudolph and then Holiday world all day.

  10. Elizabeth robinette

    Before my dad passed away from Lou Gherigs Disease, I remember him always taking me and my sisters and brothers here every year. He would take the back roads so that we could go over the hills and it would take our bellies. He would take turns riding the scrambler with us so he could smush us every time it turned, we would all ride the log ride and then run around wet the rest of the day, and kind of like in adventures in babysitting ” Nobody leaves here without singing the blues” well, no one ever left Holiday Wolrd without eating the Blue ice cream. 🙂 Thank you for being such a wonderful family park.

  11. Monica Sargent

    Looking forward to another great family fun filled day at Holiday World. Thank you for helping our family have an fun affordable vacation for the past 15 years.

  12. Melissa Cissell

    We took our boys for the first time last year. They were excited about the Santa statue but even more excited when they saw the real Santa walking right past us by the cookie shop. 🙂

  13. Andrea McLaughlin

    My most memorable sighting was almost 2 years ago when my husband and I came there on our honeymoon and when Santa found out that was what we were there for he congratulated us. Very Sweet!

  14. Jan Glaser

    We LOVE Holiday World. It’s my husbands #1 request for any occasion or open day, especially Fathers Day.

  15. Melissa

    My most amazing santa sighting is a little unusual. I took my 7 year old son to see the local mall santa and when we arrived I noticed that the santa was African American. I though my son was going to ask lots of questions because he had never seen an African American santa before. What really through him was when I walked up to Santa with him the Santa said hello Melissa. My son was shocked that Santa knew my name. I was too!! (It is amazing the strange places you see old high school friends after 20 years!!))

  16. Laura Dunham

    I remember seeing the large Santa on Hwy 41 and going to Santa Claus Land in the 70’s to ride the carousel and train and seeing Santa and getting a brown bag gift.

  17. Brittney Monk

    I love Holiday World! I have been going since I was very little and still today, I’m 30 but I feel like a kid again everytime we visit, and it’s been a tradition with our family for years 😀

  18. Jenny smith

    Every year we love to spot Santa Claus as we walk through the front gates. We get a picture with him every year! Holiday World is a wonderful amusement park! We are lucky to live so close to it.

  19. Erin

    My first sighting was when I was very young. My dad dressed up as Santa but I soon figured out it was him because I recognized his shoes lol.

  20. Karl Dailey

    I always remember the giant Santa when you enter the city of Santa Claus, Indiana.

  21. Sarah Weatherford

    My family and I love Holiday World.Its one od our ffavorite summer traditions. Every year the kids get their picture taken with Santa, they absolutely love it at Holiday World

  22. Winona Wineinger

    I remember taking my great niece for the first time and when she looked up and saw the first Santa statue I took her picture by it and after that it was like a great adventure for her finding all the Santas and getting her picture taken by each one