By Paula @ Holiday World

Back in May, Santa was tickled pink when a Travel Channel crew visited us to shoot a new holiday special.

Of course, it was a tad warmer back then …

Santa on Travel Channel's Christmastown USA

Did you notice in the photo – in front of Santa’s face? They used that little clapper thing to sync the footage with the audio. I really wanted to ask if I could play with it – since it’s all digital and really makes a cool sound when “clapped” – but somehow managed to control myself. Sigh. Maybe I should ask for one for Christmas …

The Travel Channel show – Christmastown, USA – airs this Sunday, December 14, at 6pm CST (which is 7pm EST). We don’t have the inside scoop on exactly what might have ended up avoiding the cutting room floor, but here are a few possible spoilers:

Matt Eckert on Travel Channel's Christmastown USA
That’s park president Matt Eckert. Does he look like he’s singing? Yes, as a matter of fact, he burst into song with a rousing chorus of Jingle Bells when asked.

Because that’s what park presidents do in Santa Claus, Indiana.

During Santa’s chat with the Travel Channel, he compared a ride on The Voyage with that famous sleigh ride he takes each December 24.

One thing led to another and before you know it, we’d morphed from Christmas to Thanksgiving …

Santa riding The Voyage
Upon closer examination of Travel Channel’s website, we came upon this photo in a Christmastown, USA slideshow, which gives us hope they’re planning to include Santa enjoying his second-favorite sleigh ride of all.

Santa riding The Voyage at Holiday World

Santa hooted and hollered joyfully throughout his ride. If you’ve ridden The Voyage, it should come as no surprise that he had to run a comb through his snowy-white beard upon return.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Christmastown, USA on Travel Channel

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