Podcast: S3E22 – The One With More Self-Promotion Than Usual

Not sure what to get someone for Christmas?
Try one of our #NiftyGiftys! Cranberries are not included.


Leah K, Matt E, Matt B, Lauren C, Nell H and Sabrina talk through
Holiday World gift options and how-to gift experiences!

This episode was recorded on November 8 so we hope that gives you plenty
of time to beat that December 15 shipping deadline for your gifts to arrive!

Have something to share with us or feedback, reach out here:
Email us: podcast@holidayworld.com
Leave a voicemail: Phone (812)-937-4401 Ext. 8081
Reach out on social media: @holidayworld using #HoWoPo

2022 Season Passes are now $35 off now through January 5!
Head to HolidayWorld.com/Passes for all the details.

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All-You-Can-Eat Buffet at Santa’s Merry Marketplace

Light it Blue - Christmas Fountain

One glance at the 2021 Christmas Event Guide will tell you that Santa Claus is a hopping place in December!

2020 proved to be a VERY busy year in our magical town full of Holiday activities.
We wanted to give festive fun-seekers an additional option for dining, so the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet at Santa’s Merry Marketplace was created!

Tickets are on sale now, click here to purchase them now!

When will the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet at Santa’s Merry Marketplace take place?

On December 4 and 11, from 3-7 pm CST, Santa’s Merry Marketplace will be serving favorite food items that we regularly offer there!  Our team planned the buffet to work well with other events going on in town, like the Santa Claus Town Fireworks on December 4 and the Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 11. Be sure to check the Santa Claus Tourism page for details about all the activities in Santa Claus!

How does it work?

Guests will pick an hour-long time slot that their group would like to eat. You can arrive as early as 3 pm to shop and play, but make sure you are in line at Santa’s Merry Marketplace for the start time of your dinner. Guests should plan to arrive early to take full advantage of their time slot, do some shopping, and enjoy activities like face painting that will be available for purchase. Tickets must be purchased in advance at HolidayWorld.com/Buffet

How much does it cost?

Adult meals will be $19.99, Children 4-10 years old are $14.99 and include a take-home cookie kit, and Children three and under eat for free.  Cookies kits will be available at Candy Cane Confectionary for purchase. Tickets are on sale now, click here to reserve your time slot now! We’ll be limiting the number of guests per session, so if you have your heart set on a session, be sure to purchase early!

What’s on the menu?

We plan to serve a true taste of Holiday World, featuring favorites from Santa’s Merry Marketplace and Plymouth Rock Cafe! Expect to see items from Santa’s Merry Marketplace like pizza and breadsticks, chicken tenders, and orange chicken. The menu will also include Plymouth Rock Cafe favorites like green beans, mac n cheese, and chicken and dumplings. Of course, guests won’t leave without a sweet treat! We plan to serve items like brownies, sugar cookies, jello cups, and dirt pudding.

Will the rides, shops, or games be open?

Rides will not be opening, but we’ll have a Santa letter-writing station, face painting, Saint Nick’s Gift Shop, and fudge available for purchase in the park. Weather permitting, Skee Ball will be available in the Christmas Plaza.  If you choose a 6 pm time slot and plan to use that full time for eating, be sure to arrive early to get your shopping done before they close at 7 pm when all games and shops will close.

Where should I park?

The Raven parking lot will be open at 2 pm on both December 4 & 11. The tunnel between the Voyage and Raven lot will be closed for construction, so vehicles will need to be moved for the December 4 fireworks.  The Legend parking lot will open at 4 pm for the firework display on December 4. Please note, guests who choose the 6-7 pm on December 4 will need to have their cars moved from the Raven parking lot by no later than 7:30 for the firework show to begin! 

How can I get my tickets?

Tickets are available online now! Click the button below to reserve your time slot. Now is a great time to browse the Spencer County Tourism page to maximize your time in Santa Claus this Christmas season!

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Important reminder: Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is on Central Standard Time.

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Giving the Gift of Fun!

Completed Pillow Box

Our 75th Celebration Season has passed, but the magic of it lingers as we approach our favorite day of the year – Christmas!

As you’re planning your Christmas shopping and scouring through tons of great online sales in the coming weeks, don’t forget about the gift of fun. There’s no better gift than planning to spend more time with your friends and loved ones in the coming year.

A few Guests have reached out online to ask about a special or unique way to gift someone a Ticket or Season Pass to Holiday World.

It was even a topic of conversation in our Facebook Season Passholder Group.

Be sure to join the if you haven’t already – it’s a great way to learn the best tips and tricks from those who visit the park most frequently. Despite its name, the Group is for both Passholders and those on the fence who might be considering getting a Pass.

After a few people wanted to know the best ways to give someone a Pass or ticket, we thought we should help out.

No wrapping paper needed!

Pillow Box Preview

After thinking over a few different options, we thought a Pillow Box gift card holder might be the best option. The best part? You don’t have to buy anything to be able to use it!

So we reached out to Stephen. He worked some of his Holiday (World) magic and put this together for us. You can print it right from your home printer and wrap up a Ticket or Season Pass. Only scissors and tape or glue required.

The free download also includes a gift card to be used as a token for the Ticket or Season Pass purchase you’re giving. Just cut out the appropriate card and put it inside the Pillow Box.

Click here to download the Pillow Box and Gift Card now.

We recommend printing on cardstock for the sturdiest Pillow Box and adding the to names before you get to folding.

Here’s what the download includes.

Do you have any other creative ways to give someone a Ticket or Season Pass? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

And on to the deals!

2022 Season Passes

Save $45 on any of our Season Passes from now until November 15. You can also purchase a Season Pass or Platinum Season Pass with our Easy Pay options.

Those savings are available on all three of our Pass Types. Plus, each Pass comes loaded with tons of great perks to use, and the opportunity to kick off the season early with our Exclusive Passholder Preview Date!

2022 Tickets

Any Day Tickets and Multi-Day Flex tickets to visit in 2022 will be available very soon! Check back for a special Black Friday Week promotion. And as always, you can get tickets right on our website at www.holidayworld.com/tickets.

We can’t wait to see everyone back in Santa Claus, Indiana next season to make more memories.

Merry Christmas!


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Veteran’s Day 2021

“Thank You.”

The phrase seemed insufficient and I felt unworthy as I wrote down the names, military branch, and years of service of each of the men pictured.

Standing before me was a combined 70 years of military service.

They were the only words I had, but thanks and on behalf of our veterans, we have such a great country to call our home.
We want to acknowledge our very own team members who have answered the call to serve our country.
We offer up our sincerest appreciation to you!

Our veterans from left to right front row:

  • Elmer, United States Army
  • Jerry, United States Army
  • Todd, United States Army
  • Ethan, United States Army
  • Billy, United States Army

Our veterans from left to right back row:

  • John, United States Coast Guard
  • Jeremy, United States Marine Corp

  • Josh, United States Marine Corp
  • Jeff, United States Army National Guard
  • Josh, United States Army
  • Joe, United States Air Force

Thank you to these – and all other veterans – for their service to our country.

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How do you measure fun?

A few weeks ago, a question popped into my head. 

How many soft drinks do we really give away each year? 

The answer? Approximately 5,000,000. 

That led me to another question: can we measure fun? 

If you’re a data nerd like me, the answer is OF COURSE! 

So I asked some questions of many of our departments. Here are some of our favorite numbers from the 2021 Season: 

Click here to download a high-resolution version.

Fun Facts about the 2021 Season. Holiday World welcomes approx. 1 mil guests, gave away 283,000 gallons of free soft drinks and 57,600 ounces of free sunscreen for a total of $11,741,382 in freebies given away.

Disclosing assumptions behind the $11.7 Million figure: 

  • 50% of soft drinks consumed were water, would not have been purchased otherwise, or would have been included in a meal
  • Price of $2.99 per 12-ounce cup of soda 
  • Approximately 3 and 1/3 Guests per car
  • Parking price of $15 per car

Kind of cool to think our Guests saved $11 millionin freebies this year! 

And if that’s not enough, we pulled some more numbers together for you

They’re a little less… precise than our first infographic, but just as fun!



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