By Paula @ Holiday World

There’s something extra special about being located in a town named Santa Claus.

Especially this time of year.

Back in the summer, HGTV called us about their plan to produce a series of “House Hunters” episodes this year – each featuring a town themed around Christmas.

Their crew followed Tom and Terri as they prepared to relocate to southern Indiana. When the couple realized there was a town named Santa Claus, they were intrigued.

House Hunters at Holiday World

When they saw the town included a theme park – with roller coasters – they were sold.

House Hunters get loopy

It was a lovely coincidence that they just happened to visit us on National Roller Coaster Day, back in August.

One perk of working here is you get invited to be an “extra” for shoots such as this. So we filled the train with full-time folks (and their family members) from departments as varied as Human Resources, Safety & Security, Maintenance, Accounting, and Marketing.

When the producer asked for take after take on Thunderbird, Tom and Terri didn’t complain a bit. They just kept riding.

We think they’ll fit in around here just fine.

House Hunters riding ThunderbirdHere’s Matt, our park president, and his younger daughter, Claire, with Tom and Terri. Claire remembered to wear her hair down so as to provide good “coaster hair” for the cameras. She’s a pro.

So, when does this air?

Tune in to House Hunters on HGTV this Thursday at 9pm CST (that’s 10pm EST) and then again on Christmas Eve at 4:30pm CST (5:30pm EST) for the re-run.

Welcome to Santa Claus, Tom and Terri!

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